Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Appalachian mountain dulcimer players- make friends, share, learn to play- Free!


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WELCOME to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!...

All who love the mountain dulcimer are welcome here, no matter what your style, ability, or tastes. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) online community -it's easy and completely FREE!
Please read the FAQ/SiteRules found at the upper left corner of this page FIRST, then join up and go to the "My Page" link at top to customize your very own personal home page. Join groups that interest you, add others to your Friends List, make your own photo album, music clips, and videos, read or start forum discussions, ask questions, and start your own online dulcimer BLOG journal. Choose what things you'd like to be notified about. You create a unique personal dulcimer page that truly reflects who you are. Join our 'block party'! -Strumelia

What everyone's up to!...

Leila Maier commented on Linda Jo brockinton's video

The Water Is Wide/Carrickfergus

"This is so beautiful, Linda! Do you have an arrangement for this to sell/share? I have tab for…"
4 minutes ago
Léandre Chevallier and Larry Conger are now friends
58 minutes ago
Benjamin W Barr Jr and Dan Shaffer are now friends
1 hour ago
Ron Larson commented on James Phillips's video

Away In A Manger, key of F

"James, why no in strum - notice only out - my friend teach me to use in an out - am very new and…"
2 hours ago
Sheila Bryant posted a discussion

Five Foot Two

Does anyone have the chords for Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue please, Oh, and Misty, that would be…See More
4 hours ago
David E.Hall replied to Sally Whytehead's discussion 'hearts of the dulcimer screening in Scotland' in the group UK and European Mountain Dulcimers
"Now I  that I do not have to travel there and back in one day ( which would have been about a…"
4 hours ago
Peter W. replied to Peter W.'s discussion 'Free Kantele method book - asking for feedback!'
"I don't know how to thank you for the time and effort you put into the revision of my kantele…"
4 hours ago
Jerry Holman replied to George Beckwith's discussion 'Dulcimer wood for Sale'
"George, I am glad your feeling better.We will keep you in our prayers and as soon as I am in bed…"
4 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Randy Adams's video

Flowers of Edinburgh

"That sounds great, Randy. I used to play this one on the mandolin, but have never been happy with a…"
5 hours ago
Robin Hill replied to Sally Whytehead's discussion 'hearts of the dulcimer screening in Scotland' in the group UK and European Mountain Dulcimers
"Brian: it will be great to welcome you to Longniddry if you can make it in September. Cheers for…"
6 hours ago
Ivan Bradley replied to Strumelia's discussion 'Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!'
"357, with hopes for many more birthday celebrations to come."
7 hours ago
Nina Zanetti is now friends with Joseph Buchanan, Jane Veit and Kitty L.
8 hours ago
John Henry commented on Ruth Lawrence's blog post 'July 2014. Interesting developments'
"Sounds as if you are enjoying your music Ruth, and I agree, that piece you can knock off 100%…"
8 hours ago
Curtis Carlisle Bouterse replied to pristine2's discussion 'Utterly faded label --- suggestions?'
"I see Robert Gates ? Sam Portman ?"
8 hours ago
Joellen Lapidus and Robert Worth are now friends
9 hours ago
Hallie Elizabeth Boyer commented on Hallie Elizabeth Boyer's album

Kentucky Music Week 2014

"It was my first year to go. I hope you get to come next year and perhaps we will meet!"
9 hours ago
Joseph Buchanan replied to Mandy's discussion 'Favorite Hymn to play - anytime' in the group Hymn and Worship Song Players
"1.Unclouded Day 2.Sweet By and By"
9 hours ago
Joseph Buchanan commented on Joseph Buchanan's photo

Mr. Gull

"Thanks Phil! Oh Sweet!"
10 hours ago
phil replied to Babs Greene's discussion 'Finding Tab in unlikely places'
"Got it to work. Just working out the bugs and I will soon be playing somewhere over the…"
10 hours ago


Five Foot Two

Started by Sheila Bryant in Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs 4 hours ago.

Free Kantele method book - asking for feedback! 4 Replies

Started by Peter W. in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by Peter W. 4 hours ago.

Dulcimer wood for Sale 7 Replies

Started by George Beckwith in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Jerry Holman 4 hours ago.

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST! 54 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Ivan Bradley 7 hours ago.

Utterly faded label --- suggestions? 2 Replies

Started by pristine2 in Dulcimer history & traditions, archaic music discussions.. Last reply by Curtis Carlisle Bouterse 8 hours ago.

Finding Tab in unlikely places 17 Replies

Started by Babs Greene in Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs. Last reply by phil 10 hours ago.

Autoharp Question 2 Replies

Started by Joseph Buchanan in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Joseph Buchanan 11 hours ago.

Learning by ear 10 Replies

Started by Babs Greene in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by pristine2 14 hours ago.

Look at this old dulcimer on goodwill auction site 2 Replies

Started by Ruth Lawrence in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by pristine2 14 hours ago.

Dulcimers for sale 9 Replies

Started by Robert Worth in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Robert Worth 15 hours ago.

Dropping my Pick! 22 Replies

Started by Leighann Batemon in Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!. Last reply by Bob Hilton yesterday.

Gadding about with Geekling 265 Replies

Started by Geekling in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling yesterday.

Introduce Yourself! 599 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Babs Greene yesterday.

a digital data base of traditional folk tunes 1 Reply

Started by RavenMadd Garcia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ken Hulme yesterday.

The Positive Thread 1361 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by phil yesterday.

Blog Posts

July 2014. Interesting developments

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on July 21, 2014 at 12:15am — 5 Comments

Interview with Jasper

Posted by Robert Worth on July 20, 2014 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Visiting the Birthplace of the Sunhearth

Posted by Mark Runge on July 15, 2014 at 11:15pm — 10 Comments

Newcastleton 2014

Posted by David E.Hall on July 10, 2014 at 5:54pm — 3 Comments

Interesting TAB locations

Posted by Babs Greene on July 8, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

DAd/CGc but only for now.

Posted by Babs Greene on July 7, 2014 at 12:59pm

Dulcimer Club Activities?

Posted by Bob Hilton on July 5, 2014 at 1:15pm — 5 Comments

The New Dulcimer at Mom's Place

Posted by Colleen Hailey on July 3, 2014 at 1:50pm — 4 Comments

Oops, well, almost...

Posted by Babs Greene on July 1, 2014 at 2:15pm


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    I have a main blog for Traditional style mountain dulcimer playing here: Mountain Dulcimer Noter-drone Blog This is an old style of playing where you only fret your notes on the melody string, while letting the drones strings ring open. In my blog, I express my personal views about playing, I offer free TAB and free beginner videos, and I try to help beginners understand in a very basic simple way the 'mysteries' of playing the mountain dulcimer in traditional modal noter/drone style.

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