Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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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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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Anyone like playing a chromatic with noter & drone style?:
"I don't play a chromatic dulcimer and I rarely play with a noter, but I'm gonna post an answer anyway! I love to listen to S-E-A Folkgrass (FOTMD members..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"Terry, I once played guitar backup to a woman singing "River" at a small community arts festival.  I was given a lyrics sheet with chords to play, but when..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choose just ONE song for all eternity...":
"How many times can I answer this question?  If it's only once, I would have to find a tune that sounds as good fast as it does slow.  Something with words..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you name your dulcimers?":
"Sam: With my poor attempts to learn to play them, most of the ones I've built THINK their name is 'dammit' ........  :("
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Cherokee Shuffle:
"Larry, your playing is precise and playful at the same time, and it's clear that Elaine not only understands the dulcimer, but understands the way a bass is..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 13
Liked a youtube item created by @larry-conger:
Cherokee Shuffle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress :
"Your playing is just so expressive and soulful, Robin.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clarification needed on playing 4 equidistant strings":
"@dulcinina, first, you should know that we have a whole group here for people who play Four Equidistant Strings.  You might consider posing your question..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Yellow Rose of Texas
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on A la Puerta del Cielo (Basque lullaby)_15-07-2018:
"Ariane: Dusty - I am looking forward to your book of lullabies - will there also be lyrics to the tunes?  Hi Ariane, yes, I will have original and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @virginia-hogfiddler:
When the roll is called up yonder
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on A la Puerta del Cielo (Basque lullaby)_15-07-2018:
"Ariane, I'm so glad you are making good use of my tablature.  And you add so much to this arrangement.  I just love the glockenspiel!  You also sing with..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Sow Hogfiddle:
""Steel Wool and Vinegar" should be the name of a song.  The wood is indeed striking, Bobby,"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on 1st Dulcimer Build:
"Gorgeous!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain dulcimer for sale":
"If I didn't already own a MMD I'd be all over this."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on I Can't Even Walk:
"No tab, but you can buy digital sheet music for the tune for $3.99 at Musicnotes.com.  The song comes in the key of G, but you can request a transposition to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on When the roll is called up yonder:
"Sweet playing there, Bobby!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What has music done for yor?":
"If I am not mistaken, the original post here was written in verse.  My guess is that the formatting got lost when we moved from the old site to the new one...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tempo:
"@patg, it's OK. Play slowly. At the moment you are better off playing painfully slowly and getting things right than playing faster than you are able.  My..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Techniques for accidentals":
"@yeahsureok, you've gotten great advice so far, and I'm going to do my best not to repeat it.  I just have two points to add. First, bending strings is..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Ever bombed? Big time.:
"Not even any cookies!  That is a bad day!  I'm we've all had days when whatever we're doing just didn't go as well as it usually does.   I only have one..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @val-hughes:
"Hi Val.  To answer your question about posting videos, yes.  Although we used to be able to upload video files directly to FOTMD, now the only way to do so..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"Lois Sprengnether Keel:  I also knew 7th chords are always optional, but they sure add interest.  Lois, you'll notice that I said that beginner players..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Only seeing the original post in a discussion, not the replies..?":
"@jp. there are two main areas for discussion at FOTMD. One are the Forums, which are open to everyone.  But there are also special interest Groups.  If you..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Only seeing the original post in a discussion, not the replies..?":
"@jp, you might be clicking into a discussion within a group. You have to join the group to see all the content.  In the example you provided, that is the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Have fun, Bob! Make sure you get some of those hard pretzels the area is famous for."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"Stephen Seifert has posted a good DAd chord sheet on his website. You can find it here and download it as a pdf if you wish."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"At some point a beginner question about chords and tunings turns from basic music literacy to genuine music theory.  I don't know where that point is, but..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Roisin the Beau:
"I love what that ukulele adds!  Nice work!  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Number 25 Completed:
"Nice! What kind of wood is that fretboard overlay?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"@don-grundy, in an earlier discussion you started, I posted a chart that listed the I, IV, and V (and some other) chords in the common keys of C, D, G, and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm just beginning to figure out the traditional tune Julianne Johnson and ran across this really great clawhammer banjo player. He just keeps the groove..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Remembrance (Original Composition):
"Very pretty. You capture the real essence of the sweet dulcimer sound."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Maple/Spruce Custom McSpadden":
"Ken Hulme: Monica -- you don't get notifications of posts on threads you start here...  You just have to check back very regularly.  That's actually..."

Latest Group Discussions

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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 3 weeks ago - Comments: 1
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teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 4 months ago - 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 4 months ago - 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 4 months ago - Comments: 6
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MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle last year - 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 last year - Comments: 16
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Bonne Humeur -- a Haitian méringue on appalachian dulcimer


Here is a hoppin' Haitian méringue by the violinist Arthur Duroseau....
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 21
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How do you highlight the melody in Tabledit?


I've seen some arrangements in Tabledit in which the melody note is...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 10
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Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul


OK, some tunes you work on for months. (I've been working on Pig Ankle...
@Dusty Turtle 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 16
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What are half frets and do I need any?


This is the third incarnation of this piece. The first part of what...
@Dusty Turtle 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 8
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multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 4
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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 5 years ago - Comments: 14
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measure spacing in Tabledit


Can any of you more experienced with Tabledit than I explain how to...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 7
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video profile of Jean by Headwaters


I haven't found any mention of this video here at FOTMD, but it sure is...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 10
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humidifier? really?


OK, so it's been stated pretty uncontroversially both here and at...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 18
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Sacramento Area Dulcimer Club!


Howdie folks. As I've mentioned earlier, Ron Beardslee, who organizes...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 33

Latest Audio

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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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2 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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3 years ago - Comments: 17
Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 10
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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: Sunday December 8 2013, 12:23 PM
By: @Tom O'Neill

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: Friday May 17 2013, 4:54 PM
By: @Mike Anderson2

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.

Giving Thanks

Posted: Friday November 26 2010, 11:23 AM
By: @Paul Certo

purpose of design features on a MD

Posted: Tuesday April 27 2010, 11:44 AM
By: @folkfan

Comments

Val Hughes
07/10/18 05:48:26AM @val-hughes:

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


Val Hughes
03/02/17 04:54:15PM @val-hughes:

Again Dusty thank you, what you say about true use of chords answers that very clearly.


Val Hughes
03/02/17 04:05:47PM @val-hughes:

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?


Val Hughes
03/02/17 09:11:19AM @val-hughes:

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.


Virginia Hogfiddler
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @virginia-hogfiddler:

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.


Karen Keane
05/24/15 10:09:11PM @karen-keane:
Hey Dusty, I thought we were already friends. Glad you caught this.