Dusty Turtle


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Mary Ann calypso rhythm lesson

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This is a lesson on a calypso strumming pattern using the song "Mary Ann" as an example. Tablature can be found at http://rivercitydulcimers.webs.com/Mary%20Ann.pdf and a depiction of the strumming pattern can be found at http://rivercitydulcimers.webs.com/Calypso%20Rhythm.jpg.This short lesson can be seen as an accompaniment to my longer lesson on Guitar Flatpick Techniques for Modern Mountain Dulcimer.
Dusty Turtle
01/16/16 02:58:29AM @dusty-turtle:

Where is the longer lesson you mention?  i love this song and your instruction is helpful. Thank you so much.

Hi Blissness, you can find the longer lesson here: Dusty's Flatpicking Guitar Technique for Modern Mountain Dulcimer.  It is not a professional video by any means, so don't expect high production value.

The link is to the first part.  If you go to the very beginning of the discussion (you have to click "Show More Comments" once or twice to get there) you will see the second and third parts and a table of contents.  The first video demonstrates how to develop a steady back-and-forth strumming pattern. The second video demonstrates some variations that enhance that strumming pattern (stressing, muting, etc.). And the third video demonstrates how to mix single-note runs into that pattern.  I hope you'll find it helpful.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

01/15/16 07:57:18PM @blissness:

Where is the longer lesson you mention?  i love this song and your instruction is helpful. Thank you so much.

Dusty Turtle
03/09/14 12:48:17AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Marion. I just worked on this stuff with my local dulcimer group. It is indeed true that it might take a bit of time before new players can really master the strum here, at least well enough to play the melody, too. But hey, I first started strumming a guitar almost 40 years ago, so it ought to seem easy for me!

Marion Seaman
03/08/14 03:55:39AM @marion-seaman:

thanks dusty another great lesson. you make it look so easy...


Ken Backer
03/06/14 10:33:03AM @ken-backer:

Dusty thanks for the great tutorial andplaying. Makes me want to jump a plane and head south to some warm island. Also, I have never seen a cat-sized dulcimer played before.

Dusty Turtle
03/06/14 01:20:11AM @dusty-turtle:

That's very nice of you to say, Mary. Thank you.

Dusty Turtle
03/05/14 05:21:23PM @dusty-turtle:

Well thank you kindly, Helen.

Helen Seiler
03/05/14 04:19:55PM @helen-seiler:

This is another great lesson Dusty. Thanks so much!

Dusty Turtle
03/04/14 07:08:19PM @dusty-turtle:

Hi Maryann. This would be a nice song to do at a jam. It's got a nice rhythm, only two chords, and an easy melody to find on the dulcimer. Plus, everyone would be singing about you!

Maryann Lang
03/04/14 04:54:27PM @maryann-lang:

You're singing my song!!! Smile.gif Haven't heard this in years -- myparents always sang this to me.

Great instructional, this is going to be so helpful! (and fun with my song!)

John Keane
03/04/14 05:30:16AM @john-keane:

My favorite strum pattern! Dusty, ya done good! Smile.gif

Dusty Turtle
03/04/14 12:23:17AM @dusty-turtle:

My dear Miss Geekling, I certainly don' want to pressure anyone to play chords. But you do play chords already. You play chords all the time. Anytime you play three notes at the same time, you are playing a chord. So when you fret the 2nd fret on your melody string in DAd or your 5th fret in DAA, you are playing a D chord. That means you are already playing half of all the chords you need for this song. The only other chord is 101 in DAd or 104 in DAA. Even if you are not used to chording, certainly you can try that.

If you don't want to play chords, that's fine. But if you don't think you can, I would argue with you. You can do it.

But I think I'll pass on the Legionnaire's Disease. To be honest, I thought that one had disappeared like the plague or cholera or polio. Next thing they'll be telling us TB is making a comeback (woops! it actually is!)

Dusty Turtle
03/03/14 08:11:37PM @dusty-turtle:

Sicily? Isn't that the scene of the crime? Isn't that where you first got sick? Maybe it was the sardines, huh?

If you wanted to play this just on the melody string, you would probably want to tune to DAA since the melody goes down to the C# on the second fret of the middle string the way I play it.

However, if you want to just strum and sing, please give the chords a chance. All you need is 002 for the D and 101 for the A.

Dusty Turtle
03/03/14 06:27:25PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Karen. I put it together in response to a specific issue someone was having trying to mix right hand rhythms with left hand fingering. Hopefully it will help. I think you and John could have probably done a better job yourselves.

Karen Keane
03/03/14 06:21:57PM @karen-keane:
Good information here Dusty.
Dusty Turtle
03/03/14 03:16:02PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Bucko. The Eedy Beede has a nice chime to it. I'm only playing here to demonstrate a strum, but a while back I did post a tune or two on it. Finding the right repertoire is key. The dulcimer has a nice tone but not much sustain, so it doesn't work well for slow tunes at all.

Bucko Futreal
03/03/14 02:57:31PM @bucko-futreal:

Dig the sound of that octave dulcimer!