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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

Luigi
@luigi • 5 minutes ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @pierre-lain: Le Chêne Fourchu
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Thanks for the link, Ken.  I jumped on once and didn't know how to use Zoom so that was it for me.  I'm sure it was a good time for all who participated! "
Hobbyhorse
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Thanks for the link. Kenl. Great report."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Here is a news report on Hindman 2021:..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Saturday Night Jig/Gary Owen, dulcimer jigs w pictures:
"Thanks, Dusty, and let me assure you that like anyone else, I have to be real "on top of it" (very in practice) for it to come out like that! It's probably a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Saturday Night Jig/Gary Owen, dulcimer jigs w pictures:
"Well the pictures are nice, but the picking is amazing!"
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Saturday Night Jig/Gary Owen, dulcimer jigs w pictures:
"Here's another track from an old album of mine, this time with pictures featuring the 'wide world' of creativity in dulcimer sound holes! Enjoy! More to..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DulciBro Playing Resonator Dulcimer (6-Week OnLineClass)":
"Dusty Turtle: Steve, could someone with only a standard dulcimer take this class or would they need a resonator dulcimer? Great question, Dusty, and the..."
Steve Eulberg
Pierre Lainé
@pierre-lain • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Le Chêne Fourchu:
"while waiting for the concerts,the chanterelles dances at the foot of the forked oak.To share without moderation!Pierre Lainé"
Pierre Lainé
@pierre-lain • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Le Chêne Fourchu
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Livin' The Dream:
"Cool song, Bing.  I remember your Rita days.  :) "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Tell us your reason for choosing a chromatic dulcimer!:
"PaulKulcapi:Strumelia or others, can you share photos of what those "etched fret markers" look like? Sure, I think you can see them among the photos..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a Group discussion "":
Robin Thompson
granto
@granto • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Cello Suite 1 - Menuet I-II - Bach
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dusty-turtle: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
jost
@jost • 23 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on What is a "luthier" ?:
"Well there is a system to classify instruments:..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Tell us your reason for choosing a chromatic dulcimer!:
"To jam with others!When I first started dulcimer, I loved the fact that no matter where i fretted it just always sounded good. Once I saw tabs with a 1.5..."
PaulKulcapi
@paulkulcapi • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Tell us your reason for choosing a chromatic dulcimer!:
"Strumelia: Even though I'm strictly a noter player, I chose to have my Icelandic langspil (which is considered to be one of the several ancestors of the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Gathering 2021 -online:
"The 2021 Hindman gathering seems to be the first effort at a "hybrid" festival, with attendees both live and also virtual.  I've been thinking about how to..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 522
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 521
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 520
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Sunday At Little Beach
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Undertow
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
The Girl and the Book
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @bing-futch: Livin' The Dream
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: The Maid of Culmore (Trad. Ireland)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DulciBro Playing Resonator Dulcimer (6-Week OnLineClass)":
"Steve, could someone with only a standard dulcimer take this class or would they need a resonator dulcimer?"
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Gathering 2021 -online:
"I was able to attend almost every session on Thursday and enjoyed each one. My husband's surgery was scheduled for today but I took my dulcimer along and was..."
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DulciBro Playing Resonator Dulcimer (6-Week OnLineClass)":
"Thanks the plan!  (and I love your proverb...)"
Bernadette
@bernadette • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @ken-longfield: Making wood tuning pegs
Bernadette
@bernadette • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a group discussions item created by @leny-sue: Replacing a nut and floating bridge
Bernadette
@bernadette • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @jergen: ErhuBow
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Arkansas Traveler on a Stick Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DulciBro Playing Resonator Dulcimer (6-Week OnLineClass)":
"Sounds pretty groovin'  Steve!"
Bernadette
@bernadette • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @traildad: What key am I playing in?
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner: Boys of Wexford/Blue Hill, dulcimer duet w pictures
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Covered Bridge Waltz
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: The Maid of Culmore (Trad. Ireland)
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @bing-futch: Livin' The Dream
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "DulciBro Playing Resonator Dulcimer (6-Week OnLineClass)":
"I am excited to be teaching this 6-week class for all levels of slide dulcimer players.  We'll be utilizing my Dulci-Bro:  Methods and Resources for..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @bing-futch: Livin' The Dream
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a soundcloud item created by @bing-futch: Sweet River
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Gathering 2021 -online:
"Very cool.  :)"
Bernadette
@bernadette • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia: MEET THE MODERATORS...
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Online Masterclass - 4/30/21":
"Join me for a 2-hour Mountain Dulcimer Masterclass on Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 7:30 pm EDT on Zoom. This session is for intermediate-level players but..."

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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.
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


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
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...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


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

Baritone Dulcimer Players


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...
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...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
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...
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!
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
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
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 /...
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...
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...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
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...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


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

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Sunday At Little Beach
Undertow
The Girl and the Book
Livin' The Dream
Ascension
John Henry
Sweet River
Seven Chimneys
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Saints
The Rose of Aranmore
Hard Times Come Again No More
Monday Creek
Near the Cross
Road to Beech Grove
Hemlock Mills - WIP
So Far From Don
Wreck of the old 97 Key of A
Maria's Gone
Possum Perfume (Keane)
Ruins of Old Stone Church WIP
People Look East
Greensleeves
House carpenter
Lily of the west
The Amazing Grace
Silly Bill
Reuben's Train
Angels We Have Heard On High
Angels From the Realms of Glory

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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021
2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -- Live!

2021 Berea Traditional...


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Latest Forum Posts   All

DulciBro Playing Resonator...

Posted: Sunday April 11 2021, 11:57 AM
By: @Steve Eulberg

Online Masterclass - 4/30/21

Posted: Friday April 9 2021, 1:46 PM
By: @Bing Futch

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Friday April 9 2021, 11:11 AM
By: @Susie

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 8:37 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

For sale: Prichard copy...

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 7:59 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Indoor House Plants

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 7:46 AM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden Ginger Like New...

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 1:13 AM
By: @Jill Geary

How many tunings

Posted: Wednesday April 7 2021, 9:41 PM
By: @marg

Things to do with Prichard...

Posted: Sunday April 4 2021, 1:03 PM
By: @Clockdr

Bonnie Carol

Posted: Saturday April 3 2021, 6:54 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Lego Microtonal Guitar

Posted: Friday April 2 2021, 12:47 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

music and the pleasure...

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 10:12 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 8:11 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Tuesday March 30 2021, 7:27 AM
By: @Strumelia

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Monday March 29 2021, 8:37 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Monday March 29 2021, 6:52 AM
By: @Mary Z. Cox

Virtual Festivals--what's...

Posted: Sunday March 28 2021, 1:22 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Saturday March 27 2021, 5:53 PM
By: @Strumelia

John Maxwell Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday March 27 2021, 1:00 PM
By: @patrick gietzen

Help finding Keith Young...

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 10:45 PM
By: @Dave D

Nylon strings on a steel...

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 9:01 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

FOTMD needs your support

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 7:28 AM
By: @Richard Streib

Ron Ewing dulcimer thoughts?

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 2:48 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?

Posted: Thursday March 25 2021, 9:49 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Thursday March 25 2021, 7:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Do you know benjo ?

Posted: Wednesday March 24 2021, 3:01 PM
By: @Doulce Amere

Recommendations on capos

Posted: Sunday March 21 2021, 4:51 PM
By: @Art S

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Saturday March 20 2021, 11:51 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Feedback on new instrument

Posted: Wednesday March 17 2021, 8:00 PM
By: @davery

Here's my problem...

Posted: Monday March 15 2021, 6:35 PM
By: @Derik Palmer

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