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

tpatts
@tatts • an hour ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"Wow, thanks for your replies everyone! I’ve found some “piano center pins” on eBay that look like they’ll do the job - basically nails with no heads - so I..."
kjb
@kjb • 6 hours ago • comments: 10
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Red is the Rose
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dewdrop Strummer:
"Dusty Turtle: Interesting build.  It's a guitar because it's chromatic and the bass string is at the top. But it's a dulcimer because it has three strings..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dewdrop Strummer:
"Interesting build.  It's a guitar because it's chromatic and the bass string is at the top. But it's a dulcimer because it has three strings and no real..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"As a player, I agree with @Robin-Thompson.  Those small brads with no heads can handle either type of string and are therefore preferable.  It is also true..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"I prefer dulcimer string anchors which can accommodate either loop end or ball end strings.  When one owns several mountain dulcimers, it is nice to be able..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"When I started building I used #2 screws either 1/2 or 3/4 inch long. I don't know if screw sizes differ from US sizes in the UK. I called the pins either..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"If I had a new/new-to-me dulcimer I'd post!  "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 11 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Your favourite or preferred shape to build / play:
"Cheap cardboard student dulcimers make a SURPRISINGLY WONDERFUL sound.  I almost couldn't believe it when I heard one for the first time."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 11 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"Square-cut nails or the aforementioned dowel, which was usually referred to as a tailpin.  Some dulcimer builders used screws instead. You can buy a 1/4"..."
Dan
@dan • 12 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"Agreed, just use a brad or small nail. You can clip the head off with wire cutters and smooth them out with a file. Historically, square cut nails were..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tips for using loop end strings on a build?:
"Surprisingly enough those are called "string pins".    I usually just use a small "brad" nail with or without a head.  If the head is small enough you can..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Irish Music Workshop, Somerset KY":
"Lorinda Jones will be leading a 2 hour Irish Music Workshop on November 15th from 2:30 to 4:30 in Somerset, KY. Songs will be presented to mountain dulcimer..."
Kentucky Dulcimer Players
tpatts
@tatts • 14 hours ago • comments: 7
Created a new Group discussion "Tips for using loop end strings on a build?":
"Hi, I’m getting ready to start dulcimer #3 and have just purchased some d’darrio dulcimercstrings with loop ends. Being a long time guitar player these are..."
Dulcimer Making
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Your favourite or preferred shape to build / play:
"I've probably helped construct 60 or 70 Backyard dulcimers over the years. We had a week long folk music camp and ordered one for each participant. I still..."
Black Dog Bess
@black-dog-bess • 17 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Your favourite or preferred shape to build / play:
"I have had a couple rectangular dulcimers that I really enjoyed. I recently discovered the trapezoidal cardboard ones that Backyard Instruments make. Sorry..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 18 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Old French:
"What a rollicking tune!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"I should mention that our members who are dulcimer makers/luthiers often utilize our Dulcimer Making Group to post about their latest creations that they..."
Susie
@susie • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"Ken Hulme: Most of us just post a separate thread when we acquire or make a new instrument, rather than having a single thread of new dulcimers.  But..."
Susie
@susie • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"Don Grundy: Do you have a new dulcimer? No, not today.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"A dulcimer-builder colony?!?! You'll need testers for all the dulcimers before shipment."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"John C. Knopf: Bob, I've been thinking in that direction myself, lately.   Looks like a wonderful area of the country, with nice folks who actually know..."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"Robin Thompson: It's pretty country, Bob, and you'll be able to soak-in that Galax vibe.  :) It is beautiful and the mountains call..."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"Richard Streib: That is great Bob. I wish you the best in finding just the right place for you and your family. That area is a great area with super..."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"Ken Longfield: New Jersey's loss is Virginia's gain. Posted from someone who grew up in New Jersey, but moved to Pennsylvania 37 years ago. There were a..."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"IRENE: lucky folks that have your family as neighbors. I understand that it's beautiful country there.   Pray for where you'll be needed the most and..."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"Steven Berger: Good luck in your search, Bob...I'm sure you'll find something that suits your needs! Maybe some Galax-style dulcimer builds are in your..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"That is great Bob. I wish you the best in finding just the right place for you and your family. That area is a great area with super friendly folks. And a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"Most of us just post a separate thread when we acquire or make a new instrument, rather than having a single thread of new dulcimers.  But here's my newest..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Harmie Griffie:
"James, the original post was placed here by dulcimer maker Dax Cox.  He was seeking information on your father.  Did your father make and/or play mountain..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Old French
Ferrator
@ferrator • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"As with all things this is taking time. And even now, I see places where I didn't get all of the old finish off and need to get back to sanding. I resist the..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Irish Music Workshop, KY":
"Lorinda Jones will be leading a 2 hour Irish Music Workshop on November 15th from 2:30 to 4:30 in Somerset, KY. Songs will be presented to mountain dulcimer..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"Bob, I've been thinking in that direction myself, lately.   Looks like a wonderful area of the country, with nice folks who actually know what a dulcimer is!"
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • yesterday • comments: 32
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-clark: Developing Noter Drone Playing – The Melodic Style
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"Do you have a new dulcimer?"
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @susie: NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them
James Griffie
@james-griffie • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Harmie Griffie:
"I have information on Harmie Griffie.  I am his youngest son.  I kind of stumbled on your post by accident while researches my Dad's service history. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @susie: NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"I belong to several music forums. It is quite common for folks to share their new instrument acquisitions with pictures and details. It's interesting to see..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Group Contents Re-ordered???":
"I'm looking into this Ken.  It looks like if you make a new post in a group discussion, it does rise to the top as it should.  (there are sometimes a couple..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"It's pretty country, Bob, and you'll be able to soak-in that Galax vibe.  :)"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"New Jersey's loss is Virginia's gain. Posted from someone who grew up in New Jersey, but moved to Pennsylvania 37 years ago. There were a lot of places I..."
Judith
@judith • 2 days ago • comments: 32
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-clark: Developing Noter Drone Playing – The Melodic Style
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Old French
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Moving to Southern Virginia":
"lucky folks that have your family as neighbors. I understand that it's beautiful country there.   Pray for where you'll be needed the most and you'll find..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Group Contents Re-ordered???":
"The Wall comments I never did see out of chronological order.  But the Group discussions are completely disordered.  I understand that they 'should' have..."
granto
@granto • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Rondo Alla Turca - Grant Olson:
"Thank you so much everyone for your kind words and encouragement! Dusty Turtle: Is this a tuning you use in other tunes or did you come up with it just..."
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Want to Buy: Dulcimer Stand":
"I purchased it last year and I think it was about $180.00.You may want to contact him to see if he will have any available at that time...."
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker:
"David Bennett: Bob: The granddaughter of Edd Presnell, Ms. Melanie McGrew, is quite active on Facebook and she may have a lot of info on these..."

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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...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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 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...
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...
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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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!
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type...
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...
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...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


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

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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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A work in progress
Ishe Komborera Afrika
Flop Eared Mule
Midnight on the Water
Whispering Lodgepole Pine
Classical Coyote
Fairest Lord Jesus (Dulcimer Duet)
Blarney Pilgrim
As I Was Going to Yellowstone
Waltzing With Wildflowers
Happy Grasshopper
The Lazy Lamar
It's a Bear Jam!
Merrily Kissed the Quaker
Sally Gardens_Haste to the Wedding
Old Joe Clark
Lay the Bent To The Bonnie Broom
Ohio's Icebox on mountain dulcimer and guitar
Huron Dulcimer Sound Check
The Rhubarb don't grow here anymore
Trepidation
The Shadow (Locrian)
Sound check medley for Epler Dulcimer
In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Cripple Creek II
Waiting
Black Mountain Rag
Arkansas Traveler
Barlow Knife
Southwind

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Wartz n All Fall Gathering -(WV)

Wartz n All Fall...


Sat Oct 26 2019
NGFDA Fall Festival -(GA)

NGFDA Fall Festival -(GA)


Thu Nov 21 2019
19th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Festival -(LA)

19th Annual Lagniappe...


Thu Mar 12 2020
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Apr 16 2020
Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium -(TN)

Gatlinburg Dulcimer...


Fri May 15 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Sat May 16 2020

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Latest Forum Posts   All

NDD (New Dulcimer Day)...

Posted: Wednesday October 16 2019, 7:54 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Moving to Southern Virginia

Posted: Tuesday October 15 2019, 9:51 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Kantele?

Posted: Tuesday October 15 2019, 6:40 PM
By: @Ferrator

Irish Music Workshop, KY

Posted: Tuesday October 15 2019, 6:29 PM
By: @dulcinina

Group Contents Re-ordered???

Posted: Tuesday October 15 2019, 1:35 PM
By: @Strumelia

Want to Buy: Dulcimer Stand

Posted: Monday October 14 2019, 9:42 PM
By: @Gale A Barr

McSpadden Possum Board Volume

Posted: Monday October 14 2019, 10:19 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday October 13 2019, 10:30 AM
By: @Anne Maguire

Ukulele Tuners

Posted: Sunday October 13 2019, 8:06 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

It’s about your neck...

Posted: Saturday October 12 2019, 3:59 PM
By: @Phroedrick

McSpadden mountain dulcimer...

Posted: Friday October 11 2019, 10:13 PM
By: @Dave shattuck

Anyone heard of "B.F.M....

Posted: Thursday October 10 2019, 10:54 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To...

Posted: Wednesday October 9 2019, 10:06 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Two mode/tuning/notation...

Posted: Wednesday October 9 2019, 8:30 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Your Three Favorite Songs

Posted: Wednesday October 9 2019, 7:52 AM
By: @Jim Fawcett

Tabs or Tutorials for Jigs...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 1:21 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What's your favorite...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 11:10 AM
By: @tpatts

What’s your favourite...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 11:02 AM
By: @tpatts

Randy Wilkinson tab book...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 8:39 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Blarney pilgrim

Posted: Monday October 7 2019, 7:53 AM
By: @mikemullen1

2019 Bowed Psaltery...

Posted: Sunday October 6 2019, 3:44 PM
By: @Strumelia

Weird Foods You’ve Eaten

Posted: Sunday October 6 2019, 8:24 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Saturday October 5 2019, 10:07 PM
By: @Phroedrick

Care Advice Sought for 2...

Posted: Saturday October 5 2019, 9:44 PM
By: @PaulinPhoenix

Who made this dulcimer?

Posted: Saturday October 5 2019, 3:35 PM
By: @Monterey

McSpadden

Posted: Friday October 4 2019, 4:31 PM
By: @Ariane

Tell us about your VERY...

Posted: Wednesday October 2 2019, 8:32 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Bowed psaltery

Posted: Wednesday October 2 2019, 7:36 AM
By: @Lorraine

Where is that fret supposed...

Posted: Tuesday October 1 2019, 11:57 PM
By: @Phroedrick

Lillie’s Lullaby

Posted: Tuesday October 1 2019, 11:42 PM
By: @Ballad Gal

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