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Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, make new music friends. Share photos, music clips, and videos, resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials. Ask your beginner questions and learn to play! All are welcome here no matter what your playing style, skill level, or musical tastes. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly and totally FREE!
     After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting. You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name link at the top of any page. Click on different links to get familiar with where things are. Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  You've come to exactly the right place to receive or give 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

kkimura
@kkimura • 2 minutes ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Electronic Tuners / Reference Note":
"Don't have access to a piano or keyboard so I'm looking for a tuner.  Where does one get a tuner that displays frequency?  The ENO ET-3000 I have doesn't..."
Beginner players
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"A lovely tune. A keeper. Nice-sounding dulcimer, too."
kkimura
@kkimura • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
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Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at dulcimer":
"This may be off-discussion slightly, but I wanted to add my 2 cents (or maybe only a penny ) I have an old acoustic mic (sorry I have had it for years and..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Buffalo Boy
DavisJames
@davisjames • 18 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline: Warring Sparrows
DavisJames
@davisjames • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Waltz after Timas Hans
DavisJames
@davisjames • 18 hours ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @ken-hulme: Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
DavisJames
@davisjames • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jost: German folk song tabs
DavisJames
@davisjames • 19 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @richard-streib: Trust and Obey
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Waltz after Timas Hans
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Waltz after Timas Hans
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Billy Boy:
"dtortorich: Mark, I like your tune.  Do you have it tabbed out?  I play a double string dulcimer tuned to DAA.  Sorry, I didn't notice your comment..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"Sounds like a fun time, Ken!  May God protect you and yours from the hurricane in the area."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"Played some Border Ballads in The Scottish Borders, it's true -- Hugh the Graeme (mentions Clan Hume), Kinmont Willie, Tramps & Hawkers, Lammastide,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline: Warring Sparrows
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret that won’t stay put":
"Rubbing alcohol and acetone dissolve dried super glue."
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Cindy Stammich: This is just so much fun!  Thank you birdies for helping Noah with a name so he could share this with us!..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"This is just so much fun!  Thank you birdies for helping Noah with a name so he could share this with us!..."
Skip
@skip • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Chord Resource and new tuning. ":
"Here is an amazing chord generator for those playing 4 equidistant strings and looking for chord fingerings. It does not work for less than 4 strings. DAAA..."
Four-Equidistant Strings
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret that won’t stay put":
"I wear nitrile or latex gloves when working with CA glue. It is nasty when you accidentally glue your fingers together. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"Welcome home, Ken! I'm sure you have stories to tell. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
jost
@jost • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ken-hulme: Holiday
jost
@jost • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jill-geary: Folkroots standard dulcimer $300
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Molly Andrews playing & singing "Now is the Cool of the Day"":
"Also, the mountain dulcimer looks as though it may have been made by Keith Young. "
fans of Jean Ritchie
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline: Warring Sparrows
Jill Geary
@jill-geary • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Folkroots standard dulcimer $300":
"FOLK ROOTS standard dulcimer for sale  (Selling for a dear dulcimer-playing friend.) Label says “Folk Roots Dulcimers USA by Ruggs & Jackel.” D400 – S..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @mary-z-cox: John Stinson's 2/fiddle & Mountain Dulcimer
AnnMarie
@annmarie • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Signed @michael-w-fluegge's Guestbook:
"Hi Michael. I found you! I have a courting dulcimer that you made... #002. I don't know how to post a photo here, as I am a new member and still sorting that..."
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on John Stinson's 2/fiddle & Mountain Dulcimer:
"Lots of fiddle, dulcimer & banjo on the new Hogfiddle Sessions :) maryzcox.bandcamp.com"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Walking Through the Green Grass
Dan
@dan • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline: Warring Sparrows
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Robin Thompson: Your tune and your mountain dulcimer go together like peanut butter and jelly!  So cool, Noah!   Ha! I appreciate that. Thanks!"
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Dusty Turtle: Sounds more like a reel than a march to me, but it's a toe-tapper for sure!  Nice job with the tune and the nut. Thanks! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Your tune and your mountain dulcimer go together like peanut butter and jelly!  So cool, Noah!  "
GratefulWeaver
@gratefulweaver • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @erin-mae: Youth Dulcimer Club
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Sounds more like a reel than a march to me, but it's a toe-tapper for sure!  Nice job with the tune and the nut."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Youth Dulcimer Club":
"That's great work you're doing with kids, Erin!  You're not only helping kids learn the dulcimer, but you're preserving our folk song traditions."
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
Warring Sparrows
Susie
@susie • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Youth Dulcimer Club":
"Getting the younger generation excited about music is awesome, Erin. I started into music when I was 9 and have made it a life-long passion."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"That's a crazy adventure Ken. Hope you don't get hit too badly by the hurricane now."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimerica Episode 615 - “Table Rock Lake”:
"I enjoyed the music and the visuals, Bing! "
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"Glad you are safely back Kenh."
Erin Mae
@erin-mae • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Youth Dulcimer Club":
"I haven't been on this site for a while, but was reminded of it today and wanted to check in to let everyone know about an online Youth Dulcimer Club I..."
Erin Mae
@erin-mae • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on “M’s” new dulcimer:
"I love this! I was 7 when I got my first mountain dulcimer. :)  Now I facilitate a Youth Dulcimer Club online -- it's a place for kids to meet other kids..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"Welcome home, weary traveller!  Glad to hear you're back in one piece, and that you (mostly) enjoyed your time there on The Islands.  Hope the hurricane..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
"@ken-hulme I'm glad to learn you have arrived home all in one piece!  Y'all batten down the hatches and stay safe!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday":
""It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...."  Almost everything went perfect -- flight over, visiting friends and family in Sussex and..."
Molly McCurdy
@molly-mccurdy • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret that won’t stay put":
"Thank you, Matt! That’s a good thing to know. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Last time, I just started a whole new fret board with the..."
Molly McCurdy
@molly-mccurdy • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret that won’t stay put":
"Matt Berg: Cyano acrylate (super glue) is a luthier's best friend.  Put down some tape around the fret slot, CAREFULLY put a small amount across the slot,..."

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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.
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
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...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
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...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Baritone & Bass Dulcimer Players

Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
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...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
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 /...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
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
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
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Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...

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Song for a muggy day.
Dorwinion (version 1)
Leaving Home For Good
Hangman's Waltz.
Ariel
We're Floating Down the Stream of Time
Silly Bill
Erin's Green Shore.
Hold On, (Keep your hand to the plow)
Vancouver[surviving,laugh]
Wildwood Flower
Simple Gifts
When I first went to Caledonia.
Skye Boat Song
Johnnie Lovely Johnnie.
Für Cari
Girl that slighted me.
Bush Fiddler.
Were You There 2022
hughie wentzell's,road to Boston.
Snow On The Crocus WIP
Stenka Razin.
Who stole the miner's hat.
Wenn alle Brünnlein fließen (Hummel Instrumental)
Roving Gambler
Brown Eyed Janie ( 1_22 )

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Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs...

Posted: Wednesday September 28 2022, 10:32 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Holiday

Posted: Tuesday September 27 2022, 3:24 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Fret that won’t stay put

Posted: Tuesday September 27 2022, 7:00 AM
By: @Matt Berg

Folkroots standard dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday September 25 2022, 6:31 PM
By: @Jill Geary

Youth Dulcimer Club

Posted: Saturday September 24 2022, 11:49 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Wanted: 26-inch Fret Scale...

Posted: Sunday September 18 2022, 2:09 PM
By: @Silverstrings

Bass Dulcimers

Posted: Sunday September 18 2022, 10:23 AM
By: @Lorilee

North country dulcimers...

Posted: Saturday September 17 2022, 7:31 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Walnut McSpadden Ginger for...

Posted: Wednesday September 14 2022, 9:23 AM
By: @Lorraine

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday September 11 2022, 7:58 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Picking a Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 6 2022, 6:13 PM
By: @Homer Ross

David Schnaufer

Posted: Tuesday September 6 2022, 11:21 AM
By: @Don Grundy

Concert Ukulele

Posted: Monday September 5 2022, 1:41 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Saturday September 3 2022, 4:04 PM
By: @squeakyhawk

End of Finger Stabs

Posted: Sunday August 28 2022, 7:01 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Friday August 26 2022, 9:23 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Fret necessary?

Posted: Tuesday August 23 2022, 4:24 PM
By: @Banjimer

Stanley Hicks / David Love...

Posted: Tuesday August 23 2022, 6:52 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Gila Mountain Dulcimer for...

Posted: Monday August 22 2022, 4:13 PM
By: @Strumelia

BEAR MEADOW DULCIMER FOR SALE

Posted: Monday August 22 2022, 3:58 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

General Observation - Two...

Posted: Sunday August 21 2022, 12:44 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Making a noter

Posted: Saturday August 20 2022, 12:54 PM
By: @RoyB

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Saturday August 20 2022, 9:43 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

McSpadden Dulcimer For Sale...

Posted: Thursday August 18 2022, 9:03 AM
By: @Cynthia Wigington

Cripple Creek Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 13 2022, 10:49 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Finding a tuning Peg

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 6:25 PM
By: @Jim Schulte

Keith Young Youngster

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 2:12 PM
By: @Dave D

Dulcimer and mandolins

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 1:09 PM
By: @DaveBerry

Does a 2001 McSpadden...

Posted: Thursday August 11 2022, 1:13 PM
By: @Banjimer

Very frustrated!

Posted: Wednesday August 10 2022, 11:29 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

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