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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What everyone's up to!...

Cynthia Wigington commented on Strumelia's group 'Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks'
"Anne, any chance you could play for us on that Strumbly? I'd love to hear it. I got the least…"
3 minutes ago
Lynn austin commented on Lynn austin's photo
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My first dulcimer build

"Thanks Ken and Ben....I enjoyed it so much that I just ordered wood to make a cherry teardrop. I…"
25 minutes ago
Jim Hays and H Phillips are now friends
35 minutes ago
Edward I Ball commented on Mark Gilston's video
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Mark Gilston - Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabella on mountain dulcimer

"Love the sound of that song Mark, what tuning are you in?"
40 minutes ago
Mary Ann Holland replied to Ellen Rice's discussion 'Olympia, WA Old Growth Mountain Dulcimers Gathering'
"Thank you!  I'll e-mail you asap!  Happy Holidays!"
42 minutes ago
Profile IconJoe Whittaker, GAtom, ruth weedon and 1 more joined Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
48 minutes ago
Profile IconBob Reinsel, Anne Maguire and Kevin S. Clarke joined Val Hughes's group
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Traditional Irish music & Song

The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on Mountain Dulcimer
1 hour ago
Ellen Rice replied to Ellen Rice's discussion 'Olympia, WA Old Growth Mountain Dulcimers Gathering'
"Hi Mary Ann,  Would you be willing to send me your email and the name of your town?  That…"
1 hour ago
James replied to RavenMadd Garcia's discussion 'Building your own folk fiddle/violin plan'
"Yes. She is 11 and has been playing the violin for about 4years. She's quite good at it. I had…"
2 hours ago
Mary Ann Holland joined Bobby Ratliff's group
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Modern/Chord style Players

Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this group is especially for you!   This is…See More
2 hours ago
Anne Maguire commented on Strumelia's group 'Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks'
"If you want a strumstick with a wider neck and a decent sized body, try the 'Strumbly'…"
2 hours ago
Mary Ann Holland joined Heidi Muller's group
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Pacific Northwest Players

For players who live in or have strong connections to the Northwestern states and western Canada
2 hours ago
Mary Ann Holland joined Strumelia's group
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fans of Jean Ritchie

A group for those of us who have been inspired by Kentucky born Appalachian dulcimer player and…See More
2 hours ago
Mary Ann Holland replied to Ellen Rice's discussion 'Olympia, WA Old Growth Mountain Dulcimers Gathering'
"Is there anyone from the west Sound here?  Would love to make some dulcimer friends from the…"
2 hours ago
Strumelia replied to RavenMadd Garcia's discussion 'Building your own folk fiddle/violin plan'
"Does your daughter play any instruments currently?  is she very young? I am excited about your…"
2 hours ago
Strumelia replied to James's discussion 'Folk Fiddle for Christmas.' in the group Dulcimer Making
"James, i love following this,and I want to see the finished fiddle!  Your daughter is soooo…"
2 hours ago
Michael Rohde replied to Michael Rohde's discussion 'Making Mountain Dulcimers, Hummels, Etc. in Consorts for Playing 2, 3 and 4 Part Music' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Thanks James.  I have been working on some VSLs, etc, and will put my conjectures up here for…"
2 hours ago
James replied to James's discussion 'Folk Fiddle for Christmas.' in the group Dulcimer Making
"No it's not from a kit, nor is it carved. I got the idea from a link to instructables I found…"
3 hours ago
robert schuler replied to J. Andy Crandall's discussion 'Florida Bald Cypress' in the group Dulcimer Making
"I use cypress for tops. Great sound and looks good with a few coats of blond shellac... Bob"
4 hours ago
Mark Gilston posted a video

Mark Gilston - Un Flambeau, Jeanette Isabella on mountain dulcimer

Mark Gilston plays a popular 16th century French Christmas Carol on mountain dulcimer. http://www.markgilston.com/
5 hours ago

Forum

Building your own folk fiddle/violin plan 13 Replies

Started by RavenMadd Garcia in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by James 2 hours ago.

Gadding about with Geekling 562 Replies

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

Dulcibard Page 6 Replies

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

Introduce Yourself! 672 Replies

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

The Positive Thread... 109 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by robert schuler 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 on Tuesday.

changing tuners 3 Replies

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

Homemade beaters - the hammer dulcimer kind? 4 Replies

Started by Ruth Lawrence in Adventures with 'other' instruments.... Last reply by Ruth Lawrence on Monday.

Compassionate Friends 3 Replies

Started by Cindy Stammich in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Cindy Stammich on Sunday.

seeking Dulcimer tab 3 Replies

Started by Lynn austin in Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs. Last reply by Lynn austin Dec 13.

FolkRoots teardrop 3 Replies

Started by James Phillips in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by James Phillips Dec 13.

Help in posting videos 7 Replies

Started by Pamela Rossetti in Using this SITE/QUESTIONS?. Last reply by Strumelia Dec 12.

Blog Posts

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

my health

Posted by Kristi Keller on November 12, 2014 at 12:00pm — 23 Comments

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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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