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

Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 4 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020:
"Great job as usual, Rob. "
glowhazel
@glowhazel • 4 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Glowhazel - Ambient Dulcimer Music:
"Luigi: Can you tell me more about your equipment?  What effects do you use? I'm manipulating the sound of the dulcimer with two pedals - the Wampler..."
Ariane
@ariane • 4 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"@Hobbyhorse - thank you very much for your kind comment - I am happy that you like it"
Luigi
@luigi • 8 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Glowhazel - Ambient Dulcimer Music:
"Can you tell me more about your equipment?  What effects do you use?"
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Thank you for the performance, i loved it, and thank you for the link to the arrangement"
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @natebuildstoys: What's the deal with Aquavinas?
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dusty-turtle: How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Next Build - Not quite a dulcimer:
"I hope you didn't make each fret individually; but rather made a 'stick' and cut lengths off of it..."
JCM
@jcm • 13 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Next Build - Not quite a dulcimer:
"So, some more progress on this langeleik build.  Still tons of work, but at least you can see where it's going.   Cleaned up the pegheads a bit and cut..."
robert winslow
@robert-winslow • 14 hours ago • comments: 63
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Hymn to play - anytime:
"I Love To Tell The Story Holy Manna Precious Memories"
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 14 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Nearer My God To Thee:
"Steven Berger: Sung and played well, Gordon! I love the story of the dance band on the Titanic playing this hymn as the ship went down. Have you ever..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"That's pretty good, David.  I had a similar idea.  I put new lyrics to the old blues song "She caught the Katy and left me a mule to ride." My version goes..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I am now telecommuting and as a result getting a little cabin fever. Bobby Ratliff has got some of us learning Waterbound. It's a nice little tune and the..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 14 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"Steven Berger: Thanks, Nate, you answered my question. "Constricted" was not quite the right word, Since it's loud, obviously the thin waist design didn't..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 16 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Nearer My God To Thee:
"Sung and played well, Gordon! I love the story of the dance band on the Titanic playing this hymn as the ship went down. Have you ever heard Mississippi John..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"Thanks, Nate, you answered my question. "Constricted" was not quite the right word, Since it's loud, obviously the thin waist design didn't affect the volume..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 18 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020:
"Thanks Rob, great story telling. Love your playing and singing!"
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Nearer My God To Thee
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Maddie MacNeil":
"Friends, here is Maddie's obituary.  Included is a video of the memorial service-- a simple outdoor service and, appropriately, a song from Maddie was..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 19 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"Steven Berger: It;s nice, but is the sound in any way constricted? Hello and thank you! I am not sure what exactly you mean by constricted, but it is..."
Dan
@dan • 19 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"Good to see folks who are still willing to experiment! You learn so much ....."
Dan
@dan • 19 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: New doodad
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 19 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @butch-ross: How Can I Keep From Singing? (for Maddie)
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020:
"Keep 'em comin', Rob!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A bit of humor for builders & Aussies:
"Looks like a space alien...."E T call home"!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New doodad:
"It;s nice, but is the sound in any way constricted?"
Jergen
@jergen • 20 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Handmade jigdoll from Banjo Dai (UK):
"Nice to hear from you again, personally i would have given it a mouth to smile, but thats up to you"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 20 hours ago • comments: 5
New doodad
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IRENE
@irene • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Mountain Dulcimer vs. Swedish Hummel:
"THANK YOU SO MUCH for the clear comparrison of these two related instruments.   I've wanted to see a hummel up close and here you have it.  I'd love to build..."
IRENE
@irene • 21 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020:
"I can only smile seeing this one.  We can see you singing and playing.  THANKS LOADS for lifting a load of worries off some folks I'm sure!!  We'll all be..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Mountain Dulcimer vs. Swedish Hummel:
"Tssfulk, thank you for sharing and comparing your instruments. I also have a Warren May dulcimer which is all walnut. I haven't played it recently. I think..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 22 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A bit of humor for builders & Aussies:
"Looks like an ostrich to me as well. I only know emus from the TV commercials. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020:
"You're a natural entertainer, Rob!"
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 22 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A bit of humor for builders & Aussies:
"The Emu popped into my head as I've told more stories from Australia about them than the Ostrich."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A bit of humor for builders & Aussies:
"Looks like an ostrich!"
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "A bit of humor for builders & Aussies":
"The caption on this was "I just can't cut this board.  It keeps staring at me."  Don't ever plan to build a dulcimer, but builders & Aussies here might..."
Dulcimer Making
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
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Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Gift of Love - :
"Marg, that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Mountain Dulcimer vs. Swedish Hummel:
"Thanks for showing your Hummel. On the only pictures I've seen, I couldn't tell how many strings there were. As with the other Scandinavian & other..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • yesterday • comments: 10
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Ode an die Freude
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on How Can I Keep From Singing? (for Maddie):
"Quite moving, Butch & Doug.  Y'all done good."
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Glowhazel - Ambient Dulcimer Music:
"Yes, it's "sacrilege," but very pretty nonetheless.  Keep it up!  "
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I have now been home for 2 weeks and 2 days.   Missing friends and such, I have my sweetheart.   I had someone come and light the pilot light in my shop so I..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @glowhazel: Glowhazel - Ambient Dulcimer Music
glowhazel
@glowhazel • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Glowhazel - Ambient Dulcimer Music:
"by the way, that's one of John Knopf's Dulcimasters - he added the extra frets to make it chromatic :)"
glowhazel
@glowhazel • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Glowhazel - Ambient Dulcimer Music
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when playing makes you cry. Lately, I notice this happening with me, when playing soft gospel songs. The dulcimer..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @tssfulk: Där Tjänade en Jungfru
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the deal with Aquavinas?":
"WOAH, I loved your playing and demo.  I loved that you created such an instrument and most of all.....I loved that you made this video that we could see your..."

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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...
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...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


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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...
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?
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...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


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


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
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 /...
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...
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
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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In The Sweet By And By
Cold Frosty Morning
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Mourning For Young Earnest mountain dulcimer and guitar
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 Bonny Portmore, Medley
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Glanshammar Waltz
Cindy
Li'l Liza Jane
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Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 14 2020
Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium -(TN)

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Fri May 15 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

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Sat May 16 2020
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2020 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jun 28 2020
6th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

6th Annual Dutchland...


Fri Jul 10 2020
Australian Dulcimer Retreat -(AU)

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Fri Aug 28 2020
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Nov 5 2020

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How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Monday March 30 2020, 9:10 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

Healthy Living- healthy...

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By: @Dusty Turtle

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

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Wednesday March 25 2020, 6:25 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

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

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Friday March 20 2020, 7:57 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

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

Where to Purchase Tablature...

Posted: Friday March 13 2020, 8:40 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Lucy Wise - Walking Out

Posted: Friday March 13 2020, 12:46 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

"Musical Spring 2020"...

Posted: Friday March 13 2020, 8:48 AM
By: @Ariane

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday March 13 2020, 7:32 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Paste-on fretboard markers

Posted: Wednesday March 11 2020, 12:29 PM
By: @Susie

John Molineux uses a...

Posted: Monday March 9 2020, 10:40 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Sunday March 8 2020, 2:47 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hondo HD2 - peg problems,...

Posted: Sunday March 8 2020, 4:05 AM
By: @John Gribble

1976 jazz recording...

Posted: Friday March 6 2020, 5:28 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

TAB for Mambo Italiano

Posted: Friday March 6 2020, 12:48 PM
By: @Diesel

Hair line crack bottom back...

Posted: Friday March 6 2020, 11:12 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Which dulcimer to tune to GDG?

Posted: Friday March 6 2020, 12:08 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Dusty's new book of tab!...

Posted: Wednesday March 4 2020, 8:08 PM
By: @Susie

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