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

Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast - Episode 47  Stay Home and Play Dulcimer: with Stephen Seifert https://dulcimuse.com/podcast This episode was..."
IRENE
@irene • 6 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"yep, just fabulous and the tune is appropiate for this  time of frustration of CV-19.   thanks for putting that into the perspective too as you played that..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Your dulcimer sounds great in the upper register.  You know it's a great instrument when it sounds like that.  Thanks for playing a favorite of mine, too. Nina"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 9 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Were You There When They Crucified My Lord:
"Very nice, Gordon! Happy Easter!"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Well, not to belabor a point, my whole post was to help us as a group, to remember and not forget Strumelia’s blog from 10 years ago. On a personal level,..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"They were the strong, dominant alfalfa sprouts that like to take command, known colloquially as alphalpha sprouts."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"You should feel guilty Dusty... that sounds a bit over the top uber deluxe!    ...are you sure it wasn't alfalfa sprouts?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Late last night or early this morning, I received my bi-weekly delivery of fresh produce from the farm-to-table service I subscribe to.  Everything is grown..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"@terry-wilson I'm close to absent from the singing bunch.  Maybe 3 times I've sallied forth. . .  There are folks here who have sung a lot on recordings..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"I agree, Robin. And you are one of them. I have enjoyed your videos for many years. And am sure others would say the same."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"We've had lots of mountain dulcimer players & singers here at FOTMD on video and audio through the years-- we're most fortunate that way!  "
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"IRENE: this site puts life into perspective and brings a great laugh....thanks Terry....not tupid......just engaged in listening.  hummmmmmmm, gotta look..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 18 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Nearer My God To Thee:
"Terry Wilson: And you stay well in Alberta.  When  I think of Alberta, I think of Neil Young’s, “For Strong Winds.”  My favorite NY song. Hey Terry,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Tom-g -- I recommend you NOT use a coping saw to cut notches in the nut/bridge.  Most of us use a small triangle file to make notches not much more than..."
tpgugliotta
@tom-g • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Dusty Turtle: @Tom-g, our schools here closed just around that time, too. It's great that you are able to use this time on such a rewarding project...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"@Tom-g, our schools here closed just around that time, too. It's great that you are able to use this time on such a rewarding project.  Action on older..."
tpgugliotta
@tom-g • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I am from Albuquerque, NM and work for the public schools here.  Our governor shut our state down very early, March 16.  About that time I bought a 1984..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Nearer My God To Thee:
"And you stay well in Alberta.  When  I think of Alberta, I think of Neil Young’s, “For Strong Winds.”  My favorite NY song."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @bob: Hard Times Come Again No More
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on This is the future Ihope:
"Jack, have fun with your sister's dulcimer!   What a sweet photo!  "
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Earl and I have a lot in common. (Cartoon “Pickles”) While fishing yesterday, I also did another stupid, but I won’t even go there. However, it was..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Terry Wilson: Yesterday, while “cutting grass “ on my riding mower, I was wearing my ear buds listening to Neil Young. I kept noticing that the mower..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"this site puts life into perspective and brings a great laugh....thanks Terry....not tupid......just engaged in listening.  hummmmmmmm, gotta look up that..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"All this discussion reminds me of a dear sweet older gentleman who attended my church for many years.  He did not have a singing voice at all, but he sang..."
UserNo4
@userno4 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Interesting thoughts here. I participate in a couple of musical groups; one does a lot of singing, the other (predominantly mountain dulcimers) does not...."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @alan-thompson: This is the future Ihope
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Three singers come to mind, whose voices are questionable, but have made millions. Bob Dylan; Neil Young; and Tom Waits. Gotta love all three. I bet when..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!:
"Thanks Rob."
Alan Thompson
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A Tribute to John Prine:
"Tha's a nice tribute, Gordon.  I often play and sing that song at folk jams.  "They dug for the coal 'til the land was forsaken and wrote it all down as the..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"When I sing, I make Bob Dylan sound good! Too many years of smoking and drinking have done their damage (children, take note!). Quit smoking about 35 years..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A Tribute to John Prine:
"A great tribute, Gordon! RIP John...maybe they won't bury you, maybe they'll cut you up, and pass you all around!"
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "A Tribute to John Prine":
"We lost John Prine today to Covid-19. Here is my tribute to this great folksinger and song writer.  "
Rockin' in the Free World
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"I'm smiling reading all that is said here.  What a joy to read after reading for days about this CD-19.  I love this site, oooooooooooops, I've said that..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"And I love you too, Lisa. If it wasn’t for this forum, things could have turned out much different for me and my journey. The folks here have been just so..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"We all love you Terry, we think you're perfect just as you are!"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"I think singing is like this: Great voice, poor voice, good voice, mediocre voice, etc. Doesn’t matter. Confidence in your own voice will get you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!:
"Nice selection, Rob. I enjoyed your concert. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Steve, I think we are all tending to appreciate our neighbors more during this virus thing. I had a new neighbor buy one of the houses adjacent to ours at..."
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!:
" "
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!:
"Let's get this show on the road  "
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Tack_Come_Again_No_More Has the lyrics & "facts" as best they're known. "
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 3 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!:
"If the Good Lord's willing & the creek don't rise, I'll have a Youtube link on here about 7pm for a new livestream.  It's Train Tuesday!  All train..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?":
"I'm so glad I opened a message yesterday.  I was finally able to know what had puzzled me for years.   Hello Lois, my name is Troy Price and I reside in..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Break Thou the Bread of Life:
"Thank you, @Gordon-Hardy & @Steven-Berger.  I'm early for Good Friday yet this old hymn was on my mind.  I remember it being played during part of the..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Thank you, @terry-wilson , for bringing this up & thank you for tracking this down from back ten years ago, @strumelia .  It's still true.  I..."
Ariane
@ariane • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Ardaigh Cuain:
"@Terry-Wilson  Aww...Terry, that was sooo kind - thank you very much - I am very happy that you like it"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Though I don't sing much, I've decided I don't want my lack in abilities to stop me if I really want to go ahead.  It is not easy.  I sang a lot when I was..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Break Thou the Bread of Life

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Beginner players

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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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Modern/Chord style Players


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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


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Singing with the Dulcimer


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fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


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

Little Dulcimers


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

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Four-Equidistant Strings


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

Baritone Dulcimer Players


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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


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I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


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Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


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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,...
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Dulcimer Ancestors


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

Call the Tune


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GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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Box Dulcimers


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

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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


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Challenged Players


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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Virginia Dulcimer Players


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North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players

West Virginia players


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Florida Dulcimer Players
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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


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AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday April 10 2020, 12:25 AM
By: @Patricia Delich

Whatever happened to...

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By: @Terry Wilson

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Thursday April 9 2020, 3:48 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Wednesday April 8 2020, 10:59 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Tuesday April 7 2020, 6:05 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?

Posted: Tuesday April 7 2020, 6:00 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

I've posted my back...

Posted: Monday April 6 2020, 6:35 PM
By: @Mark Nelson

Do you have any May songs?

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Blues on Mountain...

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DulciBro Playing Resonator...

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Balalaika playing video

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15 string mini lap harp

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Jessica Comeau- Faerie...

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Circle of fifths machine

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By: @chris hornby

New Doug Berch Dulcimer :)

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By: @Susie

Fun with new Cardboard...

Posted: Tuesday March 31 2020, 11:02 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Tab for Deep Ellum Blues

Posted: Tuesday March 31 2020, 8:35 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Maddie MacNeil

Posted: Monday March 30 2020, 4:26 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

You know your dulcimer has...

Posted: Sunday March 29 2020, 9:28 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

What's the deal with...

Posted: Sunday March 29 2020, 9:16 PM
By: @IRENE

New to me, Q’s on...

Posted: Saturday March 28 2020, 1:41 PM
By: @gpeden

"Generations": Will...

Posted: Friday March 27 2020, 10:31 AM
By: @dulcinina

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins

Posted: Thursday March 26 2020, 11:27 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Wednesday March 25 2020, 10:56 AM
By: @Black Dog Bess

Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil

Posted: Tuesday March 24 2020, 9:24 PM
By: @Butch Ross

Creating a new group

Posted: Thursday March 19 2020, 9:21 AM
By: @Don B

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Tuesday March 17 2020, 5:43 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

The "I have small hands" idea

Posted: Sunday March 15 2020, 2:05 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Idle time. What to do.

Posted: Saturday March 14 2020, 7:54 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Friday March 13 2020, 8:54 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

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