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

Repp
@repp • 19 minutes ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @jenniferc:
Singvogel Ländler
Repp
@repp • 20 minutes ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Hannah at the Springhouse
Repp
@repp • 20 minutes ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Dance of the Fretboard Fae:
"Great performance and one sweet dulcimer"
Repp
@repp • 21 minutes ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @elvensong:
Dance of the Fretboard Fae
ButtercupVictoria
@buttercupvictoria • 45 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Blue Lion dulcimer":
"Strumelia: Ken Hulme: Well my cousin Bambi's first car was a yellow Corvette with the license plate Bambi.  She was 16.  :) My current car is a yellow..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
"So pretty, Kusani!  That's one very fortunate player in Richmond!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @kusani:
Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"That's sweet, Dusty.  Music friends are tops! "
Belinda Link
@belinda • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"@strumelia Yes, she is !! I made it for her, it is her St Louis Cardinals outfit -- i made the top out of an infant onesie- ha !"
Kusani
@kusani • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
"Thanks to all of you.  Your help in these forums was/is very instrumental (pun intended) in where I am in my building hobby. The upcoming build, all cedar,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
"Beautiful bookmatching and wood choices, Kusani.  Having played a couple of yours I just KNOW that has a great sound as well.  "
John Keane
@john-keane • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Dusty Turtle: I run a dulcimer group that meets monthly.  Today, at the end of our session, just as we were breaking for some snacks, one of our regular..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Elvensong: Robin Thompson: FOTMD's own @elvensong tied for fourth place in the mountain dulcimer competition at the Walnut Valley Festival (AKA..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Oh my, is Sugar wearing a tutu?  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
"Wow, very nice looking dulcimer. Someone is getting a beautiful instrument. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"That's great Dusty. Use it well, and yes, don't lose it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I run a dulcimer group that meets monthly.  Today, at the end of our session, just as we were breaking for some snacks, one of our regular members gave me a..."
Brian G.
@brian-g • 13 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on O'Carolan's Concerto on Mountain Dulcimer:
"Very nice job, Leo.  Thanks for sharing.  :)"
Kusani
@kusani • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Commissioned Build Going to Richmond, VA":
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JenniferC
@jenniferc • 14 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner:
O'Carolan's Concerto on Mountain Dulcimer
JenniferC
@jenniferc • 14 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Singvogel Ländler:
" Thank you all very much!  I appreciate all your kind comments.  "
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 15 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @jenniferc:
Singvogel Ländler
Belinda Link
@belinda • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"@robin-thompson Thank you! ❤"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"@belinda What a cutie! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Hatmaker Lane:
"@Jenniferc Thank you, we're glad it was a good break in your busy morning!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Glory" in all her glory":
"She's beautiful, John!  The buyer's lucky.  "
Belinda Link
@belinda • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Our sweet Sugar --"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @jack-ferguson:
Appflutes Dulcimers
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Glory" in all her glory":
"Aah... well Galax dulcimers always remind me of the old Civil War iron-clad warships... thus I think of them as 'sea worthy'.  I actually named my Galax "The..."
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 17 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @elvensong:
Dance of the Fretboard Fae
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Glory" in all her glory":
"Then, Lisa, you'll love the one I working on now!  Another Melton Galax dulcimer, but this time all maple except for a spruce top.  A real blondie all the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf:
"Glory" in all her glory
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Singvogel Ländler:
"A very pleasant tune. Thanks for sharing it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Elvensong
@elvensong • 21 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Dance of the Fretboard Fae:
"Ariane: And the winner of the dance contest iiiiiis ... the Fretboard Fae!!! VERY beautiful and with elegant finger artistic ! 😊..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 22 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Singvogel Ländler:
"I got to see this on your Facebook page and I'll repeat how much I love this tune. You have a real ear to what makes a great tune and this really sounds..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 22 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @jenniferc:
Singvogel Ländler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 22 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @john-c-knopf:
"Glory" Cherry Galax
Bob
@bob • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thank you Sheryl! It was such a simple table set-up, but seemed appropriate for my stuff. Maybe next time I will use two tables for more room, with a couple..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.":
"I think of Oliver often. My wife and enjoyed visiting with him and his wife Sharon. He was a man of many interests. I liked talking about hat making with..."
Bob
@bob • 23 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Little Mary:
"Jack Ferguson: Nice tradition tune, well played! Thanks Jack! It's a tune I wrote for my daughter, Mary"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.":
"I'm sure Oliver lives on in the hearts of those who knew him.  <3"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Singvogel Ländler:
"Wonderful, Jennifer!  Dein Ländler is leiwander! - as Austrian people would say 😊"
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @john-c-knopf:
"Glory" Cherry Galax
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @john-c-knopf:
"Glory" Cherry Galax
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Singvogel Ländler:
"Such a pretty tune Jennifer, I did indeed enjoy! Thank you."
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @jack-ferguson:
Appflutes Dulcimers
JenniferC
@jenniferc • yesterday • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Hatmaker Lane:
" This is really beautiful,  Robin.  What a nice respite from my busy morning.  Thank you! "
Jack Ferguson
@jack-ferguson • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Appflutes Dulcimers:
"Just introduced, my new Mid-sized, 3 or 4 string, Hour-glass "Travel" Dulcimer. Now available in Cherry, or Walnut. Easy to play 24.5" VSL Scale...."
Jack Ferguson
Jack Ferguson

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Looking for a Blue Lion...

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Commissioned Build Going to...

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