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

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 36 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Waltzing With Wildflowers:
"Ohio's filled with wildflowers and I love seeing them-- even the ones lots of people want to kill from their yards!  You've given the flowers a good tune!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 39 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Happy Grasshopper:
"A nice tune to mark grasshopper season!  Beats a plague of locusts, perhaps?  :) Well played, Bigskywild!  "
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion ""Sunday Sunrise" video series":
"Kendra Ward & her husband have started a weekly video series of traditional hymns and gospel music. I'm hoping to pick up strumming techniques from..."
Rich D
@rich-d • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Like new Blue Lion RTD FH for sale":
"@shan2130 yes the dulcimer is still looking for a good home.......you can email me directly at rjssteakhouse@hotmail.com if interested.....thanks"
shan2130
@shan2130 • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Like new Blue Lion RTD FH for sale":
"Is this dulcimer sold?  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"@butch-ross, you're just gonna have to change the lyrics. "Old enough to retire but I'm still a waiter/'Cause I like singing folk songs." By the way, I..."
Butch Ross
@butch-ross • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dad tuning":
"strothers.com has a string gauge calculator that's really useful. I like heavier strings, so I usually add 2 to whatever it gives me (so if it's .010 then I..."
Butch Ross
@butch-ross • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"I used to play This Song all the time, but I stopped 'cuz I'm so clearly not even close to 35 anymore.  "
Janis Lewman
@janis-lewman • 9 hours ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Indiana Players:
"Just joining this group...not sure why I never noticed it before.  I'm southeast of Indpls.  Struggling to make left hand fingers go where they should when..."
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What In The World Is This?":
"It has the look of a 1970s kit, like those sold by Here, Inc. "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What In The World Is This?":
"Looks almost like a DSO to me."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What In The World Is This?":
"That sure is a LOOOONG tuning head!"
John Keane
@john-keane • 14 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings!:
"Thanks Marg!  We are having a great time!"
Fatcat
@fatcat • 16 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Challenged Players:
"Thank you all for these great suggestions. I missed your replies somehow. (I am still trying to learn how to get around on this site. I can't spend very much..."
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music :
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music :
"thnx @Marg  "
mikemullen1
@mikemullen1 • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blarney pilgrim":
"I found the sheet music for The Blarney Pilgrim on Slowplayers.org (The link to the tune is below)http://slowplayers.org/2014/05/05/blarney-pilgrim-g/I..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What In The World Is This?":
"Nice looking dulcimer, Phroedrick. I think it's the maker's LAST name that's partially ripped from the label. Also, it seems he/she may have built other..."
IRENE
@irene • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music
marg
@marg • 21 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings!:
"Good going to all the players, they are doing very well. I hope they are enjoying themselves."
marg
@marg • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music :
"Very nice and the history of the boats and the canal is very interesting. Again, beautifully played"
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "What In The World Is This?":
"I picked up a dulcimer a bit ago that I thought was going to be larger; the description incorrectly listed the length. This one that is about 80% as tall as..."
YeahSureOK
@yeahsureok • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Blarney pilgrim":
"Does anyone know if there are tabs or sheet music available for the old irish folk tune Blarney Pilgrim?"
Dan
@dan • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music :
"Nice film, Dan, and nice music to go with it!"
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Thanks, Ken......that is a great reminder........your website is outstanding, in fact I have used some of those recipes in days gone by.  I looked for a..."
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Saltsprings!   Look around and see if there's a Produce Co-op in your area.  We get 98% of our veggies these days from the SWFL Produce Co-op.  Great quality..."
John Keane
@john-keane • 2 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings!:
"Thank y'all so much for the kind words!  The important thing is that we are having fun doing what we do!"
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Härjedalsschottis:
"Very lively and rhythmically played - sehr schönes Stück super gespielt!"
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings!:
"Congratulations for this project, for you and these talented young dulcimer players - I am looking forward to the next video"
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Oravan Pesä - a Finnish folk song:
"Thank you very much, Gordon and Steven - for your kind comment."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on As I Was Going to Yellowstone:
"Funny song! I like it...can relate!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @bigskywild: As I Was Going to Yellowstone
MANSKER
@mansker • 2 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings!:
"John-greatly impressed by these young folks and their fluid rhythm in such a short span. Compliments to them and a great reflection upon their teacher...."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Nice.........my cooking is going down the drain.  In fact, it has become pathetic...However, this little note might just get me back on track.   The big..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Tomatoes are gearing down.  We had big tomato & bacon sandwiches on sesame hamburger buns for dinner. I like mine with mayo spread on the buns, Brian..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Aaron O'Rourke's new Fingerstyle Dulcimer :
"Wow!  I just listened to some your dulcimers, both nylon and steel string......amazing, glorious........and by the way, what a great website you have!"
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Aaron O'Rourke's new Fingerstyle Dulcimer :
"Dusty, That is figured myrtle.  It's often used on flamenco guitars.  Aaron likes it with a Sitka Spruce soundboard, but it also works well with Western..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Aaron O'Rourke's new Fingerstyle Dulcimer :
"Yeah, I've been listening to Aaron play these gems and have put one on the top of my wish list.  Unfortunately, I am about to get a new car, new HVAC unit,..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @bigskywild: As I Was Going to Yellowstone
bigskywild
@bigskywild • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
As I Was Going to Yellowstone
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Waltzing With Wildflowers:
"Nice tune!"
Bill in NM
@bill-in-nm • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"For some dumb reason, I really like "Froggy Went A'Courtin"."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Conversation with Kendra Ward":
"Kendra is a great player-- of both mountain and hammered dulcimers!  I really enjoyed the interview and photos.  She is a great source of information because..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Lazy Lamar:
"A lovely tune.  The Lamar Valley must be a lovely place.   "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on It's a Bear Jam!:
"It sounds as though the bears and all enjoyed the jam!  :) Nicely done.  "
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Aaron O'Rourke's new Fingerstyle Dulcimer :
"Jan, Aaron has been posting songs played on the nylon string instrument for his Patreon supporters.  For a mere $5/month you could be following his journey..."
bigskywild
@bigskywild • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Audio File:
Waltzing With Wildflowers
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Conversation with Kendra Ward":
"Great interview, Redmando! I had the pleasure of meeting Kendra and Bob at the Traditional Dulcimore Gathering in Berea, Ky in May. Kendra brought some of..."

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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...
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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

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25th Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

25th Annual Harvest...


Sat Sep 21 2019
Black Mountain Music Festival -(NC)

Black Mountain Music...


Sat Oct 12 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

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Like new Blue Lion RTD FH...

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 4:40 PM
By: @Rich D

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 12:30 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Dad tuning

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 11:19 AM
By: @Butch Ross

What In The World Is This?

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 8:42 AM
By: @John Gribble

Blarney pilgrim

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 1:03 AM
By: @mikemullen1

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Tuesday September 17 2019, 7:35 AM
By: @Salt Springs

Conversation with Kendra Ward

Posted: Monday September 16 2019, 2:39 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Folkcraft Dulcimer for Sale

Posted: Sunday September 15 2019, 7:08 PM
By: @Kevin R.

Play Music On The Porch Day...

Posted: Friday September 13 2019, 7:27 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Friday September 13 2019, 5:19 PM
By: @pattyfromor

Value of this instrument or...

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 10:55 PM
By: @waynebergman

Homemade Capo

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 5:19 PM
By: @Kevin Keating

How to change my profile...

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 12:47 PM
By: @tpatts

Remembering 9/11

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 11:48 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

What’s your favourite...

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 10:57 AM
By: @whateversusan

David Honea dulcimer with...

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 7:55 PM
By: @Geckostar97

Tabs or chords for “Only You”

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 2:50 PM
By: @Molly McCurdy

Walnut Thomas with possum...

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 1:18 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Maker ID

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 11:02 AM
By: @steve c.

Removing a fretboard

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 7:58 AM
By: @IRENE

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday September 9 2019, 10:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How do I post in the Photos...

Posted: Sunday September 8 2019, 11:53 AM
By: @Strumelia

Edsel Martin Dulcimer for Sale

Posted: Sunday September 8 2019, 9:54 AM
By: @Victoria

Conversation with John Crocker

Posted: Saturday September 7 2019, 9:34 AM
By: @Salt Springs

Dulcimer by John Hedrick $550

Posted: Thursday September 5 2019, 7:06 PM
By: @Sharon Porter

Tuning for a 4 Equidistant...

Posted: Wednesday September 4 2019, 5:42 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday September 4 2019, 12:21 PM
By: @dulcinina

Using a strap

Posted: Monday September 2 2019, 10:11 PM
By: @FoundryRat

Conversation with Butch Ross

Posted: Sunday September 1 2019, 11:50 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Saturday August 31 2019, 7:09 PM
By: @Marlene Powell

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