Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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Ferrator Steve Eulberg Phroedrick Diane R Bob Dan Fatcat Cindy Steighner ZeeAviatrix Sharon Porter TwoGunBob hoodoo Slate Creek Dulcimers Fredr sweetbriar Bob Stephens fishface LeonM Geckostar97 VictorValente Don Grundy LisaJr Ron Zuckerman Ariane Jim Soltis Linda Riddle Elvensong Bryan Fridlund Exukaden Ginney Camden Kathyb53 JenniferC fordferguson Pierre-Yves Donnio Deborah Hamouris Sheryl St. Clare Wandafull1 Lois Sprengnether Keel Blondie Jimmy Sample Martin Oesterle Joyoussinger heartstrummer giddykitty Billy T folkfan Mary MacGowan Randy Adams Kevin R. Jill Geary

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SoundCloud Tracks: 8
youtube videos: 51
images: 23
events: 2
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videos: 10
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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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When tyrants tremble thick with fear


And hear their death knells ringing,


When friends rejoice both far and near,


How can I keep from singing?  


 

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@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Strumelia: When the snow flies outside, every time we open a jar it'll bring back the taste of Summer.  Sounds delicious and comforting. Your words..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"@butch-ross, you're just gonna have to change the lyrics. "Old enough to retire but I'm still a waiter/'Cause I like singing folk songs." By the way, I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Aaron O'Rourke's new Fingerstyle Dulcimer :
"Yeah, I've been listening to Aaron play these gems and have put one on the top of my wish list.  Unfortunately, I am about to get a new car, new HVAC unit,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on It's a Bear Jam!:
"Very pretty.  Not nearly as chaotic as a bear siting in Yellowstone."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Westphalia Waltz on baritone dulcimette:
"Thanks for listening @Fatcat.  If you're interested, I posted another version of the tune on a full-size dulcimer as a medley with Black Hawk Waltz."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 32
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks so much for your kind words, @Fatcat."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings!:
"That's phenomenal, John!  Those kids sound really good and it's clear from your explanation that you developed a well-planned curriculum for introducing the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning :
"That all sounds reasonable, Greg.  I think in terms of describing your dulcimer, you just have to say that you have a bass dulcimer strung as a baritone to Bb. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning :
"Interesting question, Greg, though I don't think there is an answer.  The information you have here corresponds to my understanding as well, although I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Blackest Crow finger placement:
"@Mary-Barnsdale, I'm glad @Skip was so helpful.  Let me add a couple of general comments.  First, it's true that some people (Stephen Seifert, Aaron..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to change my profile picture?":
"Hi @tatts.  If you hover your cursor over your username in the upper right corner a drop-down menu will appear.  Click on the first option, "Account..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Strrumming with arthritic finngers:
"Hey @oldmdpicker, you definitely deserve credit for perseverance!  Can you explain exactly why you find you can't strum in with the thumb pick? Is it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Playing smaller dulcimers:
"Good point, @Strumelia, about the string tension.  You might notice that the really great flatpickers like Gary Gallier and Aaron O'Rourke pick very close to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Swinging on a Gate
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Hat for my dulcimore pins/buttons:
"That's a nice hat, David, but your collection of dulcimer pins is really impressive."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Monkey Rock Road:
"That's really cool, folks!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Brian's Dulcimer :
"What a beauty!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: The Moraharpa!
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer by John Hedrick $550":
"Sharon, I look forward to seeing the pictures.  In the meantime, do you have an asking price?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a soundcloud item created by @ariane: Bärentanz
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Feeling a little down after getting some bad financial news (the sort homeowners know all too well) I welcomed the opportunity for some down time and took..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Moraharpa! :
"Very cool!  Those sound holes certainly look familiar! Interesting that the original was diatonic but they added a second set of keys to make it chromatic...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning for a 4 Equidistant String Dulcimer":
"Hey @Dedicated-DAD, first you should know that there is a whole group here dedicated to 4 equidistant strings.  YOu might consider joining, perusing the old..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Using a strap":
"@Redwolf, there are a few different options for you. I would advise against continually pulling the strap off the strap button.  That will just loosen the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Question about A string loudness on DAD tuning:
"@Marlene-Powell, you've been pointed to the most obvious culprits.  I would doubt that it's your strumming technique, only because the middle string is the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Flow Gently Sweet Afton:
"Sweet music indeed!  I love your patient, soft touch along with the occasional single bass notes and the careful noter work.  This is what dulcimer music is..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"@Susan-Bigelow, if the Apple Creek is working, keep it.  On some less expensive dulcimers the action may be so high that it hurts fingers and discourages..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 42
Posted a new Comment on Dusty's Flatpicking Guitar Technique for Modern Mountain Dulcimer:
"Hey @Fatcat.  I'm glad you found the videos helpful. At some point I'll re-do them with better video and editing equipment. There are round picks out..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "SI BHEAG, SI MHOR" on Dulcimer & Bowed Psaltery:
"I wish I could just reach into the screen, grab the mandolin off the couch, and join you guys!  Nice playing, as always, Peter.  You make some of those..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"That's good advice, @Ken-Hulme, about getting a student model dulcimer, not only for those wondering about extra frets, but for any beginner.  It takes a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Ohio's Icebox on mountain dulcimer and guitar
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"@Lennylouwho, my general advice is that if you are only going to play traditional music in a drone style, you don't need any extra frets. If you are going..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Bantry Girl's Lament:
"I just commented on your picture of this instrument that I wanted to hear what it sounds like. I guess I got my wish! It's hard to tell through computer..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Prototype with Eleveted Fingerboard:
"I'd love to hear what this sounds like. I have an octave dulcimer made by David Beede whose fretboard is connected to the box by two or three metal dowels..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ohio's Icebox on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"The dog's clearly warning you about the cold! Very nice tune, Robin, with some changes of mood.  Faster parts with some syncopation and other slower, more..."

Latest Group Discussions

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changing the font size of chord names in Tabledit


Hi all.  In Tabledit I use the Text Manager function to indicate chord...
@Dusty Turtle 2 months ago - Comments: 2
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Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 3 months ago - Comments: 2
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article and video on San Diego dulcimer ensemble


Hey Golden Staters.  Our brethren in San Diego got some positive press...
@Dusty Turtle 9 months ago - Comments: 0
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1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 9 months ago - Comments: 1
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name that (partial) chord: 5-6-6+ in DAd


This is not a game, but a genuine question. I am working on an...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 9
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Margaret Wright's dulcimer ministry in the Baptist Press


Members of this group might be interested in this article from The...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 3
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teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 3
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Smithsonian Folkways on Appalachian Women Heritage Fellows


I thought fans of Jean might find this short article from Smithsonian...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 2
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four notes in place of three


In a duple meter such as 2/4 or 4/4, when three notes take the place of...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 6
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MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 3
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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 years ago - Comments: 16
Dusty Turtle

Bonne Humeur -- a Haitian méringue on appalachian dulcimer


Here is a hoppin' Haitian méringue by the violinist Arthur Duroseau....
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

how to indicate a capo in Tabledit?


Howdy good people. I am trying to tab a simple version of "Rights of...
@Dusty Turtle 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 5

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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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2 years ago - Comments: 7
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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2 years ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 20
Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 14
The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down


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3 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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4 years ago - Comments: 17
Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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4 years ago - Comments: 10
The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


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4 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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5 years ago - Comments: 12
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Wednesday August 21 2019, 1:40 PM
By: @Ferrator

online sources for traditional music

Posted: Wednesday August 21 2019, 12:13 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

RIP Leon Redbone

Posted: Thursday May 30 2019, 6:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:53 PM
By: @Dan

Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet

Posted: Wednesday June 21 2017, 8:14 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?

Posted: Tuesday March 7 2017, 9:19 AM
By: @Strumelia

Napoleon in red and the language that...

Posted: Thursday October 13 2016, 3:38 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Where are all the dulcimers by Gary...

Posted: Saturday August 27 2016, 8:37 PM
By: @D. chitwood

Dulcimer Week at Cigar Box Nation!

Posted: Tuesday July 19 2016, 9:31 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

Oh Fiddlesticks!

Posted: Friday June 10 2016, 10:15 AM
By: @Bob Reinsel

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
By: @Dusty Turtle

Celtic Tunes Commonly Played on the Dulcimer

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

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
By: @Dusty Turtle

Advice starting a website

Posted: Thursday November 21 2013, 9:02 PM
By: @Garland Coulson

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
By: @folkfan

Capritaurus -- seeking info on recent...

Posted: Tuesday May 14 2013, 5:35 PM
By: @Howard Rugg

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.

purpose of design features on a MD

Posted: Tuesday April 27 2010, 11:44 AM
By: @folkfan

Comments

Bill S
06/22/19 08:27:21PM @bill-s:

Really liked Surfer Girl.  Lovely rendition.


MacAodha
07/10/18 05:48:26AM @macaodha:

Dusty, recorded a couple of video clips recently on Achill Island, was wondering if Vimeo and Youtube were the only way of posting Videos here on FOTMD. Val.


Brian McC
06/05/18 11:03:38PM @brian-mcc:

Just coming back to playing after too long a lay off. Opened the case and "POP" went the string... I am so very glad you posted the info about the Smother;s string calculator, Must wanted to say THANK YOU!!


Helen Seiler
05/18/17 01:37:18AM @helen-seiler:

Thanks Dusty!  sun


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:54:15PM @macaodha:

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


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:05:47PM @macaodha:

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?


MacAodha
03/02/17 09:11:19AM @macaodha:

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.


Slate Creek Dulcimers
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @slate-creek-dulcimers:

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.