Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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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!...

John Keane commented on John Keane's video
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John & Karen Keane at St Paul UMC - El Dorado, Arkansas

"Hey y'all!  Thanks so much!  We really appreciate that y'all took the time to…"
52 minutes ago
Christopher Miller replied to Birrell Walsh's discussion 'DAd and DAA?' in the group Beginner players
"Birrell, I have found that different tunings work and sound better for different tunes.…"
2 hours ago
Helen Seiler commented on Helen Seiler's video
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Scheitholdt Reshoot

"G'day Ken, I am going well and playing lots. I have lined up a singing teacher...starting…"
2 hours ago
Helen Seiler and Colleen Hailey are now friends
3 hours ago
Val Hughes commented on Val Hughes's group 'Traditional Irish music & Song'
"You are very welcome to the Irish group Pat."
3 hours ago
John Henry commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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Oh I want to see him

"Well, thats the 'real deal' there Bobby, great sounding instrument for the tune being…"
4 hours ago
Eric Barker posted a discussion

DAA tuning and the middle string

Hi, I have been playing mountain dulcimer off and on for a few years and not really accomplishing…See More
6 hours ago
tony johnson replied to Travis's discussion 'How difficult is it to lower a single fret?'
"it`s certainly easier than raising all the others to match! but seriously, if you`re not sure get a…"
6 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Strumelia's group 'Beginner players'
"Hi Joe. You might consider posting this question in the Modern Chord-Style Players group as a…"
6 hours ago
Cindy Moriarity joined Guy Babusek's group
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Arranging for Dulcimers

A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for dulcimer, by ear, tab, chord charts,…See More
6 hours ago
Giuseppe (Joe) Boscolo replied to Brenda Joyce Rivers's discussion 'I can't print tablature' in the group Beginner players
"You might be able to highlight the entire page, copy it, Open up a new word document then paste it…"
6 hours ago
Giuseppe (Joe) Boscolo commented on Strumelia's group 'Beginner players'
"What's the best way to learn to play chords for beginners? I never played the chords and it…"
7 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Dana R. McCall's photo
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Dulcimer collection 002

" yum  me wants "
7 hours ago
Paul Killian commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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Oh I want to see him

"I really like that. I had not heard it before. Thanks."
8 hours ago
Gordon Hardy commented on Gregory Patterson's video
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Christ Arose dulcimer

"Hey Gregory, enjoyed your video, looks like you got a handle on that Movie Maker. Playing by ear is…"
8 hours ago
Gordon Hardy commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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Oh I want to see him

"Thanks Bobby, great tune and great sound."
8 hours ago
Ken Backer commented on Helen Seiler's video
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Scheitholdt Reshoot

"Hi Helen, how have you been!  Eight Strings... my gosh, at my age I can barely cope with…"
8 hours ago
Christine Loff commented on Strumelia's group 'OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players'
"Personally I've always liked a thinner pick."
8 hours ago
Profile IconMike Parker, Esther Ogozaly, Juliana Littrell-Wiesenhofer and 4 more joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
8 hours ago
Dusty Turtle posted a song

 play The Ash Grove fingerstyle

01:32
9 hours ago

Forum

Printable fret chart 6 Replies

Started by Sonny Armintrout in Building dulcimers. Last reply by Ken Hulme 9 hours ago.

Show Us Your Pets! 19 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Colleen Hailey 12 hours ago.

Ask the Moderators! 114 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Using the SETTINGS for this site/QUESTIONS?. Last reply by Dusty Turtle 13 hours ago.

Tab for Clinch Mountain Home 4 Replies

Started by Mary Zuercher in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Mary Zuercher 18 hours ago.

Ginger model 1 Reply

Started by sandra hehl in Instruments- discussing specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions. Last reply by James Phillips 20 hours ago.

Bluegrass dulcimer songs for daa tunning 3 Replies

Started by John Noles in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Kenneth W. Longfield yesterday.

Attention Tabledit gurus 10 Replies

Started by Laura Elder in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Dusty Turtle yesterday.

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer 20 Replies

Started by Kenneth W. Longfield in Building dulcimers. Last reply by Kenneth W. Longfield yesterday.

Making A Noter 39 Replies

Started by William Bannier in Building dulcimers. Last reply by folkfan on Friday.

Free Kantele method book - asking for feedback! 11 Replies

Started by Peter W. in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by Peter W. on Thursday.

Harmony notes/chords 11 Replies

Started by Mandy in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ruth Lawrence on Thursday.

Tab for Angel Gabriel 2 Replies

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Blog Posts

Old Time Jam.

Posted by Bill Davenport on August 28, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

George Orthey Dulcimer Wanted

Posted by Nicholas Platco on August 22, 2014 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Days 56 and 57: My First Build is My First Repair.

Posted by Mark Runge on August 21, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

update for 2014 :)

Posted by Mary Z. Cox on August 18, 2014 at 10:37pm — 1 Comment

Make your own kind of music

Posted by Guy Babusek on August 18, 2014 at 1:00pm — 18 Comments

Well, There's Cheap and There's Cheap

Posted by Dave Payton on August 17, 2014 at 9:55pm — 25 Comments

When Simple Isn't So Simple

Posted by Dave Payton on August 16, 2014 at 9:14pm — 10 Comments

tuning Gg Dd gg

Posted by KJ Rodrigues on August 12, 2014 at 8:45pm — 6 Comments

Need the name of a song

Posted by Becky Park on August 11, 2014 at 5:33pm — 4 Comments

OK, This Really Has to Stop

Posted by Colleen Hailey on August 11, 2014 at 12:55pm — 7 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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