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 • an hour ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman:
"WHITEHAVEN VOLUNTEERS" on Dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on What Pick-Up To Buy?:
"My McCafferty dulcimer has a phenomenal pickup installed.  It's by K & K Sound and I think its the twin spot pickup.  If you are building a dulcimer it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Dulcimer":
"Well at least we can say that we play an instrument with one of the oldest names for musical instruments. My understanding, Terry, is that what is referred..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Do I Ditch This Chat Pop-Up?":
"Jimmy, when the chat is open, there are four controls on the lower left.  The bottom one will minimize the chat.   Once it's minimized it stays on the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Do I Quote Someone?":
"Jimmy Lamar: I might try copy and paste with my phone, because 90% of the time I use my phone for the internet.     Jimmy, you get the same speech bubble..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Do I Quote Someone?":
"Jimmy Lamar: I quoted someone a couple weeks ago, but now I forget how I did it. In other words, how do I copy someone’s post, so that I can comment about..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman:
"MAZURKA #75" on Hummel
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 10
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman:
"THE ZITHER CAROL" on Hummel
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Questions":
"I have nothing to add that Ken and Ken have not already stated, except to point you to our group here on Dulcimer Care and Maintenance."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"So tasteful and precise.  So calming.  Just beautiful.  I'm sure Jan 5 has some significance for your mom, but I would call this tune "Serenity." I'm so..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thanks, @Sam.  I've never been too fond of my voice, but it works OK here to convey the lyrics.  Some songs shouldn't be too pretty. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thanks for listening, @Ariane.  The extent of the destruction is just overwhelming."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Glitch with Graphics":
"Actually, I've noticed this problem, too.  When someone posts an attachment such as a jpg, I can click on the thumbnail and a small version of the picture..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 11
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner:
Peacock's Feather mtn dulcimer + bowed psaltery
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Comin' Thro' the Rye
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Peacock's Feather mtn dulcimer + bowed psaltery:
"This is tremendous, Leo. You and Gregg do a great job."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"What a nice song, a nice arrangement, and a nice reminder of what a strong, expressive voice you have, Heidi. I hope you and Bob are doing well."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thanks for listening, @Christine-Shoemaker.  I'm sorry to hear of your family members.  Those people that I know personally from Paradise are all in the same..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable On-line Archive":
"@John-Dunn, have you tried asking @Ken-Hulme for a copy?  It used to be publicly accessible at Everything Dulcimer, but I'm sure Ken can post a copy."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thanks, @Bob. It's hard to do justice to a tragedy that is still unfolding.  I appreciate your taking the time to comment."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thank you, @Terry-Wilson. That's very kind of you."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thanks, Strumelia and BJ.  The tragedy continues. I just learned today that FEMA has still not set up a single trailer for residential use in the area and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"Thanks, Robin.  I tried to keep the song "grounded" in the point of view of someone who lived there rather than taking a broader view of things.  It has only..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: DECEMBER:
"Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting this, David.  I.G. Greer is an interesting case of someone who was both a folklorist and a folk musician.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"If I get a nylon string dulcimer will I be able to play like Aaron? Bob, the instrument you built has an amazing balance of tone and surprising volume...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"It's been raining for the last few days in northern California.  Had the rains come 3 weeks earlier, Paradise, CA might still be standing. I've attached..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Playing a made-up tune on my Scheitholt:
"A charming instrument regardless of what name you want to give it!  And a charming tune, too."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Two Danish Sønderhonings:
"Two very fun and lively tunes, Mark.  Thanks! Your left hand has a couple of big stretches in that first tune. What is the VSL of that MMD?  IS that one of..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Liked a music item created by @heidi-muller:
Jesse's Carol
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen:
Streets of Laredo
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Lady Franklin's Lament / Lord Franklin:
"Gordon, you have a very patient, gentle, expressive manner of singing that works very well with the guitar.  Nice work!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Ball End Strings: What End Pins?:
"I am not a builder, but I have to agree with @Ken-Hulme about the utility of the small brad nails.  They work equally well with ball-end and loop-end..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on California Dulcimer Dreamin':
"I'm glad to hear your lymphoma is treatable, Jeannie, and congratulations on being 1/3 done!  Godspeed!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Giving Thanks":
"Yes, I'm thankful as well that Jeannie has emerged from the ashes of Paradise even if she lost her home and nearly everything they owned."

Latest Group Discussions

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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 months ago - Comments: 9
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Margaret Wright's dulcimer ministry in the Baptist Press


Members of this group might be interested in this article from The...
@Dusty Turtle 5 months ago - Comments: 3
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teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 8 months ago - Comments: 3
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Smithsonian Folkways on Appalachian Women Heritage Fellows


I thought fans of Jean might find this short article from Smithsonian...
@Dusty Turtle 9 months ago - Comments: 2
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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 9 months ago - Comments: 6
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MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 3
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no longer a beginner?


How do you know when you are no longer a beginner?  What left-hand or...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 16
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Bonne Humeur -- a Haitian méringue on appalachian dulcimer


Here is a hoppin' Haitian méringue by the violinist Arthur Duroseau....
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 21
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How do you highlight the melody in Tabledit?


I've seen some arrangements in Tabledit in which the melody note is...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 10
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Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul


OK, some tunes you work on for months. (I've been working on Pig Ankle...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 16
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Couldn't Hear Myself


OK, it was only a small, unpaid gig, but there were a fair number of...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 16
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What are half frets and do I need any?


This is the third incarnation of this piece. The first part of what...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 15
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alternate endings in Tabledit


OK, Tabledit experts. I don't know the precise terms for what I want to...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 8
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multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 4
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a mic, a pickup, and a di box -- questions from an electro-phobe


When I was sixteen I played "Honkey Tonk Woman" on an electric guitar...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 14
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measure spacing in Tabledit


Can any of you more experienced with Tabledit than I explain how to...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 7
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video profile of Jean by Headwaters


I haven't found any mention of this video here at FOTMD, but it sure is...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 10
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humidifier? really?


OK, so it's been stated pretty uncontroversially both here and at...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 18

Latest Audio

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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


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

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 5
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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

Cosumnes River Blues


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 10
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:53 PM
By: @Dan

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

Napoleon in red and the language that...

Posted: Thursday October 13 2016, 3:38 PM
By: @Steven Berger

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

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Wednesday March 23 2016, 7:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

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: Sunday December 8 2013, 12:23 PM
By: @Tom O'Neill

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: Friday May 17 2013, 4:54 PM
By: @Mike Anderson2

Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Saturday December 15 2012, 9:00 PM
By: @Stephanie Stuckwisch

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

Ken Longfield
08/24/18 09:06:50PM @ken-longfield:

Um, Dusty. I like the video you posted in the Positive thread, but where are you playing in the video? Perhaps you could just direct folks to the video through a link.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song.


MacAodha
07/10/18 05:48:26AM @val-hughes:

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 @val-hughes:

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


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:05:47PM @val-hughes:

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 @val-hughes:

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!


Cynthia Wigington
06/19/15 03:24:12PM @cynthia-wigington:

Dusty, can't figure out how to send you a message, but thank you. All are purr-fect.


John E. Wood
05/25/15 10:54:14AM @john-e-wood:

Hi Dusty and thanks for the friend request. I don't post many comments but I surely enjoy reading them, especially those that you post. Best wishes to you and yours.