Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
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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 • 3 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on suggestions for pick ups:
"@Don, I have a K&K Sound twin spot pickup in my dulcimer by Terry McCafferty.  It's a wonderful pickup that produces a clear, acoustic sound.  In my..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dad/DAA duet:
"Skip, if you have double melody strings, you can tune one to A and one to D.  That would produce the effect you are looking for. If you only have a single..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer capos":
"@davisjames, I took the liberty as a Moderator of moving your question here to the Forum on specific features of dulcimers and instrument questions.  The..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Five Miles From Town:
"What a cool tune! And well played!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on In Knee-Deep Snow:
"Only our dear diminutive Robin would consider 8 inches to be knee deep!  You two are especially in sync on this one.  And both instruments sound wonderful...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan):
"Sounding great, Val!  What a haunting melody."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"The David Schnaufer instructional video may not be available on YouTube.  I think I bought a DVD of it years ago.  My memory is that it was put out by..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingering in Place of a Noter":
"Jimmy, there is no single way to do this. What works best for you is what's best. And I think you are right to work on one thing at a time.  Don't think..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Du Jour":
"Looks beautiful, Don.  That curly maple looks great.  And the scroll is quite elegant.  Nice work!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing Slurs":
"@jimmy-g, there are three left-hand techniques that can be used: hammer-on, pull-off, or slide.  They all involve moving between notes on the same string. A..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"Thanks for commenting, @cindy-stammich and @hobbyhorse.  I really appreciate it. I hope your weekend is going well."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"The only difference between playing a standard dulcimer and playing a baritone is that the baritone strings are heavier, so they take a little more muscle..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"dtortorich: Dusty, I enjoyed your Danny Boy.  Is your dulcimer tuned to DAA with D for the base string?  I loved the cords you used.  How long did it take..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"@dtortorich, my wife uses that word all the time.  She will just ask me, "Are you dulcimering this weekend?"  She should just know that if I'm smiling, the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"AMaiorano: Hello all, I’ve been playing the mountain dulcimer about 4 years.  I’ve contacted Rick Probst and I’m hoping he’ll build a dulcimer for me to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD needs your support":
"Thanks to those generous members who have made donations. Without you, we wouldn't be here!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Should a beginner buy this 6-string dulcimer/epinette?:
"Hey @aska, let me offer just a few comments here.  One of the main attractions of the mountain dulcimer is that it is easy to learn.  (Challenging to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on The Rose of Aranmore:
"Love those tunes, and love your fiddle playing, @davisjames!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery Gerald Titus dulcimer 1967, odd fine-tuners":
"I think some of the Sunhearth dulcimers used to have fine tuners as well.  They were smaller than the ones on this dulcimer, but they worked in the same..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Heavy Frost:
"Beautiful!  Such understated expressiveness."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on The Rose of Aranmore:
"Thanks, @davisjames. I had no idea the tune was that popular.  Those old waltz ballads can sure be relaxing."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mominette :
"You provided such a good camera angle on your fretboard, you made it easy for me.  Thanks! Luigi: @dusty-turtle: Wow, you are really very fast."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bocote Wood - the 'eyes' have it.":
"That's a beautiful looking dulcimer.  I can see why you guys chose bocote wood.  How special is that! By the way, I do the same thing with my pinky.  I tend..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mominette :
"Thanks so much, @luigi.  Ironically, after I posted my comment I immediately began tabbing out the tune.  By the time I saw you had responded, I had..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mominette :
"Cool tune, Luigi, and nice playing! I just added this one to my "to learn" list, perhaps to play in a medley with Emma's Waltz, which also uses the capo at 1."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on asheville girls:
"Cool tune and lots of fun!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"@rick-probst, I just wanted to alert you to this discussion.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tunings for several of Jeans Songs:
"Jost, the answer to your question about why the mode changes on a dulcimer when you use a capo can be answered just by looking at the pattern of fat and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tunings for several of Jeans Songs:
"@jost, what you are seeking here is not the tuning, but the key a song is played in. When I try to learn a tune by ear, the first thing I do is establish..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on material to enter public domain this New Year!:
"What do Ernest Hemingway, Buster Keaton, Louis Armstrong, and A. A. Milne have in common?  All have works entering the public domain in 2022!  For more..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"@amaiorano, Rick's dulcimers have such a distinctive sound that I don't think the wood choice will matter for anything but looks.  I am a traditional..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on All in a Garden Green/Lady Gethin medley:
"Thanks, @davisjames.  I have a webcam on a gooseneck mount that clamps to the table in front of me and can be adjusted to get the perfect angle.  Then I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"Hi @amaiorano.  The luthier had the case custom made.  I think he had 10 or 12 produced, and I got the last one.  I can check with him and see who made it...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Pick Advice Needed:
"@royb, keep in mind that picks are a deeply personal thing.  Those picks that Bing loves are way too big and way too pointy for me, but they obviously work..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Pick Advice Needed:
"Everyone is correct here.  Thinner picks generally produce a lot more pick clack than do heavier picks, and most players start out with thin picks because..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

key signature for modal music


I hesitate to ask this question, for I don't want to start a debate. My...
@Dusty Turtle 9 months ago - Comments: 15
Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


How would you suggest cleaning up nice geared tuners that were stored...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 7
Dusty Turtle

documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 years ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - 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 4 years ago - Comments: 0
Dusty Turtle

material to enter public domain this New Year!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 7
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 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 20

Latest Audio

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The Rose of Aranmore

The Rose of Aranmore


@Dusty Turtle
10 months ago - Comments: 11
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
8 years ago - Comments: 11
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 0
Lilliburlero fingerstyle

Lilliburlero fingerstyle


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for...

Posted: Monday October 4 2021, 11:53 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"

Posted: Thursday June 24 2021, 1:34 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Saturday June 12 2021, 11:28 PM
By: @B. Ross Ashley

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Tuesday June 8 2021, 3:15 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Leonard Bernstein explaining the...

Posted: Friday May 28 2021, 3:51 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Sunday May 16 2021, 6:13 PM
By: @Lisa C

Lego Microtonal Guitar

Posted: Friday April 2 2021, 12:47 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

music and the pleasure center of the brain

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 10:12 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Where have all the beginners gone, long...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

How to add a new Discussion in a Group

Posted: Thursday January 28 2021, 7:00 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 6:01 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Wednesday October 28 2020, 11:36 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

If I Had a Hammer (dulcimer) but no left-hand

Posted: Wednesday September 16 2020, 8:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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

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

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!