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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

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on She Moved Through the Fair:
"Beth, this is lovely-- your play and the arrangement! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @beth-t: She Moved Through the Fair
Dan
@dan • an hour ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"Wow! I had forgot this one..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Uncle Joe:
"Upon reflection...it's the scheitholt,not a dulcimer...that's how I got that Cajun backbeat thing going,second time around...using the drones."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @dan: Wildwood Flower
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Matt Berg: Dwain, Are you talking about the Pocono Dulcimer Festival?  It is a full day drive from Michigan, but a workshop where builders talk sounds..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Who Broke the Lock On the Henhouse Door :
"One string can make quite a bit of noise if you want it to....and I do : ) thx DavisJames: Love that stuff.Can't help but think about the great Motown..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"I am signed up for Dwain's workshop. The nice thing about the Pocono festival is that you can sign up for individual workshops rather than for the entire..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Shenandoah
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Shenandoah
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Dwain, Are you talking about the Pocono Dulcimer Festival?  It is a full day drive from Michigan, but a workshop where builders talk sounds fascinating. Have..."
Beth T
@beth-t • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Lilley Pad: Hi Beth loved your exclamation about the D.A.A. disorder. I had a slight out break myself here. I almost bought a beautiful Used Blue Lion..."
Lilley Pad
@lilley-pad • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi Beth loved your exclamation about the D.A.A. disorder. I had a slight out break myself here. I almost bought a beautiful Used Blue Lion Dulcimer.  But..."
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: Happy IADD
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: The Nate Visiting Song
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: My First Cardboard Dulcimer Build
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: Further Along with the bridge sitting on a glass bottle
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: Get Out of the Kitchen While I Cook
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: Captain Kidd/Jack or Sam Hall
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: Jock Stuart
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @nate: The Moorlough Shore
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Ken Hulme: G -- GDG  Good on a short VSL dulcimer Thanks Ken. My McSpadden Ginger is tuned to GDG. My standard McSpadden is now tuned to CFC, and my new..."
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"marg: Beth: Send in the Music (..."
Beth T
@beth-t • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Strumelia: Quick clarification:  "DAA" can refer to either a common tuning for us dulcimer players (with the bass string tuned to a low D, the tonic note..."
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Dusty Turtle: The direction of this discussion exemplifies why Nate's original question is so hard to answer: there are a lot of variables.  He started out..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"The direction of this discussion exemplifies why Nate's original question is so hard to answer: there are a lot of variables.  He started out asking if..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Yes my Keith Young dulcimer has that fretboard. (see the FOTMD logo at top of this site for a pick of that dulcimer)  Keith used to call it a 'floating..."
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Beth: Send in the Music (..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"This fretboard design, though somewhat different, is reminiscent of Keith Young's:..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @beth-t: Pwt ar y Bys
NateBuildsToys
@nate • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Thank you Ken Dan Robin and Randy for the information, I suspect that investigating these designs will provide me with useful information"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"G -- GDG  Good on a short VSL dulcimer"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"You an me gots esp er something Robin. : ) jinx! Edited to show Ben Seymour he shows view of cantilevered fingerboard look quick!"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Nate I had a Keith Young dulcimer had a cantilevered fingerboard maybe 3-4" before end block was a bitch to change strings brads were on under side between..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"NateBuildsToys: A while ago on here I saw a dulcimer that had gap under the tail end of the fingerboard, with the string tension pulling it up from the box...."
Jessica Comeau
@jessica-comeau • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Loran Harmon dulcimer":
"I'm from Pensacola, Florida, Barb, and I have encountered several of his instruments in my musical journeys! Loran Harmon was a local mountain dulcimer..."
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"NateBuildsToys: A while ago on here I saw a dulcimer that had gap under the tail end of the fingerboard, with the string tension pulling it up from the box...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Quick clarification:  "DAA" can refer to either a common tuning for us dulcimer players (with the bass string tuned to a low D, the tonic note played at the..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"John,  I did build one dulcimer with a sound post.  both the back and sound board were rounded, it had a floating fretboard that sat on a bridge under the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chapman Stick":
"Chapman Sticks are very cool!  "
Beth T
@beth-t • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Pwt ar y Bys:
"NateBuildsToys: Very nicely played.Sounding it out phonetically as Buttered Peas is too funny. I wish I could think of some other song titles like that...."
Beth T
@beth-t • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Richard Streib: Beth, A note of encouragement. DAA is not terminal nor disabling. Nor does it respond to advanced medical treatment. I have found the best..."
Beth T
@beth-t • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"John C. Knopf: Beth, have you contacted Robin Clark there in Wales?  He's quite the knowledgeable dulcimist. Yes, thank you. Robin got in touch via this..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"John Petry: Having set up many violins & cellos etc over the years....You may want to explore using a sound post. Not really a "dulcimer" thing, but..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"Nate, when I built my first dulcimer the end of the fret board was cantilevered. That was the what the plans I was using called for. The plans were designed..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"That slot at the tail end of the fretboard was, IIRC, a Howie Mitchell "thing".  Not sure it ever worked as advertised.  "
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on She Moved Through the Fair:
"I can see why it is a favorite of yours. Thank you for sharing."
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @beth-t: She Moved Through the Fair
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Ble'r wyt ti'n myned? (Where are you going?):
"Wonderful tune. You played it so well. Thanks for sharing the tune and for the description."
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @beth-t: Ble'r wyt ti'n myned? (Where are you going?)

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Does soundbox tension...

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Chapman Stick

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