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

Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • 19 minutes ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Winston Salem Dulcimer Festival":
"There will be a one day festival for mountain dulcimers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, May 6th.  Instructors are Jeff Furman, Jim Miller, Ann..."
Dan
 
@dan • 34 minutes ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"Lisa, the 1890 Neff had staples under the melody string."
hugssandi
 
@hugssandi • 57 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Ellen, here is a link to Margaret Wright's 12 Tune Song Books.  I wish there was an example of her style of TAB on the page~it is three lines with numbers..."
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • an hour ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Brian, Mary;Thanks very much!"
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 2 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked @bob's youtube:
Amazing Grace
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Every once in a while this happens to me-  somebody on some instrument (banjo, dulcimer, guitar, uke, whatever) will play a tune for me and they're dismayed..."
Lisa Golladay
 
@lisa-golladay • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Ain't it the truth.  A chord chart is just a skeleton, nothing like a full arrangement.  But I figure it like this: guitar players manage to make music from..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"Dan, did the original dulcimer have full width frets, or frets only under the melody string?"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"JohnHenry- great tip about the glued linen patches.  "
Ellen Rice
 
@ellen-rice • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"So where does one find Margaret Wright's pieces? Do tell!"
Bob
 
@bob • 5 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Minstrel Boy:
"Thank you Mary and Strumelia!"
Bob
 
@bob • 5 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer:
"a lovely instrument! Nice lines and color."
Mary MacGowan
 
@mary-macgowan • 6 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Kennedy Barn String Band:
"Love this! And how great to be in a string band! "
John Henry
 
@john-henry • 6 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
" When I used to carve elaborate but fragile rosettes in lute construction I glued linen patches where appropriate for reinforcement purposes, and did the..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 6 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"LOL, please forgive that looooooong post, but there was a story to tell! :) Lisa, after I've had a few lessons at the Crooked Road festival, maybe I'll be..."
Mary MacGowan
 
@mary-macgowan • 6 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Small Tongue Drum and Laughing Crow NA Flute improv:
"Maria, I just love how you keep opening yourself up to new sounds and instruments! And special video effects! This is just lovely music "
Mary MacGowan
 
@mary-macgowan • 6 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Wow, you're really getting good! Sweet playing, and sweet birdies singing along!"
Mary MacGowan
 
@mary-macgowan • 6 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Minstrel Boy:
"Great sound, lively playing!"
hugssandi
 
@hugssandi • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Ellen, you are so right!  Just in trying to figure out that first song while looking at chord charts there were chord fingerings that sounded better than..."
Brian G.
 
@brian-g • 9 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"I definitely enjoyed this.  Thanks for sharing!"
Brian G.
 
@brian-g • 9 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Silent Night with my Grandchildren:
"Very nice Cindy.  And I also love the slippers.  ;)"
Brian G.
 
@brian-g • 9 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The First Noel on the Mountain Dulcimer:
"Lovely, Cindy!"
Dan
 
@dan • 10 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"Yes John Henry, twice! I wasn't happy with the first braces so I chiseled them out and did them again. The reinforcement now has a little flex to it but is..."
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 14 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Thanks so much John. Really appreciate that Steven thanks to you too    "
marg
 
@marg • 15 hours ago • comments: 261
Posted a new Comment on @helen-seiler:
"How are you doing? Are you anywhere near where the weather system is hitting? Sounds so powerful, be careful & let us know how you are doing"
John Henry
 
@john-henry • 16 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"Love the sound hole.....not easy to cut............do they have any 'reinforcment' Dan ?"
John Henry
 
@john-henry • 16 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"I think I like this best of all the stuff you have shared to date Steve !   JohnH"
John Henry
 
@john-henry • 16 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"Chuckle........I look at pics like this and don't feel so bad about my grey beard..........! JohnH"
Cindy Stammich
 
@cindy-stammich • 18 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The First Noel on the Mountain Dulcimer:
"Rob - I was playing my Blue Lion - in DAD."
Cindy Stammich
 
@cindy-stammich • 18 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The First Noel on the Mountain Dulcimer:
"I would like to thank you all for the kind comments and for sharing in this quiet moment with me! My sister in law passed away shortly after I posted this,..."
Cindy Stammich
 
@cindy-stammich • 18 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Silent Night with my Grandchildren:
"I realize this is REALLY late, but I would like to thank all of you for the kind comments and for sharing in our memories.  My sister in law passed away..."
Ellen Rice
 
@ellen-rice • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"I think an important part of the "Secret Sauce" hasn't been discussed here. Take "Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star.  It's in 4/4 time and the first measure is..."
Linda Boies
 
@linda-boies • 19 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @kathyb53:
"Kathy, It was great meeting you at Wartz too! Hope to see you at other events too. I am going to try for Fall Wartz too. I ended up driving to Morgantown..."
Salt Springs
 
@salt-springs • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Online - Emmas Waltz :
"Danke.............sehr gut............wunderbar!"
Tennessee Jed
 
@tennessee-jed • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer:
"Rob N Lackey: Nice.  As the owner of 4 Jim Good's I'll say you got a good un.  i'm sure you'll enjoy it.     Thanks,  I have been playing around with..."
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer:
"Nice.  As the owner of 4 Jim Good's I'll say you got a good un.  i'm sure you'll enjoy it.  "
Tennessee Jed
 
@tennessee-jed • 20 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer:
"At Jim and Brenda Good's wood shop in Walton West Virginia with my new Dulcimer. Mastertone Dulcimers http://mastertonedulcimers.webs.com/  "
Tennessee Jed
 
@tennessee-jed • 20 hours ago • comments: 1
My Dulcimer
Jim and Brenda Good WoodShop My new Dulcimer
Jim Phillips
 
@jim-at-gcreek • 22 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tonewood:
"James; I see that you come up as "pending" for following and private messaging.  Maybe you need to accept me as a follower in the system.   Jim Phillips"
Jim Fawcett
 
@jim-fawcett • 22 hours ago • comments: 327
Posted a new Comment on @jim-fawcett:
"Tennessee Jed: Hello,   I am all too familiar with Herminie,  I used to enjoy watching a polka band from their called Herminie Button box club.  I don't..."
Kathyb53
 
@kathyb53 • 23 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on @linda-boies:
"Linda, was nice to meet you at the Wartz and All gathering. Disappointed we didn't get the chance to meet up and "jam" that evening in the lodge. Maybe next..."
Sean Ruprecht-Belt
 
@sean-belt • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "For Sale: Ben Seymour Galax-Style Dulcimer - All Cherry Wood":
"Downsizing my instrument collection, so this beauty must go.   All cherry wood Gaskins/Melton style Galax dulcimer made by Ben Seymour of Kudzu Patch..."
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Calvary by Daniel Read
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Very nice, Steve...birds and all!   Steven"
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"Linda and Scott, it was a pleasure to meet you. Sorry we didn't have more time just to visit. Hope see you down the road. I'm not sure yet if I'll show up..."
MaryAnn
 
@maryann • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @maryann:
"Thank you to everyone who commented to make me welcome!  Just shows what great people dulcimer fans are."
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Lisa, Benjamin thanks. I usually frighten off any wild life with my playing but I'm glad they stuck around For a little..."
Bob Snyder
 
@bob-snyder • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering:
"Looks like Frank is waltzing with The Invisible Woman"
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Lovely, and I agree with the bird's singing...adds to the sweetness of the song.  "
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 

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Beginner players

Beginner players


Are you a brand new player? Join this group and ask all...
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter 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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A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
fans of Jean Ritchie

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Arranging for Dulcimers


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Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
Little Dulcimers

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Help Me Learn this Song


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Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
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For discussing music that was played around the time of...
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Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


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The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

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North Carolinians Plus

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Challenged Players

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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
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Baritone Dulcimer Players


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Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Society

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6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
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Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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Little Pink
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Painting
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fingerlings
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Harvest Home week 3
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Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival -(VA)

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Wisconsin Dulcimer Workshops/Concert -(WI)

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Fri Jun 2 2017
Pattyfest 2017 -(WV)

Pattyfest 2017 -(WV)


Sat Jun 3 2017
Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)


Thu Jun 8 2017
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri Jun 9 2017
Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat -(MD)

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Fri Jun 16 2017
Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering III -(PA)

Dutchland Dulcimer...


Fri Jul 7 2017
DULCIMER U -(NC)

DULCIMER U -(NC)


Sun Jul 23 2017
8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Fest -(NM)

8th Annual New Mexico...


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Winston Salem Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday March 28 2017, 5:04 PM
By: @Gail Webber

I am SO in over my head!!!

Posted: Tuesday March 28 2017, 4:27 PM
By: @hugssandi

For Sale: Ben Seymour...

Posted: Monday March 27 2017, 5:28 PM
By: @Sean Ruprecht-Belt

Bar chords

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By: @dulcimerroo

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Sunday March 26 2017, 4:51 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Tab Software Suggestions

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By: @Dan Goad

Looking for short scale...

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By: @Billy T

What are you reading right...

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By: @John C. Knopf

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday March 24 2017, 7:51 PM
By: @Jim Fawcett

The technician and the artist

Posted: Friday March 24 2017, 4:53 AM
By: @Val Hughes

Galax dulcimer for sale

Posted: Thursday March 23 2017, 4:26 PM
By: @Tennessee Jed

Opinion on the best...

Posted: Thursday March 23 2017, 2:35 PM
By: @Mark C

Does anyone know when my...

Posted: Thursday March 23 2017, 12:54 PM
By: @Geoff Black

Playing in other keys

Posted: Wednesday March 22 2017, 4:33 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Advice please, re no 6 1/2...

Posted: Wednesday March 22 2017, 9:04 AM
By: @John Gribble

Fret Material

Posted: Wednesday March 22 2017, 8:55 AM
By: @majajog

How does humidity affect a...

Posted: Tuesday March 21 2017, 5:22 PM
By: @red87445

Native American Flutes

Posted: Tuesday March 21 2017, 11:49 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

NAF flute collection for sale

Posted: Tuesday March 21 2017, 11:40 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

Am I hearing an echo? Great...

Posted: Tuesday March 21 2017, 12:41 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Discussions on Tablets/Apps...

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

Beautiful fully chromatic...

Posted: Monday March 20 2017, 6:56 AM
By: @Brian G.

Blizzard in Northeast/March...

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 11:29 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Stand-Up Stands

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 8:51 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Wanted: MacSp Ginger with...

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 8:46 AM
By: @D. Chitwood

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Wednesday March 15 2017, 8:29 PM
By: @Strumelia

noter/drone 6 string...

Posted: Tuesday March 14 2017, 10:48 PM
By: @vtpiecer

Have you met other FOTMD's...

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

Kingdom Mtn Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday March 14 2017, 10:17 AM
By: @vtpiecer

Finger patterns for playing...

Posted: Tuesday March 14 2017, 7:18 AM
By: @Brian G.
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