Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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

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Some handy settings and tips you can use for this site- CLICK HERE. To ask questions about settings or how the site functions, post your question as a new thread HERE.
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!...

Anne Maguire commented on Strumelia's group 'AussieTalk!'
"Here I am! Been busy finishing off the 'Aussie Strumbmando' (pics on the 'Show Us…"
44 seconds ago
Anne Maguire joined Strumelia's group
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AussieTalk!

For dulcimer players in Australia.-Be sure to create (+Add) New Discussions when discussing…See More
3 minutes ago
Marsha Harris is now friends with Janet McClure and Earl Pamfilie
4 minutes ago
TERI WEST replied to Heather Clark's discussion 'Advice for Beginning Teacher' in the group Dulcimer teachers
"Kids will amaze you at how quickly they pick it up!  "
5 minutes ago
Anne Maguire replied to Ronald R Eaches's discussion 'Let's See Your Strumstick.' in the group Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks
"Apart from some future decoration, the 'Strumbmando' is finished - doesn' look half…"
6 minutes ago
Marsha Harris commented on Kathryn Bruno's event 'Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete -(LA)'
"Looking forward to teaching a number of classes next weekend and visiting with friends at the…"
6 minutes ago
Noah Aikens replied to James Phillips's discussion 'April "challenge", What A Friend We Have In Jesus' in the group Call the Tune
"I play it in D, but key doesn't really matter, I had it in f (hymn book) pretended that my…"
29 minutes ago
Noah Aikens 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
32 minutes ago
James Phillips replied to James Phillips's discussion 'April "challenge", What A Friend We Have In Jesus' in the group Call the Tune
"Hardest part is do I play it in the key of E or in G? Decisions decisions."
40 minutes ago
Oliver Ogden and jeffrey charles foster are now friends
46 minutes ago
Profile IconMartha and Heather Clark joined Strumelia's group
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Dulcimer teachers

Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?See More
47 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Ken Backer's video
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The Ballad of Tom Dooley

"Thanks so much, Patty.  Yes, John Peterson's banjos have a rustic quality that gives them…"
1 hour ago
Dan Goad replied to James's discussion 'banjo style dulcimer'
"James Here are a few links to banjo style dulcimers that are…"
1 hour ago
Heidi Muller commented on Heidi Muller's group 'Pacific Northwest Players'
"I’d like to welcome new group members Heather Clark and Caleb Dan Bennett!"
1 hour ago
Christine Shoemaker commented on Christine Shoemaker's video
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Winter's Delete Key - An original

"Thank you all!!!  I'm glad to see that "Winter's Delete Key" resonated…"
2 hours ago
Sharna Tanner replied to Sharna Tanner's discussion 'Bing Futch and Stephen Seifert 3 Day before Evart' in the group Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP
"Hi Mike!  Thanks for the further info.  I was looking for it.  Man...we are cold up…"
2 hours ago
Ken Hulme replied to Heather Clark's discussion 'Advice for Beginning Teacher' in the group Dulcimer teachers
"Teaching someone will teach you what you do and don't know.  It can be exhilarating and…"
2 hours ago
Ken Hulme replied to James's discussion 'banjo style dulcimer'
"Banjimer, banjomer, banjamer, bandjammer....   I don't think any of us who build them…"
2 hours ago
James posted a discussion

banjo style dulcimer

I'm curious. What do you call a dulcimer with a banjo head on it? Also, are there any plans for one?
3 hours ago
jeffrey charles foster posted a video

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Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands 14 Replies

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Curious Fretboard 8 Replies

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ginger or 26 vsl 7 Replies

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The Drifting Thread... 256 Replies

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The Positive Thread... 243 Replies

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beginner tuning question 15 Replies

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Tn Crossroads featuring Mike Clemmer 9 Replies

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"Lap holder" for music....? 1 Reply

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