Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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SoundCloud Tracks: 9
youtube videos: 51
images: 23
events: 2
Groups: 2
videos: 9
audio tracks: 9


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 • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Cluck Old Hen (Ed Weaver):
"Never heard that version before. At least we don't need to retune or slap on a capo for this one."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 39
Posted a new Comment on What Happened to the Dulcimer School:
"Janis, the Dulcimer School is indeed alive and well.  Steve and Aaron O'Rourke have posted lots of lessons.  And yes, there is an in-depth video tutorial on..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Goin’ to Boston:
"@Irene, Ethan seems to be in a CGc tuning. But standard DAd would work as well.  His camera angle makes it easy to "steal" the song, doesn't it?  And his..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "silver dagger":
"That's a good question, @RonD.  I'm surprised that tune isn't more common in the dulcimer community. I did find this noter/drone version by Cecil Moody ,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Beautiful playing, Christine. Truly moving.  What a deep, rich, round voice that dulcimer has, too. Its funny, but whenever you appear again in the video..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Sound testing a newly built Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"What a fine sounding instrument and a great rendition of Fanny Power."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Autumn's Farewell - Original Composition:
"Extraordinary!  Both stimulating and relaxing. And you make that Ewing dulcimer sing like a bell on a crisp morning. I tried unsuccessfully to figure out..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mourning for Young Ernest WIP:
"A more expressive and plaintive lament I have never heard!  You have such a sensitive touch on those strings, Robin."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"Ronald, you are actually asking two questions here.  The first has to do with traditional dulcimer styles and the second about modern, chord style players...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer":
"Ronald, the Kens have already highlighted the most important obstacles: the chromatic fretboard, the placement of the bass string, etc. I think the biggest..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Old East Tennessee Rye:
"Nice playing, Dan. I don't think I've ever heard this tune before.  It's a nice one!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Step Stately
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hog-Eyed Man playing Polly Put the Kettle On":
"Yeah, this is really good stuff.  I wish we could separate the audio and hear each instrument separately. Or maybe just get a camera solely on the dulcimer's..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"MacAodha: Go Hálainn. Thanks so much, Val."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October & November:
"You are doing a great service, David, in compiling all this stuff. I learn lots every time I read one of your monthly posts. My favorite line so far (and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Robin Thompson: Mark & I got to see Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly at Appalachian Listening Room in Logan OH this evening.  Such a treat to hear..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"Thanks, @Ariane. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"Thanks, @Leny-Sue and @Ballad-Gal.  I appreciate your comments.  There are lyrics to this song if you are interested."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"Thanks for listening, @Steven-Berger and @Robin-Thompson, and for taking the time to comment."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
The Boys of Wexford
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"That's a beauty, @Susie!  Congratulations."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Night of the Living Dulcimers Part 2:
"Looks like a fun evening! That "Sweet England" song sounds a lot like "Farewell to Tarwathie" or "Rye Whiskey.""
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Rosewood Casket:
"Oh if only you could sing me to sleep!  Another great song, Janene.  Your fingerpicking supports your voice so well. I think the first version of this tune..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 92
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"@Mary-Barnsdale, I would suggest you join the group for Modern Chord Style Players and start a conversation there. The comment walls are not the best..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Glanshammar Waltz:
"Nice tune and nice playing. I never heard that one before."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on New Purpleheart dulcimer made by Ron Ewing!:
"I'm sure you'll love that instrument, @Matthew-Andrew.  I have two Ewing dulcimers and adore them both."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Pine Run Doser:
"You two work so well together.  It's like Mark's guitar smooths the ice surface for your dulcimer to go skating over."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 37
Posted a new Comment on Where you playing next?:
"Good luck with the show, @Rob-N-Lackey. I'm sure you'll entertain the crowds."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DADGAD Guitar":
"Several months ago I attended a house concert featuring the superb Irish fiddler Gerry O'Conner .  He was accompanied by a guitarist who played only in..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Old Rugged Cross - Grant Olson:
"Sweet!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Honaker 10-28-19:
"Exquisite!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"Thanks so much for your comments, @Betty-Bj-Jordan.  I've always loved this melody, too.  This and Greensleeves, I think, are the two most moving melodies..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Best starting point for arranging music?:
"Lisa, it's hard to know where to start.  I would suggest you practice first with really simple tunes, like the nursery rhymes you know by heart.  That will..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Portmore:
"Very nice, Ariane. You really capture the mournful but stately nature of the tune."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Mahogany and Cherry with Canary Wood:
"Beautiful!"

Latest Group Discussions

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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 4 months ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 5 months ago - Comments: 2
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article and video on San Diego dulcimer ensemble


Hey Golden Staters.  Our brethren in San Diego got some positive press...
@Dusty Turtle 11 months ago - Comments: 0
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1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 11 months ago - Comments: 1
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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 last year - 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 last year - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - Comments: 6
Dusty Turtle

MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 2 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 2 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 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 21
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 4 years ago - Comments: 10
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 4 years ago - Comments: 16
Dusty Turtle

Couldn't Hear Myself


OK, it was only a small, unpaid gig, but there were a fair number of...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 16
Dusty Turtle

What are half frets and do I need any?


This is the third incarnation of this piece. The first part of what...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 15
Dusty Turtle

alternate endings in Tabledit


OK, Tabledit experts. I don't know the precise terms for what I want to...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Dusty Turtle

multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

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The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
2 weeks ago - Comments: 10
Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 12
Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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

Cosumnes River Blues


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
5 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 8:39 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

online sources for traditional music

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

RIP Leon Redbone

Posted: Thursday May 30 2019, 6:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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: 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

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

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!


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.