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

What everyone's up to!...

Joe Robison replied to Jessica Greene's discussion 'String care???' in the group Dulcimer Care & Maintenance
"I use baby oil on my strings.  Just rub the strings with oil on your fingertip and rub off the…"
19 minutes ago
David Messenger replied to phil's discussion 'I would like to ask for everyones help'
"No problem, Phil, your painting is great- you should do vans!"
26 minutes ago
Joe Robison replied to Diana Cash's discussion 'Finish question' in the group Dulcimer Making
"If I'm not mistaken Polycrylic is a water base finish.  If I'm right, I would not…"
35 minutes ago
Julia Perry replied to Julia Perry's discussion 'Psoriatic Arthritis , trouble with frets' in the group Challenged Players
"Thank you for your reply Geekling.  It's mighty good news that you are in remission as…"
36 minutes ago
Pete Staehling replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Here is another picture taken outdoors."
55 minutes ago
Catherine 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
1 hour ago
Catherine joined John Henry's group
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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this part of the world to keep in touch with…See More
1 hour ago
phil replied to phil's discussion 'I would like to ask for everyones help'
"Thank you David. Only a couple of days of voting left."
2 hours ago
Timothy replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Cute! Looks like a little boat."
2 hours ago
Sherry Fischer joined Strumelia's group
3 hours ago
Pete Staehling replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"I look forward to seeing how it works out for you.  Keep us posted. Oh, and here is what my…"
4 hours ago
Janene Millen commented on Janene Millen's video
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Sweet Betsy from Pike

"Thanks John E.W. and John H. (I had to look up squaddie) I'm starting to realize it's a…"
4 hours ago
Timothy replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"That looks great, Pete. I suspected from the tap tone that this would make a good tonewood. I was…"
4 hours ago
Geekling replied to Julia Perry's discussion 'Psoriatic Arthritis , trouble with frets' in the group Challenged Players
"I'm so sorry to hear about your psoriatic arthritis, Julia. I have dermatomyositis, and my…"
5 hours ago
Kevin Messenger commented on Jim Fawcett's event 'Wartz 'n' All Fall Gathering'
"   Scott, thats great, will be good to see you. Just what ever you want to bring will be…"
5 hours ago
Janene Millen posted videos
5 hours ago
Julia Perry added a discussion to the group Challenged Players
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Psoriatic Arthritis , trouble with frets

I fell in love with the dulcimer two years ago and was happy for my new found love of English…See More
5 hours ago
Julia Perry joined Vicki Miles's group
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Challenged Players

A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
6 hours ago
Scott Allen commented on Jim Fawcett's event 'Wartz 'n' All Fall Gathering'
"Got everything arranged. My wife and I and possibly our granddaughter will be there. I can't…"
6 hours ago
Pete Staehling replied to Pete Staehling's discussion 'Roasted Poplar?' in the group Dulcimer Making
"Another update... OK, I couldn't resist just installing the hardware and strings and taking it…"
6 hours ago

Forum

I would like to ask for everyones help 10 Replies

Started by phil in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by David Messenger 26 minutes ago.

FOTMD Welcome Wagon volunteers! GROUP HUG !!! 11 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Rob N Lackey 21 hours ago.

Introduce Yourself! 646 Replies

Started by Strumelia in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Susan Jones yesterday.

Mean tone dulcimer? 7 Replies

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

Gadding about with Geekling 399 Replies

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

Reading DA AD Tab 2 Replies

Started by Ken Hulme in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pete Ellertsen on Monday.

Brief trip to NC mountains 2 Replies

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

1994 Warren May Dulcimer 6 Replies

Started by Pamela Rossetti in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Pamela Rossetti on Sunday.

Interesting Discussion of Modes 8 Replies

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

performance play list 8 Replies

Started by Carrie H in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Carrie H on Saturday.

Buy My Book! 24 Replies

Started by Ken Hulme in FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/learning materials, or Wanted to Buy.... Last reply by Ken Hulme on Saturday.

Zitherland

Started by David Messenger in Adventures with 'other' instruments... on Saturday.

Ask the Moderators! 142 Replies

Started by Strumelia in Using the SETTINGS for this site/QUESTIONS?. Last reply by john p on Friday.

Blog Posts

Adventures with a Mountain Dulcimer

Posted by Izzy Brown on September 30, 2014 at 11:54am — 8 Comments

Finally, 40 years on, I did it!

Posted by Dusty Turtle on September 26, 2014 at 4:00am — 36 Comments

First Day of Fall

Posted by Nancy Minard on September 23, 2014 at 1:02pm

Howdy!

Posted by Scott Lockwood-Smith on September 22, 2014 at 3:36pm — 5 Comments

2014 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship Results

Posted by Tom Arnold on September 20, 2014 at 11:03am — 3 Comments

American Elm Dulcimer

Posted by David Messenger on September 18, 2014 at 11:39pm — 2 Comments

Autumn Post

Posted by Ruth Lawrence on September 15, 2014 at 2:02pm

Dulcimer Project Documentary

Posted by Richard Standard on September 13, 2014 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

making a cardboard case for a uke

Posted by RavenMadd Garcia on September 12, 2014 at 7:59pm — 10 Comments

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    1 Finally, 40 years on, I did it!

    Finally, 40 years on, I did it!

    Added by Dusty Turtle on September 26, 2014

    2 Introduce Yourself!

    Introduce Yourself!

    Posted by Strumelia on April 23, 2011

    3 Shall We Gather at The River

    Shall We Gather at The River

    Added by John Henry on September 15, 2014

    4 Adding the 6 1/2 fret to existing fretboard

    Adding the 6 1/2 fret to existing fretboard

    Posted by Jill Tyler-Endicott on September 4, 2014

    5 The Mermaid (An Mhaighdean Mhara) - Fingerpicking Mountain Dulcimer

    The Mermaid (An Mhaighdean Mhara) - Fingerpicking Mountain Dulcimer

    Added by Guy Babusek on September 8, 2014

    6 To Pick or Not to Pick

    To Pick or Not to Pick

    Posted by Ginney Camden on September 25, 2014

    7 Amazing Grace by Miriam

    Amazing Grace by Miriam

    Added by Miriam Storz on September 10, 2014

    8 Treasure of my Heart (A Stór Mo Chroí)

    Treasure of my Heart (A Stór Mo Chroí)

    Added by Guy Babusek on September 15, 2014

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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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