Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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youtube videos: 45
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videos: 10
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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 • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I run a dulcimer group that meets monthly.  Today, at the end of our session, just as we were breaking for some snacks, one of our regular members gave me a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "complete list of possible DAd chords?":
"Yes, Neal Hellman's book is the dulcimer chord bible and has been for many years.  It is shaped so that you can easily fit it into your dulcimer case.  As..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on POLL: Do you play alone, or with others?:
"Lisa Golladay: the phrase "I'm a skilled musician" is just too wildly inaccurate for me to click on!    @Lisa-Golladay, I had a chuckle reading that line..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Harvest Festival 9/15/18 in Costa Mesa, Ca":
"I'm glad you had such a good time, @tumbleweed.  I've gone in previous years but wasn't able to make it this year.  I would have liked to meet Sarah Morgan...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite soundhole shape?":
"Ron, I love that lighthouse/seabird design. Your soundholes have always been special and that new design is quite nice. To post a picture you simply click..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Hatmaker Lane:
"I'm in love with both of you and all your arrangements.  So tasteful. Such sensitive playing. What kind of guitar is Mark playing?  It sounds exceptionally..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on POLL: Do you play alone, or with others?:
"I do play with others, but not as often as I'd like.  Most of the time I play the dulcimer by myself.  But I find it liberating whenever I play with others..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Those are some fine looking instruments, Bob. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cantilevered Tail/Bridge":
"Hi @Webb.  You might find David Beede's demonstration of his "decoupled" tailpiece to be interesting. I am not a builder myself, but I find the difference in..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 6
Liked a soundcloud item created by @ron-zuckerman:
Mermaid's Song
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on 24th Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA):
"I hope you all have fun at the Harvest Festival this year. Unfortunately, I can't make it since I'll be at my daughter's soccer game in Fresno.   I would..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Multiple weather events impacting the USA Sept 12 2018":
"Stay safe everyone. Protect yourselves, your families, your pets, and your dulcimers!  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Rose of Allendale:
"Oh my, you've lost your legs! What a wonderful tune.  Just beautiful."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Shoat Hogfiddle sound check.:
"Wow, that dulcimer sure rings true!  Nice job, Bobby!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Good Morning to Your Nightcap
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Eedy Beede octave dulcimer":
"@Art-Prior, I hope your Eedy Beede finds a good home. I have one myself, and also an octave dulcimer by Ron Ewing.  I've gone long periods of time without..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Farewell to Whiskey:
"Nice playing, Ariane!  This is one of my favorite tunes. For some reasons it is often played as a fast reel in American jams, but you are right that it's a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on O'Carolan's Concerto on Mountain Dulcimer:
"That's really impressive, Leo.  Can you tell us about your tuning?  It looks like you have four equidistant strings, but I didn't see you fret the high..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 50
Posted a new Comment on John Henry (the American steel-driving man, not the English dulcimer player):
"Thanks, @Elvensong.  This is a fun tune but one that definitely takes some energy to perform."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA:
"Hi @Elvensong.  Yes, I posted a video of this tune a few years ago. You can find it here.  I was proud of it at the time but I would also like to think my..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA:
"Thanks so much, @Robin-Thompson and @Strumelia.  The real star of that day was @Jessica-Comeau who played a truly moving set. The rest of the instructors..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA:
"It was so nice to finally meet you, @Jessica-Comeau.  I am still amazed you sang a tune in Old English!  And thanks so much for sharing that video. What a hoot!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Hewlett:
"Thanks, @Sam. It is indeed a charming little dulcimer.  I recorded it with a handheld Zoom H4N.  I know lots of other people have octave dulcimers but I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Hewlett:
"Thanks, @Robin-Thompson and @Brian-G, for your encouragement. Yes, Robin, I have an octave dulcimette and a baritone dulcimette both made by Ron Ewing...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on "MUNGA LATEN" on Dulcimer & Bowed Psaltery:
"Nice playing! You guys haven't lost a beat since those days of the Ren Faire."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Greetings from Hearst, Ontario !:
"Hi @Tricia. Mel Bay is no longer hosting The Dulcimer Sessions, but they have been archived, and here is a link to Marc's article:..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @sam-edelston:
When I Was a Lad on a Dulcimer (from HMS Pinafore)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tune: Hamburg:
"Nice job!  You sure make that dulcimer ring."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Hewlett:
"Thanks so much, @Tricia and @Elvensong.  I appreciate your listening and taking the time to comment. Irwin is on my list of tunes to learn. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Hewlett:
"Thanks, @Bob, for such kind words."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on When I Was a Lad on a Dulcimer (from HMS Pinafore):
"Very cool!  First pairing of Gilbert & Sullivan with a dulcimer?  What's next: Little Buttercup?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Planxty Hewlett
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Jenny Fair Gentle Rosemarie:
"Nice tune!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Further ado about 2 v 1 melody string(s):
"@Billybobboy42, you are responding perfectly appropriately. If you want to highlight that your comment is directly in response to someone else, you can..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @noah-cline:
Lord Inchiquin ~ O’Carolan

Latest Group Discussions

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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 3 months ago - 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 6 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 6 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 6 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

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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
3 weeks ago - Comments: 11
Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 5
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 5
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


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


@Dusty Turtle
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

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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

Ken Longfield
08/24/18 09:06:50PM @ken-longfield:

Um, Dusty. I like the video you posted in the Positive thread, but where are you playing in the video? Perhaps you could just direct folks to the video through a link.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song.


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.


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.