Dusty Turtle


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Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Artist: Dusty T
Genre: Folk & Singer-Songwriter
Duration: 00:01:24

This traditional fiddle tune may be of Cajun origin where it's known as Sauvage sur le chicot but it's also known in the American south as Indian on a Stump. I am playing a lacewood Modern Mountain Dulcimer tuned DAd with a capo at the fourth fret, putting me in the key of A. I learned this tune from an audio file Stephen Seifert posted at the Dulcimer School and from the classic Balfa Brothers version with vocals.

Dusty Turtle
03/08/18 07:51:34PM @dusty-turtle:

@Matts and anyone else interested:

Attached is a pdf of tablature that's pretty close to the way I play this tune.  I start with a kind of slide up to the 2nd fret on the melody string.  I tabbed that out as a slide from a grace note on the open string, which is, of course, impossible. What I'm doing there is a kind of quick hammer on from the open string to the first fret that immediately turns into a slide to the second fret. It's harder to describe than to do.  I do that same thing on the bass string in the third and fourth lines.  Also, remember that I'm playing this with a capo at the fourth fret, but I wrote the tab out for no capo.  If you learn the song in D down by the nut, it won't be hard to slap a capo on the fourth fret and play it in A up there or to grab a Ginger tuned AEA and follow my tab.  I think the tune is traditionally played in A.

Dusty Turtle
03/07/18 08:53:45PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Matt.  It is a fun one.  I may write up some tab for this tune for a workshop I'm teaching in May. If I do, I'll post a link here in case you want to learn it.

Dusty Turtle
09/22/16 01:51:19PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for listening, Erin.

Erin Hussey
09/22/16 01:09:06PM @erin-hussey:

Nice tune. Thanks. 

Dusty Turtle
07/27/16 11:58:15PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Redmando.  

And sorry it took me so long to notice your comment. Work has kept me . . . er . . . working recently.

07/20/16 11:53:44AM @redmando:

Great playing Dusty - very inspiring! This one will go straight on to my must learn list.

Dusty Turtle
07/19/16 12:08:20PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for your encouragement, Robin!

Robin Clark
07/18/16 06:37:26AM @robin-clark:

This is great dusty - wonderful playing and a cracking fiddle tune dulcimer  

Dusty Turtle
07/15/16 10:28:01AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks so much, Helen. It is a fun one indeed!

Helen Seiler
07/14/16 04:51:19PM @helen-seiler:

Tremendous playing Dusty.. what a great tune.pimento

Dusty Turtle
07/13/16 11:44:08PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Gail and Brian. I appreciate your taking the time to listen and comment.

Brian G.
07/13/16 09:34:32PM @brian-g:

Very nice Dusty!


Gail Webber
07/13/16 08:22:50PM @gail-webber:

That was great, Dusty!


Dusty Turtle
07/13/16 01:40:20PM @dusty-turtle:

Thank you, lovely Lexie.  You are too kind.

Lexie R Oakley
07/13/16 01:19:57PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Really enjoyed hearing you play this song Dusty!

Dusty Turtle
07/12/16 04:59:38PM @dusty-turtle:

Actually, Patty, that's an excellent question. Whenever I use a capo on the third fret to play in G or the fourth fret to play in A, I take a moment to recalibrate and figure out where that 6-1/2 fret is and where my octave is going to be (10th or 11th fret).

With a capo at the 4th fret, the 6-1/2 fret becomes the equivalent of a 1-1/2 fret. In this song I don't use it at all, so it is entirely unnecessary.

But if you ever want to know if you'd like a 1-1/2 fret, put the capo at 4 and play around.  That 1+ fret on the middle string gives you a cool seventh chord.  And on the bass or melody string it is the lowered third, meaning you can play in a minor key or play that note over major chords for a bluesy sound.

Patty from Virginia
07/12/16 04:37:22PM @patty-from-virginia:

Outstanding!!! I just love this!!! I have a question. If you put a capo on the 4th fret to get key of A do you need the extra fret as in the 6 1/2? Sorry for the dumb question. I'm still learning.