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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
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.
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
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.
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Started by Paula Brawdy in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Robin Thompson on Thursday.
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Started by Mark Hoskey in Instruments- discussing specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions. Last reply by Cynthia Wigington on Wednesday.
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NEW!- Would you like to become a special Patron of FOTMD?
There are lots of added costs involved in building FOTMD's new site and moving everything to new improved digs. All donations, even the most modest, are sincerely appreciated and are applied entirely to paying for the upkeep of the site- no profits are kept. If you want to make an even bigger difference in making FOTMD better than ever while remaining in the black, you can become a Patron member by making a single donation of $50 or more during the year 2015. In return, your patronage will be recognized with a special badge that will be applied to your avatar profile picture. Your badge will be an indication of your extra generosity in supporting the future of this special site. Here is what the Patron badge looks like on member avatars: