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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 in 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 player 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. 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.. and you'll be able to join in the fun.  Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  Don't be shy- 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

StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"When I put the thin string on the bass it wouldn't hold a pitch lower than the G below middle C but if I tuned it to the D above middle C the other strings..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Dusty Turtle: In any case, it appears you and I don't really disagree on the appropriate string gauges; we are just not sure how  studentofrhythm has his..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Well, heck it if I didn't get the thing tuned right finally!  I've got me a DAD tuned dulcimer at last, and it's now a cinch to get it down to DAC and play..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Ken, maybe I am misunderstanding something.  @studentofrhythm appears to be tuning to a G ionian, which would either put him in the baritone range or in the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a group discussions item created by @collier-frederick: New Professional Model Overview
Collier Frederick
@collier-frederick • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "New Professional Model Overview":
"I wanted to post this overview first and foremost to give members of this site ideas and potentially inspire builders to try new designs as I was inspired by..."
Dulcimer Making
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @collier-frederick: professional model bridge detail
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @collier-frederick: professional model back
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Si Beag Si Mor:
"Really pretty Si Beag Si Mor! "
Collier Frederick
@collier-frederick • 10 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
Si Beag Si Mor
Collier Frederick
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Dusty, if the string VSL is 24 inches and the tuning is the D below middle C, according the the Strothers string calculator the string should be a 0.022. If..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"@ken-longfield, I think you mean .012 and not .022 for the D strings. Is that correct?"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"And GDD would be a 0.016 for G and 0.022 for the D strings. String companies market dulcimer string sets mostly for two tunings, DAA and DAd and a VSL of..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Blackest Crow on the Grand:
"Thanks Dan, I love the voice of your Grand."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 13 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Was you ever in Quebec:
"Good stuff James! I appreciate your enthusiasm."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 14 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Hineh Ma Tov:
"Lovely sound,beautiful playing."
Skip
@skip • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"To be clear; The notes for DAd are D3A3d4, much higher the strings break. http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Sounds like you're trying to tune UP to the "high" Gdd.  Optimum string for the G, based on 24" VSL would be a 16 or 18 plain, not wound as they can be hard..."
Lorilee
@lorilee • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @guy-babusek: Sean O'Dwyer of the Glen
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Was you ever in Quebec:
"Wonderful!! "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @davisjames: Was you ever in Quebec
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"Oh, I enjoyed the arrangements for both the 5th and the 6th!  Nicely played, Mari and Cindy, Kate, & Roxanne!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Was you ever in Quebec:
"What a cool tune and a fun video!  Well done!  "
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"VSL is 24" and the string gauges are 20 wound for the bass, 12 for the others.  I bought a pack of GHS dulcimer strings and broke the bass string..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"As Dusty says, the string gauges you are using for the tuning you want may be the issue. First the VSL -- What is the distance betwen the nut and bridge..."
Dan
@dan • 19 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @davisjames: Was you ever in Quebec
Ariane
@ariane • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR 2021! Today you can open the 6th door  filled with music played by Mari US... and of course also the 5th door (it seems as if..."
Ariane
@ariane • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"Thank you very much, Robin, Dusty, StudentofRhythm and John, for your kind comments."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Was you ever in Quebec:
"Cool tune! I can't believe you pulled that string retuning/key change off so quickly. Impressive."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"Hey @studentofrhythm, the first thing I would ask is what gauge strings you are using and what the scale length (measurement of the bridge to the nut) is...."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer String Anchor Pins":
"If I may revive this thread with a slightly different problem: I have a cardboard-body dulcimer, like the backyard models but from a different maker.  I've..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Was you ever in Quebec:
"After the first go round I drop the low "D"string down to "A"and change key."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Was you ever in Quebec
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers: Reuben's Train
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: Tumbling Skies
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "MARYTON" - Dulcimer
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: The Mowing Jig - Original Composition
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Mowing Jig - Original Composition:
"That's a good jig and a cool instrument."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @pierre-lain: Le Chêne Fourchu
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: C'est dans le mois de mai
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on C'est dans le mois de mai:
"Beautiful.One of the songs I remember from childhood."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "CRIMOND" on Hummel
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 11
Liked a youtube item created by @christine-shoemaker: Rainy Train
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Rainy Train:
"Very cool blues!The tuning is interesting-is it common?I know I've seen Joni Mitchell play with the dulcimer tuned to a major chord."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dan: Brown Eyed Janie on the Grand
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dan: Brown Eyed Janie on the Grand
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @dan: Blackest Crow on the Grand
JohnR
@johnr • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"Thank you."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"Yes, this is wonderful, very inspiring for a new player."

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fans of Jean Ritchie


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Collector's Corner


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Early & Classical Music


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Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


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Home Studio Recording


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Dulcimer Ancestors


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Call the Tune


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Box Dulcimers


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Civil War era music


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Chromatic Dulcimers


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Rosin the Bow!


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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Missouri Dulcimer Players


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FOTMD on the Road


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North of the Lakes


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Indiana Players


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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Dulcimer String Anchor Pins

Posted: Monday December 6 2021, 9:42 PM
By: @StudentofRhythm

Musical Advent Calendar 2021

Posted: Monday December 6 2021, 9:03 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Jouhikko/Tagelharpa

Posted: Saturday December 4 2021, 6:28 PM
By: @Mr. Woolery

Frame Drums

Posted: Thursday December 2 2021, 8:47 AM
By: @StudentofRhythm

Native American Flutes

Posted: Thursday December 2 2021, 8:19 AM
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Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Wednesday December 1 2021, 11:14 PM
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15 string mini lap harp

Posted: Wednesday December 1 2021, 10:36 PM
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Fellenbaum dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday December 1 2021, 9:30 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

New poplar Tennessee music box

Posted: Monday November 29 2021, 8:14 AM
By: @Strumelia

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Terry Hennessy

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New cherry Jethro Amburgey...

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Final Hearts of the...

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Deluxe Whistlepig Hogfiddle...

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The Positive Thread...

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Removable Magnetic Pickup...

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Painful thumb

Posted: Wednesday November 17 2021, 10:27 PM
By: @Strumelia

COVID and Nursing Home Visits

Posted: Thursday November 11 2021, 11:12 AM
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Searching for a song-...

Posted: Tuesday November 9 2021, 7:26 PM
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By: @Ken Longfield

tiple

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Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday October 26 2021, 9:36 PM
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Song(s) for retirement

Posted: Tuesday October 26 2021, 6:33 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Cedar soundboards

Posted: Tuesday October 26 2021, 5:23 PM
By: @MacAodha

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday October 25 2021, 9:03 PM
By: @robert schuler

SoundCloud issues

Posted: Monday October 25 2021, 6:00 PM
By: @Dan

Jaromin dulcimer kit from...

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Simerman Dulcimers

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