Dusty Turtle

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The Strawberry Blossom


musician/member name: Dusty T
Duration: 00:02:02
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I play this traditional Irish fiddle tune (quite slowly) on a baritone dulcimette made by Ron Ewing and tuned AEa.
Sam
01/23/21 05:54:29AM @sam:

Dusty Turtle:

Thanks for your comments, @sam.  Had I been familiar with fiddle versions of this tune, I might never have tried it on the dulcimer. But I learned it from sheet music with no idea of how it's "supposed" to be played, and it just seemed to work at the patient tempo.

I bought the dulcimer from Ron Ewing as a 6-string instrument and used to use it a lot for fast strumming. But one day I took off all the double strings, and although it's not as loud as it was, I think the clear tone of the instrument comes out more with just three strings.

Certainly has a beautiful tone. Nicely played as well. I like the design and what I can see of the craftsmanship.


Dusty Turtle
01/22/21 07:12:44PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for your comments, @sam.  Had I been familiar with fiddle versions of this tune, I might never have tried it on the dulcimer. But I learned it from sheet music with no idea of how it's "supposed" to be played, and it just seemed to work at the patient tempo.

I bought the dulcimer from Ron Ewing as a 6-string instrument and used to use it a lot for fast strumming. But one day I took off all the double strings, and although it's not as loud as it was, I think the clear tone of the instrument comes out more with just three strings.


Sam
01/22/21 06:51:10PM @sam:

Not familiar with the tune Dusty, but really liked your rendition. The pauses and breaks all seemed appropriate. Very nice sounding dulcimer.


Dusty Turtle
01/11/21 11:51:28AM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks so much for your comments, @strumelia and @macaodha. I found the sheet music for this tune on The Session when I was looking for something else.  I've only been able to find a couple of performances of it, and it seems to be played often as a fast reel.  But I think it works nicely as a slow air as well.


MacAodha
01/11/21 09:11:19AM @macaodha:

Beautifully played Dusty on a lovely sounding Dulcimer and totally agree with what Strumelia said.


Strumelia
01/10/21 07:53:16PM @strumelia:

Dusty, you always know the value of being expressive with timing and pauses. It makes a tune 'breathe' so that it comes to life and brings out our emotion, gives us time to respond to the tune as it is played. 

So sweet and charming the way you played this!  And I think you chose the perfect dulcimer for it too.