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

chiselerinwood
@chiselerinwood • 21 minutes ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"Ken, when you say next to the first fret, does that mean it should not be on top of the fret like the nickel ?  If so, I will need to start over, I put it..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lord Gregory:
"Dusty Turtle: You should think about developing materials to teach how to accompany singing with the dulcimer. ........I'm still waiting to hear of your..."
Paparazzi
@paparazzi • 2 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"Paparazzi: It ate at me long enough so I did it and my hanger idea worked like a charm, did have a few tear outs however when pulling the frets but..."
Paparazzi
@paparazzi • 2 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"It ate at me long enough so I did it and my hanger idea worked like a charm, did have a few tear outs however when pulling the frets but nothing major. I had..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Ugros (Hungarian dance suite)
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String:
"You have a really nice website for your shop, Martin! Interesting dulcimers there!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String:
"That instrument sounds great, Martin! Nice playing, also!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"The good starting Action Height is what we call the Nickel & Dime.  Set a dime next to the 1st fret.  The strings should just touch the dime.  If the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 hours ago • comments: 52
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Hi Burke;  Don't worry.  I was an "outie only" strummer for my first 25 years of playing!  I used to claim to have the 'fastest thumb in the West'.   Then..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Ugros (Hungarian dance suite)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Ugros (Hungarian dance suite)
Strumelia
@strumelia • 7 hours ago • comments: 52
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Hi there Burke! Perhaps these 2 blog videos I made would be helpful for your beginning strumming efforts:..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 7 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Little Handkerchief (Bulgarian folk dance):
"Yes, Dusty, it is a chromatic ginger (with a couple of notes missing at the high end).  I actually play the tune somewhat on the slow side in the video, but..."
kjb
@kjb • 8 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String
Burke
@burke • 8 hours ago • comments: 52
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I can half way find the right note. But strumming is hard to do. I can strum out but in strum is hard to get."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String
Martin Oesterle
@martin-oesterle • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String:
"This video shows the new Dulcimus 5-String E-Dulcimer. The latest Projekt of the Dulcimershop Germany (Dulcimershop Germany)."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 10 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Little Handkerchief (Bulgarian folk dance):
"I don't think I could play or dance that fast!  Is that a chromatic Ginger?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @ron-zuckerman: Bittersweet Memories
Martin Oesterle
@martin-oesterle • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lord Gregory:
"This is so nice, Janene.  You should think about developing materials to teach how to accompany singing with the dulcimer.  You have a really creative..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Lord Gregory
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 11 hours ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"@Strumelia, that video is sublime.   @Irene I believe there have been some old-time fiddlers who held the violin more like a viol-- something of a lap..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Here's a video of Ernst Stolz (one of my 'early music' heroes) playing a small 'soprano' rebec in cello position with an underhand bow.  This is interesting..."
chiselerinwood
@chiselerinwood • 12 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"  Well, I finished it. Thanks for your suggestions. I just broke one of the bottom strings, that's why there are only three. Darn thing stuck right in the..."
Dan
@dan • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Lord Gregory
Steve Battarbee
@steve-battarbee • 19 hours ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Cluck old hen . Die Ziegenklopfer at the Dulcimershop:
"Rockin’ it!!🔥 👍"
Gary Sager
@gary-sager • 22 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on 2019 Ohio Dulcimer Camp Out & Jam -(OH):
"Great! Did you pick a site in the 101-111 section?"
IRENE
@irene • 22 hours ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"AHHHHHH, read this and here goes.  I sooooooo loved all you wrote on the matter of "bows" and bowing.  overhand and with the fingers adjusting the tension...."
lizard30
@lizard30 • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on 2019 Ohio Dulcimer Camp Out & Jam -(OH):
"Hi. I just booked a site!"
lizard30
@lizard30 • yesterday • comments: 2
lizard30
@lizard30 • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked an events item created by @gary-sager: 2019 Ohio Dulcimer Camp Out & Jam -(OH)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lullabies from Around the World -- Dusty's tab book available":
"I'm glad it got there safely, Ken. I hope you find a few melodies to your liking."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lord Gregory:
"thanks Steven and Irene.  I've had this for a few years..trying to figure out how to play it."
Skip
@skip • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"I used a fret puller. They look like end nippers, but smoother. I had to start them using a knife to lift one end of the fret. There was some damage anyway,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Irene, I loved your post- so many good thoughts! Bow making can be crude and simple (as in that bent branch bow I had) or really a highly skilled art, some..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Dear Tutaine, WOW, this is fabulous.  Now to figure a new thing about "free google books".  THANKS LOADS....I'll figure it out somehow as I really want to..."
tutaine
@tutaine • 2 days ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Hi, Irene.  I don't know if this will help you with your psaltry bows, but you might want to look into bow frogs and screws. No, not amphibians engaged in..."
chiselerinwood
@chiselerinwood • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"Skip, you say you have replaced frets but did not explain how you removed them without damaging the fret board. Can you answer that Please, thanks. John  "
chiselerinwood
@chiselerinwood • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"Irene,  The nut will be a press in fit and the bridge I am not sure of yet. So if I take and measure a dimes thickness and the thickness of a fret, use..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Okay, Lisa and those that want to know my 2cents worth.  Ha.  I've made 108 bowed psalteries and have used a longer bow for 95 of them.  THEN I got on the..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lord Gregory:
"WOAH, this was awesome.   I love how you play and sing....and love the old ballads.  verses indicate that the old mean mother drowned the maid....sigh.  But..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Need some advise on nut and bridge height :
"Are you going to have a floating bridge?   When I put my nut in....I keep in my mind that the string that is going in the grove will be a dime's depth to the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lullabies from Around the World -- Dusty's tab book available":
"Hello, Dusty, I received the book today. It really looks good. At this point I have not had the chance to play any of the tunes but look forward to doing so..."
chiselerinwood
@chiselerinwood • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Need some advise on nut and bridge height ":
"Thanks to Ken who answered my question on Planetary gear tuners I ordered them and they are installed. At the same times I ordered new nut and bridge from..."
Dulcimer Making
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lord Gregory:
"Wonderfully played and sung, Janene! "
tutaine
@tutaine • 2 days ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"Out of curiosity, I sent out a call to borrow any bow any of my friends had so I could try them out.  Out of five bows, the one I liked the most was an..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Lord Gregory
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Double-bottomed dulcimer question:
"I glue 3/8" square scalloped poplar around perimeter leaving space for fiddle edge. Then attach inner back. I treat this as a single back as with a..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 45
Posted a new Comment on Bows:
"I'm not knowledgeable about bows for the most part.  But one thing I did notice was that sometimes a 'better' quality bow might not suit a particular..."

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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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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!
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Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


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Singing with the Dulcimer


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Technology/Software/Amplifying


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fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
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This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
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UK and European Mountain...


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Home Studio Recording


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Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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...
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,...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
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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
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For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

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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 /...
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Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
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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...
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...
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Indiana Players


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Redwood Dulcimer Day

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Lullabies from Around the...

Posted: Wednesday April 17 2019, 8:17 PM
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Dulcimer-Guitar Style Options?

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Berea Traditional Dulcimer...

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Top/Back Thickness and...

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Wind Instruments????

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looking for a new trad...

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Music must be in my blood

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Just For Fun - sayings...

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Beautiful Custom McSpadden...

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The Positive Thread...

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Germany

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Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

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By: @Jill Geary

What songs are familiar to...

Posted: Friday March 29 2019, 5:39 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dad tuning

Posted: Wednesday March 27 2019, 12:12 PM
By: @D. chitwood

Using a non-dulcimer case...

Posted: Wednesday March 27 2019, 10:11 AM
By: @DebbieBerry

Brazos Valley Dulcimer Club

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By: @Blondie

a discussion created by admin

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By: @Ken Hulme

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By: @Ariane

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Tiny mahogany dulcimer...

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By: @Ken Longfield

30 Days of Dulcimer Joy

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