Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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

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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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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

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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!...

john p replied to Grahame Hood's discussion 'Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands'
"Has as much to do with availability as anything else I think Grahame. Where did you get a dulcimer…"
9 minutes ago
Cynthia Wigington commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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J'ai Passé Devant Ta Porte with dulcimer and vocals

"Dusty this was really great and wonderful to hear you singing in French. I love all these Cajun…"
44 minutes ago
Cynthia Wigington commented on Cynthia Wigington's video
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Just As I Am, Dulcimer, Robin Clark thank you

"Thank you Helen, loving that noter/drone on the one I built. 40 below F (with wind chill is the…"
51 minutes ago
Lynn austin commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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J'ai Passé Devant Ta Porte with dulcimer and vocals

"That was fabulous Dusty....thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed it!"
54 minutes ago
Anne Bowman commented on Helen Seiler's video
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"How you manage that circular breathing is beyond me..."
1 hour ago
Ken Hulme replied to Grahame Hood's discussion 'Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands'
"Imagine the Mama's and the Papa's with Richard and Mimi instead of Michelle and John.…"
1 hour ago
James Phillips added a discussion to the group Call the Tune
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April "challenge", What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Easter is coming up soon, and I was thinking that for the month of April, the hymn What A Friend We…See More
1 hour ago
James replied to James's discussion 'Bass dulcimer' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Yeah, I did see that. I like that idea of the partial fretting. I saw it somewhere else where the…"
2 hours ago
Grahame Hood replied to Grahame Hood's discussion 'Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands'
"I have always wondered how Richard Farina's music would have developed had he not died so…"
4 hours ago
Staci White joined Rod Westerfield's group
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Hymn and Worship Song Players

a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
5 hours ago
Staci White joined Strumelia's group
5 hours ago
Dusty Turtle replied to Grahame Hood's discussion 'Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands'
"Right you are, Ken. I don't think there would have been a California dulcimer scene back in…"
7 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Helen Seiler's video
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"Glad it worked out, Helen! "
7 hours ago
Helen Seiler commented on Helen Seiler's video
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"Hi Marg. Thanks so much."
7 hours ago
Helen Seiler commented on Helen Seiler's video
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"Thank you kindly Tumbleweed. Like a lot of things its just practice practice practice. But i have a…"
7 hours ago
Helen Seiler commented on Helen Seiler's video
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"Thank u Dusty. I have a Samsung Galaxy 5 tablet . It runs on Android but i searched and found a…"
7 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Dusty Turtle's video
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J'ai Passé Devant Ta Porte with dulcimer and vocals

"Wow, thanks everyone -- Robin, Geekling, Marc, marg, & Gordy.  I appreciate your taking…"
8 hours ago
Gordon Hardy commented on Christine Shoemaker's video
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Winter's Delete Key - An original

"That's a great tune Christine. Looks like you're having lots of fun with it."
8 hours ago
Dusty Turtle commented on Christine Shoemaker's video
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Winter's Delete Key - An original

"Well you have certainly mastered that dulciborn.  Gold Tone should pay you to go around…"
8 hours ago
Christine Shoemaker commented on Christine Shoemaker's video
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Devil's Snare - an original Blues/Jazz

"I'm very glad you liked it Pamela and Helen.  "Way cool" and "the…"
8 hours ago

Forum

Dulcimer use in folk/rock bands 14 Replies

Started by Grahame Hood in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by john p 9 minutes ago.

Curious Fretboard 8 Replies

Started by Quinn Golden in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Quinn Golden 10 hours ago.

ginger or 26 vsl 7 Replies

Started by Monica in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Monica 15 hours ago.

Zero Fret 12 Replies

Started by Rob in Building dulcimers. Last reply by Joe Robison yesterday.

The Drifting Thread... 256 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Dusty Turtle yesterday.

dulcimer woods 3 Replies

Started by Monica in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ivan Bradley yesterday.

The Positive Thread... 243 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling on Monday.

beginner tuning question 15 Replies

Started by James Phillips in Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions. Last reply by James Phillips on Monday.

Tn Crossroads featuring Mike Clemmer 9 Replies

Started by Mark Richmond in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Mark Richmond on Sunday.

Judy Klinkhammer 13 Replies

Started by Patricia Delich in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Patricia Delich on Sunday.

What are you working on? 518 Replies

Started by folkfan in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Jan Potts on Sunday.

"Lap holder" for music....? 1 Reply

Started by Vicki Moore in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pete Staehling on Sunday.

Finger Shakers for Mountain Dulcimers 4 Replies

Started by Geekling in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Geekling on Sunday.

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