Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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

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Blog Posts

lost brass dulcimer capo

Posted by Freda Hull on February 26, 2015 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

Student dulcimer review

Posted by James Phillips on February 22, 2015 at 7:06pm — 5 Comments

A Final Posting

Posted by Steve duFour on February 19, 2015 at 4:07am — 7 Comments

Kindred Gathering #41.. Port Townend, WA

Posted by Mark Richardson on February 17, 2015 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

got a new laptop / re-making clips

Posted by James Phillips on February 15, 2015 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

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!...

Profile IconGeorge Bates, Nathan Caillouet, Dick Lilly and 4 more joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
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Dusty Turtle commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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In the Sweet By and By/Battle Cry of Freedom baritone dulcimer medley

"Randy, Karen, Bob, and John, thanks so much for your encouragement.  Randy, I really like…"
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Dusty Turtle commented on Freda Hull's blog post 'lost brass dulcimer capo'
"Freda, I feel for you.  I lost my brass capo at the Redwood Dulcimer Day last summer.…"
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John Keane commented on John Keane's video
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Thumb Roll Rag by John Keane

"Thanks Christine and KK!  Karen, I have an idea...  "
27 minutes ago
John Keane commented on Ken Backer's video
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Bury Me Beneath the Willow

"This might be the happiest version of a sad song that I've ever heard.  Neat idea!"
29 minutes ago
John Keane commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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Kevin Messenger commented on Kevin Messenger's photo
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All Poplar Tignor taking shape.

" There are several pics. just click on the album to see.  Thanks for looking . "
49 minutes ago
Jan Potts replied to Dustin's discussion 'Preventing sliding'
"Hmm....well, I generally have a big bulky brace on my left knee.  That seems to stop the…"
49 minutes ago
Kevin Messenger commented on Kevin Messenger's photo
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Christine Shoemaker commented on Gail Webber's video
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Come Thou Fount

"Very, very pretty Gail - thank you!"
1 hour ago
Christine Shoemaker commented on John Keane's video
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Thumb Roll Rag by John Keane

"Lots of fun - thanks John!!!"
1 hour ago
Patty from Virginia commented on Kevin Messenger's photo
1 hour ago
Patty from Virginia commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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In the Sweet By and By/Battle Cry of Freedom baritone dulcimer medley

"After looking at the lyrics to Joe Hill's The Preacher and the Slave I can imagine the lyrics…"
1 hour ago
john p replied to Robin Clark's discussion 'Supplication' in the group Call the Tune
"Cynthia - I mainly look around on the internet and find something I can work with. I got both of…"
1 hour ago
Kevin Messenger posted photos
1 hour ago
Bob Reinsel commented on Dusty Turtle's video
1 hour ago
Robin Kerr replied to Strumelia's discussion 'Your beginner progress this week- I'm working on...' in the group Beginner players
"Song of the sirens....I have managed to work out the chords in key of D BUT How do I create Bb; F;…"
1 hour ago
Strumelia replied to Strumelia's discussion 'All BLOGS will be deleted on March 1st- Please read!'
"(bumping this again)"
2 hours ago
Karen Keane commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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In the Sweet By and By/Battle Cry of Freedom baritone dulcimer medley

"Nicely done Dusty. I love the sound of the baritone. It is so rich and warm which lends itself to…"
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Karen Keane commented on John Keane's video
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Thumb Roll Rag by John Keane

"Great tune John. I like it...now what's my part? LOL"
2 hours ago

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Preventing sliding 13 Replies

Started by Dustin in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Jan Potts 49 minutes ago.

All BLOGS will be deleted on March 1st- Please read! 24 Replies

Started by Strumelia in FOTMD moving to an all NEW site soon. Last reply by Strumelia 2 hours ago.

Kantele 6 Replies

Started by Cynthia Wigington in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by Cynthia Wigington 16 hours ago.

Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands 6 Replies

Started by Grahame Hood in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by joe sanguinette 17 hours ago.

Tn Crossroads featuring Mike Clemmer 5 Replies

Started by Mark Richmond in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Bill Davenport yesterday.

Ask the Moderators! 168 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Using this SITE/QUESTIONS?. Last reply by Gail Webber yesterday.

The Drifting Thread... 224 Replies

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

Help with transposing 9 Replies

Started by Kate in Chord/melody modern style playing discussions. Last reply by Chuck in CT on Tuesday.

1-3-5 Tuning 15 Replies

Started by Babs Greene in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Babs Greene on Monday.

The Positive Thread... 225 Replies

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

Show Us Your Pets! 110 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Lexie R Oakley on Sunday.

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    Jim Fawcett


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