Dusty Turtle


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In the Sweet By and By/Battle Cry of Freedom baritone dulcimer medley

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Duration: 00:02:30
James Phillips named the first of these tunes for a March challenge. I learned it this past weekend, when I also attended a workshop with Neal Hellman who taught the second tune. What do Joseph Webster's hymn and George Frederick Root's Civil War anthem have in common? Both melodies were used by labor martyr Joe Hill for songs eventually published in the Little Red Songbook. How's that for trivia? My version of "Battle Cry of Freedom" is based on tablature Neal Hellman made available in his Dulcimer Method published by Hal Leonard. I am playing a cherry/cedar baritone dulcimer made by Ron Gibson and tuned AEa.For Neal Hellman: http://www.gourd.com/hellmann.htmlFor Ron Gibson: http://gibsondulcimers.com/For The Little Red Songbook: http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/iww.html
Dusty Turtle
08/14/15 01:44:08AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for your encouragement, Marg.  

Unfortunately, I recently had to sell this dulcimer to help fund a big home improvement project, and seeing this video makes me regret that decision.

08/14/15 01:37:04AM @marg:

Always beautiful Dusty. Thank you for all you do on here.

Dusty Turtle
07/21/15 03:08:05PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Lexie!

Lexie R Oakley
07/21/15 02:07:44PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Beautiful playing Dusty, that is a lovely sounding dulcimer.

Dusty Turtle
04/04/15 01:19:26AM @dusty-turtle:

Well thank you very kindly, Miss Helen.

Helen Seiler
04/03/15 05:33:43PM @helen-seiler:
Beautiful playing Dusty.
Dusty Turtle
04/03/15 03:25:32AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Melodee. By "baby" I assume you mean my daughter in my avatar photo and not my dulcimer in the video. Smile.gifThat photo is from about 9 years ago, so my daughter is now a soccer- and dog-loving ten-year-old and my hair has more gray than brown. My guitar basically looks the same, though. It was beat up then and it still is.

Dusty Turtle
04/02/15 03:38:00PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks so much, Melodee. What a pretty nameSmile.gifyou have.

Dusty Turtle
03/25/15 12:40:34PM @dusty-turtle:

John, thanks for listening and taking the time to comment.

John W. McKinstry
03/24/15 06:13:29PM @john-w-mckinstry:

Beautifully played, Dusty, with much feeling. Thanks also for reminding me of what the dulcimer is capable of.

Dusty Turtle
03/08/15 12:10:51AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks so much, Jan!

Jan Potts
03/07/15 09:03:35PM @jan-potts:

Love your playing, as always, Dusty!Smile.gif

Dusty Turtle
03/04/15 12:41:46AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Neil!

Neil W. Millard
03/03/15 09:08:55PM @neil-w-millard:

Really nice Dusty!

Dusty Turtle
03/03/15 05:00:22PM @dusty-turtle:

Well thank you most kindly, Monica.

03/03/15 04:37:30PM @monica:

very beautiful rendition.

Dusty Turtle
03/01/15 12:42:50PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Mr. Garcia and Mr. McDonald.

Tom, remember that the arrangement of Battle Cry that I play is based on one by Neal Hellman. All those hammers and pulls are his idea, not mine.

At FOTMD there used to be a rating system of 1-5 stars for videos but since we are mostly amateur musicians here, it seemed unnecessary, and in a few cases people were giving really low ratings, achieving nothing but hurting feelings, so we got rid of that feature.

Tom McDonald
03/01/15 12:29:01AM @tom-mcdonald:

I really like your Battle Cry of Freedom. I've got a version on youtube as well. It is one of my better lit and photographed videos, but that's just dumb luck. Mine is much more spare, too. That's not luck, but rather because of the limits of my playing ability. I hear myself playing in a style much like yours, but my fingers can't actually make it happen. Your ornamentation is very nice. Smooth and unrushed triplets and grace notes, carrying the theme and adding interest without becoming the showy point of the piece. Maybe our new site will have a "like" button. I'm always looking for one here.

RavenMadd Garcia
02/28/15 08:45:09PM @ravenmadd-garcia:


Dusty Turtle
02/28/15 08:20:11PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Mandy, Janene, and Paul. I appreciate your taking the time to listen and comment.

Janene, I had been planning on saving up for a Blue Lion baritone, but this one kind of fell into my lap when someone nearby decided to sell it a few months back. At first I had strings on it that might have been too heavy, but it's sounding pretty good now.