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!...

William Craig Mann added a discussion to the group Civil War era music
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Aura Lea

Here's my chorded DAA rendition of Aura Lea.  The song was published right around the beginning of…See More
1 hour ago
Robin Clark replied to James Phillips's discussion 'March "challenge" tune, In The Sweet Bye and Bye' in the group Call the Tune
"Hi Cynthia - I loved it   I could imagine folks sitting around a campfire joining in - that…"
1 hour ago
Robin Clark replied to James Phillips's discussion 'March "challenge" tune, In The Sweet Bye and Bye' in the group Call the Tune
"William that's lush !  Impeccable timing and a captivating rhythm - I love it…"
2 hours ago
William Craig Mann replied to James Phillips's discussion 'March "challenge" tune, In The Sweet Bye and Bye' in the group Call the Tune
"Thanks!  Mississippi John is one of my favorite bluesmen.  I have never set out to…"
2 hours ago
Robin Clark replied to Robin Clark's discussion '900 Miles - Presnell Dulcimer' in the group OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
"Thanks Patty - Dan's video show the technique for playing the tune in I D Stamper's style…"
2 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on John Keane's video
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Shreveport Snow 2015

"Well I can't say the snow rivals what my folks are experiencing in New England, but the photos…"
2 hours ago
William Craig Mann replied to john norman's discussion 'Ol Rosin the beau' in the group Civil War era music
"I put up a rendition of the 1838 sheet music version a while back. Here's the version I…"
2 hours ago
Dusty Turtle replied to James Phillips's discussion 'March "challenge" tune, In The Sweet Bye and Bye' in the group Call the Tune
"That's really nice, William. Your picking has the easy syncopation of guitarists like…"
2 hours ago
William Craig Mann replied to James Phillips's discussion 'March "challenge" tune, In The Sweet Bye and Bye' in the group Call the Tune
"Okay, I'll give it a try. http://youtu.be/rzYSJiFFNZU"
3 hours ago
Profile IconWilliam Craig Mann and Pamela Rossetti joined Flint Hill's group
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Call the Tune

"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips of your dulcimer performances. All skill…See More
3 hours ago
Tom McDonald replied to Lawrence Boettcher's discussion 'How to Learn' in the group Beginner players
"I wrote an article for Dulcimer Players News a few years ago on adult learning styles and the…"
4 hours ago
Rick Kennedy replied to Robin Clark's discussion 'Daisy Bell is On the Line' in the group OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
"Really enjoyed that version of the tune, Robin!  I've been playing a version of that for…"
4 hours ago
Anne Bowman replied to Gary McNaughton's discussion 'warm ups for finger picking' in the group Fingerpicking
"Thanks for that Dusty. I have 2 of Nina's books and really enjoy playing quite a few of her…"
5 hours ago
Geekling replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"Thanks, Dusty! That's what we call them, too. The volunteer fig tree outside our kitchen is…"
5 hours ago
Profile IconPat Day, Alex Windsor, Norman Crow and 2 more joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
6 hours ago
Dusty Turtle replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"It's good to see you more mobile, Geekling. Your outing today was certainly more enjoyable…"
7 hours ago
Geekling replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"I don't have the time to write a mini essay about our wonderful, though exhausting, rehab walk…"
7 hours ago
Dusty Turtle replied to Gary McNaughton's discussion 'warm ups for finger picking' in the group Fingerpicking
"Anne, I don't have specific advice about how to learn right hand fingerpicking technique, and…"
7 hours ago
Patty from Virginia replied to Robin Clark's discussion '900 Miles - Presnell Dulcimer' in the group OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
"Robin, Dan has recorded this tune a few times I did find a Youtube recording he…"
8 hours ago
Lawrence Boettcher replied to Lawrence Boettcher's discussion 'How to Learn' in the group Beginner players
"David - I would be interested in what book you used.  I have received a lot of suggestions on…"
8 hours ago

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The Drifting Thread... 227 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling 5 hours ago.

Curious Fretboard 3 Replies

Started by Quinn Golden in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Kevin Messenger 9 hours ago.

beginner tuning question 10 Replies

Started by James Phillips in Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions. Last reply by Ron Larson 10 hours ago.

ginger or 26 vsl 5 Replies

Started by Monica in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Monica 12 hours ago.

Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands 8 Replies

Started by Grahame Hood in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by robert schuler 14 hours ago.

Tn Crossroads featuring Mike Clemmer 9 Replies

Started by Mark Richmond in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Mark Richmond 15 hours ago.

Judy Klinkhammer 13 Replies

Started by Patricia Delich in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Patricia Delich 15 hours ago.

What are you working on? 518 Replies

Started by folkfan in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Jan Potts 19 hours ago.

"Lap holder" for music....? 1 Reply

Started by Vicki Moore in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pete Staehling 20 hours ago.

The Positive Thread... 236 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Cynthia Wigington 20 hours ago.

Finger Shakers for Mountain Dulcimers 4 Replies

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

Preventing sliding 18 Replies

Started by Dustin in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Bob Reinsel on Friday.

Kantele 6 Replies

Started by Cynthia Wigington in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by Cynthia Wigington on Thursday.

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