Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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youtube videos: 51
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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 • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Horse Tail Hair Wanted for Bow Project":
"Cool, Gregg!  And kudos to the generous anonymous member!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Some folks who teach dulcimer to young children prefer zither pins for precisely that reason. Those little anxious finger fiddle too much with geared tuners..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NPR piece about sound in the Hagia Sophia":
"That's really cool, Robin. Thanks for sharing that. What is hard for us to imagine is the majesty of those large churches. Today we are used to massive..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dancing!...(feet as instrument)":
"Yes, Aubrey's amazing. She has mastered every style of clog dancing and can do it while talking, singing, playing the fiddle, or playing the banjo.  If I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"Thanks for your comments, Sam.  I like this tune a lot.  Supposedly some school children in Ireland sang it to President Kennedy when he visited the town."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Goin' Home:
"I think I found what you need.  Check out this YouTube video . It shows you the sheet music.  The melody is presented in the treble clef with the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Goin' Home:
"Hey @Ferrator, FOTMD member @Linda-Jo-Brockinton posted a beautiful rendition of the music in a video that clearly shows the placement of her fingers.  You..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Airline Travel With a Dulcimer":
"Here's a link to a similar discussion from about 7 years ago.  In that discussion I link to an article about the law requiring airlines to accommodate..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Airline Travel With a Dulcimer":
"My understanding is that as of a few years ago, the airlines were required to allow you to carry on any instrument that could fit in the overhead..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Silly Bill:
"I can't even listen fast enough to keep up with you! Phenomenal playing, G."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Born to Run with power tools:
"Instead of Bruce and the E Street Band, we have Sam and the 3 String Band!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Kookaburra song:
"Thanks for sharing the round, @Mark-Gilston. It makes the song sound so much richer than the melody alone."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Kookaburra song:
"@Ruth-Lawrence, today we would call that "sampling" and it would be legal."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Kookaburra song:
"Patti, here's a little video I put together showing how I would figure out how to play the tune."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Kookaburra song:
"Hey @Patsyannie77,  the song is not difficult and the melody can be found entirely on the melody string in either DAA or DAd (if you have a 6+ fret).  In..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Help Me Learn this Song:
"@Patsyannie77, this Group is set up for folks to ask others for help learning tunes.  If you want help learning "Kookaburra," go ahead start a new..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"@Don-Grundy, Ken is correct. You do not have to sign into a Group once you've joined it.  I would also like to point out that we have a Forum specifically..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Mary Ann calypso rhythm lesson:
"@Marg, I'll try to put another video together in a day or two, but remember that you can slow down any YouTube video. Just click the gear icon and choose..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on String spacing and fretboard width:
"Bob, since Janita Baker of Blue Lion Dulcimers mainly plays with 4 equidistant strings, I would think the specs on the Blue Lions would be something close..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a group discussions item created by @sam-edelston: Born to Run with power tools
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finger picks that don't sound like finger picks!":
"Don, I use those Wedgie rubber picks on an acoustic bass guitar, and they help make the instrument sound more like an upright bass.  But I don't think they..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Changing the order of posts within a thread":
"Scott, the order of the posts is not, I believe, something individual users can change.  It is a setting we decided on as we built the site.  If my memory..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finger picks that don't sound like finger picks!":
"Jill, plastic or metal picks will always sound like plastic or metal.  The felt flat picks have a softer sound, but you can't play individual notes very well..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Mourning For Young Earnest mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"Wow, Robin.  That is a stunningly beautiful piece.  Haunting and mournful with a genuine sense of melody nonetheless.  And what patient and sensitive playing..."
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Which chord fingering should I use?:
"Diane, if you are just playing chordal back-up and are not simultaneously playing the melody, the good news is that it doesn't matter what version of a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @recovering-baptist: Danny Boy
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: L Wright covers D Schnaufer on a Mose Scrivner little md
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Fanny Po'er/Dennis O'Connor:
"Such fine playing, Brian!  And that dulcimer is soft and lush in both sound and appearance.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Harvest Home and Boys of Blue Hill (hornpipes)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Handmade jigdoll from Banjo Dai (UK):
"What a sweet gift!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "L Wright covers D Schnaufer on a Mose Scrivner little md":
"Mmm hmm.  That's it right there. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"I finally had a chance to listen to the latest podcast on Nina Zanetti.  What a great job you do capturing not only the mood and timbre of her music, but..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Harvest Home and Boys of Blue Hill (hornpipes):
"Nice playing, Mark. I envy your ease with these tunes. I tried to work up a version of Harvest Home a while ago and occasionally turn on the metronome and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Tony Vines Presentation Dulcimer:
"hypnotizing"

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 7 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 8 months ago - Comments: 2
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: 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Dusty Turtle

multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 7 years ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

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The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
4 months ago - Comments: 13
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
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Fishin' Blues

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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North Carolina dulcimers getting media...

Posted: Saturday January 11 2020, 6:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Thursday January 2 2020, 8:28 PM
By: @AngelinaCat

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

RIP Leon Redbone

Posted: Thursday May 30 2019, 6:51 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

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

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

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!


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.