Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

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

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 minutes ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Sounds great, Bob!  I have a student model dulcimer made by David Lynch of poplar ply and it has a really nice punch to it. I'm not sure if that's due to..."
Bob
@bob • 30 minutes ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"I was happy with the sound that Poplar makes. Warm-ish but can ring on the high notes well also. I will be glad when the student's teacher gives it a play..."
Bob
@bob • 33 minutes ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Thank you Salt-springs :-)"
Bob
@bob • 34 minutes ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Thank you Ken. Contrasting woods are a great way to add some eye-flavor, and the woods were a nice combination sound-wise as well. My first use of Poplar on..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • an hour ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
A Trip to Kilburn or Black and Gray
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
A Trip to Kilburn or Black and Gray
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone else tune GDg?":
"Thanks. I’m always astounded that to play with a group everyone is tuned DAd or DAAA; but personal preferences run to so many other tuning."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
Hard Times Come Again No More
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone else tune GDg?":
"Because I like the way it cuts through the din.  My VSLs are all in the 27-28" range.  "
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór/Carolan’s Cup
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 10 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
Hard Times Come Again No More
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 10 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór/Carolan’s Cup:
"Elvensong: I could listen to O'Carolan all night long. Very nice combination of tunes and wonderfully played.  Yes I agree. He was definitely blessed..."
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 10 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Captain O'Kane ~ O'Carolan:
"Thank you all!"
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 10 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Valley Forge:
"Thanks!"
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 10 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @bob:
"Student Model"
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 10 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Wow, that is outstanding!"
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór/Carolan’s Cup
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór/Carolan’s Cup:
"I could listen to O'Carolan all night long. Very nice combination of tunes and wonderfully played. "
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór/Carolan’s Cup
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
Hard Times Come Again No More
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Sounds great! I’ve been thinking about the next dulcimer build being made with poplar. "
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
Hard Times Come Again No More
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Captain O'Kane ~ O'Carolan:
"One of the best tunes I've heard in a long time. This is definitely on top of my must learn tunes. Thanks for an inspiring rendition, Noah. Truly. "
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Captain O'Kane ~ O'Carolan
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Valley Forge:
"Excellent arrangement, Noah. It's impossible not to tap my foot. "
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Valley Forge
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Seneca Square Dance:
"Great tune Randy! You have quite a collection."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 11 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams:
Seneca Square Dance
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór/Carolan’s Cup
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 11 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"That's a really good sound from a very nice dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Skip
@skip • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What if you could only have one dulcimer?":
"I have a Folkcraft resonator with a pickup. It has a 23.5" VSL , double back, and a reversible nut [raise/lower action and multi string layout], can be setup..."
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone else tune GDg?":
"Ken, do you have your dulcimer in G because of a short VSL or strictly because of your stated reason?"
Marc Mathieu
@marc-mathieu • 12 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Great sound !"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone else tune GDg?":
"I don't tune GDg particularly, but do have one instrument that I play at Open Mics, tuned to GDD or Ggg.  That high G cuts through the background noise of a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What if you could only have one dulcimer?":
"Yeah, the subject comes up periodically.  And the answers are as varied as the kinds of music people enjoy playing, and the way they play -- Chord Melody,..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford":
"I'm sure your right about those adjusters working really well.   I am going to put them back on in short order, they needed to be cleaned up a bit which I'll..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Advice on old dulcimer":
"String gauges are totally dependent on the notes of the Open tuning -- DAA, DAd, CGG, CGc, EBB, EBe -- and the VSL of the instrument.  A "normal" set of..."
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "What if you could only have one dulcimer?":
"Hi everyone. During a break at work today, I wondered what I would do if I was told I could only have one dulcimer BUT it could be any dulcimer I wanted.  I..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford":
"Actually, on the couple of Ledfords that I had the pleasure of playing, those "string adjustment hubs"  -- which are fine tuners, BTW -- worked very well to..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford":
"OK Bob,"
Janis Lewman
@janis-lewman • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Advice on old dulcimer":
"In her collection was one interesting old dulcimer, same builder.  Beautiful dark wood, possibly walnut, but NO frets! That one was already sold."
Janis Lewman
@janis-lewman • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Advice on old dulcimer":
"Thank you both Kens.  I know she will have no idea of string gauge but that can be figured out with a micrometer.  Still have Dad’s old antique...or let..."
Bob
@bob • 15 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Hard Times Come Again No More
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Looks good Bob. I like that it is three strings; good for a beginner. You have a nicely shaped peg head which give the dulcimer a certain elegance. The dark..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 15 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA:
"I look forward to seeing you this weekend, DJ!  One of the regular members of my dulcimer group convinced his mom to come to RDD this year. She's never..."
Bob
@bob • 15 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Thanks Brian and Dusty. It is a prototype, and I have some nice construction simplifications going forward with this model."
Bob
@bob • 15 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Thank you Robin and Marg"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recording multiple tracks?":
"Before I moved to Mac, I used a program from SouceForge called Audacity. It is a free download. I found it easy to use. If you do not have an audio interface..."
Bob
@bob • 15 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Student Model" :
"Marc Mathieu: WOW - What a beautiful instrument. That'll make for a very happy beginner. Just curious... what were you planning on selling this instrument..."

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Collector's Corner


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Four-Equidistant Strings


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GIG TALK!


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Civil War era music


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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Anyone else tune GDg?

Posted: Friday August 17 2018, 9:26 AM
By: @Don Grundy

What if you could only have...

Posted: Thursday August 16 2018, 10:59 PM
By: @Skip

Replacing the Nut on a...

Posted: Thursday August 16 2018, 9:53 PM
By: @Salt Springs

Advice on old dulcimer

Posted: Thursday August 16 2018, 9:52 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Recording multiple tracks?

Posted: Thursday August 16 2018, 7:05 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Thursday August 16 2018, 10:21 AM
By: @Strumelia

Somewhere over the rainbow

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By: @Dusty Turtle

Rebuilds

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Courting Dulcimer for sale...

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Ban-jammer build questions

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Will donate student...

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Cedar dulcimer

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Marc Bolan Dulcimer?

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Intermediates

Posted: Saturday August 11 2018, 8:04 PM
By: @Terry Wilson

Mountain Dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday August 11 2018, 4:34 PM
By: @Geckostar97

Anyone familiar with Bob...

Posted: Friday August 10 2018, 7:14 PM
By: @Geckostar97

Question about fret layout.

Posted: Friday August 10 2018, 7:01 PM
By: @Ray D

Plastic picks & leather picks

Posted: Thursday August 9 2018, 6:27 PM
By: @Slate Creek Dulcimers

Frame Drums

Posted: Thursday August 9 2018, 6:24 PM
By: @Eileen

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Thursday August 9 2018, 1:52 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

a discusson created by me

Posted: Wednesday August 8 2018, 10:38 PM
By: @Strumelia

New Body

Posted: Wednesday August 8 2018, 9:20 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Laurel Mountain Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday August 7 2018, 9:46 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer just followed me home

Posted: Monday August 6 2018, 2:14 PM
By: @Strumelia

Naming Our "Babies"?

Posted: Sunday August 5 2018, 9:20 PM
By: @Rev. Wayne McAllister

Which builder for a...

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Wendy Songe...

Posted: Friday August 3 2018, 2:53 PM
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The Positive Thread...

Posted: Thursday August 2 2018, 8:47 PM
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