Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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giddykitty Billy T folkfan 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

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SoundCloud Tracks: 8
youtube videos: 40
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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 • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Liked @sam-edelston's group discussions:
Johnny B Goode
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@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Johnny B Goode:
"Wow!  You totally catch the energy of early Chuck Berry here.  That's amazing.  I sometimes play the blues in E on my dulcimer, but I can't come close to the..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 94
Posted a new Comment on The Little Dulcimers Little List:
"Folks, when I get a chance I'll update this list with Pete Staehling's, Howard Rugg's, and Jim Fox's dulcimers.  It's not as simple as it seems because of..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn":
"Lisa Golladay: Jan, do you need sheet music to work from?    Here's a lead sheet and guitar tab for "The Lakes of Pontchartrain."  I arranged this for the..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn":
"Jan, I don't have a specific song to suggest, but I often pick songs from a fiddle or penny whistle website, print out the standard music notation, and then..."
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@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Laurel, some degree of finger cramping is probably normal as you begin to use muscles in your fingers that you have never used before. I've told this story..."
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@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Folding Tripod Stand:
"That's fantastic!  The only improvement I can think of would be to allow it to swivel, so you could play a gig with the tripod next to you and switch..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Amazing Grace in Cherokee":
"What a voice for someone of that age!  Amazing indeed.  RIP Fran."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"Yes, Dulcinina, I am playing a Blue Lion dulcimer on that video. It has Cherry for the back and sides, and Western red cedar on the top."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Bridge Burners of East TN:
"Mark, Tate just sent me a link to his final product.  Please let him know how impressed I am.  I teach history at the college level, and I would be delighted..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A 'beginner dulcimer'":
"Indeed, Ken provides the essential info here: a beginner's dulcimer is intended to be as inexpensive as possible.  So you will not find self-trimming tuners..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"Yes, the dulcimer takes 5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Bile 'Em Cabbage Down:
"I've heard versions of this tune that impress with rhythm, or alternative chords, or melodic enhancement, but I've never heard a version like this that..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How and if to add a 1 1/2 fret":
"I am someone who uses a 1+ fret everyday and wouldn't want to go without it. However, I agree fully with those who suggest that historic dulcimers should be..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"Dana, instead of trying to read and understand, just play and feel.  Play a simple song on your dulcimer. Then put the capo at the third fret and try to play..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"You're close, Dana.  Before we get to capos, let me explain something that didn't occur to me until I had been playing a year or two.   First, we call the..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Kemp's Jig:
"Thanks, Mark.  I look forward to working with the tab."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: dulcimer by Ron Gibson or Ron Ewing ":
"Billy, if you are still in the market for a Rob Gibson, there is one on Ebay right now."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"This discussion has meandered past the original question, but in very good ways. Dana's comment is evidence of that fact as she is beginning to understand..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Kemp's Jig
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Kemp's Jig:
"That's a great, lilting tune, Mark.  IS that one in any of the books you have out? I assume that is a Gallier dulcimer. It has remarkable balance of tone."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Liked @steve-battarbee's vimeo:
Scarborough Fair
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any experience with dip joint sterling silver splints?":
"Hi Dana. Basically, I've never taken a video down, not even the first ones I posted which I could play a lot better now. You can follow my progress as a..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any experience with dip joint sterling silver splints?":
"Those ring splints do look kind of cool, Dana, but they also cost.  The tape is cheap. I would stick with it, especially since it has worked for you in the..."
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@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?":
"Elidh: Dumb question:  which of the melody strings stays on the dulcimer - the one closest to me or the other?  Thanks! In most cases, Elidh, it will be..."
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@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago
@dusty-turtle is now following @folkfan
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@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer":
"That's wonderful, John!  Thanks so much for sharing that."
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@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"I think Rob's on the right track here.  I had always been told to loosen the strings on my guitars when shipping them or storing them for lengths of time..."
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@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "limberjack":
"I have bought two limberjacks online.  One was from the late Keith Young.  That is obviously not an option anymore.   The second was a dog limberjack from..."
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@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Thanks, Sam."
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@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 9
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..."
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@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 14
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..."
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@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 14
Liked @robin-thompson's soundcloud:
Bile 'Em Cabbage Down
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@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Blackest Crow - with vocal:
"You've been making really goo music recently, Bob.  Keep it up!"

Latest Group Discussions

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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 one month 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: 94
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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


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3 months ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


@Dusty Turtle
11 months ago - Comments: 14
The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down


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last year - Comments: 10
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...


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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


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11 months ago - Comments: 26
Needle Case

Needle Case


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last year - Comments: 28
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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3 years ago - Comments: 19
In the Shaking Mist

In the Shaking Mist


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3 years ago - Comments: 21
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?

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

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
By: @folkfan

Capritaurus -- seeking info on recent...

Posted: Friday May 17 2013, 4:54 PM
By: @Mike Anderson2

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

Posted: Friday November 26 2010, 11:23 AM
By: @Paul Certo

purpose of design features on a MD

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

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.