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 in 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 player 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. 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.. and you'll be able to join in the fun.  Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  Don't be shy- 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

Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Jean with Gene Bluestein, 1986:
"What a great video!!  Thanks for posting it."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 8 hours ago • comments: 10
Liked an events item created by @ken-longfield: Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)
Dan
@dan • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"Work in progress, all Maple Dulcimore to be given away at the Gathering.....just got it's last coat of oil."
jazzc
@jazzc • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "you'll never walk alone tab":
"Richard Streib: That is a song still under copyright. You may need to purchase the sheet music and then get someone to do the tab for you. It is available..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "you'll never walk alone tab":
"That is a song still under copyright. You may need to purchase the sheet music and then get someone to do the tab for you. It is available..."
jazzc
@jazzc • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "you'll never walk alone tab":
"I play dulcimer for residents in assisted living/memory care, and one of the residents loves to sing You'll never walk alone.  I would love to be able to..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 12 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"Wally, will you be doing your workshop on the DulciTab Rule? I think I need a refresher course on how to use mine. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 14 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"@randy-adams Wild horses couldn't drag Mark away from our old pups!  Happy noting to you in Berea! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 14 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on In Knee-Deep Snow:
"Hey, thank you, @kevin-burns!  Hope you & yours are well!  "
Kevin Burns
@kevin-burns • 14 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on In Knee-Deep Snow:
"Nice"
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 15 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"Norma and I are planning to be there. Glad to have a date announced."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 15 hours ago • comments: 10
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 16 hours ago • comments: 10
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 16 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"Ha! I'll go if Robin and Mark go?"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"That's what I thought, too, @ken-longfield!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 16 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"Gee Randy, I thought you were the Noter Jedi Master. Hope you come to the Gathering. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan):
"Sounding great, Val!  What a haunting melody."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 18 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY):
"Is Yodaa going to be there? I want to learn to be a Noter Jedi."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @macaodha: Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan)
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"If you google "Don Pedi Youtube" you'll find at least 8 recordings of Don's playing.  Notparticularly "instructional videos".  The folks who make their..."
sleepingangel
@sleepingangel • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide played on Ron Ewing Dulcimer:
"Robin Thompson: Such a pretty arrangement beautifully played, Maria!  thank you so much. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide played on Ron Ewing Dulcimer:
"Such a pretty arrangement beautifully played, Maria! "
sleepingangel
@sleepingangel • yesterday • comments: 2
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Jean with Gene Bluestein, 1986":
"A young music friend pointed me to this:https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/sfc/id/56581"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan):
"Val, everything about this is wonderful!  I very much enjoy listening to you. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @macaodha: Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan)
MacAodha
@macaodha • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Audio File:
Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"The David Schnaufer instructional video may not be available on YouTube.  I think I bought a DVD of it years ago.  My memory is that it was put out by..."
Jimmy G
@jimmy-g • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"Thanks all who responded! Dusty, I tried to review the David Schaufner video you suggested, but my attempts at searching got me nowhere. Same for the Don..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"Yep -- what Dan said.  Don Pedi is probably THE current master of traditional Fingerdancing.  Check out his videoes, how-tos, classes and festival appearances."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on In Knee-Deep Snow:
"Thanks, @dulcinina!  27F is cold-- we're cold and still under plenty of snow cover here in our little corner of SE Ohio.  Keep warm & happy strumming!  :)"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Night Eyes:
"Way cool, Mark.  I like hearing mountain dulcimer in various musical settings.  "
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Sally Goodin (Folk Strings):
"Great job, Dan.  Hope you teach your style in Berea this year. Nina"
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on In Knee-Deep Snow:
"Nice job, guys. We just have a dusting now but it's 27 degrees.  Alexa says expect a high of 28 today.  Nina"
Mark Filler
@mark-filler • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Night Eyes:
"That picture of me is from the late 70's at an open mic sponsored by Victory Music.  That dulcimer was made by Rod Mathison. I no longer have it but I have a..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
In Knee-Deep Snow
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New biography of David Schnaufer":
"A new book about David Schnaufer is a wonderful (and much needed) addition to the body of dulcimer history and knowledge. David was so talented, he..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Sally Goodin (Folk Strings):
"Thank you all!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Night Eyes:
"Very cool Mark! I'd really like to know a bit more about the photo of you playing in that newspaper clipping in your avatar.-Tell us all about that..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @mark-filler: Night Eyes
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @mark-filler: Night Eyes
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"I say go to the master, Don Pedi."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"If you are Fingerdancing on just the melody string, use whatever combination of fingers in any order that doesn't tie your fingers in knots as you move up..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"Jimmy, there is no single way to do this. What works best for you is what's best. And I think you are right to work on one thing at a time.  Don't think..."
Jimmy G
@jimmy-g • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"I’m learning how to play the MD again after many years. I’d like to stop using a noter for the melody and use my fingers as a noter substitute instead. I..."
Mark Filler
@mark-filler • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Melodious Undertones:
"excellent"
Mark Filler
@mark-filler • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Created a new Audio File:
Night Eyes
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @dan: Sally Goodin (Folk Strings)
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Sally Goodin (Folk Strings):
"Great stuff, Dan! Love it."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on "La Laine des Moutons":
"That is lovely!Interestingly I got playing the dulcimer by being at a recording session,not knowing what to use to accompany a French tune"Ma Musette" was..."

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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

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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,...
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...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


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

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Baritone & Bass Dulcimer Players

Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


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

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
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...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


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

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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

AussieTalk!


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All My Heart This Night Rejoices - practice
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Si Beag Si Mor
Brown Eyed Janie on the Grand
Cripple Creek
Silent Night
The Spring at Iron Point Cemetery
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Cantiga 384 on a Celtic Strum
Man of Constant Sorrow
The Cuckoo
Come Thou Fount...
War Hent Kerrigouarch
Cripple Creek
Down in the valley
The Banks of Claudy
This is My Father's World
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Bachelor's Hall
Waters of Babylon
Livin' The Dream
Saints

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you'll never walk alone tab

Posted: Friday January 21 2022, 7:02 PM
By: @jazzc

Fingering in Place of a Noter

Posted: Friday January 21 2022, 6:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

New biography of David...

Posted: Thursday January 20 2022, 8:14 AM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Du Jour

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By: @Don

Why is it called a possum...

Posted: Tuesday January 18 2022, 8:04 PM
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Locating Bridge and nut

Posted: Tuesday January 18 2022, 7:52 PM
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Playing Slurs

Posted: Monday January 17 2022, 10:31 PM
By: @Jimmy G

Mystery Dulcimer

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By: @Sagebum

How do I donate

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Introduce Yourself!

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Bocote Wood - the 'eyes'...

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Ron Ewing dulcimer thoughts?

Posted: Wednesday January 5 2022, 8:26 PM
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Tips on shipping dulcimers

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Frame Drums

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Travels of a Plectrum...

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Fretboard widths and wood...

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By: @Lorilee

Jouhikko/Tagelharpa

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Remembering "Deputy Mo" /...

Posted: Sunday December 26 2021, 11:17 AM
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Joni Mitchell's song...

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Tom Yocky Jr.

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Wooden Drums

Posted: Tuesday December 21 2021, 2:29 PM
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Help with identifying a...

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The Positive Thread...

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