Dusty Turtle


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The Wind that Shakes the Barley

musician/member name: Dusty T
Duration: 00:01:19
This traditional Irish reel is played on a mountain dulcimer made of cherry and redwood by Terry McCafferty and tuned DAd. I originally learned the song from a lesson by Steve Eulberg at Dulcimer Crossing.
For Dulcimer Crossing: http://www.dulcimercrossing.com/
For McCafferty Dulcimers: https://www.mccaffertydulcimers.com/
Dusty Turtle
03/03/18 05:40:56PM @dusty-turtle:

You are too kind,    @Ariane.  Thanks for listening.

03/03/18 03:41:08AM @ariane:

That´s sooo pretty - I listened to some of your other tunes - you are a master of the mountain dulcimer playing nod

(I always loved to play this happy tune with my tin whistle.)

Dusty Turtle
08/24/17 12:49:03PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for the comment,  @Rick-Garrett .  The song is not easy and it took me a while to work up a version that I could play.  As I say above, I learned the song from Steve Eulberg, but I use different left-hand fingering than he does.

Rick Garrett
08/22/17 10:25:30AM @rick-garrett:

This is a really difficult tune for me.  I do OK on it on the Hammer Dulcimer, but haven't been able to translate it well for the MD.  Great job, and thanks for the inspiration!

Dusty Turtle
08/06/17 03:35:40PM @dusty-turtle:

  @Jan-Potts , hold out for a pickup.  The K & K Sounds twin spot pickup that Terry uses is phenomenal.  I just plug directly into my Fishman amp and get a warm, acoustic sound.  I was on stage with three other dulcimer players a couple of months ago and was told that the tone of my dulcimer (not my playing!) really stood out as far superior to the rest.  I credit the dulcimer and pickup.

The shorter scale length has indeed allowed me to play or to play better some tunes that I had struggled with on my dulcimers with longer VSLs, but you also lose a little sumpin' in the upper frets where you don't have the same volume or sustain.  Oh, I don't want to exaggerate; the dulcimer is phenomenal up and down the fretboard, but there is necessarily a tradeoff with the shorter scale length.

And thank you for your kind words.love

Jan Potts
08/06/17 03:27:49PM @jan-potts:

This is one of the best renditions of this tune I have ever heard! Did I tell you I considered buying a McCafferty "twin" of yours?  I really liked the redwood/cherry combo and the shorter scale length, but this "twin" didn't have a pickup...otherwise I just might have purchased another dulcimer (oh no!).

Dusty Turtle
08/05/17 09:55:27PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for listening,  @Dulcimerjones . Steve Eulberg also teaches a melody/drone version of this tune that runs up the fretboard, but I find it easier to keep my hand in more or less one place and move across the strings.

08/05/17 06:51:17PM @dulcimerjones:

Love this tune!  I used to play it jamming w/fiddlers & guitarists & it was a struggle to keep up, esp., on just the mel string.  I love that u played it across the strings & below 5th fret-(I must learn this:))

Nicely played!

Dusty Turtle
08/05/17 06:10:32PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks,  @Leo-Kretzner . Your encouragement means a lot.

Leo Kretzner
08/05/17 05:41:19PM @leo-kretzner:

Really nice articulation, very clear notes...

Dusty Turtle
07/10/17 09:39:42PM @dusty-turtle:

Gail, I put heavier strings on my 25" McCafferty than what it came with.  I now have a wound 26" on the bass, 16" on the middle, and 14" on the melody.

Gail Webber
07/10/17 08:43:48PM @gail-webber:

Dusty, the only change I'm considering on the McCafferty is changing the melody string from .011 to .012.  It has a 28" VSL.  What is the VSL on yours and what size string gauges are you using?

Dusty Turtle
07/09/17 02:15:38PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for listening, Gail. If you enjoy your McCafferty half as much as I do mine, you'll be all smiles.smile

Gail Webber
07/06/17 08:28:00PM @gail-webber:

Nice playing and nice sounding dulcimer!  I bought a McCafferty cherry/redwood at Kentucky Music Week last week and really like it!

Dusty Turtle
07/06/17 12:51:15PM @dusty-turtle:

Indeed, Patty, the dulcimer sound great.  Thanks for listening.

Patty from Virginia
07/06/17 10:00:02AM @patty-from-virginia:

Excellent! That's a really nice sounding dulcimer.

Dusty Turtle
07/05/17 08:32:35PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Brian. You play this tune extraordinarily well yourself.

Brian G.
07/04/17 12:06:26PM @brian-g:

Hi Dusty. I thought I had commented on this already, but it seems I have not.  So here goes - very nice!  I've always loved this tune and it sounds great on your new dulcimer. Nicely played.  :)

Dusty Turtle
07/03/17 10:20:02PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks, Robin.  Based on the tastefully precise way he plays the guitar, I trust Mark's judgment, too.

Robin Thompson
07/03/17 09:18:26PM @robin-thompson:

Mark said, "I like it." And I agree with my sweetheart.