Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Modern/Chord style Players


Modern/Chord style Players

Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this group is especially for you!   This is the place for talking modern chord/melody style playing, the use of a capo, fretting on all strings, using additional frets, flatpicking melodies on all strings, and playing a variety of modern popular music.

Members: 405
Latest Activity: Mar 19

Discussion Forum

Rosin the Beau - Again 5 Replies

I guess everyone plays this at some point, but here is my version. Enjoy!Rosin the BeauD-a-dd, played on…Continue

Started by Bob Reinsel. Last reply by Dusty Turtle Feb 28.

chord change and finger placement 14 Replies

I'm a new player learning Morning Has Broken. I'm having difficulty with the beginning. Maybe my fingers are placed wrong for a smooth change. The tab is OOO 002 004 457. My problem is changing from…Continue

Started by Kathy. Last reply by Nicholas Rickford Grant Jan 19.

Original pop song with full band instrumentation 24 Replies Hello all.  I am sharing my original song that…Continue

Started by jonah giuliano. Last reply by jonah giuliano Jan 19.

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree 14 Replies

My dulcimer does chord-melody, Andrews Sisters-style, on "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree."  Tuned DAd.  No extra frets are used in this arrangement.In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the…Continue

Tags: War, World, II, Sam, Edelston

Started by Sam Edelston. Last reply by Sam Edelston Jan 18.

Gmaj7 ? 10 Replies

Glad to have just joined this group. HELP. Any other cord instead of 3 1 2? Just can't wrap my fingers around this cord.ThanksContinue

Started by David Pedersen. Last reply by Guy Babusek Jan 5.

Sousa march on dulcimer: "The Liberty Bell" (Monty Python theme) 10 Replies

Okay, here's something completely different.  John Philip Sousa's famous march, "The Liberty Bell."This is a ball-bustingly difficult arrangement to play clean, so after about 60 takes, I allowed…Continue

Tags: marching, Python, band, TV, theme

Started by Sam Edelston. Last reply by Mr. Phil Mcdaniel Nov 9, 2014.

how about some cord exercises 5 Replies

Well how about it what can we come up with for getting our fingers working right?  Switching between the  cords like bar cords, L cords, slant cords, and all the stretches I just switch between the…Continue

Started by chris chitwood. Last reply by Guy Babusek Oct 1, 2014.

strumming to a reggae beat 38 Replies

Hey folks! It's summer, which means it's all about the reggae sounds. I've been playing the dulimer for about 3 months now, so I'm new.Does anyone have any strumming techniques for reggae rhythms? Continue

Started by Carly. Last reply by Dusty Turtle Sep 2, 2014.

Pull offs and hammer ons 16 Replies

I am new to the dulcimer (and any other instrument) and trying to learn how to do pull offs and hammer ons correctly. I have a friend who is a wonderful player and he is trying to teach me to play by…Continue

Started by Daphne Wright. Last reply by Ken Hulme Aug 28, 2014.

Barre chords 19 Replies

I've been playing a couple of months now and am starting to get better at chords.  However, the barre chords (000, 444, etc.) are a problem for me.  I started out just laying one finger across the…Continue

Tags: barre

Started by Colleen Hailey. Last reply by Ken Babb May 14, 2014.

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Comment by Strumelia on January 18, 2015 at 10:00pm

Do remember that most of those country songs are under copyright- notice the disclaimer everywhere on that site.  No distributing- and means please do not post or share lyrics, sheet music, or tabs here on FOTMD if a song is copyrighted. Thanks!

Comment by Mary Ann Holland on January 18, 2015 at 9:55pm

Hi David! I found the lyrics with chords at It's a start maybe.

Comment by David Pedersen on January 18, 2015 at 5:31pm

Hi all, I know of a guitar song "Look For me", a gospel song, and want to play it on Dulcimer. Any help for that. I Play Dadd. Hope this is the correct spot for an answer.

Comment by phil on August 3, 2014 at 9:31pm
Comment by Anita Franklin-Snyder on August 3, 2014 at 5:37pm

Hey folks! Need some help finding music for wedding that is suited for the dulcimer. Cording or Noter drone is fine. If you have some links to videos or can send me website to find tabs that's be great.  I also posted this in the Rockin' in the Free World group. Thank you!

Comment by ellen horn on May 13, 2014 at 7:02pm

Dusty, Hi...Yes, I found the bass was a "must have" once I heard it.  I also got it chromatic which is a BIG change so I'm going to be really busy for awhile while, learning this new instrument.  I wish I had others around who played but I live on a small island off the California Coast.  Hell, I have to take an hour long ferry just to get on the continent!  So, no, I didn't get it for ensemble playing but it would add such a wonderful sound to a group. 

I'll check out Arranging for Dulcimers, thanks for the suggestion.  By the way, do you use Tabledit?

Comment by Dusty Turtle on May 13, 2014 at 1:12am

Ellen, I don't have a bass dulcimer but I've been awfully tempted to get one to enable more interesting arrangements with my local dulcimer group. Did you get yours to enhance ensemble playing?

Among the moderators, we discussed at length the possibility of a group solely devoted to Tabledit, but instead we decided to use the group Arranging for Dulcimers as the place where we could discuss that software. Take a look and you'll see several discussions on Tabledit already.  If you other questions of your own, join that group and start a new discussion.  If you haven't done so already I suggest starting with the free Tabledit tutorial that Stephen Seifert offers free on his website.  

Comment by Linda Jo brockinton on May 12, 2014 at 9:43pm
I'm familiar with tabledit.
My email is
Comment by ellen horn on May 12, 2014 at 7:02pm

Hi...I just a Blue Lion, Bass dulcimer, chromatic and I'm looking for anyone with a like instrument that's farther along with it that might offer some pointers.  Also I wanted to ask, is anyone here familiar with TablEdit ? 


Comment by Phyllis Rose-Whitt on March 11, 2014 at 10:20am
Does anyone have a Bonnie Carol or Nicolas Hambas hourglass regular dulcimer? I would really love some feedback.

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