Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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

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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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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

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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!...

Jim Fawcett posted an event
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Wartz n All Spring Gathering at Alpine Lake Resort

March 28, 2015 from 10am to 6pm
Come and join the fun of jamming and relaxing all day.As always bring something to share. Utensils,…See More
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Ken Backer posted a photo

Remember Who This Is?

Still cleaning out the depths of my basement, came across some photos I took at a folk festival…
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Ken Backer commented on jeffrey charles foster's video
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Video 14 amazing grace

"Thanks for posting this, Jeffery, it's nice to see you here."
50 minutes ago
Bob Reinsel and jeffrey charles foster are now friends
3 hours ago
Patty from Virginia commented on Mark Gilston's video
3 hours ago
Bob Reinsel commented on Dusty Turtle's video
3 hours ago
Rick Kennedy replied to Robin Clark's discussion 'Boulavogue - Clifford Glen dulcimer' in the group OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
"I am finally catching up on some of your recent posts, Robin.  Really enjoyed this one--and I…"
3 hours ago
Gordon Hardy commented on Mark Gilston's video
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Mark Gilston - The Turning Tide, an original Étude for mountain dulcimer by Mark Gilston

"Mark, this is quite lovely. As always your timing is impeccable."
3 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley commented on Mark Gilston's video
3 hours ago
Mark Gilston posted a video

Mark Gilston - The Turning Tide, an original Étude for mountain dulcimer by Mark Gilston

Mark Gilston plays an original mountain dulcimer Étude in the form of a Swedish gånglåt, emphasizing hammer-ons, pull-offs and playing out of a barre chord p...
4 hours ago
Terry Wilson commented on Cindy Stammich's video
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Amazing Grace - James January Challenge

"While we all should know that perfection is never reached, you played this amazing song as close to…"
4 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley commented on jeffrey charles foster's video
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Video 14 amazing grace

"Jefferey, nice to see you posting and playing sweet music."
4 hours ago
Pamela Rossetti commented on jeffrey charles foster's video
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Video 14 amazing grace

"Good Job . I see that you have memorized it ...that is good...keep playing it over and over."
4 hours ago
Ronald R Eaches replied to Ronald R Eaches's discussion 'Let's See Your Strumstick.' in the group Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks
"That looks nice."
5 hours ago
Gordon Hardy commented on jeffrey charles foster's video
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Video 14 amazing grace

"Jeffrey, it's good to see that your hard work is paying off!"
5 hours ago
Cynthia Wigington commented on jeffrey charles foster's video
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Video 14 amazing grace

"You worked really hard on this I can see, and it shows. You're improving a lot."
5 hours ago
Patty from Virginia commented on jeffrey charles foster's video
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Video 14 amazing grace

"You did good!!!"
5 hours ago
Christine Shoemaker commented on Christine Shoemaker's video
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Winter's Delete Key - An original

"Thank you Pamela!  My passion may have been prompted by a more than slight case of cabin…"
6 hours ago
Pamela Rossetti commented on Christine Shoemaker's video
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Winter's Delete Key - An original

"Christine...Love it...Yes bring spring on.  I love you passion when you play.  good job."
8 hours ago

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Zero Fret 13 Replies

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Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands 14 Replies

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Curious Fretboard 8 Replies

Started by Quinn Golden in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Quinn Golden yesterday.

ginger or 26 vsl 7 Replies

Started by Monica in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Monica yesterday.

The Drifting Thread... 256 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Dusty Turtle on Tuesday.

dulcimer woods 3 Replies

Started by Monica in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ivan Bradley on Tuesday.

The Positive Thread... 243 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling on Monday.

beginner tuning question 15 Replies

Started by James Phillips in Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions. Last reply by James Phillips on Monday.

Tn Crossroads featuring Mike Clemmer 9 Replies

Started by Mark Richmond in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Mark Richmond on Sunday.

Judy Klinkhammer 13 Replies

Started by Patricia Delich in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Patricia Delich on Sunday.

What are you working on? 518 Replies

Started by folkfan in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Jan Potts on Sunday.

"Lap holder" for music....? 1 Reply

Started by Vicki Moore in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pete Staehling on Sunday.

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    Jim Fawcett


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