A method is proposed for analyzing the periodic stick-slip motion of a single degree of freedom model of frictionally damped turbine blades. The method of finite elements in the time domain (FET) is based on a Hamilton’s weak principle, paralleling the variational methods in elastostatics. It permits a complete determination of the hysteretic friction force, and results in a set of highly structured system equations. The method has a number of unique features, which are utilized to provide a simple yet efficient approach for predicting the steady-state response. When applied to a number of example problems, including systems with static friction and the excitation of multiple discrete frequencies, the FET method is demonstrated to be an efficient and reliable alternative technique for nonlinear dynamic response analysis.