Dusty Turtle


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The Rose of Allendale

Artist: Dusty T.
Genre: folk
Duration: 00:03:23

"The Rose of Allendale" was written by Charles Jefferys and Sidney Nelson and first published in 1833. I am playing it on a mountain dulcimer made of cherry and redwood by Terry McCafferty and tuned CGc.

Dusty Turtle
04/17/20 03:45:14PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for your comments, @Janene-Millen and @Ariane.  There's something about those sentimental 19th-century ballads that is just so charming.

04/17/20 08:11:27AM @ariane:

Very beautiful tune and playing Dusty!

Janene Millen
03/03/20 12:41:09PM @janene-millen:

ditto what Robin said, I love the lower register on this version of the song. So nice Dusty.

Dusty Turtle
03/01/20 04:29:04PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, @Robin-Thompson.  I like tuning down to C when I fingerpick for the extra give in the strings, but it's nice to get that lower register sometimes, too. 

Robin Thompson
03/01/20 11:21:12AM @robin-thompson:

This is so pretty, Dusty.  The lower tuning sits so well with the tune.  

Dusty Turtle
02/29/20 10:00:37PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, @Steven-Berger!  This Allendale is supposedly in Northumberland, but I would never hesitate to play songs about the Garden State.

Steven Berger
02/29/20 09:18:07PM @steven-berger:

What a beautiful fune about a town in New Jersey! whistle Seriously, Dusty, I like your style on this tune...you play it well! thumbsup

Dusty Turtle
02/29/20 03:58:05PM @dusty-turtle:

@Paula-Brawdy,  I put this tab together just last week for my local dulcimer group.  It is basically what I play with two notable exceptions.  First, the tab does not include the intro or the tag (both are the same and are based on the second part of the verse found in measures 16 and 17); and second, in my playing I add filler, plucking individual strings and sometimes brushing across all three whenever there is "space" in the melody.  At some point I'll probably develop a second version of the tune with a more adventurous melody, but this is what I have so far.

The tab takes up three pages, but lines 3-4 are the same as 7-8 and 11-12, so it's really two pages of music.

Richard Streib
02/29/20 03:28:07PM @richard-streib:

Sheet music is available on Music Notes and on Sheet Music Direct if you can find someone to tab it out for you.

Paula Brawdy
02/29/20 02:18:32PM @paula-brawdy:

Is there some good sheet music with tab out there somewhere?

Dusty Turtle
02/29/20 12:50:47PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, @Paula-Brawdy.  This is one of those pretty tunes where I just try to play the melody and stay out of the way.

The only other dulcimer version of this tune that I know of is by our own @Janene-Millen, who sings the lyrics and accompanies her beautiful vocals on the dulcimer.

Paula Brawdy
02/29/20 11:02:42AM @paula-brawdy:

Beautiful song, and you make it beautiful with your fine playing!