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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 C. Knopf replied to John C. Knopf's discussion 'Making a Davis kit dulcimer playable' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Thank you very much, Pete, Robin, David and Ken. It was a learning process, with a lot of mental…"
2 minutes ago
Kenneth W. Longfield replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Yet poplar is what Charles Napoleon Prichard used for his finger board. I've seen one his…"
5 minutes ago
Linda Jo brockinton replied to chris chitwood's discussion 'how about some cord exercises' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"I have some I'll try to post tomorrow. I do have two videos on here where chord shapes are…"
9 minutes ago
Kenneth W. Longfield replied to John C. Knopf's discussion 'Making a Davis kit dulcimer playable' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Very nice John. You did a very good job on that instrument. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet…"
12 minutes ago
Robert L. Porter, Jr. commented on Cindy Stammich's video
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My Jesus I Love Thee on the Banjammer

"Way to go! Enjoyed that song."
22 minutes ago
David Lynch replied to John C. Knopf's discussion 'Making a Davis kit dulcimer playable' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Nice job, John....looks really good"
23 minutes ago
David Lynch replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"I would not suggest using Poplar for a finger board.  It is way to soft for that and will not…"
27 minutes ago
Cindy Stammich replied to Cindy Stammich's discussion 'Fingerpicking the banjammer' in the group Fingerpicking
"Hi Jill, Thank you for your comments - and your situation is exactly like mine - that ol'…"
34 minutes ago
Robert L. Porter, Jr. commented on Paul Crocker's video
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Matty / Shady Grove

"Hey, That was good. Pretty song."
45 minutes ago
Susan Rose replied to marymacgowan's discussion 'An evening dulcimer gathering in Ann Arbor area' in the group Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP
"Do you two know about the Tull Glazener workshop in Marine City on Oct 18? I don't know if…"
1 hour ago
Jack Ferguson and susan nicholson are now friends
1 hour ago
Bobby Ratliff commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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When I lay my burdens down

"Thanks ya'll, but my playing S****! LOL! I think it has been around 6-8 months since I last…"
1 hour ago
Strumelia commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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When I lay my burdens down

"Very clever how you undercut the soundboard to increase vibrating surface. I like those zither pin…"
1 hour ago
Skip replied to Carla Ruigh's discussion 'Tuning for Chromatic 4 equidistance?' in the group Chromatic Dulcimers
"Carla; Missing the 1st string will take some practice, like anything else, but it's really not…"
1 hour ago
Strumelia commented on Paul Crocker's video
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Matty / Shady Grove

"Very lovely playing, Paul!  "
1 hour ago
Paul Killian commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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When I lay my burdens down

"Pretty and interesting song and playing. I like the dulcimer."
2 hours ago
Brian G. replied to Ginney Camden's discussion 'To Pick or Not to Pick' in the group Fingerpicking
"And if you want to see another, check out Eltjo Haselhoff. Incredibly sensitive playing.  His…"
2 hours ago
Patty from Virginia commented on Bobby Ratliff's video
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When I lay my burdens down

"That's pretty!!! Both the song and the dulcimer"
2 hours ago
Rob N Lackey replied to Strumelia's discussion 'FOTMD Welcome Wagon volunteers! GROUP HUG !!!'
"Thanks, Lisa.  Like John K. I was welcomed and just wanted to hopefully have other newcomers…"
2 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Guy Babusek's group 'Fingerpicking'
"Ronald, you do not "need" to take lessons to learn a lot and improve a lot.  Some…"
2 hours ago

Forum

FOTMD Welcome Wagon volunteers! GROUP HUG !!! 11 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Rob N Lackey 2 hours ago.

Introduce Yourself! 646 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Susan Jones 7 hours ago.

Mean tone dulcimer? 7 Replies

Started by James Phillips in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Guy Babusek 23 hours ago.

Gadding about with Geekling 399 Replies

Started by Geekling in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling yesterday.

I would like to ask for everyones help 7 Replies

Started by phil in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling on Monday.

Reading DA AD Tab 2 Replies

Started by Ken Hulme in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pete Ellertsen on Monday.

Brief trip to NC mountains 2 Replies

Started by Paul Killian in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Paul Killian on Sunday.

1994 Warren May Dulcimer 6 Replies

Started by Pamela Rossetti in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Pamela Rossetti on Sunday.

Interesting Discussion of Modes 8 Replies

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

performance play list 8 Replies

Started by Carrie H in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Carrie H on Saturday.

Buy My Book! 24 Replies

Started by Ken Hulme in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Ken Hulme on Saturday.

Zitherland

Started by David Messenger in Adventures with 'other' instruments... on Saturday.

Ask the Moderators! 142 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Using the SETTINGS for this site/QUESTIONS?. Last reply by john p on Friday.

Blog Posts

Adventures with a Mountain Dulcimer

Posted by Izzy Brown on September 30, 2014 at 11:54am — 7 Comments

Finally, 40 years on, I did it!

Posted by Dusty Turtle on September 26, 2014 at 4:00am — 34 Comments

First Day of Fall

Posted by Nancy Minard on September 23, 2014 at 1:02pm

Howdy!

Posted by Scott Lockwood-Smith on September 22, 2014 at 3:36pm — 5 Comments

2014 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship Results

Posted by Tom Arnold on September 20, 2014 at 11:03am — 3 Comments

American Elm Dulcimer

Posted by David Messenger on September 18, 2014 at 11:39pm — 2 Comments

Autumn Post

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on September 15, 2014 at 2:02pm

Dulcimer Project Documentary

Posted by Richard Standard on September 13, 2014 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

making a cardboard case for a uke

Posted by RavenMadd Garcia on September 12, 2014 at 7:59pm — 10 Comments

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    1 Finally, 40 years on, I did it!

    Finally, 40 years on, I did it!

    Added by Dusty Turtle on September 26, 2014

    2 Introduce Yourself!

    Introduce Yourself!

    Posted by Strumelia on April 23, 2011

    3 Adding the 6 1/2 fret to existing fretboard

    Adding the 6 1/2 fret to existing fretboard

    Posted by Jill Tyler-Endicott on September 4, 2014

    4 Shall We Gather at The River

    Shall We Gather at The River

    Added by John Henry on September 15, 2014

    5 The Mermaid (An Mhaighdean Mhara) - Fingerpicking Mountain Dulcimer

    The Mermaid (An Mhaighdean Mhara) - Fingerpicking Mountain Dulcimer

    Added by Guy Babusek on September 8, 2014

    6 To Pick or Not to Pick

    To Pick or Not to Pick

    Posted by Ginney Camden on September 25, 2014

    7 Amazing Grace by Miriam

    Amazing Grace by Miriam

    Added by Miriam Storz on September 10, 2014

    8 Treasure of my Heart (A Stór Mo Chroí)

    Treasure of my Heart (A Stór Mo Chroí)

    Added by Guy Babusek on September 15, 2014

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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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