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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

robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"  Tomato season ended here November 10th. Longest season in my memory. Got mobbed by customers looking for their last real tomato until next summer. Even the..."
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"  A byproduct from building my banjos are the scraps from cutting rosewood fingerboards. Rosewood fingerboard blanks are 8mm thick. I can get many dulcimer..."
whocindylou
@whocindylou • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "WANTED: Bill Neely dulcimer":
"Still looking for my elusive Neely dulcimer. the craigslist ad was for a Neely banjo type dulcimer. all leads appreciated. thanks"
IRENE
@irene • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"OH LISA, I totally TOTALLY loved your write up on address books.   laughing about"crossing off somebody else's dead list" still has me laughing.  oh my, I've..."
jcalkin
@jcalkin • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "JCalkin mahogany dulcimer for sale":
"Fresh off my bench in Virginia, dulcimer #86. All major parts are solid mahogany. Fingerboard is bocate w/ maple dots. Indian rosewood trim, ebony bridge and..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Windy Bill
Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Lexie, I'm glad you enjoyed it.   :)   I agree that it's somehow soothing and reassuring to have a redundant but 'real' address/phone book, despite..."
Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley • 15 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Rocky Mountain Goat:
"Spectacular song Mark! I love the name of the song and could imagine watching the goats and Big Horn Sheep up on the mountain side, there are great places..."
Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Lisa, you know how years ago we could remember all the important numbers and addresses, now with all our instant gadgets for me it is difficult to remember..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 16 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower - Warren May Dulcimer Duet:
"Super"
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Lisa, You are surely not alone in this. All of our modern gadgets have their places--I guess--but sometimes simpler things from times past seem better for..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Well, maybe you're right.  Maybe I should!  We do have a local paper.  Wouldn't hurt anything, I read way worse pieces in it.  lol"
Mary MacGowan
@mary-macgowan • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"@ken-hulme I was just thinking the same thing as I read Lisa's post! Lisa, it's so interesting and well-written, with good humor and a light touch! You..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Beautifully written, Lisa.  You should submit it to magazines and your newspapers."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"I had thought of that, Ken. Maybe on my next build. I imagine they would need a broader foot to provide more surface contact for stability..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I'm sure I'm not alone in this 'problem': Being over 60, I grew up with old fashioned rotary-dial telephones and old fashioned address/phone books.  You..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Bob -- just make one bridge -- and cut it twice..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Oh man, once tomato season winds down, I lose all interest in working in my veggie garden, and the weeds always get the best of me.  Dang!  I love gardening..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a youtube by @mark-gilston:
Rocky Mountain Goat
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Rocky Mountain Goat:
"Amazing"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Here is a picture of the "bridge" of my octave dulcimer made by David Beede of Melrose, FL.  You can see clearly those three little nubs that serve as..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Keeping things simple is always a good thing.   If you want to see what complicated instruments look like, go to Japan. Over 53 years ago I worked in a..."
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Ken Hulme: Bob -- you're building monthly dulcimers... Why not try making one with three separate bridges, each one sort of like a chess rook (castle)...."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
Rocky Mountain Goat
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Rocky Mountain Goat
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Bob -- you're building monthly dulcimers... Why not try making one with three separate bridges, each one sort of like a chess rook (castle)."
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"For me, I appreciate what I have read and learned here (as always). Its great to learn from builders and players and musical theorists. Seems this topic of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"Yes -- there are McSpads that are 3" deep.  There are several models of McSpadden. Some as shallow as 1.5", commonly at about 2" deep.  At least some of the..."
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 3rd Year":
"Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast - Episode 30Richard Ash: The Face of Folkcraft Instruments  http://bit.ly/hotdpodcast                   We spoke..."
Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Playlist:
robin Clark
DulcimerJones
@dulcimerjones • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"Ken, are there McSpaddens that are 3" deep?  Mine is only 1.75" deep.  That would change the cu inches considerably, or am I missing something as I often do?"
DulcimerJones
@dulcimerjones • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A tune that's out of reach":
"Awww, Jan, tooo sweet!  Was good to see u for a minute at Etown.  Hope ur coming back to N-ville soon."
Steve Battarbee
@steve-battarbee • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a soundcloud by @dan:
Sourwood Mountain
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A tune that's out of reach":
"DulcimerJones: Wow, still feels like magic to me!  I'm impressed so much in how far you've come in 4 years! And I can tell that magic spark is still..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"I deleted my post too, so now everyone will be even more confused!    (just kidding... no problems!) This IS a confusing kind of subject, especially since..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Robin, many of us were already confused to begin with. You did not cause that affliction!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Right, Lisa! I deleted my posting so as not to cause confusion!  My apologies! "
Nigel Pennick
@nigel-pennick • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Bailiff of the Marshlands
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Dusty -- I've not seen individual string bridges on a mountain dulcimer, although they would certainly be do-able.  Maybe I have one or two more dulcimers..."
Cynthia Wigington
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower - Warren May Dulcimer Duet:
"Sweet - it never ceases to amaze me how one can play N/D and the other chords and it does not sound out of tune. Doesn't make sense, does it?"
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower - Warren May Dulcimer Duet:
"OH wow....I loved listening to both renditions.  I was thinking about getting right to my dulcimer and playing is much slower version....but this is a..."
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Robin, I learn so much from your writings.  Do you have a book you sell with your wise words on intonation and such?  I have so much loved playing with a..."
Kusani
@kusani • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"I believe the nice thing about music and instruments, any music and instruments, is there is ample room for those wishing to preserve the 'traditional' and..."
Stewart McCormick
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"Thanks, Greg. Sounds like Carl is very good to work with for a custom.  "
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"Here's a link to June Apple Dulcimer.  The smaller model is the June Apple Model.  The larger model is the Poplar Hill Model...."
Steve Battarbee
@steve-battarbee • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud by @robin-thompson:
1005 S. Pickaway St. Suite
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound":
"I have a June Apple dulcimer.  It doesn't have the light silvery sound of the J.E. Thomas  reproductions that I own.  Nor does it have the resonant sound of..."
Steve Battarbee

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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 making dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Traditional Irish music & Song

Traditional Irish music & Song


The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on...
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.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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Dulcimer teachers


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Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
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This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
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Baritone Dulcimer Players


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Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
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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 /...
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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...
Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
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FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Sourwood Mountain
Le Menuet de la Chaine from Wandembrile manuscript 1778
Brushy Fork Of John's Creek
Wildwood Flower - Warren May Dulcimer Duet
Bucketman Blues
Old Virginny
Farewell to Whiskey (dulcimer & guitar)
And the Holy Ghost (Number 6 Simerman)
Y Deryn Bach - sound sample of new student dulcimer
Hector the Hero (trio)
 Reflection
Civil War Genre:  Battle Hymn of the Republic
Satisfied-hymn in public domain
Nocturne
Summer Falling
Farewell Voyager
Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes)
Rond d'eau bergère
Hatmaker Lane-guitar & lap dulcimer CAUTION: loud dog
Skye Boat Song
Samanthra
Song for Ireland
Unclouded Day
It Gets Better
Reverie

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KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER WEEKEND -(KY)

KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER...


Fri Jan 5 2018
Colorado Dulcimer Festival (15th!) -(CO)

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Fri Feb 2 2018
17th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete -(LA)

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Thu Mar 8 2018

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Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Sunday November 19 2017, 1:01 AM
By: @robert schuler

Compensated Bridges?

Posted: Sunday November 19 2017, 12:46 AM
By: @robert schuler

WANTED: Bill Neely dulcimer

Posted: Sunday November 19 2017, 12:19 AM
By: @whocindylou

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Saturday November 18 2017, 11:10 PM
By: @IRENE

JCalkin mahogany dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday November 18 2017, 8:45 PM
By: @jcalkin

June Apple Dulcimer tone/sound

Posted: Thursday November 16 2017, 9:48 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Thursday November 16 2017, 8:25 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

A tune that's out of reach

Posted: Thursday November 16 2017, 6:06 PM
By: @DulcimerJones

Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in...

Posted: Wednesday November 15 2017, 9:04 AM
By: @Strumelia

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday November 14 2017, 8:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

Seeking jamming buddies...

Posted: Tuesday November 14 2017, 6:17 PM
By: @Blondie

Dulcimer repair question,...

Posted: Tuesday November 14 2017, 6:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Mel Bay's "Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday November 13 2017, 4:59 PM
By: @Marc Mathieu

Fretboard Crack!!

Posted: Monday November 13 2017, 10:35 AM
By: @Stewart McCormick

Dulcimer Players News...

Posted: Saturday November 11 2017, 7:09 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Suggested Strings for MD

Posted: Thursday November 9 2017, 11:52 PM
By: @Selah

McCafferty Mountain...

Posted: Thursday November 9 2017, 5:47 PM
By: @Blondie

Your "Dream Dulcimer?

Posted: Monday November 6 2017, 5:57 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday November 5 2017, 7:46 AM
By: @Sam

Does anyone recognize this...

Posted: Sunday November 5 2017, 5:44 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Banjammer plans

Posted: Saturday November 4 2017, 5:04 PM
By: @Caleb Dan Bennett

Need a contractor in...

Posted: Saturday November 4 2017, 1:18 PM
By: @Randy Adams

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Saturday November 4 2017, 12:58 PM
By: @JenniferC

New Player - Do sound holes...

Posted: Saturday November 4 2017, 9:08 AM
By: @Kusani

etiquette with dulcimers

Posted: Thursday November 2 2017, 11:07 PM
By: @marg

Which builder for a...

Posted: Thursday November 2 2017, 9:49 AM
By: @Richard Streib

Removing a fret

Posted: Tuesday October 31 2017, 5:47 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Thomas completed

Posted: Monday October 30 2017, 6:55 PM
By: @Richard Streib

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Monday October 30 2017, 2:28 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Heartland Dulcimer Fest, KY

Posted: Friday October 27 2017, 5:28 PM
By: @dulcinina
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