Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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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 David Pedersen Sean Ruprecht-Belt Barbara Berg Stewart McCormick

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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
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I Composed Some Songs":
"Giddykitty, most of us check out the Audio and Video sections on a regular basis to hear what music members are playing. Also, when you post there, we can..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I Composed Some Songs":
"Cool tune, giddykitty.  Are you playing or singing on that track? If you want your music to be easily found by others, use the Audio feature to link from..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Messenger's Waltz:
"Is this an original tune, Randy?  Kevin definitely deserves kudos for that sweet-sounding dulcimer."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 13 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Museum of Appalachia:
"Like a dulcimer family reunion!  I'd love to get a closer look at some of those old instruments."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings":
"Skip has it right. Check out Get Tuned for a visual depiction of the tuning of the dulcimer relative to the piano. A couple of things to remember: 1) The..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Marty Groves/ Shady Grove:
"Nice playing. You really capture that mystical, minor droning sound on this one.   And nice bamboo noter, too!"
Dusty Turtle
 
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@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Megadim Lere'i (Sweet fruit to my friend):
"Interesting song, Mark. It is quite upbeat and even jolly, but a lot of it seems to be in a minor key."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOR SALE: Beautiful Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Wow. I hope someone buys this fast before I do.  I had been thinking about contacting David about one of these shorter scale MMDs. I fear I would never play..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 43
Posted a new Comment on Public Domain... or Not?:
"Gail, you should check with the Convention organizers and the venue itself. A lot of venues pay ASCAP fees annually so that performers can play copyrighted..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on New Five Cents:
"New song to me.  This one's a lot of fun.  Really nice playing.  "
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 43
Posted a new Comment on Public Domain... or Not?:
"Folks, I strongly recommend starting a discussion about a particular song rather than posting on this bulletin board.  A discussion with your song's title..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 43
Posted a new Comment on Public Domain... or Not?:
"Neil Gaston wrote Daggett's Revenge.  I am pretty sure it's copyrighted.  Neil passed away, but not that long ago."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"Dulcinina, Jill certainly makes the case for all of us volunteering and visiting nursing homes, doesn't she? On finding the courage, my advice is to play..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on What If Exercise: The Un-festival:
"David, please note that I was using the words workshop and festival loosely. I meet with a group of dulcimer players every month.  Are we a workshop? a..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on What If Exercise: The Un-festival:
"David and others, I can certainly understand the desire for a noter/drone unfestival, and some folks have offered good advice. I think the challenge here..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Doo-Wop for Mountain Dulcimer and Native American Flute:
"A natural teacher you are, Mr. Keane. I was singing "Crocodile Rock" while you guys played.  Then I switched to "Blue Moon."  Then to "Heart and Soul."..."
Dusty Turtle
 
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked @dulcinina's forum discussions:
Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tilden To the White House:
"one string!  like a diddly bow with frets!  That sounds great, Randy. P.S. Tilden got robbed!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It's like finding a 1965 brand new Mustang ":
"Dana, the longer VSL should not be a problem if you play in a drone style. Consider using this dulcimer (and others with VSLs too long for comfortable..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Dulciborn":
"I see "blemished" dulciborns on Ebay pretty frequently.  They come with the same warrantee as the pristine ones but are a lot less expensive. But I do urge..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Walking In My Sleep & Shortin Bread:
"Soundin' good, Christine!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"I'm not sure what's more impressive: your playing or those unattended dulcimers on the table!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Down on the Farm:
"Nice tune and nice playing!"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Visiting John Henry....:
"Its so great that you two were able to meet up."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child:
"Nice playing, John. You really capture some of those bluesy lines."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Turkey In the Straw
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Wind Vane:
"When the wind blows, do you hear the drones?"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark Gets A Phone Call:
"Uh oh! Circleville has a challenger as my favorite! This is extraordinarily beautiful playing, Robin. You do indeed have a unique, soft, nuanced voice on..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cielito Lindo:
"In case you're interested, Mark: https://youtu.be/nfPJkn4eKeY. As I said, for those of us who grew up with the ad in the 1960s and 1970s, this classic..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Cielito Lindo
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cielito Lindo:
"Randy Adams: The Frito Bandito! Indeed.  My appreciation of this song has been forever poisoned by that stupid (and oh so racist) ad from the 70s."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John W. McKinstry: just as dulcimer's need bridges so too do dulcimer players and builders.    Well put, John."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

no longer a beginner?


How do you know when you are no longer a beginner?  What left-hand or...
@Dusty Turtle 2 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
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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


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

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


@Dusty Turtle
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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


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 10
The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


@Dusty Turtle
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


@Dusty Turtle
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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Rakes of Mallow

Rakes of Mallow


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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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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
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Napoleon in red and the language that...

Posted: Thursday October 13 2016, 3:38 PM
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Where are all the dulcimers by Gary...

Posted: Saturday August 27 2016, 8:37 PM
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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
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
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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

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