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!...

Skip replied to Danny E. Autry's discussion 'Dulciborn'
"Check the warranty and call the company. Once you know what they will do should give some guidance…"
4 minutes ago
John Henry commented on Rick Kennedy's blog post 'Only casualty--a quill'
"Having seen her cope with you 'faltering' I have every confidence that your daughter…"
5 minutes ago
marg replied to Danny E. Autry's discussion 'Dulciborn'
"(the more you strum up the fret board, the more vibration your causing, which may make the strings…"
43 minutes ago
Joe Robison replied to Ed Gaunt's discussion 'Thickness Sander' in the group Dulcimer Making
"The manual for my Grizzley 12" says never to use a backer board.  However, I am an…"
47 minutes ago
Joe Robison replied to Ed Gaunt's discussion 'Thickness Sander' in the group Dulcimer Making
"I have a Grizzley baby drum sander, 12 inch that does a great job.  $575 plus $79 shipping…"
1 hour ago
Jan Potts replied to Michael Ebersohl's discussion 'I need just one more dulcimer! (RESOLVED)'
"What did you end up getting?  There were several good suggestions made. "
1 hour ago
marg replied to marg's discussion 'To Low Action'
"I wouldn't glue anything but I do think the nut is already glued.     After starting…"
1 hour ago
Ken Longfield commented on Rick Kennedy's blog post 'Only casualty--a quill'
"Wonderful news Rick. Thanks for sharing it with us. Glad to hear that those children had an…"
1 hour ago
Ken Longfield commented on Pierre-Yves Donnio's photo

One summer evening in Normandy

"Very nice photo, Pierre-Yves. Looks like a delightful place to spend some time and play…"
1 hour ago
Robin Thompson commented on Rick Kennedy's blog post 'Only casualty--a quill'
"Rick, it's cool you're spreading the good news of the joys of playing Appalachian…"
1 hour ago
Pierre-Yves Donnio posted a photo
1 hour ago
Brian G. commented on Brian G.'s video

The Long Ride Home - Fretted Dulcimer

"Lol. Thank you Karen, for the comment and the smiles. :)"
2 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley commented on Ken Hulme's blog post 'I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?'
"Thank you Ken, this is a valuable reference I shall keep to refer back to on my dulcimer journey. "
4 hours ago
Mark Gilston commented on Mark Gilston's video

Mark Gilston - Hultkläppens Vals on mountain dulcimer

"Thanks Steve.  This is a fiddle tune, though it could certainly be played on the Swedish…"
5 hours ago
John Henry commented on John Henry's video

STAR IN THE EAST (Brightest And Best ?)

" James !   We sing this at our church, but not to this tune, and of course, most…"
5 hours ago
marymacgowan replied to Strumelia's discussion 'What is it ??' in the group Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks
"Well... my new strumstick (that's what it's called) is a charmer with a bright sound and…"
5 hours ago
Colleen Hailey replied to Michael Ebersohl's discussion 'I need just one more dulcimer! (RESOLVED)'
"Enjoy! I'm waiting the arrival of a new travel dulcimer in a few weeks. As Tom Petty once said…"
6 hours ago
Bobby Ratliff posted a discussion

Wanted: McKinley Craft dulcimer

Hello everyone, I'm looking to trade one of my NEW dulcimers to a McKinley Craft dulcimer.I'd be…See More
7 hours ago
Profile IconTeresa Fruciano and terry ritchey joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
7 hours ago
Strumelia replied to marg's discussion 'To Low Action'
"I would strongly recommend against gluing a shim underneath the nut.  Shims are usually…"
7 hours ago


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What other instruments do you play? 150 Replies

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Help with transposing 6 Replies

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Blog Posts

Only casualty--a quill

Posted by Rick Kennedy on November 22, 2014 at 2:27am — 3 Comments

Thanks for the warm welcome

Posted by Pamela Crady on November 17, 2014 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

Thanks for the welcome.

Posted by James Weiss on November 16, 2014 at 8:12pm — 3 Comments

Winding Down

Posted by Mark Runge on November 12, 2014 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

my health

Posted by Kristi Keller on November 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 20 Comments

Been playing for just two monthe now

Posted by Bob Humphrey on November 11, 2014 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

So, I did my first concert

Posted by Rick Garrett on November 10, 2014 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

Doctors approve of dulcimer therapy

Posted by 10ashus on November 2, 2014 at 2:05am — 8 Comments


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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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