Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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Mary MacGowan Randy Adams Kevin R. Jill Geary Lauren Deming Dan Evans dulcinina Bee Lick Farm DianeL Rock-wyre Doug Jones Erin Hussey Magdalena Terri Hopkins Joyce Hibbard Cat Brown PDGotro Gail Webber Redmando Tessie SLucchesi Boo Anne Bowman cynthia copeland Steven Berger Gregg Schneeman Bill Strech Carla Maxwell Dave Craig Doug Berch John W. McKinstry whocindylou Annie Deeley blissness james kaulback CMM Marc Mathieu Kandee sleepingangel Susie alan kolman dronestyles David Pedersen Sean Ruprecht-Belt Barbara Berg Stewart McCormick Jeff Marion Seaman Monica Kimberly Toohill

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SoundCloud Tracks: 8
youtube videos: 40
images: 22
events: 3
videos: 10
audio tracks: 11

An educator and folk/roots music enthusiast living the good life in Northern California, I run a local dulcimer group called River City Dulcimers.


 

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New arts shall bloom of loftier mould,
And mightier music thrill the skies,
And every life shall be a song,
When all the earth is paradise.


-- John Addington Symonds, "These Things Shall Be"



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@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Fire On the Mountain:
"Fast and sloppy. Hmm.  I'm not making any jokes at all.  But it's hard to resist.  This is some right fine playing, Randy.  It's hard to sit still and not..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bile 'Em Cabbage Down:
"You and Mark both have a real gentle touch, Robin. This is wonderful. I'm going to share this with some of my dulcimer students who sometimes think music..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 9
Liked @robin-thompson's soundcloud:
Bile 'Em Cabbage Down
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Blackest Crow - with vocal:
"You've been making really goo music recently, Bob.  Keep it up!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Hi Mary.  I think Loudon considers the dead skunk song to be a silly novelty compared to his more serious work. If he had another hit and wasn't defined in..."
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@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks, John. I trust Anne kept her distance."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Betty Martin, my arrangement:
"Nice. Nice playing. Nice weather. Nice swing.  Makes me want to learn that song, too."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"If you just have chords and lyrics, you can indeed sing or whistle the song and just strum the chords.  I have my beginning chorders do just that. You will..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Kennedy Barn String Band:
"That looks like a lot of fun, Rob.  And I can't believe you have a string band with no guitar!  I thought that was against the law.  Too bad they couldn't..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Gourd banjo I made for Val at Christmas:
"That looks great, Mark.  I do indeed hope you make more."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Ha!  Thanks, Steve. Even a three-legged skunk is, well, a skunk, so I knew to keep my distance."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Strumelia: Hey Dusty- you look like you lost some weight-  cutting down on the seafood pasta...?   In fact, I have lost some weight, although I don't..."
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@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"My favorite singer/songwriter is Loudon Wainwright III. He only had one big hit, which was this novelty song that he refuses to perform in concert."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Randy, I think your story is way better than my song. Too bad you didn't get to make a skunk-skin Daniel Boone hat.  I remember a fake coon-skin cap I had..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks, Lexie. I have been playing this song a bunch.  It's kinda short, but the first part especially is fun to play.  It even got my daughter dancing..."
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@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks for the encouragement, Val and Strumelia.   Yeah, baby skunks are super-cute.  The three-legged guy (or gal) I met was missing its right front paw...."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks for listening, Brian. Fun indeed!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Am I hearing an echo? Great silkie ":
"There are some similarities in both the melodic and harmonic structures of the tunes but there is one big difference: "She Goes Through the Fair" is in 4/4..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The technician and the artist":
"Diana, truth be told, there is technique and artistry involved in both hands. But Bing's main point is certainly to emphasize the right hand. Too many..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks, Benjamin. I appreciate your taking the time to listen and comment."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?":
"Like most people, most instruments would be most happy in Hawaii.  "
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks, John.  It's a fun one."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Ha!  Randy!  I hadn't thought of the James Gang.  Nice thought.  I had in mind some of the tight playing of Booker T Jones or maybe the Meters. You know,..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Hey Steven. Thanks for listening.   I've always wondered if losing the leg made the skunk more ornery or more humble.  I didn't stick around to find out."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Discussions on Tablets/Apps have been MOVED to one location":
"This move makes so much sense, Strumelia. It is so hard to find discussion when they are posted in the General Music Forum or Beginners Group. We need to..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new YouTube video:
Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Red Haired Boy:
"Nice job, Randy. I used to play this on the mandolin but have never really developed an arrangement on the dulcimer that I like. You, on the other hand, are..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on no longer a beginner?:
"Thanks, everyone for your comments here.  My experience leading a dulcimer group is indeed what sparked my thinking about this question, but that does not..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Another issue to think about. I'm not a builder, so I have no real expertise in this area. But I would assume that the lower the action the less wear on the..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Over The River To Feed My Sheep:
"You definitely catch those ancient tones.  Nice job!  Very steady right hand and I love subtle slides with the noter that create a lot of forward momentum."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "no longer a beginner?":
"How do you know when you are no longer a beginner?  What left-hand or right-hand techniques define an advanced beginner or intermediate player?  Is it a..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Billy in the Low Ground

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no longer a beginner?


How do you know when you are no longer a beginner?  What left-hand or...
@Dusty Turtle 2 weeks ago - Comments: 5
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Bonne Humeur -- a Haitian méringue on appalachian dulcimer


Here is a hoppin' Haitian méringue by the violinist Arthur Duroseau....
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 4
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how to indicate a capo in Tabledit?


Howdy good people. I am trying to tab a simple version of "Rights of...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 21
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How do you highlight the melody in Tabledit?


I've seen some arrangements in Tabledit in which the melody note is...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 10
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Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul


OK, some tunes you work on for months. (I've been working on Pig Ankle...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 16
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Couldn't Hear Myself


OK, it was only a small, unpaid gig, but there were a fair number of...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 16
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What are half frets and do I need any?


This is the third incarnation of this piece. The first part of what...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 15
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alternate endings in Tabledit


OK, Tabledit experts. I don't know the precise terms for what I want to...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 8
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multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 4
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a mic, a pickup, and a di box -- questions from an electro-phobe


When I was sixteen I played "Honkey Tonk Woman" on an electric guitar...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 14
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measure spacing in Tabledit


Can any of you more experienced with Tabledit than I explain how to...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 7
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video profile of Jean by Headwaters


I haven't found any mention of this video here at FOTMD, but it sure is...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 10
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humidifier? really?


OK, so it's been stated pretty uncontroversially both here and at...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 18
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Sacramento Area Dulcimer Club!


Howdie folks. As I've mentioned earlier, Ron Beardslee, who organizes...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 33
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The Little Dulcimers Little List


OK folks, this effort was inevitable at some point. I have begun...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 90
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Give Me the Roses While I Live


OK, I just learned a song from Stephen Seifert at the Dulcimer School...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 6
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Extra Frets Blues


I threw this tune together really fast to take part in a conversation...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 18

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Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
2 months ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


@Dusty Turtle
9 months ago - Comments: 15
Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


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9 months ago - Comments: 14
The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down


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The Four Marys

The Four Marys


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2 years ago - Comments: 16
What A Fine, Fine Feeling Being Free -- original

What A Fine, Fine Feeling...


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 10
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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2 years ago - Comments: 17
Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


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2 years ago - Comments: 26
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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2 years ago - Comments: 10
The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


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2 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


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2 years ago - Comments: 3
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Fishin' Blues

Fishin' Blues


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3 years ago - Comments: 0
Westphalia Waltz on baritone dulcimette

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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3 years ago - Comments: 10
Planxty Fanny Power B+ version (composed by Turlough O'Carolan)

Planxty Fanny Power B+...


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4 years ago - Comments: 0

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Rakes of Mallow

Rakes of Mallow


@Dusty Turtle
10 months ago - Comments: 26
Needle Case

Needle Case


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Redwing on mountain dulcimer

Redwing on mountain dulcimer


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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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3 years ago - Comments: 32
Westphalia Waltz

Westphalia Waltz


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3 years ago - Comments: 29
Polly Wolly Doodle

Polly Wolly Doodle


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3 years ago - Comments: 20
Mary Ann calypso rhythm lesson

Mary Ann calypso rhythm lesson


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In the Shaking Mist

In the Shaking Mist


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Green, Green Rocky Road

Green, Green Rocky Road


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3 years ago - Comments: 19

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What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?

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Napoleon in red and the language that...

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Where are all the dulcimers by Gary...

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Dulcimer Week at Cigar Box Nation!

Posted: Tuesday July 19 2016, 9:31 PM
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Oh Fiddlesticks!

Posted: Friday June 10 2016, 10:15 AM
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How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Wednesday March 23 2016, 7:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

pocket tunes and maintaining the backpack

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 9:55 AM
By: @Skip

Joni explaining and playing the dulcimer

Posted: Friday February 26 2016, 12:58 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

acoustic bass guitar

Posted: Wednesday November 18 2015, 1:23 AM
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Celtic Tunes Commonly Played on the Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday April 5 2015, 11:36 AM
By: @john p

Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet

Posted: Friday March 20 2015, 11:30 PM
By: @JM Bolton

help me name that fiddle tune -- please!

Posted: Tuesday January 20 2015, 11:14 AM
By: @Janene Millen

RIP Pete Seeger

Posted: Wednesday May 14 2014, 10:57 AM
By: @Doug Jones

Common Dulcimer Jam Tunes

Posted: Tuesday May 6 2014, 10:38 PM
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Advice starting a website

Posted: Sunday December 8 2013, 12:23 PM
By: @Tom O'Neill

levers on a dulcimer?

Posted: Saturday August 17 2013, 3:57 PM
By: @Ivan Bradley

Bonnie and Clyde and the "dulcimore"

Posted: Sunday June 16 2013, 6:05 PM
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Capritaurus -- seeking info on recent...

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Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Saturday December 15 2012, 9:00 PM
By: @Stephanie Stuckwisch

dulcimer gender studies

Posted: Saturday January 21 2012, 10:51 PM
By: @Kimberly C.

Giving Thanks

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purpose of design features on a MD

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Comments

Val Hughes
03/02/17 04:54:15PM @val-hughes:

Again Dusty thank you, what you say about true use of chords answers that very clearly.


Val Hughes
03/02/17 04:05:47PM @val-hughes:

Thank you Dusty for you very prompt and easy to understand reply. So would I be right in saying that back in the day when the ladies and gents were sitting on their porches playing ND or melody drone, whether they new it or were playing melody and chords? and does this mean that the Dulcimer is not just a melody instrument but also a chordal instrument?


Val Hughes
03/02/17 09:11:19AM @val-hughes:

Hello Dusty, Was going to put this question out there then thought you would be one of many who could answer it. Firstly from a young age I was a whistle player so playing melody was my thing, the jigs, reels etc. Left others to worry about chords. When I started playing Dulcimer I was playing mainly melody drone and at that time mainly in Dad. That was down to lack of knowledge of other tunings. I still play melody drone but now have a few more tunings. The tunings I use mostly are Dad, Dgd, Ddd, Dac and Ddc. The question I want to put to you is, in any of those tunings, playing melody drone and starting to strum at the first fret and working my way down the fret board is there a chord or part of a chord being played? It might be a silly question but have my reasons for asking which I will explain later. I have no interest in getting in to chord playing at my age, but in songs and slower tunes I do play chords not knowing what they are but if they sound good to me they go in. The answer to my question may not be a simple yes or no. You do not have to go into too much detail in your answer. Look forward to hearing from you Val.


Karel Votanek
06/14/16 02:14:03PM @karel-votanek:

Hi Dusty,

thank you very much for your nice comment.

Karelmusic


David Pedersen
05/03/16 05:50:44PM @david-pedersen:

Thanks for the latest tab "Fair Flower of Northumberland" .


Strumelia
03/21/16 11:00:51PM @strumelia:

Dusty, this is just a test post- ignore!  :)


CMM
01/04/16 07:15:08AM @cmm:

 Dusty, appreciate the follow.  I love the Morning Blues video with what I assume is your daughter.  Do you have the tabs for it for the dulcimer or is it from memory.

 

Jerry


Susie
11/14/15 03:01:33PM @susie:

Hey Dusty, how do you like your (daughter's) Eede Beede? Is it something for an adult to consider for travel?


alan kolman
11/08/15 05:50:22AM @alan-kolman:

hi dusty - have enjoyed your playing since i found this website - just wish your reggae video continued to the end of the song. i see that you play a probst dulcimer in 3 of your vids - could you tell me how you like it? sounds very balanced, but hard to tell on youtube. thanks, and keep posting -lots of fans out here!   alan


David Pedersen
10/25/15 10:40:28PM @david-pedersen:

Dusty, still can't figure the PM bit. However, I do have a 1+ so can play John Henry. Still working on it. Thanks for showing Polly wolly ... did'nt need that at this time. Like it also.

You mentioned Walter Lay, did'nt see any dulcimers on web site. Bonnie Carol--way up there. What are you playing that you favor at present, cause you have some good sounding Dulcimers.

 

I play a Jenny Lind from Ron Gibson and my fingers catch on some fret bars. Kinda hurts on John Henry slides.  Its a Black Walnut.

Tried following instructions for PM but did"nt work.

By the way, I do like my Jenny Lind.  Just want to upgrade.

 


David Pedersen
10/24/15 10:33:12PM @david-pedersen:

Hi Dusty, can we PM I had some questions on a Dulcimer comment you made to me and wanted more info. Thanks.  Dave


David Pedersen
10/15/15 10:06:37PM @david-pedersen:

Hey Dusty,  Been watching your youtube from 1yr ago of John Henry. Fairly addicted to it at this time. Told my wife give me 3 weeks and I'll have it. Might do it in 10 days. thats all I play.

Loving it. Such a gruve on it. 


Nancy Garrett
09/23/15 04:57:46PM @nancy-garrett:

Dusty, I do like how you played Booth Shot Lincoln! I've learned it from Bing so it will be interesting to compare your tab to how he plays it in A. I'm back here in WI.


Virginia Hogfiddler
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @virginia-hogfiddler:

Thanks Dusty!


Cynthia Wigington
06/19/15 03:24:12PM @cynthia-wigington:

Dusty, can't figure out how to send you a message, but thank you. All are purr-fect.


John E. Wood
05/25/15 10:54:14AM @john-e-wood:

Hi Dusty and thanks for the friend request. I don't post many comments but I surely enjoy reading them, especially those that you post. Best wishes to you and yours.


Karen Keane
05/24/15 10:09:11PM @karen-keane:
Hey Dusty, I thought we were already friends. Glad you caught this.
Randy Adams
05/23/15 08:54:56PM @randy-adams:

That's some real nice picking on Dry and Dusty there Dusty.


Ken Backer
05/21/15 04:47:32PM @ken-backer:

Gosh, Dusty, we should have done this a long time ago. Very glad to be your friendGrin.gif


John W. McKinstry
03/28/15 03:14:49PM @john-w-mckinstry:

Thanks for all your help, Dusty.