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!
Click HERE to order.

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!...

Profile IconPaul Atcheson-Blair, Linda, Barbara Banks and 9 more joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
1 minute ago
Patty from Virginia commented on Oliver Ogden's photo


"Awesome!!! I'll bet they love their new home"
23 minutes ago
Patty from Virginia replied to Ken Backer's discussion 'Our Trip Through Appalachia' in the group FOTMD on the Road
"August 29 through August 30 for the 2nd Battle events. Sorry! "
25 minutes ago
Patty from Virginia replied to Ken Backer's discussion 'Our Trip Through Appalachia' in the group FOTMD on the Road
"Ken, just to add....If you are interested in visiting the Manassas Battlefield it is open every day…"
25 minutes ago
Patty from Virginia replied to Ken Backer's discussion 'Our Trip Through Appalachia' in the group FOTMD on the Road
"Ken, Kathy Wilson who is a member here runs a dulcimer jam session the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the…"
36 minutes ago
Patty from Virginia joined Strumelia's group

FOTMD on the Road

Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a festival....and want to meet up with other FOTMD…See More
36 minutes ago
Strumelia commented on Oliver Ogden's photo


"Wow!   Impressive, Oliver!"
38 minutes ago
Barbara Banks posted a discussion

dulcimer strings

new-by learning dulcimer. in an area where the music store sells no dulcimers or components. Can…See More
39 minutes ago
Gail Webber commented on Gail Webber's photo

New granddaughter

"Thanks guys.  It was very hard to wait 4 months to see her, but homefront situations kept me…"
58 minutes ago
Ken Backer replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"Greetings Everyone In July and August Lin and I will be going on a road trip through Appalachia -…"
1 hour ago
Tom Fowler and Jim Fawcett are now friends
1 hour ago
Ken Backer added a discussion to the group FOTMD on the Road

Our Trip Through Appalachia

GreetingsIn July and August my wife, Lin, and I will be taking a trip down through Appalachia.  I…See More
1 hour ago
James Phillips commented on James Phillips's video

Aura Lea, key of E major

"Thank you kindly Ben & Cynthia.  I know I might have flubbed the timing a bit, but…"
1 hour ago
Benjamin W Barr Jr commented on Christine Shoemaker's video

"P.O.P Up" for lupus awareness

"Wow!  Nice playing and nice message.  Oh, and the loon at the end...whether by design or…"
1 hour ago
Julie Hopkins commented on Julie Hopkins's photo

Museum Gig

"Thanks for your wonderful encouraging comments:)  I will do it again and get more comfortable…"
2 hours ago
Ken Backer posted a photo

Bugs n' All

Performing at an outdoor arts festival in a wooded setting next to river. Gig came with mosquitoes…
2 hours ago
Bea Romano joined Rod Westerfield's group

Hymn and Worship Song Players

a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
2 hours ago
Cynthia Wigington commented on Oliver Ogden's photo


"Wow Oliver, what a project, and I'm sure you'll be dressing those tanks up with some…"
3 hours ago
Oliver Ogden posted photos
3 hours ago
John E. Wood is now friends with Dave Boyt, Robin Thompson and Dusty Turtle
4 hours ago


dulcimer strings

Started by Barbara Banks in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions 39 minutes ago.

The Drifting Thread... 188 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Ken Backer 1 hour ago.

How do you store your dulcimers? 17 Replies

Started by Mark Richmond in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by James Phillips 4 hours ago.

electronic tuners people use 8 Replies

Started by James Phillips in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Patty from Virginia 6 hours ago.

Save your important Inbox messages now! 43 Replies

Started by Strumelia in FOTMD moving to an all NEW site soon. Last reply by RavenMadd Garcia 7 hours ago.

The Positive Thread... 292 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Ken Backer 18 hours ago.

Ask The Moderators! 4 Replies

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Lesser Known Strumsticks? 2 Replies

Started by Brian Downing in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Cynthia Wigington yesterday.

Ask the Moderators 1 Reply

Started by Dan Goad in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Dusty Turtle yesterday.

Our site move is a few weeks away now... 24 Replies

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


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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.

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    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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