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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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 Helen Seiler's video
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Percussion

"Hi ya, Helen.  Glad to see you are up to speed again.  And you've found yourself a…"
3 minutes ago
Helen Seiler commented on Helen Seiler's video
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Percussion

"Gee thanks Tumbleweed:D"
9 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Pamela Rossetti's video
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In the Sweet by and By for Bill, my friend

"Pamela, that was some very nice and sweet playing.  Sorry about your friend, posting this…"
10 minutes ago
Tumbleweed commented on Helen Seiler's video
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Percussion

"Helen: You are one of the coolest gals on this site.  I have a couple of djembes  and…"
15 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Byron Kinnaman's video
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Christmas 2014

"Thanks for the nice playing of Christmas songs, Byron.  Hope you have happy festive season."
16 minutes ago
Helen Seiler commented on Helen Seiler's video
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Percussion

"Google    Foot Drum    to find these, this particular product is on…"
17 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Patty from Virginia's video
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We Gather Together - for John Knopf

"Hey, Patty, nice to see you post a video.  It is amazing that you can make that cardboard…"
19 minutes ago
Helen Seiler posted a video

Percussion

02:54
Just a quick demo, sound quality not great as this is recorded in a smallish room, balance between dulcimer and foot downbeat pedal much better in real life, its great outside.
23 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Pamela Rossetti's video
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Noodling around with The Coventry Carol

"Noodling    ???   If that word means a very fine piece of playing, then it is right…"
24 minutes ago
Tumbleweed commented on Tumbleweed's video
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Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

"Thank you everyone for your kind comments.  I will try to respond according. Cynthia W. …"
35 minutes ago
Cindy Stammich commented on Cindy Stammich's video
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Silent Night on Mountain Dulcimer

"WOW!!!!  Can I just say i am completely overwhelmed and humbled by all of your wonderful…"
40 minutes ago
Cindy Stammich and Dewey Parker are now friends
50 minutes ago
Tumbleweed commented on Tumbleweed's video
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Cripple Creek

"WOW!!! thank you everyone for the kind comments.  I was a little fraid to post a video but…"
53 minutes ago
Kevin Messenger commented on Kevin Messenger's video
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Once in King Davids City

"Thank you James, I am learning . If only the right hand could catch up to the left. "
55 minutes ago
Tumbleweed is now friends with Robin Thompson and Jan Potts
57 minutes ago
Kevin Messenger commented on Pamela Rossetti's video
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Noodling around with The Coventry Carol

"  Another great one Pam."
1 hour ago
Leo Kretzner is now friends with Dick Tracy, Dusty Turtle and Kristi Keller
1 hour ago
Ken Longfield replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Thomas dulcimer in Boston Museum of Fine Arts'
"That picture doesn't do justice to the color. I forgot that you could access that picture.…"
1 hour ago
Pamela Rossetti commented on Pamela Rossetti's video
1 hour ago
Pamela Rossetti posted discussions
1 hour ago

Forum

Thomas dulcimer in Boston Museum of Fine Arts 1 Reply

Started by Pamela Rossetti in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ken Longfield 1 hour ago.

Gadding about with Geekling 579 Replies

Started by Geekling in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling 1 hour ago.

Dulcimer Identification 3 Replies

Started by Larry LaBounty in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Robin Thompson 3 hours ago.

The Sweet By and By Video 5 Replies

Started by Pamela Rossetti in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pamela Rossetti 6 hours ago.

Roy Kilpatrick dulcimer 2 Replies

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

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 on Saturday.

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.

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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    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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    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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