Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
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SoundCloud Tracks: 11
youtube videos: 53
images: 23
events: 2
Groups: 2
videos: 8
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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Latest Activity

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center":
"What a sweet video. Thanks for sharing it with us, Robin."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Jaybird Died With The Whooping Cough:
"New tune to me. Nice playing, Sean!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone know anything about Jim Hamilton Dulcijos?":
"I've heard very good things about Mike Clemmer's banjammer , but the Dulcijo looks pretty nice, too."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Flow Gently, Sweet Afton:
"That's very kind of you to say, @Steven-Berger. One aspect of maturing as a musician is learning what one's boundaries are.  I rarely record (and certainly..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on fret wire crown height and width:
"I've heard some experienced players rave about jumbo frets. Aaron O'Rourke in particular claims that jumbo frets make it easier to play and to play fast..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Flow Gently, Sweet Afton:
"Thanks, @Hobbyhorse!  It's a pretty tune; hopefully I didn't mess it up too much."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Grant Olson Website":
"I was able to check out the site no problem.  Here is the link:..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan: Sally Goodin II
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Deering Goodtime Artisan Americana Banjo - for sale":
"I've got lots of interest, but not a lot of available cash.  Looks like a beauty.  Good luck!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road, Enhanced:
"Way cool!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119:
"Your playing is always so moving, Jessica."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bass String Buzz @ 1st & 2nd Fret":
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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"@Irene, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  Please know you have my deepest condolances.  May family, friends and sweet music help you through.  I know this..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jessica-comeau: Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music for Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Éamonn A’ Chnoic/Mo Ghile Mear on baritone dulcimer:
"Thanks for your kind comments, @Ariane.  Much appreciated."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "Shenandoah" - Online Music Project:
"What a great idea!  And I find 60 bpm to be perfect."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Strumelia, I'm impressed not only that you bought an extra keyboard, but that you remembered where it was. Impressive!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"When I don't have an answer I ask myself, "What would Groucho say?" Not only for recordings like this, but for any kind of group play we don't have the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"@Ken-Hulme, whenever there is too little frustration in my life, I practice with a metronome.  Problem solved. By the way, I first discovered the dulcimer..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on The Girl I Left Behind Me:
"That's excellent, Kevin!  I arranged that tune a few months ago for one of my students, but your noter version is way better. You just zing around the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"I'm just catching up with the last two "Say at Home and Play Dulcimer" episodes.  Thanks once more for making this great podcast!  Both Heidi and Stephen..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 30
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"In case folks didn't know, anything on YouTube can be slowed down with no extra software.  Just click on the gear icon and choose the speed.  The video slows..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Cars on dulcimer - "Just What I Needed":
"Sounding good, Sam.  The synth pedals add a nice touch.  Rick Ocasek would be proud."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 30
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Ken Hulme: Dusty -- have you read Merv Rowley's essay on Chord-Melody in DAA?  He postulates more chord-availability in DAA, not less.   Ken, I actually..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Mes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir:
"That's an old Conray Fontenot tune, Sean, and you do right by it. You definitely got my feet moving!  I've seen it referred to as "Tes parents . . . "..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To chord or not to chord":
"@floralin, take some time to explore this site a bit. In addition to the Forums, there are also Groups devoted to specific topics, including traditional..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To chord or not to chord":
"@floralin, there are a couple of ways to interpret your question here, so forgive us if we offer answers that aren't exactly what you are looking for...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Updated an Event:
Redwood Dulcimer Day (ONLINE!)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rugg and Jackel inlays?":
"@gstringer, is that inlay or decals?  Looks pretty cool either way. If they are decals, anyone could have put them on.  If it's genuine inlay, you might..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 30
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"This discussion actually raises two different issues.  One is why there is more instruction for chord players than there is for drone players.  The second..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Éamonn A’ Chnoic/Mo Ghile Mear on baritone dulcimer:
"Thanks, @Floralin. It is indeed a special instrument. I find I need different keys for my voice depending on the song. The tonal range of a tune is not..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Use of thumb on low 'd' string":
"You don't have to know what you're playing to play very well. But it makes it hard to communicate with others about music. If you want to ask questions or..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Fáinne Geal An Lae (The Dawning of the Day):
"Thanks for listening, @Floralin.  It's a pretty tune indeed."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Use of thumb on low 'd' string":
"@Floralin, I personally never use my thumb on the bass string, but I know some superb players who do so a lot.  I also have one student who does it even on..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle one month 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 4 months 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 last year - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


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

Latest Audio

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Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton


@Dusty Turtle
2 days ago - Comments: 5
The Rose of Allendale

The Rose of Allendale


@Dusty Turtle
4 months ago - Comments: 12
The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
8 months ago - Comments: 12
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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Wednesday June 17 2020, 12:27 PM
By: @LisavB

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 10:29 PM
By: @dulcimermaid

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

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

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

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.