Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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

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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

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PLEASE READ: For Sale Forum changes for 2015

NOTICE: In an effort to keep things relevant and fresh, On January 1st I will be deleting all For Sale ads that were posted prior to Nov 1, 2014.  ('Wanted' ads will not be deleted unless older than 5 months)  If you have an ad for a particular item that you are still trying to sell, please copy/paste a new ad, with a photo, and delete the old ad before that date. Ask me for help if needed.

Another change to the For Sale forum will be that listings 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 of services like "I make dulcimer stands", "I will make you a custom dulcimer", "Music lessons available", "Selling various wood for building", etc. 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 $5 donation is asked.  If you sell CDs or books totaling over $100, again only $5 is asked.  This helps pay for our site.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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What everyone's up to!...

Ken Backer commented on Tumbleweed's photo
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DIESEL

"How's about you posting a video with Diesel singing along.  Lots of videos posted here…"
18 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on John Tipton's photo
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Whistle Collection

"That is quite a herd of penny whistles.  How many can you play at one time"
24 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Ken Backer's video
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Sweet Betsy from Pike

"Thanks, Benjamin.  This old guy and those old songs seem to go well together."
30 minutes ago
Bob Reinsel commented on Bob Reinsel's video
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Good King Wenceslas

"Thank-you all.  James, it's D-a-a tuning."
45 minutes ago
Profile IconDonna Vittorio, Jay Zaleski and Dave Green joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
1 hour ago
James Phillips commented on Bob Reinsel's video
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Good King Wenceslas

"great rendition of my favourite songs to play no matter the season.  What tuning are you using?"
1 hour ago
James Phillips commented on Kevin Messenger's video
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Once in King Davids City

"very nice Kevin!  You always sell yourself short as a musician, but you do a fantastic job."
1 hour ago
Larry LaBounty joined Dick Glasgow {Ptarmigan}'s group
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Dulcimer Ancestors

Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain Dulcimer, like the Citera, Langspil, Hummel,…See More
2 hours ago
Larry LaBounty joined Julie M Elman's group
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The Bass Dulcimer

This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and ideas about playing the bass dulcimer.
2 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley commented on John Henry's video
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Wayfaring Stranger Doodle

"Thank you John, I love watching your technique with strumming and noting. It is quite the dramatic…"
3 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley commented on Bob Reinsel's video
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Good King Wenceslas

"Nice Bob, thank you. Merry Christmas to you."
3 hours ago
Lexie R Oakley commented on Cindy Stammich's video
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Silent Night on Mountain Dulcimer

"That is simply lovely Cindy. Merry Christmas to you and your family."
3 hours ago
Edward I Ball commented on Cindy Stammich's video
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Silent Night on Mountain Dulcimer

"That is beautiful Cindy, makes me want to find tabs for standard dulcimer to play it, or try."
3 hours ago
James Phillips commented on Tumbleweed's video
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Cripple Creek

"I have never learnt this but seeing this makes me want to try to give it a go.  Great first…"
3 hours ago
Cynthia Wigington joined Strumelia's group
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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain dulcimer playing styles and music, declare…See More
3 hours ago
Cynthia Wigington joined Strumelia's group
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Dulcimer teachers

Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?See More
3 hours ago
robert schuler and James Phillips are now friends
3 hours ago
Benjamin W Barr Jr commented on Ken Backer's video
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Sweet Betsy from Pike

"A good old song...nicely done, Ken. "
4 hours ago
Bob Reinsel commented on Cindy Stammich's video
4 hours ago
Benjamin W Barr Jr commented on Randy Adams's video
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Pig's Foot

"May be the same old dulcimer...and the same old player...but it doesn't get old...."
4 hours ago

Forum

Dulcimer Identification 2 Replies

Started by Larry LaBounty in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Larry LaBounty 14 hours ago.

Gadding about with Geekling 571 Replies

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

Roy Kilpatrick dulcimer 2 Replies

Started by Dave shattuck in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ken Longfield 23 hours ago.

total newbie 7 Replies

Started by GAtom in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ken Hulme yesterday.

The Positive Thread... 112 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Helen Seiler yesterday.

first lessons 5 Replies

Started by Terry Fritz in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Strumelia on Saturday.

Building your own folk fiddle/violin plan 13 Replies

Started by RavenMadd Garcia in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by James on Friday.

Dulcibard Page 6 Replies

Started by Guy Babusek in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Guy Babusek on Thursday.

Introduce Yourself! 672 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Helen Seiler on Wednesday.

Sound sample of restored John D, Tignor. 10 Replies

Started by Kevin Messenger in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by John Henry Dec 16.

changing tuners 3 Replies

Started by Pamela Rossetti in Instruments- discussing specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions. Last reply by Patty from Virginia Dec 15.

Blog Posts

Baritone Dulcimers

Posted by Ken Backer on December 22, 2014 at 9:17am

Design or Sound Question

Posted by Lexie R Oakley on December 9, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Indescribable!

Posted by Mark Runge on December 5, 2014 at 9:27pm — 8 Comments

tests drawing to close

Posted by Kristi Keller on November 28, 2014 at 12:32pm — 16 Comments

Still Alive

Posted by Dave Kirkpatrick on November 26, 2014 at 5:43pm — 3 Comments

jingle bells

Posted by gordon nagy on November 23, 2014 at 3:03pm — 5 Comments

Only casualty--a quill

Posted by Rick Kennedy on November 22, 2014 at 2:27am — 6 Comments

Thanks for the warm welcome

Posted by Pamela Crady on November 17, 2014 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

Thanks for the welcome.

Posted by James Weiss on November 16, 2014 at 8:12pm — 3 Comments

Winding Down

Posted by Mark Runge on November 12, 2014 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

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    Help Keep FOTMD Up and Running!

    Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is FREE to all. We do however very gratefully accept donations towards the costs of maintaining this site- which includes the $700 our web host NING charges per year to host our online community. If you'd like to help support FOTMD now and then, click the button below. You don't have to have a Paypal account to donate- Paypal accepts simple credit card payments as well. Donations are completely voluntary- contribute whatever amount you choose (minimum $5 please), whenever you like. We do ask that if you sell any items through our For Sale Forum for $100 or more, please make a minimum $5 donation as a thanks to our site.

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    SINGLE INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOPS, Performances, Band Gigs & Special Club Event NOTICES

    Offering some special workshops? Performing at a gig? A Dulcimer Club activity? List your SINGLE INSTRUCTOR Special Event or workshop- CLICK HERE!

    The Inspired Volunteer FOTMD Welcoming Commitee of the month!

    3 CHEERS to members

    Jim Fawcett


    Karen Keane

     

    John Wood

     

    R N Lacky

     

    Louis Stivali

     

    Kenneth Longfield

     

    Benjamin Barr

    John Keane
    ...For warmly greeting new members and making them feel welcome here on 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.

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