Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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Phroedrick Diane R Bob Dan Fatcat Cindy Steighner ZeeAviatrix Sharon Porter TwoGunBob hoodoo Slate Creek Dulcimers Fredr sweetbriar Bob Stephens fishface LeonM Geckostar97 VictorValente Don Grundy LisaJr Ron Zuckerman Ariane Jim Soltis Linda Riddle Elvensong Bryan Fridlund Exukaden Ginney Camden Kathyb53 JenniferC fordferguson Pierre-Yves Donnio Deborah Hamouris Sheryl St. Clare Wandafull1 Lois Sprengnether Keel Blondie Jimmy Sample Martin Oesterle Joyoussinger heartstrummer giddykitty Billy T folkfan Mary MacGowan Randy Adams Kevin R. Jill Geary Lauren Deming Dan Evans

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SoundCloud Tracks: 8
youtube videos: 51
images: 22
events: 2
Groups: 2
videos: 10
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 • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Old 6 string dulcimer":
"@John-C-Knopf is correct.  A six-string dulcimer is just tuned as a three-string dulcimer with each string doubled.  So if it's a standard size, DD-AA-AA or..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hacked":
"Sorry, Ken, but a deal's a deal. You can't pull this "I got hacked" to get out of our transaction.  I own your boat. And your kilt. Seriously, it's too bad..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks for listening, @Terry-Wilson. I'm working on another slow welsh air now that I'll hopefully post pretty soon as well."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"Hi @Phroedrick and thanks for your comments  I played this song with my local dulcimer group for some time before making this recording, so I was pretty..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ebony versus Micarta Fretboard on McSpadden Dulcimer":
"Given that true African ebony is basically impossible to obtain legally these days, more and more luthiers are looking for alternatives such as rosewood or..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Changing String Sets":
"@Phroedrick, this is a hurdle you will conquer and it will cease to be a problem.   It is rare that the nut is not secured, but a floating bridge is pretty..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Whistlepig:
"What a beauty!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks, @Elvensong. I used to be kind of afraid to play super slow since every mistake is magnified.  But these tunes just call for a soft, patient approach."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "It's a what?":
"That's a remarkably pretty sound. I'm pretty sure "Array" is a brand and the instrument is called an mbira.  They are sometimes called thumb pianos and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Solved The Problem Of Finding An Inexpensive Gig Bag":
"Looks like a great solution, especially for the price!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"What a nice version of this tune!  I play it too, but with perhaps 50 percent of the notes you employ."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blue Lion IW Style 1 Red Cedar & Walnut question":
"Hi @Silverstrings. I have an older Blue Lion I with a cherry body and cedar top. It does indeed have a big, warm sound.  I doubt the walnut is much..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks for listening, @Sam.  The tuning I used is the same as DAd with all the strings tuned down a half note. For soft fingerpicking I like the extra give..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks for your encouragement, @Macaodha.  The melodies are so pretty they need little embellishment."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Homemade recording project - tunes played with a noter:
"That's so nice of you, Robin. I assume people here know how creative your songwriting is, how expressive your fine noter playing is, and how harmonious..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks, @Bill-S.  In general I learn by ear, so I listened to a bunch of renditions of these tunes and then figured out a basic version on the dulcimer...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"Nothing better than making music with family!  I really like your flatpicking there, Cindy."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 67
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"@Phroedrick, that means you put a capo on the first fret."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Aw shucks, @Cindy-Stammich.  Thanks!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks so much, @Gordon-Hardy and @Bob. I appreciate greatly your comments."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Instruction books for DAA Noter playing":
"Gail, a lot of the older books use mainly ionian tunings such as DAA (often CGG) but they do not necessary concentrate solely on noter play. I'm thinking of..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"Thanks, @Steven-Berger.  It's the songs themselves that are beautiful; I just try to stay out of the way.  I appreciate your listening and taking the time to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 18
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My Home in the Hills - Looking for tab":
"Is this the tune you're looking for? bagpipe versoin: https://youtu.be/kTAtu98WP74 whistle version: https://youtu.be/wGwTclkDwQc I think it is sometimes..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Paul Clayton on Folkways Records":
"When Moe Asch gave his entire Folkways catalog to the Smithsonian, he insisted they promise to keep all the records available.  That seemed like a big deal..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"Marsha Elliott: So if I am tuned in DAd and put the capo at 3 and the key of G music guitar chords are: G  C  G  C  G  D  Em  D  C  Em  D  G  C  G  C  G  D..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"@Marsha-Elliott, if you scroll down below in this discussion, I wrote a long post here addressed to Dana.  It includes a link to a document entitled..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ooo-eee-oo-ah-ah...:
"Cool!  I used to listen to this tune on a 45.  I probably still have it somewhere. Those small dulcimers can be lots of fun, huh?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Born to Run - chromatic bari - in concert:
"Sam Edelston: Maybe, Dusty. When I'm in Berkeley next May, will I meet you in person? Sam   You will indeed. I've been a part of the Berkeley Dulcimer..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Fly around my pretty little miss:
"What bright, cheery music!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on @bill-s:
"Hi Bill.  Thanks for your comments on "Surfer Girl." I'm glad you like it."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Scottish Smallpipes:
"Wow! That sounds great!  Nice playing. No surprise the bagpipe player was relegated to the garage! "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Has the Everything Dulcimer "Facebook" page closed?":
"@Adrian-E, my understanding is that the site has gone "private" but will be made public again within a few weeks.  Members still have access but it is not..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Epinette des Vosges:
"What a big, rich, bass tone that instrument has.  Wow!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer:
"Thanks, @Steven-Berger.  It's nice to play a tune people actually know for a change"

Latest Group Discussions

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Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 4 weeks 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 7 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 7 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 10 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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
Dusty Turtle

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 6 years ago - Comments: 14

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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
11 months ago - 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: 10
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

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Latest Forum Discussions

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RIP Leon Redbone

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

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Friday March 1 2019, 11:50 PM
By: @Linda Jo brockinton

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.