Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer


CLICK HERE for the member FAQ/GUIDELINES & RULES for using this site. PLEASE READ THEM- Thanks!

Some handy settings and tips you can use for this site- CLICK HERE. To ask questions about settings or how the site functions, post your question as a new thread HERE.
Emergency meeting site: If for any reason this NING website crashes, keep a bookmark of my Noter-Drone Dulcimer BLOG...I will post updates there as to what is going on with FOTMD

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NEW!! FOTMD pin back buttons are here!

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Order your FOTMD pin buttons now and wear them with pride! Recognize other FOTMD members at jams and festivals!
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Visit Strumelia's Beginner Noter-Drone dulcimer Blog

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.

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 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 see 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, and ask questions. You create a unique personal dulcimer page that truly reflects who you are. Join our 'block party'! -Strumelia


PLEASE READ: For Sale Forum changes for 2015

Listings in the For Sale forum must be for an actual currently existing item for sale (a CD or book, a specific single instrument, a music stand, photos of some specific dulcimer wood pieces for sale...) and the ad must include a photo of the item being sold.  In other words, no more open-ended, ongoing listings like "I make dulcimer stands", "I will make you a custom dulcimer", "Music lessons available", "Selling wood for building"... It needs to be the actual existing item for sale, with its photo and price.

As before, FOTMD asks for a $5 site donation for any item listed in our For Sale forum that sells for over $100.  If you sell a dulcimer for either $100 or $800, a simple $5 donation is asked.  If you sell CDs or books totaling over $100, again only $5 is asked.  This helps pay for our site.

What everyone's up to!...

Steven Deckard commented on John W. McKinstry's video

How Beautiful Upon

"John, you did a beautiful job.  Anne is very talented.  I am loaning Anne's…"
1 hour ago
millie cameron commented on William Craig Mann's video

Flatpicked Grandfather's Clock

"Lovely!  What tuning are you using?  I LOVE your conservation of movement up and down the…"
2 hours ago
Gary McNaughton commented on Mark Gilston's video
2 hours ago
Greg Westman posted a photo
4 hours ago
Anne Bowman replied to nick o'sullivan's discussion 'Dowland on Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I bought some butterfly picks, but when I discussed  them with James, he advised against them…"
4 hours ago
Linda Callen joined Strumelia's group
4 hours ago
Anne Bowman and nick o'sullivan are now friends
5 hours ago
Ken Longfield and Rich Towsley are now friends
6 hours ago
Profile Icondiane arnold and Linda Callen joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
7 hours ago
Ken Hulme replied to Matteo's discussion 'vlier' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Nice, I particularly like the middle zither with the 'double ended' design.  The…"
7 hours ago
Benjamin W Barr Jr commented on marymacgowan's video

Late night musings . . . poem by James Joyce, Goldenhair

"Mary, listening to this once beautiful and lovely."
7 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley replied to robert schuler's discussion 'My New Just intonated dulcimer. Thank you Robin Clark & Bob Reinsel.'
"Excellent Bob, oh sure would like to hear you play it. Happy you guys got this all figured out, gee…"
7 hours ago
Geekling replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"I've written a new recovery blog post, this time, on the eve of my birthday, about my…"
8 hours ago
nick o'sullivan replied to nick o'sullivan's discussion 'Dowland on Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Hi Anne, I have quite weak nails and prefer the sound of fingertips but sometimes I need a louder…"
8 hours ago
Matteo replied to Matteo's discussion 'vlier' in the group Dulcimer Making
"i think i'm almost there :D for the first build i will try a basic, radically simple…"
8 hours ago
John Henry commented on John Henry's photo

'Look-a-like' copy of circa 1750 ? Dulcimer D3 from L Allen Smith's Catalogue of Pre-revival Dulcimers

"Thanks Robin, its well 'wound up' somewhere just below Fcc , (I did a Robin and ignored…"
9 hours ago


The Drifting Thread... 109 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling 8 hours ago.

Show Us Your Pets! 139 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Helen Seiler 13 hours ago.

Homemade Capo 5 Replies

Started by Kevin Keating in Instruments- discussing specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions. Last reply by Kevin Keating yesterday.

Split Diatonic/Chromatic Fretboard 5 Replies

Started by Babs Greene in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by nick o'sullivan yesterday.

Our site move is a few weeks away now... 10 Replies

Started by Strumelia in FOTMD moving to an all NEW site soon. Last reply by Tumbleweed on Thursday.

The Positive Thread... 265 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Ken Backer on Thursday.

Vibration and tone of my Dulcimer as I play... 10 Replies

Started by Gary Major in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Mark Hoskey on Thursday.

New Pledger Dulcimer! 2 Replies

Started by Mark Hoskey in Instruments- discussing specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions. Last reply by Cynthia Wigington on Wednesday.

Butternut Hourglass dulcimer 13 Replies

Started by robert schuler in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Cynthia Wigington on Wednesday.


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    Help Keep FOTMD Up and Running!

    Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is FREE to all. We do however very gratefully accept donations towards the costs of maintaining this site- which includes the $700 our web host NING charges per year to host our online community. If you'd like to help support FOTMD now and then, click the button below. You don't have to have a Paypal account to donate- Paypal accepts simple credit card payments as well. Donations are completely voluntary- contribute whatever amount you choose (minimum $5 please), whenever you like. We do ask that if you sell any items through our For Sale Forum for $100 or more, please make a minimum $5 donation as a thanks to our site.

    (questions? -please contact Strumelia)
    Together we can keep FOTMD up and running....thank you so much!


     NEW!-  Would you like to become a special Patron of FOTMD? 

    There are lots of added costs involved in building FOTMD's new site and moving everything to new improved digs.  All donations, even the most modest, are sincerely appreciated and are applied entirely to paying for the upkeep of the site- no profits are kept.  If you want to make an even bigger difference in making FOTMD better than ever while remaining in the black, you can become a Patron member by making a single donation of $50 or more during the year 2015. In return, your patronage will be recognized with a special badge that will be applied to your avatar profile picture.  Your badge will be an indication of your extra generosity in supporting the future of this special site. Here is what the Patron badge looks like on member avatars:


    Dulcimer Interest GROUPS

    SINGLE INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOPS, Performances, Band Gigs & Special Club Event NOTICES

    Offering some special workshops? Performing at a gig? A Dulcimer Club activity? List your SINGLE INSTRUCTOR Special Event or workshop- CLICK HERE!

    The Inspired Volunteer FOTMD Welcoming Commitee of the month!

    3 CHEERS to members

    Jim Fawcett

    Karen Keane


    John Wood


    R N Lacky


    Louis Stivali


    Cynthia Wigington


    Kenneth Longfield


    Benjamin Barr

    John Keane

    ...For warmly greeting new members and making them feel welcome here on FOTMD!


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