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

hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"Robin Thompson: [quote You and the kids sure do it up right, Sandi-- making it a special holiday!  <3   [/quote]   I sure hope we have another..."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Your next performance?":
"I'm sure we had a thread already on this, but I have been searchin' and searchin' and cannot find it!  Please tell me where and what you are playing!!!..."
Randy Adams
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "So if Jesus came to dinner, what would you play?":
"OH that's a great question!!!  I have no idea...."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What are you reading right now?":
"Trevor Noah's _Born a Crime_.  Sometimes it's hard, and sometimes it makes me laugh out loud while waiting in a medical office...."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"I never seem to get this part of my life down for any length of time.  I kept injuring myself!  So I've now gone back to free HASfit senior vids on YouTube."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Visit With Kusani":
"I see this was two years ago, but I'm still jealous of both of yous!!!!  "
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ken-hulme: Visit With Kusani
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"hugssandi: I'M SO EXCITED, I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! You and the kids sure do it up right, Sandi-- making it a special holiday!  <3  "
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @richard-streib: Stand for playing while standing
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite noter?":
"Kusani and Richard, I just had to come back and share that my gratitude for y'all knows NO bounds!!!  I am still so enjoying my bamboo noters, so I think of..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I understand the appeal of chromatic mountain dulcimer":
"@hugssandi I am happy you are enjoying playing!  Sometimes, music just feeds the spirit. . . :)"
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"NO!  LOL!"
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @richard-streib: Will donate student dulcimer to needy beginner
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @diane-r: How do you Practice?
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jeannie-in-paradise: Playing again after losing all my dulcimers
hugssandi
@hugssandi • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"OH that's hard.  Too many!  Right now I really do love A Man's a Man for A' That though...."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
"Kusani: Tom Dooley?     I LOVE THAT SONG!  Do you play it on dulcimer?  Is there a recording anywhere?"
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
"Silver Dagger and Hard Times Come Again No More"
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"I'M SO EXCITED, I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!"
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimers in books & films":
"A dulcimer appears in one of the pictures of the children's book _The Rag Coat_, by Lauren Mills.  It's one of my favorites!"
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I understand the appeal of chromatic mountain dulcimer":
"Robin, I'm not sure I realized you are a noter only player.  I love, LOVE your playing!!!  I dream of a chromatic, sometimes, but I think I still wanna..."
Bob
Bob
@bob • 2 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"It's ringing!"
Bob
@bob • 2 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan: Wildwood Flower
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 2 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"#6 Mary Nave"
Dan
@dan • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Wildwood Flower
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey Diddle Diddle:
"I echo what everyone else says!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"Thanks for the memories! I'm still "riding high" over this event! It was quite the pleasure to meet everyone there!"
Dan
@dan • 4 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"Thank you for all you'ins hard work!"
Dan
@dan • 4 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @david-bennett: Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 5 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"Gosh, David, that was great.  I watched the whole thing and it brought back such good memories.  Thank you to you and Karen for putting this together.  Can't..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 5 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"BTW, in the video I have listed the contest winner's name wrong, it was was won by Ann Brown not Ann Bowman."
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 5 hours ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"    Ok folks. I apologize for giving the wrong name. After watching the video it was in fact Ann Brown that won the piglet and not Ann Bowman. Unless I..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 5 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"The video looked great streaming on our 48 inch smart TV"
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 6 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"Very nice, David. What a wonderful capture of this great event."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 6 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @david-bennett: Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 6 hours ago • comments: 6
artandsong2@yahoo.com
@bill-s • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Forming a dulcimer club":
"Dusty, thanks for your detailed advice.  You do have me thinking of just making the drive. LOL.  But if I can find some local players that would suit me just..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey Diddle Diddle:
"What a sweet-sounding instrument and what sensitive playing!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Forming a dulcimer club":
"Hi @Bill-s. I started a dulcimer group that has been going for about 7 years now, so I guess it's a success.  We meet monthly and only cancel meetings around..."
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a soundcloud item created by @jessica-comeau: Divinum Mysterium
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 8 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey Diddle Diddle:
"I really like this!  Great technique and lovely sound!"
artandsong2@yahoo.com
@bill-s • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Forming a dulcimer club":
"Hello all,  Does anyone here have experience in forming a dulcimer club?  I live well over an hour from any club here in Michigan's Thumb and would like to..."
artandsong2@yahoo.com
@bill-s • 9 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey Diddle Diddle:
"How lovely!  You have such a nice, relaxed way of playing, too Bill"
Martin Oesterle
@martin-oesterle • 9 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Hey Diddle Diddle
artandsong2@yahoo.com
@bill-s • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Skye Boat Song, or Outlander Theme Song:
"One of my favorites and played beautifully. Bill"
Jessica Comeau
@jessica-comeau • 11 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Skye Boat Song, or Outlander Theme Song:
"Thank you so much, Ely, and how exciting! Maybe some of the reset my website might be helpful to you. I also just set up a page about virtual tutoring, too...."
Bob
@bob • 11 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on A new Mountain Dulcimer:
"artandsong2@yahoo.com: Beautiful instrument and a lovely sound, Bob. Bill Thanks Bill! It has a nice tone and actually one of the louder dulcimers..."
Bob
@bob • 11 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on A new Mountain Dulcimer:
"harmonybc: Lovely ! Thanks harmonybc"

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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 this...
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


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Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
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?
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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...
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!
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...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
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.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Cantiga 1- Des Oge Mais Quer'eu Trobar
Divinum Mysterium
Phrygian Sunrise
Bruton Town.
Spotted Pony
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Mule tracks up and down the fretboard
Pretty Polly II
Old Chook
Flying Solo
Line From Maya (aka Doo Doo Song)
Cluck Old Hen
Bittersweet Memories
na-beanna-boirche
Distant Thunder
In The Sweet By And By
Gaudete
Gymnopedie #1
Pigtown Fling
Lonsesome Whippoorwill
Nylon strung Dulcimer prototype . Basse Danse
Parting Glass
The Mill Mill O
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78 BLUES
The Haven Of Rest
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Fri May 31 2019
Pattyfest

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Arkladulcifest -(AR)

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Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2019 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jun 30 2019
5th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

5th Annual Dutchland...


Fri Jul 26 2019
Redwood Dulcimer Day

Redwood Dulcimer Day


Sat Aug 17 2019
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


Fri Aug 23 2019
25th Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

25th Annual Harvest...


Sat Sep 21 2019
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 26 2019
Black Mountain Music Festival -(NC)

Black Mountain Music...


Sat Oct 12 2019
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Apr 16 2020

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Play Music On The Porch Day...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:45 PM
By: @hugssandi

Your next performance?

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:40 PM
By: @hugssandi

So if Jesus came to dinner,...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:33 PM
By: @hugssandi

What are you reading right...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:31 PM
By: @hugssandi

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:25 PM
By: @hugssandi

Visit With Kusani

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:23 PM
By: @hugssandi

Favorite noter?

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:11 PM
By: @hugssandi

I understand the appeal of...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:10 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Choose just ONE song for...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:08 PM
By: @hugssandi

Your Three Favorite Songs

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 8:58 PM
By: @hugssandi

What's your favorite...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 8:52 PM
By: @hugssandi

Dulcimers in books & films

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 8:43 PM
By: @hugssandi

Forming a dulcimer club

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 3:35 PM
By: @artandsong2@yahoo.com

Travel dulcimer

Posted: Friday May 24 2019, 3:52 PM
By: @ARiley

Berea Gathering Attendees

Posted: Thursday May 23 2019, 6:23 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Larry Conger - Lake Odessa...

Posted: Thursday May 23 2019, 11:17 AM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Marvin Hilla dulcimer

Posted: Thursday May 23 2019, 6:49 AM
By: @Dan

"Angel" Will Singleton Replica

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2019, 10:21 PM
By: @IRENE

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2019, 4:31 PM
By: @Riksgewijs

Buying in Europe

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2019, 2:27 PM
By: @Riksgewijs

Low priced kits

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2019, 1:05 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Darcyhorse Dulcimers

Posted: Tuesday May 21 2019, 11:27 PM
By: @Michael Willey

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Monday May 20 2019, 4:41 PM
By: @Strumelia

Bear Meadow dulcimers

Posted: Monday May 20 2019, 12:47 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Strings to use on newly...

Posted: Sunday May 19 2019, 2:53 PM
By: @LisavB

Problem With Buzzing Base...

Posted: Thursday May 16 2019, 11:20 PM
By: @ZeeAviatrix

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Monday May 13 2019, 4:01 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Tab for "There is a Time"...

Posted: Monday May 13 2019, 2:15 PM
By: @Michael Willey

Ozark Mountain Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday May 11 2019, 8:59 AM
By: @Leny-Sue

Folkcraft FSH or CSH...

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2019, 8:21 PM
By: @Susie

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