Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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Blondie Jimmy Sample Martin Oesterle Joyoussinger heartstrummer 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

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youtube videos: 42
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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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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 • 3 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on In Praise of the 'Ginger' and G,D,g Tuning:
"Peggy, you don't have to buy the strings from McSpadden. Just use their set as a guide to recommended gauges. Any local guitar shop will have individual..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Fanny Power:
"Beautiful playing.  Beautiful dulcimer.  Nice job, Wayne!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on In Praise of the 'Ginger' and G,D,g Tuning:
"Peggy M: What size string do you recommend for using on the ginger to go to GDg?  Peggy, you can see here what string gauges McSpadden recommends for..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 19 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes):
"That's fantastic, Val. I've been working on Harvest Home for a while, trying to get the timing of those four consecutive triplets, but even at my best, my..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I had a friend in the SF Bay Area who thought things through. He worked construction, but only Mondays-Wednesdays. He also poured wine in a wine bar those..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1978 Homer Ledford ":
"Hey @mascis, if you can drive to Blue Lion, you can drive to the Redwood Dulcimer Day in Santa Cruz in August. Perhaps I'll see you and your Ledford there!..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to form a local dulcimer group":
"Dulcinina, about 5 years ago I started a dulcimer group from scratch. I had perhaps three or four email addresses that I collected at a dulcimer festival..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- The Foggy Dew, Arr. by Jessica Comeau:
"Superb!  Very pretty."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Dulcimer is Done!:
"Nice work, Mark. I'm continuously impressed with how seriously and creatively you take your craft."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Eli Presnell Complete.:
"stunning!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Rond d'eau bergère:
"Très bien joué. J'aime bien ce morceau."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Gail, I put heavier strings on my 25" McCafferty than what it came with.  I now have a wound 26" on the bass, 16" on the middle, and 14" on the melody."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks for listening, Gail. If you enjoy your McCafferty half as much as I do mine, you'll be all smiles."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"looks like a great spot to share some tunes I have a hard enough time fingering a diatonic fretboard. The idea of playing anything fretless makes my ears..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Gauges of the Strings":
"I personally try to use the heaviest gauge strings that sound OK on a particular instrument.  Sometimes it takes some experimentation to find out what that..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Indeed, Patty, the dulcimer sound great.  Thanks for listening."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Big Barren Creek:
"Well I never heard of anvil shooting, but apparently it's a thing, and it's specifically an Independence Day thing.  Who knew? Nice playing, Dan."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Blackest Crow:
"What a complete performance!  Nice vocals, nice accompaniment, nice musical interludes, nice recurring lick that ties the whole thing together.  Oh, and nice..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
British Field March
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on British Field March:
"You've got that haunting old timey sound down, Randy. Nice job.  What tuning are you in?"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks, Brian. You play this tune extraordinarily well yourself."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Hatmaker Lane-guitar & lap dulcimer CAUTION: loud dog:
"Very sensitive playing, Robin, and interesting arrangement, too. The soft chords that come in around 1:30 are really nice. You guys are so patient and..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks, Robin.  Based on the tastefully precise way he plays the guitar, I trust Mark's judgment, too."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Wow, thanks for your praise, Randy.  I originally learned this tune on my Modern Mountain Dulcimer, which has a VSL of about 27", but this McCafferty is only..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Playing June:
"Sounds wonderful!  Nice work, Bob!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"I get it, Marg. I first started working on this song so long ago I forgot how Steve had arranged it.  He has a linear version only on the melody string in..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks for listening and commenting, Folkfan and Randy.   Folkfan, there are two different tunes by this name. This one's a reel.  There's also a ballad by..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Sleet & Freezing Rain-guitar & dulcimer trade leads:
"This is really good stuff.  There is a tastefulness to everything you two do together.  Most impressive.  Your instruments and your play sound warm and..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks for listening, Marg and Sam.   Marg, I think "easier" depends on the player. I find it easier to play across the strings so that I don't have to..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks so much, Steven, for your kind words.  This dulcimer is new to me and it has taken a while to get a feel with a flatpick. It's really loud, so it's..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked @marg's forum discussions:
Tabs, Straps, & Cords
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Tabs, Straps, & Cords":
"Marg, I only just found this, but that's a great poster!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lyle Rickards on lap dulcimer & Abby the Spoon Lady":
"That looks like fun! "

Latest Group Discussions

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MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 2 months 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 4 months 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
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 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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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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4 weeks ago - Comments: 5
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
6 months ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot
Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


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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...


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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

Latest Videos

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The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Wind that Shakes the Barley


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3 weeks ago - Comments: 24
Planxty Fanny Power

Planxty Fanny Power


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one month ago - Comments: 33
Rakes of Mallow

Rakes of Mallow


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last year - 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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last year - Comments: 23
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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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: 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

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

Thanks Dusty!  sun


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