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

Bob
@bob • 19 minutes ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Going Home:
"Thank you Cindy"
Marc Mathieu
@marc-mathieu • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"OK tnx Dusty. I'll look into those programs."
Cheryl James
@cheryl-james • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "2016 Rockwell North Carolina Hourglass Dulcimer $550":
"Like new, excellent condition, made November 2016, walnut with spruce top North Carolina Hourglass Dulcimer with hummingbird sound holes, made November..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Madame Bonaparte
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Madame Bonaparte
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @dennisg:
Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box
DennisG
@dennisg • 5 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box:
"John C. Knopf: That's an excellent music box, Dennis!  Looks very "real" to me.  (Those looped strings ends scare me, though)!  How did you attach your..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"About a year ago my wife got me a $100 gift certificate to Just Strings. And $100 goes a LONG WAY when buying strings in bulk.  The good news is that I have..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Marc Mathieu: Dusty Turtle:I'm still amazed that I could get all of FOTMD and ED on a little jump drive in my pocket.  Wow!  I feel so powerful!  Hi..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @dennisg:
Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box
Strumelia
@strumelia • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
" I hear you Dusty!  One time years ago I sat down one day and put new strings on six of my (5-string) banjos.. that was about 30 strings, with a coffee break..."
Marc Mathieu
@marc-mathieu • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Dusty Turtle: I'm still amazed that I could get all of FOTMD and ED on a little jump drive in my pocket.  Wow!  I feel so powerful!  Hi Dusty. I'd like to..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 8 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box:
"That's an excellent music box, Dennis!  Looks very "real" to me.  (Those looped strings ends scare me, though)!  How did you attach your strings to the..."
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Dusty I don't play autoharp but I just finished re-felting and re-stringing an autoharp for a friend, never again."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 10 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"Christine,  Thank you for posting this most beautiful video.  Truly outstanding. "
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 10 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"I can certainly understand that, Ben.  I am glad you were able to get a couple of shots!  Exciting, isn't it?  A few years back I was in the boat and the..."
Bill Robison
@bill-robison • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings!":
"I used stewmacs nut and bridge files to cut  the grooves, and yes  it is only on the open string note.  Thanks for the suggestion, I will give it a try"
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 10 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you Ariane, Elvensong, and Cindy!    "
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Way to go, DT!  I'm needing strings on 5 guitars and about 7 dulcimers.  Where do you want to put 'em when I bring 'em to you? Oh, and can you have them all..."
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm VERY impressed.  This is not a skill I have acquired!  I've made some jumbled up messes because a string HAD to be replaced after it broke, but that's..."
DennisG
@dennisg • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box:
"Dan: Sweet! Thank you Dan :) I used hand tools only too it was quite an experience to research & build."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I was in a meeting this morning that ended around 12:30, giving me an open afternoon.  Freed from my computer, I put on the David Schnaufer/Butch Baldassari..."
FoundryRat
@foundryrat • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings!":
"I agree with Ken about the likely culprit, although are all notes affected or just open string?  I'm just now getting back to dulcimers after a 40 year..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings!":
"Odd  twang . .. I suspect  the  notch  in  the  bridge ...too  wide  at the  bottom, not  angled correctly  .. something . How did  you  cut  them?  Triangle..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"(bump)"
Dan
@dan • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box:
"Sweet!"
Dan
@dan • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @dennisg:
Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 22 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Forest Meditation:
"Thanks, Cindy"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Forest Meditation:
"There is a whole lot of beauty going on here... The music The nature all around The birds singing along So peaceful!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Going Home:
"Sure sounds beautiful!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"This was so hauntingly beautiful!!!! The music and the loon are paired perfectly!"
Bill Robison
@bill-robison • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings!":
"I have built several dulcimers from 16" to 30" VSL.  The latest one has 30" VSL, Lower bout  is 8 1/2", upper bout is 7"  and is 2 " thick. Sides and back..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting items for sale here. New requested small fee for sellers.":
"Joe, do you not want to use the simple Paypal donation button on our FOTMD Main page?  (you don't have to have a paypal account to use it, just a credit card..."
Joseph Besse
@joseph-besse • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting items for sale here. New requested small fee for sellers.":
"I need an address to send in a donation .    joebesse@aol.com"
Elvensong
@elvensong • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"Beautiful music! Can't wait to hear more from you!"
DennisG
DennisG
DennisG
@dennisg • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @peter-searle:
Tennessee Music Box
DennisG
@dennisg • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a photos item created by @dan:
TMB
JM Bolton
@johanna-m-bolton • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Native American Flute For Sale":
"Is this flute still available? I'm interested. Could you text me? three five two, seven seven seven, nine six seven three."
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"Thank you so much, Christine, for this fantastic and touching musical journey "
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"Christine, I can understand about the loons.  Here in Maine I generally have to have a long lens on my camera (300mm) and there are often times that is not..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast":
"Thanks for the link, Greg.  Very interesting. I know many FOTMD members have met Ralph, but since i live on the west coast i haven't, so its nice to hear him."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast":
"I've attached a link to a podcast interview someone did with Ralph Lee Smith.  It is basically a summary of the mountain dulcimer's history and Ralph's..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"That is so kind of you and very much appreciated, Irene - thank you!!!  "
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"THIS WAS JUST FABULOUS....and I soooooooooooo love the loon and the call.  thank you for your soul searching playing.  aloha, irene"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Liked a youtube item created by @christine-shoemaker:
The Last Call
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"I really appreciate that, Robin - thank you.    Yes, the remaining Loon...the harrowing rescue...the sad outcome.   All of it left a deep imprint on my..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on fat felt pick demonstration on mountain dulcimer:
"Thank you, Robin!  I checked Elderly's website and you are correct, they still carry them.  Cool!"
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Liked a youtube item created by @christine-shoemaker:
The Last Call

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Beginner players

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Dulcimer Making

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Hymn and Worship Song Players

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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Mountain Dulcimer History


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Help Me Learn this Song


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Public Domain... or Not?


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Home Studio Recording


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Collector's Corner


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Civil War era music


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Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


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Dulcimer Ancestors


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GIG TALK!


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Early & Classical Music


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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The Bass Dulcimer


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Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
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North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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Pacific Northwest Players


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Missouri Dulcimer Players


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


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


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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Of Stormy Seas and Tall Ships Sailing
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Waterswivel- on lap dulcimer & guitar
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Dulcimore Festival 24 -(OH)

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Pattyfest 2018 -(WV)


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Arkladulcifest 2018 -(AR)


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Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas -(OR)

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4th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

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Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA

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Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


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September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

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Everything Dulcimer -...

Posted: Friday May 25 2018, 5:11 PM
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2016 Rockwell North...

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By: @Cheryl James

The Positive Thread...

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Strings!

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PLEASE Click to READ THIS...

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Native American Flute For Sale

Posted: Thursday May 24 2018, 1:32 PM
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Ralph Lee Smith Interview...

Posted: Thursday May 24 2018, 1:32 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Kennedy Barn String Band

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visit discussion? (See all...

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Pick paranoia!

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A Word of Thanks and...

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By: @Susie

Mikael Carstanjen 1975...

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By: @Ron Stewart

Strum Stick for sale

Posted: Saturday May 19 2018, 11:06 AM
By: @Strumelia

Clemmer Dulcimers

Posted: Thursday May 17 2018, 10:23 PM
By: @William White

Pets and Dulcimers

Posted: Sunday May 13 2018, 7:12 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

details of my Nashville...

Posted: Sunday May 13 2018, 1:06 AM
By: @Dan Evans

details of my KY & TN US...

Posted: Sunday May 13 2018, 1:02 AM
By: @Dan Evans

details of my classes at...

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By: @Dan Evans

NEW!- Fotmd Main Page...

Posted: Thursday May 10 2018, 4:09 PM
By: @Strumelia

Song choices for transcribing

Posted: Thursday May 10 2018, 1:24 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hoping for donated beginner...

Posted: Thursday May 10 2018, 9:01 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Wanted: Laurel Mountain...

Posted: Wednesday May 9 2018, 2:20 PM
By: @Debi

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Wednesday May 9 2018, 9:54 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Restringing a scroll head?

Posted: Tuesday May 8 2018, 1:01 PM
By: @Noah Coy Barfield

Tabs "I can't even walk"

Posted: Sunday May 6 2018, 8:05 PM
By: @YepSureOK

strumming technique

Posted: Sunday May 6 2018, 2:56 PM
By: @Strumelia

Remember Log In

Posted: Sunday May 6 2018, 12:02 PM
By: @Strumelia

a discusson created by me

Posted: Sunday May 6 2018, 11:45 AM
By: @Strumelia

a discussion created by admin

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The Drifting Thread...

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