Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive online site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers and players on the internet today. 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.
   So 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

Luigi
@luigi • 2 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Red Haired Boy:
"Wonderfull! A real classic! What´s your tuning?"
Diesel
@diesel • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Naming Our "Babies"?":
"Different strokes for different dulcimer folks.  I just think of my instruments as having a soul of sorts; released as they get played in and attuned to me...."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Lisa, I am glad you like "my" song. I agree, it's a beautiful song. Irene, like you, I have lived on a river, the Flint, for many years. I love "my" river. I..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Naming Our "Babies"?":
"I don't name any of my instruments. Most of them are just called by the name of the builder; e.g., the Folkcraft, the Blue Lion, the Thomas, the Prichard,..."
IRENE
@irene • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Gourd Banjo:
"this is an inspiration!!!  I have a big gourd that a dear friend gave me for my 50th wedding anniversary....it's calling my name after seeing this post...."
IRENE
@irene • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sylvan James of Gassaway WV:
"ahhhh, Robin and Lisa, this post caught my eyeball for more then one reason.  My first dulcimer was made in Korea (of all places, not Appalachia) but I..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Gourd Banjo:
"I'd bet it sounds as good as it looks, Dan! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @dan:
Gourd Banjo
IRENE
@irene • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"The comments here in....about RIVER by Bill Staines had me looking it up on youtube.  No wonder it's a favorite.  I've never heard it and I too can love that..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Gourd Banjo:
"Looks good. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dan
@dan • 10 hours ago • comments: 2
Gourd Banjo
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nick o'sullivan
@nick-osullivan • 11 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A little tune on my eedybeedy:
"Thanks Lisa"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 11 hours ago • comments: 38
Liked a group discussions item created by @nick-osullivan:
Dowland on Dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Anyone like playing a chromatic with noter & drone style?:
"I don't play a chromatic dulcimer and I rarely play with a noter, but I'm gonna post an answer anyway! I love to listen to S-E-A Folkgrass (FOTMD members..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 11 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @pete-staehling:
Tiny Dulcimers
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A little tune on my eedybeedy:
"@nick-osullivan Nick... this is absolutely enchanting. I have danced many a waltz to this beautiful tune at contra dances.    "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Terry, I once played guitar backup to a woman singing "River" at a small community arts festival.  I was given a lyrics sheet with chords to play, but when..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 11
Liked a group discussions item created by @nick-osullivan:
A little tune on my eedybeedy
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sylvan James of Gassaway WV:
"Robin, the description does state that: "instrument accompanied by small bow from cane, although no documentation that bow was original to instrument" In..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 33
Liked a group discussions item created by @strumelia:
Bows
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Anyone like playing a chromatic with noter & drone style?":
"I'm just curious as to whether there's anyone out there who likes playing noter style on a chromatic, and for what reason they might do that."
Chromatic Dulcimers
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bowing box dulcimers:
"just bumping this cool old thread up for air... "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on What do you want in a box dulcimer?:
"I know this thread is pretty old, but... have any of you made a new box dulcimer lately or do you still play the one(s) you had years ago?"
Diesel
@diesel • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Naming Our "Babies"?":
"I have always named my instruments for the simple reason that, as space in the house is limited and accidents will happen, they live in their cases in thee..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
""River" by Bill Staines is truly a beautiful and emotional song Terry.  It's very easy to understand it producing tears."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"About 3 months after I began my journey with the dulcimer, I drove 100 miles to my first of only two D Jams. The group of around a dozen played "River (take..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"How many times can I answer this question?  If it's only once, I would have to find a tune that sounds as good fast as it does slow.  Something with words..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Yeah this is a very tough question Terry!   I almost picked Shady Grove. But then I had to choose a song I learned many years ago from the great Aubrey..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Oooooooooh Lisa. Your turn."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 15 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress :
"Hey, @stewart-mccormick & @ariane , thank you for your nice comments!  I wish you lots and lots of happy strumming!  "
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • 15 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on No Direction:
"Val and Ariane, Thanks for listening!!"
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 15 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on When the roll is called up yonder:
"Ariane: Beautiful playing and sound, Bobby! Thank you!"
haydee025
@haydee025 • 16 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a video item created by @burrell-loew:
Come Thou Fount
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Signed @melanie-johnston's Guestbook:
"Hi Melanie, I have enjoyed listening to the Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering. That introduction with the shots of nature and then you and other showing the..."
Bob
@bob • 17 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"What great music!"
Adrian E
@adrian-e • 18 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"Larry, your dulcimer sounded quite "acoustic" even though you were plugged in. Were you using a soundboard pickup, or an under the saddle pickup or was it..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"I slept on it-- it's Shady Grove.  "
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 21 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @virginia-hogfiddler:
When the roll is called up yonder
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on When the roll is called up yonder:
"Christine Shoemaker: So nice that even the doggies answered the call!   Lol! Those doggies are silly. Thank you!"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on When the roll is called up yonder:
"Beautiful playing and sound, Bobby!"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on No Direction:
"Beautiful, expressive and rich in variety, Charles! And a good title too!"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"What a joy to listen to you both, Larry - great! "
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress :
"Beautiful and melancholic together - and with your great and distinctive sound, Robin."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Green Bushes:
"I most certainly agree with Bob...your voice and your dulcimer are a perfect match, Gordon!    "
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on When the roll is called up yonder:
"So nice that even the doggies answered the call!  "
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • yesterday • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"Love this, Larry and Elaine!  Soooo fluid and perfectly polished.  Thank you for sharing this vid! "
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mercer Museum Zither Replica":
"These are great places and I'm writing this down!!  Maybe one reason some of the old dulcimers "back in the day" had such high fret boards, was to..."
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress :
"I'm late to comment, but as always, great playing!! "
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"If you could hie to Kolob (I'll post the words to this some other time)...but any one song would become boring after too many times a playing it....We all..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Polska after Carl H. Erlandsson

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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 making dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
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.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Dulcimer teachers

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Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


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

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


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

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
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...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
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....
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
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...
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


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

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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Indiana Players


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Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress
A la Puerta del Cielo (Basque lullaby)_15-07-2018
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Boil Dem Cabbage Down
Roisin the Beau
Fantasy Around The World (feat. Elvensong)
Hidden Sun
Flight To Minas Tirith (with Frank Ledgerwood in 1986)
The Promenade (Slip Jig)
Eight Year Winter
Wildcat Hollow
Sansula sweet-talks Ukulele
Counting the Days
Meet Me by the Creekside
Smiley Kylie - first draft
Cerise, Cerise (feat. Ariane Klauer)
Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm
Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer
Bright Quiet Eily O'Carrol
Of Stormy Seas and Tall Ships Sailing
the hanging of jamie Macpherson by request of Strumelia
Si bheag Si Mhor Hammer Dulcimer
twa bridgets-bridget cuise #3 and bridget o'malley.
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Hummingbird
Danny Boy
Horse Bransle Hurdy Gurdy
The Chickens They Are Crowing
Dulcimore Wind
A Touch of Spring - draft 2

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Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA

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Sat Aug 18 2018
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


Fri Aug 24 2018
Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival 2018

Homer Ledford Dulcimer...


Sat Sep 1 2018
24th Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

24th Harvest Festival of...


Sat Sep 15 2018
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 20 2018
9th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(NM)

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Fri Oct 19 2018
Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


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Naming Our "Babies"?

Posted: Sunday July 22 2018, 9:56 PM
By: @Diesel

Choose just ONE song for...

Posted: Sunday July 22 2018, 9:53 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

Mercer Museum Zither Replica

Posted: Saturday July 21 2018, 11:08 PM
By: @IRENE

Does anyone have a David...

Posted: Friday July 20 2018, 4:04 PM
By: @MarkStarCrashes

Do you name your dulcimers?

Posted: Friday July 20 2018, 10:41 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Frets on noter/drone dulcimer

Posted: Friday July 20 2018, 9:48 AM
By: @Don Grundy

Clarification needed on...

Posted: Thursday July 19 2018, 7:12 PM
By: @Matt Berg

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Thursday July 19 2018, 8:34 AM
By: @marg

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Thursday July 19 2018, 12:17 AM
By: @Elvensong

Aromatic Cedar Dulcimer

Posted: Monday July 16 2018, 9:08 AM
By: @Kusani

E. Dale Eckard/Smoky Ridge...

Posted: Sunday July 15 2018, 8:27 PM
By: @Stewart McCormick

Somewhere over the rainbow

Posted: Sunday July 15 2018, 7:24 AM
By: @YepSureOK

Modern Mountain dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday July 14 2018, 5:21 PM
By: @Gail Webber

How does your pet react to...

Posted: Saturday July 14 2018, 5:01 PM
By: @Diesel

Techniques for accidentals

Posted: Friday July 13 2018, 3:20 PM
By: @YepSureOK

Anyone familiar with Bob...

Posted: Friday July 13 2018, 10:52 AM
By: @Geckostar97

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Friday July 13 2018, 10:45 AM
By: @Strumelia

Do you play any popular...

Posted: Thursday July 12 2018, 11:24 PM
By: @hugssandi

What has music done for yor?

Posted: Thursday July 12 2018, 7:35 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Happiness in a new song

Posted: Thursday July 12 2018, 6:43 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

NEW!- Fotmd Main Page...

Posted: Thursday July 12 2018, 5:57 PM
By: @Strumelia

June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound

Posted: Tuesday July 10 2018, 9:36 PM
By: @Strumelia

Only seeing the original...

Posted: Tuesday July 10 2018, 9:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Monday July 9 2018, 10:48 PM
By: @Bob

Vintage Edsel Martin...

Posted: Monday July 9 2018, 3:11 PM
By: @jraysongsinger

Trantham 1998 hourglass...

Posted: Monday July 9 2018, 2:35 PM
By: @jraysongsinger

Maple/Spruce Custom McSpadden

Posted: Saturday July 7 2018, 5:35 PM
By: @Gary Warnock

What's your favorite...

Posted: Wednesday July 4 2018, 8:23 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Loran Harmon dulcimer

Posted: Monday July 2 2018, 4:24 PM
By: @Black Dog Bess

Seeking John Stockard dulcimer

Posted: Sunday July 1 2018, 4:47 PM
By: @Dave shattuck

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