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

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • an hour ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Le Basque:
"Very nice. Exciting and stately"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • an hour ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
Le Basque
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • an hour ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Le Basque
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-aikens: The Unquiet Grave
Jill Geary
@jill-geary • 3 hours ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Noter drone play list for nursing home?:
"Strumelia: One thing I've found interesting in this thread's subject is that many of the 'favorite and familiar feel-good' songs of people in nursing..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Hi, Irene. I'm not a big fan of floating bridges. At our last practice when I was taking the Blue Lion bass out of the case someone distracted me and I..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"@lisavb  I fingerpick. Exclusively. I was taught to play by fingerpicking. While playing chords and all, I have the habit of anchoring the ring finger on..."
LisavB
@lisavb • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"This thread is cracking me up, too!  @ferrator, how did you acquire the "callus stripe"?  Just years of use, or some specific event not unlike a frying pan?..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"@irene I understand what it is like to have your ability to get out and about hampered by the weather. Shouldn't be much longer though before you will..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"@irene  You are one good egg! It is a joy to swap posts with you! :) 30 harps? I have been considering building a harp! A smaller, travelling style,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 9 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Christmas Gift:
"No 6.5 fret there.   lol!"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: T-5
Redmando
@redmando • 12 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"Gennaro: Excellent. I just learned a very basic cover. I see I have work to do. There are some great chord shapes to play around with in this key (DAD..."
Sam
@sam • 12 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Drunken Hiccups:
"I know a lot of credit goes to your extraordinary playing, but I LOVE that little dulcimer. The fretting must be very precise and correct. I don't see too..."
Rain Dog
@rain-dog • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"@irene I'm using a piece of one of those credit cards as the nut on my dulcimer. Where would we be, if our credit wasn't so good?"
IRENE
@irene • 19 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"I've made 2 tear drops and enjoy making this style.  I learned how to bend wood at my brother's shop in Tyler, Texas.  I personally prefer a floating bridge,..."
IRENE
@irene • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"While I smiled writing the last post....on a more serious note (pun intended)..........I thought of the reasons to go to Church for me.  Leading the singing..."
IRENE
@irene • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"very beautifully built.  I love your choice of woods.   bright and cherry.  I hope we get to see you in Berea this year and bring this one for us to hear the..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Nice build, Ken!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 20 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-aikens: The Unquiet Grave
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Thank you, John. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Thank you, Brian. Ken"The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Drunken Hiccups:
"This is great. You show how much can be don with a relatively simple tune. Your picking hand has a soft, precise touch, and I really like that hybrid picking..."
gpeden
@gpeden • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.":
"Yeah, Ken, I suppose that would only be of interest to me, really😀 I just sent an email to Bill and I‘ll reply with the eventual outcome...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.":
".00001 or .00002 …  rounding up/down the 5th decimal is not really relevant.  String gauge recommendations are not set in stone.  Going up or down a gauge or..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Looks like a winner, Ken!"
Brian G.
@brian-g • 22 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Beautiful Ken! "
Jill Geary
@jill-geary • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Wanted: McSpadden Ginger":
"Hi all, I have a lovely Ginger and I'd like to keep it tuned to DAD. Looking for a second Ginger to keep in GDG tuning. I'm a caring, picky owner, so if..."
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens • 22 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on The Unquiet Grave:
"You know maybe next time I’ll actually post a dulcimer video."
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens • 22 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Unquiet Grave
gpeden
@gpeden • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.":
"Funny thing about my string measurements - I had rounded down the fourth digit of 5 on all of them, but I see that Bill’s vid on restringing shows him using..."
IRENE
@irene • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"Oh, how I needed such a good laughing post here.  "fess up Irene.........."   It's been a hard day in that I can't go outside.   Already a 1/2 inch covers my..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Thanks, Dusty. I am told that the Paduk will turn brown with age and not maintain that vibrant orange color. I'll try to keep it out of sunlight and only..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Thanks, Robin. It took me some time to figure out what woods I wanted to pair with the Paduk. Also, since I had enough Paduk, I made the sides a little over..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"Fess up Irene... How did YOU get all callous...er...get the callouses on your fingers?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"That's an elegant looking instrument, Ken. And the padauk is striking."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"Ken, I love the looks of this instrument!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: T-5
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: T-5
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: T-5
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: T-5
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: T-5
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"The sides and back are Paduk which is an African wood. My luthier friend had a little left over after making two guitars. He was going to throw this wood..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"The top is western red cedar. The board this came from has been in my garage for 38 years. Finally found a use for it. The fret board is hard maple. The peg..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 4
T-5
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Gennaro
@gennaro • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"Excellent. I just learned a very basic cover. I see I have work to do."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"THIS THREAD CRACKS ME UP LAUGHING. "
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"Go to rock-tips.com and buy a bottle, it works.  Check it out."
Rain Dog
@rain-dog • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"Also, pressing on your finger pads with your nails helps build callouses when you're not playing."
glowhazel
@glowhazel • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Oh Hellos - I Have Made Mistakes:
"@Dusty-Turtle thanks! The setup isn't that bad, really - I'm capoed such that the key the song is in (F# maj) is the relative major of where the scale is (D#..."

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Box Dulcimers


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Chromatic Dulcimers


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
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You know your dulcimer has...

Posted: Sunday January 19 2020, 12:52 PM
By: @Ferrator

New to me, Q’s on...

Posted: Saturday January 18 2020, 8:50 PM
By: @gpeden

Wanted: McSpadden Ginger

Posted: Saturday January 18 2020, 7:55 PM
By: @Jill Geary

Embedded video from YouTube...

Posted: Saturday January 18 2020, 11:54 AM
By: @glowhazel

1-2-4 Chord Surprise!

Posted: Saturday January 18 2020, 10:34 AM
By: @LisavB

Changing tuners on a Warren...

Posted: Friday January 17 2020, 8:47 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Dulcimer hangers

Posted: Thursday January 16 2020, 7:18 PM
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Berea 2020 Traditional...

Posted: Thursday January 16 2020, 4:44 PM
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Black Friday Dulcimaster Sale!

Posted: Thursday January 16 2020, 4:40 PM
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Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Wednesday January 15 2020, 9:51 PM
By: @Strumelia

Bowed psaltery

Posted: Wednesday January 15 2020, 4:16 PM
By: @Lorraine

Folkcraft Dulcimer for Sale

Posted: Wednesday January 15 2020, 3:14 PM
By: @Kevin R.

Modern Sheet Music/Tab?

Posted: Wednesday January 15 2020, 11:57 AM
By: @Rain Dog

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday January 15 2020, 8:25 AM
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Irish duo to visit America.

Posted: Wednesday January 15 2020, 3:30 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

"Musical Spring 2020"...

Posted: Tuesday January 14 2020, 4:32 AM
By: @Ariane

A Treasure Trove of Old...

Posted: Monday January 13 2020, 1:46 PM
By: @Fatcat

Pick noise

Posted: Monday January 13 2020, 8:45 AM
By: @Staylor

Warren May Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday January 12 2020, 10:10 PM
By: @Lorraine

North Carolina dulcimers...

Posted: Saturday January 11 2020, 6:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Thursday January 9 2020, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

Would like info on my new...

Posted: Wednesday January 8 2020, 11:57 AM
By: @Gennaro

A-d-a

Posted: Tuesday January 7 2020, 10:29 AM
By: @marg

TEDx talk and music by the...

Posted: Monday January 6 2020, 10:15 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Your next performance?

Posted: Monday January 6 2020, 6:18 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Practice tips

Posted: Monday January 6 2020, 1:33 PM
By: @YeahSureOK

Brass instruments

Posted: Monday January 6 2020, 1:18 PM
By: @YeahSureOK

John Molineux uses a...

Posted: Sunday January 5 2020, 4:31 PM
By: @hugssandi

silver dagger

Posted: Sunday January 5 2020, 4:29 PM
By: @hugssandi

mountain dulcimer in trio...

Posted: Sunday January 5 2020, 4:26 PM
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