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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 • 8 hours ago • 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..."
@strumelia • 9 hours ago • 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..."
@strumelia • 2 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..."
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in hospital":
"I wish a smooth recovery to David.  And to you as well, Brian!"
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I was wondering how your little favorite friend was doing, Lexie.  I'll never forget how my younger daughter started crying in happiness when she saw her..."
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Hi Randy.  Angling or slanting the bridge will in effect lengthen the lower strings and shorten the higher strings.  Banjo players often slant their bridge..."
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Mountain dulcimers have less of a need for a compensated bridge than instruments like guitars, mandolins, and banjos... because the dulcimer has fewer..."
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on POLL: How long ago did you start playing dulcimer?:
"Of the 38 members who voted in this poll, it surprised me how many folks have played for a long time... more than a third of the folks who voted have played..."
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube by @marc-mathieu:
End of Summer (c)2004
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube by @charles-thomas:
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"It's a rather confusing explanation, I have to say. Confusing even to me.  "
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Skip:     To play strictly N/D in the keys of G/D, on the melody string only, you must have a 6+.  Not sure what you mean, Skip... can you explain?..."
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"And I'd like to add another thing-  everyone you encounter will want to be helpful and they'll all have suggestions on how you should tune, what style you..."
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Is there an all-dulcimer club that you are planning to play with regularly?  If so, you should ask them this question in order to make things easier for you..."
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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Posted a new Comment on John Com Kisse Me Now:
"Wow.  Amazing fingerwork!  Great playing, Brian."
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a photos by @selah:
Selah's Photos
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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Liked a photos by @daniel-crommie:
Saturnalia Trio
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on POLL: How long ago did you start playing dulcimer?:
"Great to see you posting again, Lexie.  "
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 99
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Oh my gosh Lexie, you've logged in successfully and are back!!   Yaaaaayyy!!!  "
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Blondie's jig, "Call Me":
" "...from the last century."     Now I feel old! Great job on a challenging tune, Sam."
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tinwhistle / penny whistles":
"I have a Dixon Trad brass in D too, Jennifer.  I really like the 'temple bell'-like tone it has, don't you?  It sounds prettier to me than for example the..."
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Posted a response to "etiquette with dulcimers ":
"Any sales transaction should have return terms made clear before the purchase.  That's true for online purchases, retail stores, and yes even between..."
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 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


The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Friday November 17 2017, 11:04 PM
By: @Strumelia

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Friday November 17 2017, 9:16 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Positive Thread...

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

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

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

Show Us Your Pets!

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

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday October 23 2017, 8:23 PM
By: @HEWalker

Showing support for FOTMD ?

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

a few Chat software improvements

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

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

Show us your sound holes!

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

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


Lexie R Oakley
11/04/17 04:26:03PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Yep Hi my friend, I missed you all.

Just had too much going on and time dealing with my hands.

Doing fine now, going to listen to some tunes and catch up with folks.

Lexie R Oakley
11/04/17 04:18:11PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Hi Lisa, I am back! Yay!!!! 

Thank you for your help. Hope things are well for you and Brian! banjo

09/30/17 06:51:52PM @tillmanator:

Hello back!  I'm posting a profile pic with a mandolin.  Oops!  As soon as I get a dulcimer I will change it.

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.