Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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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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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and Autoharp maker":
"I just want to bump this discussion and point everyone to @ken-longfield's excellent obituary of George Orthey in the current (Nov 2020) issue of Dulcimer..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"My guess is that they will play the role of entry-level dulcimers as people's first instruments, so there will always be a small market for them, much like..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden v. Folkcraft?":
"So pretty!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"This flatwater dulcimer is definitely a good idea, although it's also a sign of how expensive dulcimers have become.  It's hard to get a newbie to invest..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"":
"Scott, I've attached here what I have so far.  The A part is pretty good but I don't really have feel for the B part just yet.  Because the tune is in A..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"":
"Scott, the same thing happens to me all the time.  I hear a piece of a tune and want to learn it but then at some point realize it's way more complicated..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "No wonder everyone has more than one.":
"First, let's keep things simple.  The most common keys in old timey, folk, or bluegrass jams are C, D, G, and A.  With a standard-sized dulcimer tuned to an..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Do I Attach Photos To A Post?":
"I'm afraid I can't be of any help here.  I never noticed that before, but I checked on both my Android and my iPhone, and the text box does not have any of..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I drove by our neighborhood community center today and there was a long line of cars trying to enter the parking lot. Why?  They were giving out free face..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"":
"I've found several SMN versions of Squirrel Hunter or The Squirrel Hunters.  They all differ in the chording and the key signature, but the actual notes..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"":
"That's very helpful, Strumelia.  The sheet music for Squirrel Hunter seems to be written in A mixolydian.  It kind fools you, because there are two sharps,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"":
"The only thing I found is some banjo tab .  I can't even find sheet music for the tune.   If I get some time in the next week or so I may try to figure it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Most years I complain when people put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving (and some even before Halloween!), but it's perfectly understandable this..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Let No Man Steal Your Thyme:
"I'm glad to hear about your upcoming book, Janene.  I noticed an arrangement of yours in DPN and was wondering if there were more."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blue Lion Dulcimers why so Special?":
"@Nathina, nowadays there are several really high-end dulcimer luthiers to choose from.  Such was not the case in the late 70s when Blue Lion started using..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden v. Folkcraft?":
"Congrats, @lisavb, on your new baby.  We're all excited for you.  Of the common dulcimer woods, cherry is my favorite. It always looks pretty."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Is attending an Event:
Musical Advent Calendar (Online)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bring Us, O Savior :
"That's wonderful, John!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Newbie!:
"Hey @vmasters and welcome to the dulcimer world.  What kind of newbie are you?  Have you played other instruments before?  There are many styles of..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 39
Posted a new Comment on Modern Noter Drone Dulcimers:
"I have to admit that I would never be able to hear the difference between just intonation and equal temperament, at least not while someone is playing.  In a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "If this is true the Piezo goes on the bottom?":
"Nathina, if you play the dulcimer in a traditional style, meaning it sits on your lap, the back cannot vibrate much at all.  That is one of the main reasons..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "GigBook & a pedal":
"@marg, you can organize your tab in folders if you wish. You don't need special software for that.  You could create one big folder that has everything and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can Anyone Identify the maker of this dulcimer.":
"I certainly don't know who made that interesting dulcimer. Several luthiers use those sheaves, though, so that might not be a revealing clue. It is an odd..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"That's a lot to be going through, @ken-longfield. I hope everything goes swimmingly."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"It rained today in Northern California. First time since the spring.  The trees and grass and shrubs are relaxed and smiling.  So are the firefighters."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I get this sidebar off of my screen on FOTMD?":
"Jill, you have opened up the live chat. You simply need to minimize it.  The icon with the left pointing arrow and a vertical line will do the job."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Sourwood Mountain :
"Nice job, Kevin.  Your precise playing and the crisp, bright tone of Bobby's dulcimer are as refreshing as a cool mountain stream."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"The good news: my wife started that new job this week, so now we're all working or going to school from home. Our tight little COVID circle is intact again...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Double-bottom Carty Model Dulcimer:
"Yeah, that photograph is worthy of being a poster.  Beautiful. Well, except that you have way too many frets there; I'm getting dizzy."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on My first dulcimer:
"I hope you find the rest of your dulcimer journey to be as friendly and successful as the beginning! You never forget your first!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on The Maid(s) of Mourne Shore:
"Merci, Dulcidom, pour vos commentaires.  Il y a plusieurs années j'ai passé pal mal de temps en France (Rennes, Bordeaux, Paris) et je parlais assez..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on The Maid(s) of Mourne Shore:
"Quel beau morceau!  Bien fait."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Melodious Undertones:
"That's sure a toe-tapper!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Dimensions ":
"Looking at the pictures, it's possible they measured from the nut rather than the zero fret. If you are playing noter/drone, VSL should not matter as much...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It Came today.":
"It looks like quite an elegant dulcimer, Nathina.  Congratulations! Don't think of your initial tuning as a commitment.  Earlier today I joined an online..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 4 weeks ago - Comments: 2
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Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 3 months ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle 6 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 8 months ago - 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 last year - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle last year - 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 2 years ago - Comments: 0
Dusty Turtle

1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 4
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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 5 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 5 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 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Dusty Turtle

Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul


OK, some tunes you work on for months. (I've been working on Pig Ankle...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 16

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One Wife is Enough for Me

One Wife is Enough for Me


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

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton


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

The Rose of Allendale


@Dusty Turtle
9 months ago - Comments: 12
The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 12
Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


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

Skye Boat Song


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

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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

Cosumnes River Blues


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


@Dusty Turtle
5 years ago - Comments: 3

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Latest Forum Discussions

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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Sunday November 22 2020, 9:10 AM
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

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 28 2019, 12:21 PM
By: @Black Dog Bess

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.

purpose of design features on a MD

Posted: Tuesday April 27 2010, 11:44 AM
By: @folkfan

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!