Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, make new music friends. Share photos, music clips, and videos, resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials. Ask your beginner questions and learn to play! All are welcome here no matter what your playing style, skill level, or musical tastes. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly and totally FREE!
     After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting. You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name link at the top of any page. Click on different links to get familiar with where things are. Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  You've come to exactly the right place to receive or give 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

Richard Streib
@richard-streib • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @ag-murton:
"Welcome AG Murton to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So good to have you join. You will find lots of support here and a lot of information about the..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @fret-deficient:
"Welcome Fret_deficient to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a great place with lots of knowledge and experience. We are here to support one another..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @delyndul:
"So glad that you have joined, Delyundl. Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a wonderful place to learn all about the mountain dulcimer. You..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • an hour ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @joseph:
"Welcome Joseph to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So good to have you with us. Jump in and join in the discussions. Be sure to ask if  you have questions...."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @calliopecindy:
"It is so good of you to join our forum, Calliope Cindy. Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a great place to learn all about the mountain..."
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Snuffy Smith":
"Does anyone know if a dulcimer made an appearance in the Snuffy Smith comic strip?"
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant
CalliopeCindy
@calliopecindy • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @calliopecindy:
"Thank you, Ken. "
CalliopeCindy
@calliopecindy • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @calliopecindy:
"Thank you, Ben!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @ag-murton:
"Welcome to FOTMD, AG Murton. It's good to have you aboard. I hope you can introduce others to the mountain dulcimer in your country. Feel free to join in..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @fret-deficient:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Fret_deficient. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @delyndul:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Delyndul. It's good to have you aboard. Ask your questions. We are happy to help. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mike:
"Hi Mike and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @julia-rhea:
"Hi Julia, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @calliopecindy:
"Hi Cindy, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @joseph:
"Hi Joseph, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @delyndul:
"Hi Delyndul, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @fret-deficient:
"Hi Fret, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @ag-murton:
"Hi AG, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and..."
varedschoolhouse
@varedschoolhouse • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant":
"How lucky you were if you had the chance to meet/hear Larkin in person!  After hearing Larkin's CD "A Lark in the Twilight", I was able to find and buy a..."
Strings Attached
@strings-attached • 8 hours ago • comments: 244
Posted a new Comment on @robin-thompson:
"Thanks, Robin.  Oh, sorry to hear about your shoulder problems.  I have some occasional twinges but am trying to ignore them at the moment!  Yes, I am..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @strings-attached:
"Hi, Catherine, Phyllis Gaskins is an excellent place to begin-- she's one of my dulcimer heroes.  Due to shoulder problems, I no longer play in the Galax..."
Strings Attached
@strings-attached • 8 hours ago • comments: 244
Posted a new Comment on @robin-thompson:
"Hi Robin. I just bought my first Galax dulcimer from Jill Geary and she said to contact you regarding the dddd tuning. I play with a local old time music so..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 14 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Space Oddity - live - on electric dulcimer:
"Tremendous!"
joseph
@joseph • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @joseph:
"Hi Ken I have built three hour glass walnut on walnut. Walnut on butternut and all cherry  the cherry was a 25 vhs they were all Folkcraft kits . Am looking..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @joseph:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Joseph. It's good to have you aboard. Were your kits hourglass? Are you looking to make a teardrop kit or purchase one already made? I look..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"Dusty, I think it was a bad influence of living in the city and suburbs. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"Hey I never thought of that Dusty!  😂   But then, in those days everyone was told that margarine was way healthier than butter."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a group discussions item created by @sam-edelston: Space Oddity - live - on electric dulcimer
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a group discussions item created by @sam-edelston: Space Oddity - live - on electric dulcimer
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Space Oddity - live - on electric dulcimer":
"I performed this at the wonderful Colorado Dulcimer Festival earlier this month. David Bowie's glam rock classic, "Space Oddity," with an electric dulcimer..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"I'm disappointed. I was sure Jean would have used real butter, not cheap, store-bought margarine."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"Ken, I'd say you have way more brain cells than many much younger people i know!  🧠"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"I thought I recognized it, Lisa. My memory isn't too bad for an old man. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"@Ken, I did get that pick from Ralph Lee Smith.  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"Two comments: I don't think you have to worry about the museum displaying Jean's pick unless they do a special exhibit on her. The pick in you photo just..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"I remember reading where Jean explained that as she got older and developed some arthritis in her hands, she found it more comfortable to have a larger and..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "buzzy strings":
"MJ: Hi Dwain; here are my answers . Thanks for your help Are all the strings buzzing? YESAre the buzzes on a single fret or a group (or groups) of frets?..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @calliopecindy:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cindy. It's good to have you aboard. A great place to meet other mountain dulcimer players is Kentucky Music Week or Weekend. I haven't..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Northern WV Dulcimer Doings:
"Thanks for sharing this Wally. I won't be able to make it this year, but will keep it mind for the future. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"I saw and held that pick when I examined the Smithsonian dulcimer collection. Having spent 50 years playing with a turkey quill, guitar pick, or Herdim pick..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"@dronestyles It's a Mazola pick!  :) I don't ever use store bought picks so the Mazola pick being included in the museum collection is fun to see!  (I know..."
dronestyles
@dronestyles • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on one of Jean Ritchie's picks:
"That's a hoot!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD one year anniversary on July 29th, 2010 !":
"Whoa, fifteen!?!  This time next year, FOTMD will be looking forward to driving.  "
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Northern WV Dulcimer Doings:
"PattyFest 2024 - 1 June - Fairmont, WV Bob Lackey used to be a voice for this early summer gathering of the Gardner and Wartz crowd. The folks who run..."
RobMachin
@robmachin • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: The Great Speckled Bird
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD one year anniversary on July 29th, 2010 !":
"Wow! Fifteen years. I'm looking forward to the anniversary party. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD one year anniversary on July 29th, 2010 !":
"Well, Lisa, I'd say this teenager you brought forth 15 years ago has been on his best behavior, wouldn't you?"
MJ
@mj • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "buzzy strings":
"Hi Dwain; here are my answers . Thanks for your help Are all the strings buzzing? YESAre the buzzes on a single fret or a group (or groups) of frets? Mostly..."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer Making


A group for those building dulcimers or interested in...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


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


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
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Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Baritone & Bass Dulcimer Players

Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


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Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


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

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
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...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
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


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Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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Pacific Northwest Players


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FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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!...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
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Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant

Posted: Friday May 24 2024, 10:12 AM
By: @varedschoolhouse

buzzy strings

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 2:21 PM
By: @Dwain Wilder

FOTMD one year anniversary...

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 10:29 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

New Knopf Dulcimers website!

Posted: Tuesday May 21 2024, 7:17 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Thursday May 16 2024, 2:57 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Tenor Guitars

Posted: Wednesday May 15 2024, 9:59 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Hammered Dulcimer Forums

Posted: Tuesday May 14 2024, 5:19 PM
By: @Homer Ross

Try these sites for free tab

Posted: Monday May 13 2024, 11:52 PM
By: @Strumelia

Where should I post TAB

Posted: Monday May 13 2024, 10:16 AM
By: @Strumelia

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles,...

Posted: Friday May 10 2024, 2:14 AM
By: @Jim Yates

Frame Drums

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2024, 4:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Did you purchase one of...

Posted: Monday May 6 2024, 2:34 PM
By: @Strumelia

Cicada symphony.

Posted: Sunday May 5 2024, 9:15 AM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Saturday May 4 2024, 7:52 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Pete Seeger

Posted: Friday May 3 2024, 7:43 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman Boys (and Gal)

Posted: Tuesday April 30 2024, 10:27 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

anchor pin pulled out

Posted: Monday April 29 2024, 8:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

Something to watch

Posted: Wednesday April 24 2024, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

PLEASE Click to READ THIS...

Posted: Tuesday April 23 2024, 3:39 PM
By: @Strumelia

Fingering in Place of a Noter

Posted: Tuesday April 23 2024, 6:46 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Question about the 6 1/2 fret

Posted: Friday April 19 2024, 8:32 PM
By: @jost

Rare Kurt Simerman...

Posted: Friday April 19 2024, 7:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer by JR

Posted: Friday April 19 2024, 6:15 PM
By: @Alan from PA

John Stockard Dulcimer...

Posted: Thursday April 18 2024, 2:32 PM
By: @bdurham

Concert Ukulele

Posted: Tuesday April 16 2024, 1:00 AM
By: @Jim Yates

Nickel allergy--nylon...

Posted: Monday April 15 2024, 6:36 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Does soundbox tension...

Posted: Monday April 15 2024, 12:18 AM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Sunday April 14 2024, 7:17 AM
By: @Beth T

Loran Harmon dulcimer

Posted: Saturday April 13 2024, 10:43 AM
By: @Jessica Comeau

Chapman Stick

Posted: Saturday April 13 2024, 7:53 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

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