Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer


CLICK HERE for the member FAQ/GUIDELINES & RULES for using this site. PLEASE READ THEM- Thanks!

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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NEW!! FOTMD pin back buttons are here!

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Order your FOTMD pin buttons now and wear them with pride! Recognize other FOTMD members at jams and festivals!
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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


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!...

James Phillips commented on William Craig Mann's video

Oh Susanna

"Fantastic  version .   What tuning  are you  using ? "
27 minutes ago
William Craig Mann replied to William Craig Mann's discussion 'Jared Weaver/Echo Hollow Tennessee Music Box'
"By the way--the dulcimer is located near Cullman, AL.  If you can pick it up somewhere close…"
1 hour ago
William Craig Mann posted a discussion

Jared Weaver/Echo Hollow Tennessee Music Box

FOR SALE: a 2008-09 Tennessee Music Box by Jared Weaver of Echo Hollow Dulcimers.  BIG (33"x12"x…See More
1 hour ago
Wout Blommers replied to Lois Sprengnether Keel's discussion 'Chord books'
"I like the image of the home town map, only don't walk the same way as you used to do,…"
2 hours ago
William Craig Mann replied to James Phillips's discussion 'May "challenge" tune - Oh! Susanna' in the group Call the Tune
"I have posted my contribution on this site's "Videos" page, or it can be accessed by…"
3 hours ago
William Craig Mann posted a video

Oh Susanna advanced

I did a simple form of "Oh Susanna" in another video. This version includes singing, palm muting, and numerous embellishments for those who want to try somet...
3 hours ago
Greg Patterson commented on Greg Patterson's video

Battle of the Boards

"Couldn't hear a whole lot of difference on playback-- maybe it's my low-tech recording…"
5 hours ago
Geekling replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"That's sweet, Helen--thanks so much!"
5 hours ago
Kevin Messenger commented on Kevin Messenger's photo

Eli Presnell Reproduction.

"Thanks Robert, I do appreciate the comments."
6 hours ago
robert schuler commented on Kevin Messenger's photo

Eli Presnell Reproduction.

"That's the real deal!. Nice job... Robert..."
7 hours ago
Kevin Messenger commented on Kevin Messenger's photo

Eli Presnell Reproduction.

"Thanks , Patty, Lexie, Lisa, and John."
7 hours ago
Helen Seiler replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"You are incredible Steph! Go Girl!"
7 hours ago
Ken Backer replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Positive Thread...'
"Lisa, I think maybe it was my kindly grandfather presence.   ya sure"
8 hours ago
Mary Lee Montgomery joined Robin Thompson's group

Rosin the Bow!

Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of dulcimer/zither!See More
8 hours ago
Gordon Hardy commented on Gordon Hardy's video


"Thank you Cynthia and Patty for your kind comments. Spring is a beautiful season and it is very…"
8 hours ago
Geekling replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread...'
"For the first time, I left the rollator, wheelchair, and hiking sticks behind and used only the…"
8 hours ago


Chord books 15 Replies

Started by Lois Sprengnether Keel in Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs. Last reply by Wout Blommers 2 hours ago.

The Drifting Thread... 146 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling 5 hours ago.

The Positive Thread... 208 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Ken Backer 8 hours ago.

Butternut Hourglass dulcimer 17 Replies

Started by robert schuler in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by robert schuler 19 hours ago.

Ask the Moderators! 202 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Using this SITE/QUESTIONS?. Last reply by Patty from Virginia yesterday.

Our site move is a few weeks away now... 18 Replies

Started by Strumelia in FOTMD moving to an all NEW site soon. Last reply by Lexie R Oakley yesterday.

Show us your sound holes! 106 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Leslie Wilson on Saturday.

Hello and a little info 30 Replies

Started by Dana R. McCall in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Bill Calhoun on Friday.

nut and bridge material 3 Replies

Started by Bill Arnold in Building dulcimers. Last reply by Joe Robison on Thursday.


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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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    Together we can keep FOTMD up and running....thank you so much!


     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:


    Dulcimer Interest GROUPS

    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


    Cynthia Wigington


    Kenneth Longfield


    Benjamin Barr

    John Keane

    ...For warmly greeting new members and making them feel welcome here on FOTMD!


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