Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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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 • 8 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Rose of Aranmore:
"To really showcase the Bill Taylor, I'd need some pictures.  The quilted maple is stunningly elegant. Thanks for taking the time to comment, @jan-potts."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 8 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Wind that Shakes the Barley:
"Thanks, @jan-potts.  A couple of years ago I learned the reel that goes by this same name, and I kept running into this slow ballad. I finally decided to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @bob: 125 aa
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"@adkzookeeper, I'm glad to hear you're so happy with your dulcimer.  And in general, it's wonderful that McSpadden is offering a more affordable model."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you feel limited by the diatonic scale?":
"@ken-hulme, I agree with your basic message about the vast number of diatonic songs and the fact that we can often find work-arounds for songs with an..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Did you hear about the poor guy from Avenue J?  He has to go 6 blocks to P."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McCafferty Dulcimer fretboard width":
"@Silverstrings, McCafferty fretboards are 1-1/2 inches wide.  That is a pretty standard size.  My Blue Lion and Probst dulcimers also have 1-1/2" wide..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on New World Symphony:
"You know when you learn a new word, and then suddenly you see that word everywhere? Just over a month ago, a few hours after my March dulcimer group..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I just watched this video of Nora Brown on the banjo .  She is only 15.  Born in Brooklyn.  I think there is hope for the world after all."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
""Bag of Kazoos" would be a good name for a jug band. Or even just a folk jam."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Slängpolska efter Juringius:
"Strumelia: Very nice Luigi!  Sounds old, my favorite sound.  :)  (I think you maybe did a typo- the tuning with capo on 1st fret is E-B-ee)..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Strings":
"Hi @natebuildstoys.  I never buy packaged string sets for my dulcimers.  I buy single strings, although for some gauges that I use a lot, I buy them in bulk..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"I don't think I have accumulated dulcimers.  But I leave them alone at night and they reproduce."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Lapp-Nils Polska on an octave dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Online Masterclass - 4/30/21":
"I'm looking forward to this class tonight, Bing. I just looked at the resource materials, and it looks like a lot of great stuff.  I especially like that..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Many Dulcimers Do You Own? ":
"Susie: Thanks to all who shared here. I thought we'd get a little more interest in the thread, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing that's fine...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Noter Drone Chords:
"A good general rule for finding a harmony note is to play two frets above the melody or, if that doesn't work, try 3. Looking for a harmony note is a good..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Well, @don-b, I didn't roast the turkey myself, if that's what you mean. It's a Boar's Head Ovengold roasted turkey that came from the deli at a local..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I get fresh veggies and fruit delivered every couple of weeks from a farm-to-table service that focuses on locally-grown (within 200 or so miles), organic..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite stands/storage?":
"Hey @mandapanda.  That's a really nice stand and I can see why you would like one similar to that. Notice, though, that all the dulcimers on there are by the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Never Too Late:
"An uplifting song urging us to keep hope alive."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cello Suite 1 - Gigue - Bach:
"You play with both technical precision and feeling, Grant.  Nicely done. "
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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Erev Shel Shoshanim:
"Hauntingly beautiful!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains:
"Elegant looking instrument, Ken, and very clear, crisp, playing.  Thanks!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!):
"The early bird price for the virtual  Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering  expires on the 24th, so what are you waiting for?  Instruction on both MD and HD, a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Nice to hear from you Brian, and heartening to know that you've been fighting the good fight.  So many people have been working in so many ways to help us..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant":
"Sad news indeed. Larkin Bryant's book has had a great and long-lasting influence on dulcimer players.  She will live on in the playing of many others."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Wow. Electric, robot mowers?  You all make me feel like dinosaur.  I still push around a gas mower.  I am self-propelled, but the mower is not. Do you have a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you feel limited by the diatonic scale?":
"Liberated.  I feel liberated by the diatonic scale. Sorry for posting again in this discussion, but I want to explain one reason why I have found my musical..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you feel limited by the diatonic scale?":
"AndiBear, most people who have played the dulcimer for any length of time will tell you that the diatonic fretboard is a challenge, not a limitation.  When..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Warren May Maple Dulcimer":
"I've heard some professional players suggest that maple instruments have more sustain than other common woods.  I can't vouch for that myself.  To be honest,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"My understanding is that the Flatwater models are indeed made from fine tonewoods, but you can't specify the wood when you order one.  They put the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Congratulations to all those folks getting vaccinated.  By early May everyone in my household will have gotten their second dose, and my folks are already..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Zion Ridge

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


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

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 6 months ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 8 months ago - Comments: 7
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documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle 11 months ago - 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: 3
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
Dusty Turtle

How do you highlight the melody in Tabledit?


I've seen some arrangements in Tabledit in which the melody note is...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 8

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The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Wind that Shakes the Barley


@Dusty Turtle
one month ago - Comments: 6
The Rose of Aranmore

The Rose of Aranmore


@Dusty Turtle
one month ago - Comments: 7
One Wife is Enough for Me

One Wife is Enough for Me


@Dusty Turtle
8 months ago - Comments: 16
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton


@Dusty Turtle
10 months ago - Comments: 7
The Rose of Allendale

The Rose of Allendale


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 12
The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 12
Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 12
Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 7
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


@Dusty Turtle
5 years ago - Comments: 20
Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


@Dusty Turtle
5 years ago - Comments: 14
The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down


@Dusty Turtle
5 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 17
Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 26
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 10

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Latest Forum Discussions

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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Saturday April 24 2021, 10:35 AM
By: @Brian G.

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

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Saturday September 26 2020, 12:41 PM
By: @Leny-Sue

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

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

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 10:29 PM
By: @dulcimermaid

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

Bonnie and Clyde and the "dulcimore"

Posted: Sunday June 16 2013, 6:05 PM
By: @folkfan

Capritaurus -- seeking info on recent...

Posted: Tuesday May 14 2013, 5:35 PM
By: @Howard Rugg

dulcimer gender studies

Posted: Saturday January 21 2012, 10:51 PM
By: @Kimberly C.

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!