Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
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youtube videos: 57
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videos: 8
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An educator and folk/roots music enthusiast living the good life in Northern California, I run a local dulcimer group called River City Dulcimers .  


 

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When tyrants tremble thick with fear


And hear their death knells ringing,


When friends rejoice both far and near,


How can I keep from singing?  


 

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Latest Activity

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Further Along with the bridge sitting on a glass bottle:
"That's a great tone you get there, Nate.  A lot warmer than I would have expected. Nice playing, too!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am so grateful that I have mountain dulcimers, mountain dulcimer music, and friends of the mountain dulcimer in my life."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning :
"Thinking about this question again since I'm contemplating getting a bass dulcimer.   If we allow a standard dulcimer to have a 3-key range from C to E..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Shove That Pig’s Foot a Little Further into The Fire:
"That's a fun tune, Ethan, and you do a fine job with it."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Painful thumb":
"Someone with mild arthritis shared with me a trick she does before she plays.  She heats up a towel and then slowly kneads it with her hands.  The movement..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Pick Advice Needed:
"Hey, @royb, Ken is correct that you can and probably will want to play the dulcimer with your bare fingers, at least some of the time.  I find the soft..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Building the stick banjo...what is the correct name?:
"That's a nice looking instrument, whatever you want to call it. tukanu: there is a group here called Stick Dulcimers and Strumsticks. I thought it was a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Need some helpful advice on fret markers:
"We all look forward to seeing your new builds when they're done."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Searching for a song- Arkansas Farm Boy ":
"Calvin, I assume this is the song you're referring to.  It was made famous by Glen Campbell, but Carl Jackson wrote it. The bad news? The song is under..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Need some helpful advice on fret markers:
"I would say two things. First, on a diatonic fretboard, you don't need fret markers since the pattern of whole and half steps (fat and skinny frets) tells..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"A beautiful fall day.  Sunshine. Crisp wind.  It was a joy to spend a few hours raking leaves."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Painful thumb":
"There might be two kinds of "soreness" we're talking about here. One is a function of the friction of the metal wire against your skin.  The second is muscle..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Painful thumb":
""Buzzy Strings" would be a good name for a musical act."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on How should I tune?:
"Leave your instrument out in a place where you can play.  Even if you only have a few minutes you can grab it and play a bit.  But if it's in its case in..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on New player question:
"Of course you can use a finger.  I tend to agree with Ken that technically the term "fingerdancing" would apply if you are using multiple fingers rather..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jim-yates: tiple
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cedar soundboards":
"P.S. I also have a 12-string guitar with a cedar top and it sounds great."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cedar soundboards":
"Hey Paula.  Traditionally, dulcimers were usually made entirely of local hardwoods and there was no difference between the sides, bottom, and the top. A..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Sally is a tough one to get on diatonic fretboard. It's a haunting melody, though. Some years ago I learned a version arranged by Steve Eulberg.  He uses a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Spinning Song, on 3-String Piano:
"That's so cool!  I certainly remember playing this on the piano as a kid, but it would never have occurred to me to attempt it on the dulcimer.  Really..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch Dulcimer Club - Big Dulcimer Video - 2.0:
"This video just captures so wonderfully what the spirit of sharing music is all about. And it's a nice reminder that there are plenty of people goofier than..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Marche Pour la Ceremonie des Turcs - Mountain Dulcimer!
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "RIP Bill Taylor":
"At the last Quarantune 5 concert yesterday, there was a nice tribute to Bill.  Tull Glazener changed his avatar screen so it was a picture of Bill and then..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "RIP Bill Taylor":
"Here is a 2005 interview with Bill in Dulcimer Players News ."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia: RIP Bill Taylor
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Well you how they say if you give someone a hammer everything looks like a nail.  Dulcimer players want to tickle strings with their fingers.  Drummers want..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "RIP Bill Taylor":
"That's so sad.  I know Bill was not only a great luthier but also an important part of the dulcimer scene in Tennessee and generously shared tablature..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: It Is Well With My Soul
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Positive?  Maybe not.  Mildly funny?  Perhaps. I recently bought matching stands for my dulcimer and guitar.  The instructions for how to attach the base..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Folkcraft kits":
"For what it's worth, @art-s, position dots are not really necessary on a diatonic fretboard.  The pattern of fat and skinny frets tells you everything you..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs":
"Thanks for those lyrics, John.  It's amazing to see how many songs have used that melody."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on String gauge for finger picking:
"This is such a matter of personal preference, I am not sure how to respond.  I guess I'll start with a question: when you say "fingerpicking" do you mean..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs":
"I never heard of that tune, @john-gribble.  Interesting. It's another for the list, certainly.  Do you know where we might find some lyrics? I am pretty..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @macaodha: Bonny Woodhall
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Responding to video comments":
"Hey @celtic-cowboy, I see that you have in fact posted a "thanks" to people who commented on your East Virginia video, so clearly you know how to post. There..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

key signature for modal music


I hesitate to ask this question, for I don't want to start a debate. My...
@Dusty Turtle 6 months ago - Comments: 15
Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


How would you suggest cleaning up nice geared tuners that were stored...
@Dusty Turtle 10 months ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 7
Dusty Turtle

documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 5
Dusty Turtle

Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?


Hey folks.  I am arranging an old lullaby called "A La Ru" that...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

changing the font size of chord names in Tabledit


Hi all.  In Tabledit I use the Text Manager function to indicate chord...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 7
Dusty Turtle

article and video on San Diego dulcimer ensemble


Hey Golden Staters.  Our brethren in San Diego got some positive press...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 0
Dusty Turtle

material to enter public domain this New Year!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 6
Dusty Turtle

name that (partial) chord: 5-6-6+ in DAd


This is not a game, but a genuine question. I am working on an...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 9
Dusty Turtle

Margaret Wright's dulcimer ministry in the Baptist Press


Members of this group might be interested in this article from The...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

Smithsonian Folkways on Appalachian Women Heritage Fellows


I thought fans of Jean might find this short article from Smithsonian...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

four notes in place of three


In a duple meter such as 2/4 or 4/4, when three notes take the place of...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 6
Dusty Turtle

MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

no longer a beginner?


How do you know when you are no longer a beginner?  What left-hand or...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 16
Dusty Turtle

Bonne Humeur -- a Haitian méringue on appalachian dulcimer


Here is a hoppin' Haitian méringue by the violinist Arthur Duroseau....
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 6 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

how to indicate a capo in Tabledit?


Howdy good people. I am trying to tab a simple version of "Rights of...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 20

Latest Audio

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The Rose of Aranmore

The Rose of Aranmore


@Dusty Turtle
8 months ago - Comments: 7
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 10
The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 3
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Fishin' Blues

Fishin' Blues


@Dusty Turtle
7 years ago - Comments: 0
Westphalia Waltz on baritone dulcimette

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
7 years ago - Comments: 11
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


@Dusty Turtle
9 years ago - Comments: 0
Lilliburlero fingerstyle

Lilliburlero fingerstyle


@Dusty Turtle
9 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for...

Posted: Monday October 4 2021, 11:53 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"

Posted: Thursday June 24 2021, 1:34 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Saturday June 12 2021, 11:28 PM
By: @B. Ross Ashley

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Tuesday June 8 2021, 3:15 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Leonard Bernstein explaining the...

Posted: Friday May 28 2021, 3:51 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Sunday May 16 2021, 6:13 PM
By: @Lisa C

Lego Microtonal Guitar

Posted: Friday April 2 2021, 12:47 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

music and the pleasure center of the brain

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 10:12 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Where have all the beginners gone, long...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

How to add a new Discussion in a Group

Posted: Thursday January 28 2021, 7:00 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 6:01 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Wednesday October 28 2020, 11:36 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

If I Had a Hammer (dulcimer) but no left-hand

Posted: Wednesday September 16 2020, 8:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

North Carolina dulcimers getting media...

Posted: Saturday January 11 2020, 6:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Tuesday December 10 2019, 3:44 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

online sources for traditional music

Posted: Wednesday August 21 2019, 12:13 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet

Posted: Wednesday June 21 2017, 8:14 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?

Posted: Tuesday March 7 2017, 9:19 AM
By: @Strumelia

Where are all the dulcimers by Gary...

Posted: Saturday August 27 2016, 8:37 PM
By: @D. chitwood

Dulcimer Week at Cigar Box Nation!

Posted: Tuesday July 19 2016, 9:31 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

Oh Fiddlesticks!

Posted: Friday June 10 2016, 10:15 AM
By: @Bob Reinsel

pocket tunes and maintaining the backpack

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 9:55 AM
By: @Skip

Joni explaining and playing the dulcimer

Posted: Friday February 26 2016, 12:58 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

acoustic bass guitar

Posted: Wednesday November 18 2015, 1:23 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Celtic Tunes Commonly Played on the Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday April 5 2015, 11:36 AM
By: @john p

help me name that fiddle tune -- please!

Posted: Tuesday January 20 2015, 11:14 AM
By: @Janene Millen

RIP Pete Seeger

Posted: Wednesday May 14 2014, 10:57 AM
By: @Doug Jones

Common Dulcimer Jam Tunes

Posted: Tuesday May 6 2014, 10:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Advice starting a website

Posted: Thursday November 21 2013, 9:02 PM
By: @Garland Coulson

levers on a dulcimer?

Posted: Saturday August 17 2013, 3:57 PM
By: @Ivan Bradley

Comments

adulcinate
09/30/20 02:06:16PM @adulcinate:

Thanks


wdwolf
02/06/20 06:18:43PM @wdwolf:

do you have a tab for your surfer girl?


Bill S
06/22/19 08:27:21PM @bill-s:

Really liked Surfer Girl.  Lovely rendition.


MacAodha
07/10/18 05:48:26AM @macaodha:

Dusty, recorded a couple of video clips recently on Achill Island, was wondering if Vimeo and Youtube were the only way of posting Videos here on FOTMD. Val.


Brian McC
06/05/18 11:03:38PM @brian-mcc:

Just coming back to playing after too long a lay off. Opened the case and "POP" went the string... I am so very glad you posted the info about the Smother;s string calculator, Must wanted to say THANK YOU!!


Helen Seiler
05/18/17 01:37:18AM @helen-seiler:

Thanks Dusty!  sun


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:54:15PM @macaodha:

Again Dusty thank you, what you say about true use of chords answers that very clearly.


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:05:47PM @macaodha:

Thank you Dusty for you very prompt and easy to understand reply. So would I be right in saying that back in the day when the ladies and gents were sitting on their porches playing ND or melody drone, whether they new it or were playing melody and chords? and does this mean that the Dulcimer is not just a melody instrument but also a chordal instrument?


MacAodha
03/02/17 09:11:19AM @macaodha:

Hello Dusty, Was going to put this question out there then thought you would be one of many who could answer it. Firstly from a young age I was a whistle player so playing melody was my thing, the jigs, reels etc. Left others to worry about chords. When I started playing Dulcimer I was playing mainly melody drone and at that time mainly in Dad. That was down to lack of knowledge of other tunings. I still play melody drone but now have a few more tunings. The tunings I use mostly are Dad, Dgd, Ddd, Dac and Ddc. The question I want to put to you is, in any of those tunings, playing melody drone and starting to strum at the first fret and working my way down the fret board is there a chord or part of a chord being played? It might be a silly question but have my reasons for asking which I will explain later. I have no interest in getting in to chord playing at my age, but in songs and slower tunes I do play chords not knowing what they are but if they sound good to me they go in. The answer to my question may not be a simple yes or no. You do not have to go into too much detail in your answer. Look forward to hearing from you Val.


Karel Votanek
06/14/16 02:14:03PM @karel-votanek:

Hi Dusty,

thank you very much for your nice comment.

Karelmusic


David Pedersen
05/03/16 05:50:44PM @david-pedersen:

Thanks for the latest tab "Fair Flower of Northumberland" .


Strumelia
03/21/16 11:00:51PM @strumelia:

Dusty, this is just a test post- ignore!  :)


CMM
01/04/16 07:15:08AM @cmm:

 Dusty, appreciate the follow.  I love the Morning Blues video with what I assume is your daughter.  Do you have the tabs for it for the dulcimer or is it from memory.

 

Jerry


Susie
11/14/15 03:01:33PM @susie:

Hey Dusty, how do you like your (daughter's) Eede Beede? Is it something for an adult to consider for travel?


alan kolman
11/08/15 05:50:22AM @alan-kolman:

hi dusty - have enjoyed your playing since i found this website - just wish your reggae video continued to the end of the song. i see that you play a probst dulcimer in 3 of your vids - could you tell me how you like it? sounds very balanced, but hard to tell on youtube. thanks, and keep posting -lots of fans out here!   alan


David Pedersen
10/25/15 10:40:28PM @david-pedersen:

Dusty, still can't figure the PM bit. However, I do have a 1+ so can play John Henry. Still working on it. Thanks for showing Polly wolly ... did'nt need that at this time. Like it also.

You mentioned Walter Lay, did'nt see any dulcimers on web site. Bonnie Carol--way up there. What are you playing that you favor at present, cause you have some good sounding Dulcimers.

 

I play a Jenny Lind from Ron Gibson and my fingers catch on some fret bars. Kinda hurts on John Henry slides.  Its a Black Walnut.

Tried following instructions for PM but did"nt work.

By the way, I do like my Jenny Lind.  Just want to upgrade.

 


David Pedersen
10/24/15 10:33:12PM @david-pedersen:

Hi Dusty, can we PM I had some questions on a Dulcimer comment you made to me and wanted more info. Thanks.  Dave


David Pedersen
10/15/15 10:06:37PM @david-pedersen:

Hey Dusty,  Been watching your youtube from 1yr ago of John Henry. Fairly addicted to it at this time. Told my wife give me 3 weeks and I'll have it. Might do it in 10 days. thats all I play.

Loving it. Such a gruve on it. 


Nancy Garrett
09/23/15 04:57:46PM @nancy-garrett:

Dusty, I do like how you played Booth Shot Lincoln! I've learned it from Bing so it will be interesting to compare your tab to how he plays it in A. I'm back here in WI.


Slate Creek Dulcimers
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @slate-creek-dulcimers:

Thanks Dusty!