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

Latest Activity

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 39 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "basic music advice from Chick Corea":
"He describes what musicians do as delivering 'the pleasure of sound."  That's a nice concept."
Strumelia
@strumelia • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "basic music advice from Chick Corea":
"Some great points made, Robin!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Irwin/Colonel John Irwin - Carolan (1670-1738):
"Quel beau morceau!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Mills - WIP:
"Very nice and soothing. I enjoyed listening to Hemlock Mill. Ken"The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hemlock Mills - WIP:
"@Gordon-Hardy, from what little I have learned from a woman in a family who has been in the area for generations, this mill was here on the hill where I live..."
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings":
"Thanks for the responses and insight into this. I will tune the strings according to the meter and then just tweak it to my ear."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Irwin/Colonel John Irwin - Carolan (1670-1738):
"Dulcidom, you play these tunes so beautifully and the images are lovely.  "
Robin Thompson
dulcidom
@dulcidom • 6 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Cello Suite 1 - Courante - Bach
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"Enjoy your dulcimer. It looks very nice. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"Venni, when you start looking at any learning materials, you should keep in mind that your dulcimer has a few 'additional frets'-  it has the 6.5 and the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Cello Suite 1 - Courante - Bach:
"Wow, this is ever so lovely, Grant!   You should make arrangements to go over to the Governor's house and, keeping proper distance, play this for the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 19 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"I like the looks of your dulcimer!  Happy strumming!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings":
"Well,  I just tested 8 dulcimers of various VSLs and tunings, and I can say YES -- at the very end of the sustain, the needle wiggles a little to either side..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings":
"Leny-sue, that's what is called "decay" of the note, and is normal. It tends to be more noticeable on strings at looser tension and also wound strings, and..."
granto
@granto • 20 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Cello Suite 1 - Courante - Bach
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings":
"Hi Folks. I have a question concerning my dulcimer strings fluctuating in pitch while tuning with an app on my mobile device. Is it common for them to "go..."
Susan Ann
@susan-ann • 21 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer?:
"Hello Ken, I was looking at your Prichard replica you made.  Very nice!  Are the hearts actually holes or are they painted on?  I am working on my kit right..."
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni • 22 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"It is a Model 51 Dulcimer made by Black Mountain "
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni • 22 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"Oh ok"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"That's a nice looking instrument, Venni.  Congratulations!  And as Robin says, you should see a label inside the lower bout if you look through the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 23 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"Venni, there appears to be a maker's label inside one of the lower sound holes.  The label should give the name of the maker. "
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni • 23 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"Strumelia: That's nice with the butterflies. Do you know what maker it is? I forgot"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"That's nice with the butterflies. Do you know what maker it is?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Pictures and Poetry:
"A lovely painting John! "
Strumelia
John W. McKinstry
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Willow Garden:
"Nice playing, PapaSims.  I was just working on this tune myself this morning.  Gotta love them old murder ballads."
jost
@jost • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @papasims: Willow Garden
Venni aka Adrianne
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "basic music advice from Chick Corea":
"I think the basics of what Chick Corea had to say about music applies to porch players, too, in many ways.  "
dulcinina
@dulcinina • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Arkansas Traveler on a Stick Dulcimer:
"Very cool."
dulcidom
@dulcidom • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @dusty-turtle: The Strawberry Blossom
dulcidom
@dulcidom • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Rock the Cradle Fun with Shaker and Clicker
dulcidom
@dulcidom • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: The Lambs on the Green Hills
dulcidom
@dulcidom • yesterday • comments: 2
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Great news. Enjoy!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Venni that's good news for sure. I hope you've been looking in the Beginner Group here to learn about how to tune it for example... lots of good starting out..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"@venni Please post a photo of your mountain dulcimer!  "
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Hemlock Mills - WIP
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"My dulcimer is coming tomorrow."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Neck width:
"Here you go!  I've had these cases and they are EXCELLENT.  www.TKL.com  21184"
banjelele
@banjelele • 2 days ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Neck width:
"Once I got it strung up I was a bit disappointed with the intonation. In particular, it seemed to my ear as if the F# note on the melody string in particular..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer?:
"Susan Ann, I am still willing to list this as a Prichard dulcimer. The pegs are very similar to those made by C. N. Prichard. The hearts are typical of..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"That's an original, Dusty, except from the quote of Vocabulary.com. By the way I have painted a turtle to go along with this and I will post it under photos..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks, John.  I like that a lot.  Did you come up with that yourself or is that some ancient Chinese saying or something?"
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"To "Dusty Turtle" & all of my friends at FOTMD: "Like the turtle may you float in the hard times and bask in the good!" "To bask in something is to take..."
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Arkansas Traveler on a Stick Dulcimer:
"Great rendition on a lovely stick dulcimer!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"We didn't have nearly as many Butternut Squash from our garden to carry us through Autumn and into Winter.  This year, I hope we'll have more.  It is such a..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Hemlock Mills - WIP

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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...
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...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
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...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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!
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
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
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


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

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
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
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Site Moderators Group


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So Far From Don
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Maria's Gone
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People Look East
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House carpenter
Lily of the west
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Silly Bill
Reuben's Train
Angels We Have Heard On High
Angels From the Realms of Glory
Auld Lang Syne
Joy to the World
a morning devotion
Planxty Irwin
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan)
Brown Little Birds duet version
Wabash Cannonball
Wreck Of The Old 97
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Brown Little Birds
Darlin Corey
Conversation with Death
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Latest Forum Posts   All

basic music advice from...

Posted: Wednesday February 24 2021, 12:45 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Strings

Posted: Wednesday February 24 2021, 9:20 AM
By: @Leny-Sue

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday February 23 2021, 9:27 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Monday February 22 2021, 7:56 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Where have all the...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

Steeleye Span & John...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 5:10 PM
By: @FoundryRat

Legacy Straps Review

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 5:04 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Richard Troughear MD made...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 2:53 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas...

Posted: Saturday February 20 2021, 7:36 AM
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Zebrawood F# Native...

Posted: Thursday February 18 2021, 12:35 PM
By: @Susie

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Tuesday February 16 2021, 6:46 PM
By: @Strumelia

Choosing Your String Gauge

Posted: Tuesday February 16 2021, 8:38 AM
By: @Strumelia

Grant Olson Website

Posted: Saturday February 13 2021, 4:59 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Free tabs: More German folk...

Posted: Saturday February 13 2021, 1:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

Non-Metal Fret Material

Posted: Thursday February 11 2021, 4:09 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Blue Lion Dulcimers why so...

Posted: Thursday February 11 2021, 4:38 AM
By: @Catwheezle

a 1994 Mt Airy jam with Don...

Posted: Wednesday February 10 2021, 11:52 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

VSL, Tuning and Breaking...

Posted: Wednesday February 10 2021, 7:39 AM
By: @Strumelia

Bridge feet contact area

Posted: Tuesday February 9 2021, 9:58 PM
By: @robert schuler

Archie Smith Bowed Psaltery...

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 10:29 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Need Help Identifying two...

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 8:52 PM
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Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 11:11 AM
By: @Winks

article about world globes...

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 9:43 AM
By: @Venni aka Adrianne

New player / New purchase /...

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 8:45 AM
By: @Spam1977

John Frazier dulcimer

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By: @Kevin63

Dolly on mountain dulcimer

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By: @Susie

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Friday February 5 2021, 9:46 PM
By: @Don Grundy

Balalaika playing video

Posted: Friday February 5 2021, 9:01 PM
By: @Venni aka Adrianne

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday February 5 2021, 3:39 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

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Posted: Friday February 5 2021, 12:25 PM
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