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I love playing lap dulcimer, banjo, Cretan Lyra, limberjacks....mostly play old-time tunes, minstrel era tunes, and medieval tunes..

Love my fiddling husband and playing with our cats.  And my honeybees, and my two pet ratties too.  :)


My Blog on playing traditional style Noter/Drone style mountain dulcimer, including over 30 FREE noter style TABS and video instructions:
Strumelia's Noter Drone dulcimer BLOG

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Latest Activity

@strumelia • 36 minutes ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Robin, I never heard that version.  It was written in 1875 by Sam Lucas, an African American composer and musician/performer:..."
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
Silver Lake Waltz
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Silver Lake Waltz
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Thanks Patty! Actually, the weekend of Sept 8-10 was unseasonably lovely weather in Appomattox- I think it was a high of 75-79 most of those three days...."
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new YouTube video:
Carve That Possum
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Showing support for FOTMD ?":
"A big hug and much gratitude to the seven members who have responded with donations.  Most are repeat donors.  THANK YOU for stepping up to cover the costs..."
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Holy cow, that's just adoooooooorable!!!!  "
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on EAST VIRGINIA:
"One of my favorite old ballads.  Well done Gordon!"
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 12
Liked a youtube by @gordon-hardy:
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Showing support for FOTMD ?":
"Greetings FOTMD friends!    This is a gentle reminder about the cost of keeping this site up and running. There have been almost no donations during this..."
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Strolling dulcimer for learning?:
"Well, they will do it right for sure.  Just be sure to pack and cushion it really well...and insurance! Here's a good little thread on packing:..."
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Strolling dulcimer for learning?:
"Have the guitar tech guy do it for you- as long as you know he has legit experience in working on stringed instruments.  $25 for the labor is not..."
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thomas completed":
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @kevin-messenger:
Thomas completed
@strumelia • one week ago
@strumelia is now following @tom-taggart
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @tom-taggart:
"Hi Tom!     "
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @boykin:
"Welcome my friend.    "
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos by @bob:
Making a Tuning Scroll
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Making a Tuning Scroll:
"Bob your woodworking photos could be paintings.  Lovely!"
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos by @botany-bill:
Main Instruments
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Main Instruments:
"Nice looking OM, Bill.  "
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos by @ezdusit:
First Dulcimer - 1990's
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on First Dulcimer - 1990's:
"It's a pretty thing!  You must have good feelings and memories when you play it.  "
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Salt, I'm amazed at how you hound rounded her up and got her back home!  (perhaps unfortunately for you.) You're a very good soul to provide a home for that..."
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on @ryan-carrell:
"Hi Ryan- please see your INBOX for my private message.  Thanks!  "
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 98
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Hi Lexie- I sent you an email about account settings... "
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Wartz n All Fall Gathering:
" Wish I could go, but alas cannot.  "
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Clothes & gear when playing for historical settings:
"I found some nice nubby velvet upholstery fabric that reminded me of those popular Scottish paisley shawls and table toppers that were in fashion in the..."
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Wartz n All Fall Gathering:
"The cost is... throwing your cares away for a while.   Wartz gatherings are always free, and welcoming to all!  "
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Rick Garrett:
"Scary!    "
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I tune this Bass Dulcimer?":
"OK, so the VSL scale length is 28 1/2"... that actually the same I believe as a typical McSpadden dulcimer- that's not unusually long at all!   It's..."
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I tune this Bass Dulcimer?":
"The long size of this dulcimer means you will have to calculate what gauge strings to put on it in order to get a particular tuning you are after.  You won't..."
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Liked a group discussions by @robin-clark:
Student Dulcimers - Lots of them!!!!
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Student Dulcimers - Lots of them!!!!:
"That's so wonderful Robin!  "

Latest Group Discussions


Clothes & gear when playing for historical settings

Thought I'd post this here to chatter about what we bring/use/wear when...
@Strumelia 2 months ago - Comments: 14

"Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood

An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made for me by...
@Strumelia 3 months ago - Comments: 5

Playing a regular mtn dulcimer with a bow

Here are a couple of old photos showing people playing regular mtn...
@Strumelia 4 months ago - Comments: 4

How Music can stay with us til the end...

This is a beautiful article about this woman's life and how in the end...
@Strumelia 5 months ago - Comments: 0

Don Neuhauser TMB video

Here's a youtube video of Don playing a reproduction Tennessee music...
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 1

The Joel Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, Appomattox VA

I enjoyed playing the banjo and the bones at this event this past...
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 8

Great book with sheet music for REAL Civil War era songs

John and Elaine Masciale put together a book with a huge collection of...
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 3
Robin Thompson

resource for field recordings made of Jean Ritchie

Though I've not got the chance to spend much time with this site, I...
@Robin Thompson last year - Comments: 5
Robin Thompson

review of Bill Graves's cd Sugar in the Coffee

Bill Graves's cd Sugar in the Coffee is one of my very favorite...
@Robin Thompson 2 years ago - Comments: 6
Jan Potts

Antique Crate Dulcimer

 Here for your viewing pleasure is a box dulcimer I own that's made out...
@Jan Potts 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

music heals, say the scientists

Every now and then experts come around and tell us what we already...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 5

Your memories of Jean Ritchie

A sad day to learn of Jean's passing. Yet, we are all so grateful for...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 22

Article on Jean Ritchie

Here's a nice little article on Jean and how she influenced American...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 8

Labels inside a very old lute...

I just had to share this great photo: You can read more about this...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 3

Common Christmas carols- are they copyrighted or public Domain?

Many holiday carols are listed here:...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 1

Looking GRUMPY while playing in public...

I think this is something a lot of musicians struggle with. Not...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 23

Antietam Early Banjo Gathering 2013

Of interest perhaps to those in this group who like music and history...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 20

DVD of traditional WV dulcimer players available

DVD film: The West Virginia Hills: A Tribute to the Dulcimer From...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 2

Latest Audio

Mary Blane

Mary Blane

2 years ago - Comments: 8
Param & strumelia, yoga w/harmonium_1

Param & strumelia, yoga...

4 years ago - Comments: 3


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8 years ago - Comments: 0
Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa on banjo

Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa...

8 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions


Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Friday September 22 2017, 7:07 AM
By: @Jim Fawcett

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Thursday September 21 2017, 10:05 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday September 20 2017, 10:31 PM
By: @Annie Deeley

a few Chat software improvements

Posted: Monday August 28 2017, 8:31 AM
By: @Strumelia

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Sunday August 27 2017, 5:31 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer

Posted: Thursday August 24 2017, 6:30 PM
By: @gaelicgirl

What's a Noter-Drone dulcimer?....

Posted: Monday July 31 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @marg

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Thursday July 20 2017, 10:56 AM
By: @robert schuler

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Sunday July 9 2017, 8:54 PM
By: @Susie

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Tuesday June 20 2017, 1:26 PM
By: @Sean Ruprecht-Belt

Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles...

Posted: Monday June 19 2017, 5:44 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Most inspiring live workshop/lesson you've...

Posted: Tuesday June 6 2017, 4:45 PM

Updating links on my noter/drone blog

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 10:38 AM
By: @Strumelia

contact info for Pete Ellertson?

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 8:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

Discussions on Tablets/Apps have been...

Posted: Monday March 20 2017, 1:59 PM
By: @Strumelia

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life...

Posted: Tuesday March 14 2017, 9:35 PM
By: @john warren

What songs were you taught in...

Posted: Saturday March 4 2017, 9:56 AM
By: @Kathyb53

How did you first discover the mountain...

Posted: Tuesday February 14 2017, 7:11 PM
By: @Mary

Private messaging system questions...?

Posted: Saturday January 28 2017, 9:14 AM
By: @Strumelia

Playing Music improves brain power more...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 9:07 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Never too old to pick up a musical...

Posted: Wednesday January 11 2017, 9:48 PM
By: @Strumelia

Mummers Making a Comeback

Posted: Saturday December 24 2016, 8:37 AM
By: @Val Hughes

Happy Solstice!

Posted: Friday December 23 2016, 11:09 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting...

Posted: Thursday November 10 2016, 11:33 AM
By: @Strumelia


Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:18 PM
By: @hugssandi

How do I add my new photo or event etc...?

Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:48 AM
By: @Strumelia

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Sunday October 23 2016, 6:45 PM
By: @hugssandi

the "Millennia Whoop" saturating current...

Posted: Wednesday September 28 2016, 4:53 PM
By: @Annie Deeley

DPN ad in old 1984 Whole Earth...

Posted: Monday September 26 2016, 4:10 AM
By: @Jan Potts

earliest known written melody- Syria 1400 BC

Posted: Monday July 11 2016, 9:32 AM
By: @Ken Hulme


The member
07/28/17 09:39:21PM @the-member:

Hi there this is a test!

Phil Myers
07/25/17 07:51:33AM @phil-myers:

Hi Strumelia, I am having trouble with audio files not loading. Get an error message about problem loading media URL.

Martin Oesterle
07/14/17 07:03:37PM @martin-oesterle:

Hi Strumelia,
sorry but i have only some "normal" sheets / note for the song "Tourdion" ( see attach):

I play the song with capo on 1st fret. I have a youtubechannal. It´s called In this channel you see me playing and teaching the song.
Here is the link to the youtube video. In german this song called: hey der gute kühle Wein

Tourdion.pdf  •  31KB

Mr. Phil Mcdaniel
06/07/17 12:58:37PM @mr-phil:

Thanks. Yes, the link to reset came through... I went to the AOL whitelist request page, but it looked like it was a VERY involved ordeal. So I skipped it. However, when at home last night I noticed it came through and had a successful reset. They (AOL) mentioned some Federal Spam Act requirement for Canada and America while I was there. Perhaps this is affecting many others as well. However, thanks for your advice and it all worked out fine afterall. I have a secondary (work) email that could be used if your system will support it; just a thought for the future.


Matthew Andrew
05/28/17 09:14:49PM @matthew-andrew:

Is it possible to start a group for Illinois dulcimer players? I would like to see one started.

Martha Campbell
05/17/17 06:01:30PM @martha-campbell:

Hi, thanks for helping with my question!

Tennessee Jed
03/22/17 04:48:33PM @tennessee-jed:

Hello, and Thank You for the warm welcome.   I guess I like the old "Lonesome" Drone type songs.  I am currently talking with "Songs of the Wood " in Black Mountain NC about purchasing a Dulcimer. I like the Hourglass type with Scrollhead tuner.  I do not know which is better though, that type or a flathead.  Which style and maker do You recommend ? I don't want to buy one on Ebay, since I would rather give my business to a Luthier in order to support the community.  I wish to buy the right one firstly , instead of buying something that I'll want to replace.  I would rather pay for quality than getting something cheap for starters , so to speak. This is a wonderful site and I am glad to have found it.  Thanks to whoever started this and keeps it going.

Laurel K Scott
02/28/17 11:02:15PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you -- I am pretty tickled with it! I don't normally go into that little antique store unless I have something specific I'm looking for, but in the middle of a storm last Saturday, I must have heard that dulcimer calling to me, LOL. 

No maker's name or date that I can see, inside or out. Sent some photos around and the consensus seems to be that it is walnut and handmade.

Evidently it was played by a gentleman here in the Richmond, VA area who passed away a couple of years ago. A lady bought it and had our local violin shop recut the grooves, replace a string screw and restring the dulcimer lefthanded,, thinking her daughter would like to play it. But she had no interest! 

The price was good, so I took a chance ...


02/28/17 06:01:42PM @dshombert:

Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I placed an ad on your Classifieds board and the instrument sold (through another site) so I sent a PayPal $5 donation, as requested.  I could not figure out how to edit the title of my ad, so I just posted a Reply that "the dulcimer has been sold". Thanks.

alan kolman
02/07/17 12:05:53PM @alan-kolman:

thanks - i'll look for the new thread. and also thanks for all the work you do to keep this happening.

alan kolman
02/07/17 04:37:03AM @alan-kolman:

good morning. may i ask what happened to d.chitwood's ad for a starsong? like so many others, i've wanted one since hearing gary gallier for the first time, and would be very interested in following up on this instrument.

thank you.   alan

01/10/17 11:45:09AM @strumelia:

 Hi Nina, please ask your site question in this forum so that others may benefit from the questions & answers:


01/10/17 11:15:53AM @dulcinina:

Hi. I'm trying to follow the discussion on How to Practice More Efficiently.  I clicked the follow button and I have gotten a couple emails with responses.  But I can't get on the thread to comment or see all the replies at once.  What am I doing wrong?  Otherwise, I love this site.  Thanks, Nina

01/10/17 02:40:31AM @maryam:

Thank you for welcoming me Strumelia! :-)

David Pedersen
01/04/17 10:21:16AM @david-pedersen:

Strumelia, I did find Robins lessons under The Drone group, go figure.  Sorry for all the confusion on my part, but I am reading his info now.  Thanks for all the comments and help.

jeffrey charles foster
12/12/16 05:50:21PM @jeffrey-charles-foster:

So dont know how to contact you I would like to know how to shrink video files to put on FOTMD cause I dont know how



12/11/16 07:53:23PM @sng4prt:

Strumelia, I was probably wearing thimbles.


11/27/16 10:39:17AM @dianapalmer:

Thank you. I guess I was having trouble logging in for a while, and didn't have the new website address. Glad I found this again.

10/27/16 06:33:46AM @rock-wyre-cathy:

Thanks so much for the welcome looking forward to enjoying all the content.

Bill Henry
10/24/16 09:06:52AM @bill-henry:

Thanks so much. I am very glad to be here and am enjoying the content on the history and the older playing styles. Thanks for facilitating such a great site!