Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!

   Join Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, connect with new music friends, share photos, music clips, and videos, explore resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials. Ask your beginner questions and learn to play your favorite tunes! All who love the Appalachian dulcimer are welcome here no matter what your style, skill level, or musical tastes. Fear not!...beginner players are especially encouraged. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's easy, friendly, and FREE!
   After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting. You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name in the links navigation bar across the top of any page..and you'll be all set to join in the fun. Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the new site?- ask them HERE on our site questions forum.
Don't be shy- you've come to exactly the right place to receive or give friendly free help and encouragement in playing music. Here on FOTMD we all learn from each other, as friends. Join our 'block party'! -Strumelia

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Latest Activity

Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 seconds ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NEW!- Fotmd Main Page slideshow banner ads!":
"Just a reminder that FOTMD's Home Page banner ads are a true bargain -as low as $10/month!Get seen on the Main Page by ALL members and google visitors ! Who..."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 26 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Black Mountain Rag
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 27 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Arkansas Traveler
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 28 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Barlow Knife
Gale A Barr
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day:
"Update: Kevin Roth will be joining the extensive list of instructors this year.  It's gonna be a great time!"
Ballad Gal
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 6 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"I'm thinking Johnny's day job was a proctologist.  haha Randy, this is such a cool tune.  And it has that Delta blues vibe to it,I think.  "
Dan
@dan • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"Salt Springs: Steven Berger: You're the master of the fretless dulcimer, Randy! Great pic of Johnny...looks like he was none too happy following you..."
Steve Battarbee
Steve Battarbee
@steve-battarbee • 15 hours ago • comments: 15
Liked a youtube item created by @jessica-comeau: Jessica Comeau- Wild Mountain Thyme
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 16 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"Ha! I think it really happened too Phil!"
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 18 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"I think it really happened!"
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 18 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @randy-adams: Grow Winter Flowers
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 19 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"Like....this might have all been just a dream so vivid that I'm not for sure if it really happened or not. ; )"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele":
"Hi Cynthia I love your kantele....sounds wonderful. Good to know you are still challenging yourself learning new instruments. When I think of you, I..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 19 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"Steven Berger: You're the master of the fretless dulcimer, Randy! Great pic of Johnny...looks like he was none too happy following you onstage!..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Katy Perry cover: "Never Really Over":
"LOL -- Another reason I recorded this outdoors!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"@Dan The young lady playing with Hunter is his sweetheart, Gray Buchanan.  "
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"You're the master of the fretless dulcimer, Randy! Great pic of Johnny...looks like he was none too happy following you onstage!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Southwind:
"One of the nicest versions of this tune, Phil!"
Eaglenest61
@eaglenest61 • 20 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Pick Thickness:
"Being a newbie, finding the right 'pick' is very important to me because people are constantly telling me i missed a string or a note and I find a thinner..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Katy Perry cover: "Never Really Over":
"Looks like your dulcimer caught fire, Sam, 'cause you're really smokin' on this one!"
Eaglenest61
@eaglenest61 • 21 hours ago • comments: 59
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Hymn to play - anytime:
"Being a newbie, Amazing Grace is the song of choice as of now. My wish is to some day play Beulah Land perfectly. I'd like to be able to go see my dad at his..."
Eaglenest61
@eaglenest61 • 21 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Old Country Church:
"I've never heard this song before; but it's a beautiful song. Great job."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @randy-adams: Grow Winter Flowers
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Katy Perry cover: "Never Really Over":
"Technical note: It was 94 degrees out, and sunny, when I recorded this. I thought I was just seeing glare in my monitor, and didn't realize the image was all..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "Katy Perry cover: "Never Really Over"":
"I heard this song on the radio recently and knew I had to learn it. Katy Perry's current hit, "Never Really Over." Amusingly, my computer's backup battery..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Eaglenest61
Dan
@dan • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"Robin Thompson: I greatly enjoyed this interview with my young friend Hunter Walker.  I think Hunter was thirteen or fourteen when we met in-person at the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Southwind:
"Nicely played Southwind, Phil.  It's such a lovely tune. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"In my humble opinion, Hunter shines even more in a stringband setting and in support of other players-- he knows when to be in and when to not.  A young..."
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • yesterday • comments: 2
Created a new Audio File:
Southwind
Dewey Parker
@dewey-parker • yesterday • comments: 0
https://fotmd.com/dewey-parker/uploaded_audio/485/12-south-wind
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Showing support for FOTMD ?":
"A BIG hug and much gratitude to the members who help support this site with their kind donations, both large and small. But did you know that most of the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele":
"Hey i stumbled on this auction of a kantele on Ebay, and it looks pretty nice, at a good price, thought I'd share it here in case anyone is interested (i..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Cider
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"Thanks for listening, @Hugssandi.  I still play this tune pretty regularly, so I guess I like it!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"Thanks for posting this, Robin. When I first discovered the dulcimer on YouTube about ten years ago, Hunter was already a child prodigy and I learned a lot..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"Thanks for sharing this, Robin.  I listened to the interview and have subscribed to their newsletter.  There is a gathering in Berea,KY in October I hope to..."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Winter's Turning:
"Thanks, Leny-Sue!"
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"Thank you, for sharing this. I find accomplished musicians interesting."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • yesterday • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"I am all obsessed with "Outlander" right now, so revisiting this is such a treat!  Thank you."
Jim Phillips
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Grow Winter Flowers:
"I, uh, opened for Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden about 10 years ago. Played w/noter cigar box dulcimer"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Great job, Lisa!  That's a good gluten-free option!!  Nice photo."
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Winter's Turning:
"So very lovely. What a gift io music you have!"
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • yesterday • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Correction: Matthiesen"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Old-Time Central interview with Hunter Walker":
"I greatly enjoyed this interview with my young friend Hunter Walker.  I think Hunter was thirteen or fourteen when we met in-person at the Vandalia Gathering..."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


Are you a brand new player? Join this group and ask all...
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain...
Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer Making


A group for those building dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
Dulcimer Care & Maintenance

Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...

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Black Mountain Rag
Arkansas Traveler
Barlow Knife
Southwind
Nina Kaylo's House work-in-progress
Women of Ireland
Trasna-na-D'tonnta (Over the Waves)
Suo Gan
Coleman's March
Bärentanz
McPherson's Lament
Fly around my pretty little miss
Pretty Little Pink
There Is A Fountain
Prayer Before Daybreak Duo Mountain Dulcimer And Guitar
Duet Minuet
Reubens Train
Hanged Man's Reel
Shenandoah
Amazing Grace
"Kentucky Scale" of Warren May (later version)
Just As I Am
Wildwood Flower
Cantiga 1- Des Oge Mais Quer'eu Trobar
Divinum Mysterium
Phrygian Sunrise
Bruton Town.
Spotted Pony
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Mule tracks up and down the fretboard

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5th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

5th Annual Dutchland...


Fri Jul 26 2019
Redwood Dulcimer Day

Redwood Dulcimer Day


Sat Aug 17 2019
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


Fri Aug 23 2019
25th Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

25th Annual Harvest...


Sat Sep 21 2019
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 26 2019
Black Mountain Music Festival -(NC)

Black Mountain Music...


Sat Oct 12 2019
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Apr 16 2020

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NEW!- Fotmd Main Page...

Posted: Sunday July 21 2019, 4:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

Enter FOTMD's 10th Birthday...

Posted: Sunday July 21 2019, 2:43 PM
By: @Gale A Barr

Kantele

Posted: Saturday July 20 2019, 8:28 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

Old-Time Central interview...

Posted: Saturday July 20 2019, 8:00 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Saturday July 20 2019, 1:45 PM
By: @Strumelia

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Saturday July 20 2019, 9:18 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday July 19 2019, 6:18 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Friday July 19 2019, 6:17 PM
By: @Strumelia

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Friday July 19 2019, 1:43 PM
By: @hugssandi

Whistlepig Hogfiddle for sale

Posted: Friday July 19 2019, 8:00 AM
By: @Slate Creek Dulcimers

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Thursday July 18 2019, 6:53 PM
By: @IRENE

Betty Number 11 19

Posted: Thursday July 18 2019, 6:20 PM
By: @Dan

Edsel Martin Dulcimer for Sale

Posted: Thursday July 18 2019, 2:45 PM
By: @TimMcElhannon

Old 6 string dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday July 17 2019, 9:21 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Cajun accordion

Posted: Wednesday July 17 2019, 12:58 AM
By: @Phroedrick

Has the Everything Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday July 16 2019, 10:25 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Bone nut and saddle

Posted: Tuesday July 16 2019, 5:54 PM
By: @Geckostar97

Hacked

Posted: Tuesday July 16 2019, 7:00 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Newby

Posted: Monday July 15 2019, 9:53 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Thumb Surgery Anyone?

Posted: Sunday July 14 2019, 9:31 PM
By: @Salt Springs

Ebony versus Micarta...

Posted: Sunday July 14 2019, 8:05 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Wooden Drums

Posted: Sunday July 14 2019, 10:13 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Solved The Problem Of...

Posted: Saturday July 13 2019, 7:18 PM
By: @Kusani

Restringing advice

Posted: Saturday July 13 2019, 12:47 PM
By: @LisavB

It's a what?

Posted: Friday July 12 2019, 11:37 PM
By: @IRENE

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Friday July 12 2019, 10:49 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Changing String Sets

Posted: Friday July 12 2019, 10:47 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

McSpadden Dulcimer

Posted: Friday July 12 2019, 4:26 PM
By: @arttimes

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Thursday July 11 2019, 4:49 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

Need info re AR Kern...

Posted: Thursday July 11 2019, 1:53 PM
By: @Gstringer

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