Dusty Turtle


Location: Northern California
Country: USA

My Latest Followers:

jost Holly Tannen Mary L traildad Wendell G Mary Arndt Cheryl W suzym Diane Mayfield Ferrator wdwolf Mary Barnsdale TwoGunBob hoodoo Fredr Booglefloop dulcidom Diane R Belinda Link LeonM ZeeAviatrix VictorValente Ron Zuckerman Elvensong Exukaden Ariane fordferguson fishface D J Hamouris Wandafull1 Don Grundy Cindy Steighner sweetbriar Joyoussinger giddykitty Kathyb53 Billy T JenniferC heartstrummer Mary MacGowan Kevin R. LisaJr Rock-wyre Magdalena DianeL Redmando SLucchesi Boo Tessie Blondie


SoundCloud Tracks: 12
youtube videos: 55
images: 23
events: 2
Groups: 2
videos: 8
audio tracks: 9

The Strawberry Blossom

musician/member name: Dusty T
Duration: 00:02:02
I play this traditional Irish fiddle tune (quite slowly) on a baritone dulcimette made by Ron Ewing and tuned AEa.
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.

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.

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

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

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.