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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!...

Gary Roys replied to Gary Roys's discussion 'Different approach to wooden pegs' in the group Dulcimer Making
"John, I actually do have a peg shaper & tapered ream to match it---just didn't describe it…"
5 minutes ago
Gary Maynard joined Benjamin Esh's group
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The Music Theory Corner

A Group to talk about Music Theory!
12 minutes ago
John Keane posted a video

Live from Folkcraft (Part Two)

Here's "Caddo Lamentations" and "John Stenson's #2" (along with "Momma, I Just Threw Up on the Couch") from the concert following the Second Saturday worksho...
12 minutes ago
John Keane commented on Mark Runge's video
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Standard Hourglass Almost Done

"Mark, you are an inspiration.  Hopefully we will run into you & Val again soon. …"
15 minutes ago
John Keane commented on Jessica Comeau's video
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Jessica Comeau- The New Potatoes (Arranged and Performed on Mountain Dulcimer)

"Wonderful job, Jessica!  Karen and I hope to see you & Dee Dee again soon...y'all…"
17 minutes ago
Ken Backer commented on Ken Backer's blog post 'A Year Later - a Reflection'
"Ken, I thank you for your wonderful comment.  Yes, it was an enriching experience and I am…"
25 minutes ago
Pamela Rossetti replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Just got the Mawhee...now what'
"Yes,,,now I have to get a turkey feather..NOW that I have finally Read the tuning…"
1 hour ago
Helen Seiler replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Just got the Mawhee...now what'
"Oooooh, a very nice dulcimer Pamela. Lucky you."
6 hours ago
Kenneth W. Longfield commented on Ken Backer's blog post 'A Year Later - a Reflection'
"Ken, I am so glad you found that Thomas dulcimer at the flea market. Its discovery enriched not…"
9 hours ago
Kenneth W. Longfield commented on Mark Runge's video
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Standard Hourglass Almost Done

"Very nice sound on that dulcimer Mark. You are doing fine work. Ken "The dulcimer sings a…"
9 hours ago
Melvin R. Boyce commented on Jessica Comeau's video
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Jessica Comeau- The New Potatoes (Arranged and Performed on Mountain Dulcimer)

"Very nice.  I can imagine walking around a bend in the trail, hear and see you playing and…"
9 hours ago
Pete Ellertsen replied to Catherine Polley's discussion 'Small hands, short fingers!!' in the group Beginner players
"Good plan! Both tunings have their advantages -- more people in the dulcimer clubs play DAD…"
10 hours ago
Kevin Messenger replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Just got the Mawhee...now what'
"I use my wifes nikon digital camera ,and it seems to work well. Look forward to seeing one of your…"
11 hours ago
Kenneth W. Longfield commented on Cindy Stammich's blog post 'Football.....'
"Great photo Cindy, and wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing it. Ken "The dulcimer "
11 hours ago
Kenneth W. Longfield commented on Kristi Keller's blog post 'airplane accident'
"Thanks for sharing this news Kristi. I am glad that Skip survived the crash. I trust his recovery…"
11 hours ago
Pamela Rossetti replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Just got the Mawhee...now what'
"Web cam...I have a video on my small canon...maybe I will try that."
11 hours ago
Kevin Messenger replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Just got the Mawhee...now what'
"Are you using a web cam ,or a video camera? web cams seem to have a bit of lapse to them. "
11 hours ago
Julie Hopkins commented on Rob Zamites's video
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Bigleaf 3 course 'zouk jam

"Sounds good, Rob! "
11 hours ago
Pamela Rossetti replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Just got the Mawhee...now what'
"Videos ....when I try to make one...it is too slow...something is up ...don't know what the…"
11 hours ago
Geekling commented on Mark Runge's video
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"Nice work, Mark! But I wouldn't quit your apprenticeship to become a cameraman!"
11 hours ago

Forum

Just got the Mawhee...now what 11 Replies

Started by Pamela Rossetti in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Pamela Rossetti 1 hour ago.

Tabulature 2 Replies

Started by Mary Ann Bissell in Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs. Last reply by Mary Ann Bissell 13 hours ago.

Thanks for the welcomes and I have a question. 9 Replies

Started by Melanie Cook in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Melanie Cook 21 hours ago.

Whate'er My God Ordains is Right 1 Reply

Started by Susie Bonner in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Kenneth W. Longfield yesterday.

She moved through the fair 9 Replies

Started by Lynn austin in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Ken Hulme yesterday.

grand strum-stick strings 2 Replies

Started by Chris Bassett in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Chris Bassett on Thursday.

Pickups 3 Replies

Started by James Mayo in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Susie Bonner on Thursday.

Gadding about with Geekling 446 Replies

Started by Geekling in Off Topic discussions. Last reply by Geekling on Tuesday.

The Positive Thread... 35 Replies

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

Hi, my name is Graham 2 Replies

Started by Graham Wiatt in General mountain dulcimer or music discussions. Last reply by Robin Thompson on Monday.

Dulcimer Tuner Aps/programs 4 Replies

Started by John Lipinski in Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs. Last reply by Skip on Sunday.

first lessons 3 Replies

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

Blog Posts

airplane accident

Posted by Kristi Keller on October 24, 2014 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

Football.....

Posted by Cindy Stammich on October 18, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Starting a Stick Dulcimer Club

Posted by Cynthia Wigington on October 16, 2014 at 1:48pm — 3 Comments

A Year Later - a Reflection

Posted by Ken Backer on October 16, 2014 at 12:07pm — 8 Comments

introduction to playing dulcimer

Posted by Ann Wells on October 11, 2014 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Noter Drone and Chord Style Playing at Festivals

Posted by Ken Backer on October 9, 2014 at 11:53am — 31 Comments

Guess I should start a blog! Just a little history.

Posted by Rick Garrett on October 8, 2014 at 12:06pm — 1 Comment

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