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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

traildad
@traildad • 2 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"Listen to some of the other tracks on the record. He’s got a nice sounding Samsonite dulcimer. "
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Reel Joy - orignial composition:
"Amazing as always, Grant. Way to persevere through difficulties, but looks like it was easy for you. I love the tune, love the shirt as well."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"Thanks for that link, Strumelia. I read that article this morning. I have to admit I never thought to connect Joni's Blue with Miles's Kind of Blue ,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dusty-turtle: 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"Here's a wonderful NPR article about Joni's Blue and her music- it includes some interesting references to dulcimer and guitars in Joni's music...."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 13 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"@robert-schuler I think folks who haven't yet tried the bagpipe tuning would like it.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 14 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Reel Joy - orignial composition:
"Grant, your flat picking is so very good!  I love the original tune and agree with Strumelia-- this would be a great fiddle tune! "
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"Thanks Robin I have a diatonic dulcimer exclusively tuned to bagpipe in key of D. For whenever the mood comes over me. I hope more players would try this..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Reel Joy - orignial composition
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo:
"Cuckoo is a mournful and powerful ballad indeed. Good job, Jost. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @jost: The Cuckoo
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Reel Joy - orignial composition
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Reel Joy - orignial composition:
"I love watching your fingers and thumb do this crazy dance that somehow makes beautiful music!  I never cease to be amazed by your talent, Grant. Also,..."
granto
@granto • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Reel Joy - orignial composition
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"Yes, @dusty-turtle, that's the collection.  After all these years, I'll get to listen to Blue straight through. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"Those are great liner notes-- I've just looked online.  And I love it how they are the original typed pages from Sandy Paton!  I feel fortunate to have..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Name that tune.":
"Dusty's call of Bonaparte's Retreat sounds right to me.  If memory serves, I think I heard Don Pedi say some years back that he thought that "snake charmer"..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Name that tune.":
"Thank you sir. One of those tunes I know, but I couldn't place it!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"@robin-thompson, is that the collection that has Joni's first four Reprise albums?  It looks interesting, but since I already have all of those CDs, I'm not..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dan: Name that tune.
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"Robin, I hope you downloaded the liner notes. They contain both general info about the Settlement Schools and Berea College and also a bit on each specific..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"Good idea Robin. Aside from the delightful and rich stories from her childhood in the Singing Family book, I found many enlightening and profound insights..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"I've wanted Blue yet don't have it.  Yet.  I've pre-ordered a new collection coming out from JM in a few weeks and it includes Blue.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"@strumelia I think I first read the book in '06 (or thereabouts).  Though I know it will be some time before Jean's official biography comes out (delayed due..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"Robin I just loved that book, it affected me very much. I have an old copy that John Reynolds signed and sent to me over 20 years ago."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"I've had Blue since it first came out. Love it! And love the other album's of Joni's that I have, too."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Name that tune.":
"Bonaparte's Retreat, methinks. Edit: Today people usually play Bonaparte's Retreat with three parts.  The version in the documentary only has two of them...."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Name that tune.":
"I know this video has been around a time or two, found it again the other night and can't quite make out the tune for the second segment on Edd Presnell,..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"@macaodha It is, Val.  I've been re-reading Jean's Singing Family of the Cumberlands and so it is nice to hear music from Edna, too.  "
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dusty-turtle: 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" ":
"Joni Mitchell's Blue album, which introduced the dulcimer to millions of pop music fans, is 50 years old.  Check out CBC Radio's celebration of the..."
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering:
"Sweet!!!"
MacAodha
@macaodha • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"That is a nice one to have Robin."
MacAodha
@macaodha • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jean's sister Edna
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jean's sister Edna
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"@richard-streib Edna was a wonderful singer and player!  The sound samples are good to hear and I am happy to have the cd. "
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!:
"That's what it's alll about! :)"
jost
@jost • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jean's sister Edna
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!:
"Congratulations, Cindy!  What a special moment you captured there!"
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jean's sister Edna:
"Thanks Robin."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jean's sister Edna
Dan
@dan • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!:
"Love them babies!"
Dan
@dan • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!
Dan
@dan • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jean's sister Edna
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Created a new Group discussion "Jean's sister Edna":
"I just got this record from Edna Ritchie and enjoyed listening today...."
fans of Jean Ritchie
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"@marg I liked it, too!  "
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!
marg
@marg • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"Thanks, very interesting. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any info. on Jimbows":
"Keep in mind that once you get residue of rosin on your strings, they can be a bit sticky, especially if you play with a flatpick. Clean rosin residue off..."
marg
@marg • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any info. on Jimbows":
"Demo of Hammered dulcimer with Jimbow"

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