Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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SoundCloud Tracks: 8
youtube videos: 48
images: 22
events: 2
videos: 10
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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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"Dwain Wilder of Bear Meadow Dulcimers teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced dulcimer building classes.  I know one person who did at least one of the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"Favorites?  Depends on my mood. I will say that I think the two most beautiful melodies ever written are Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) and Greensleeves."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Valentine's Day
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Rock the Cradle Joe:
"That's some mighty fine noter work right there."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on An Almaine, Anonymous - Fretted Dulcimer:
"That's wonderful, Brian.  What a happy tune.  And a big, well balanced tone on that dulcimer."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Nylon string dulcimer by Stephens Lutherie:
"That's a striking instrument. I'm sure Aaron will make it sing."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bob Stephens:
"Sweeeeet!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @bob: Bantry Girl's Lament
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For sale: Ron Gibson baritone MD... PRICE REDUCED: $400!":
"Terry, I hope your recovery goes quickly and painlessly. I had a Ron Gibson baritone that I was obliged to sell.  I've often regretted it.  Unfortunately, I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"I had a feeling Butch would take care of you. He's good people."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo's Nest - Paddon & Pennick:
"Wow, you've really captured the haunting sound of that tune.  Nice job! Any idea what kind of tree that is?  It looks like a whole family could live inside..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "In What Key is The CC-A-D Tuning?":
"DAC is in the key of D minor.  Your "home" or "tonic" is the first fret on the melody string, which is a D. Jimmy, let me add that if you are playing in a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "KODIN KYNTTILAT" on Dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Three Ravens on Langspil:
"I can picture a passerby mesmerized by the silhouette in a window of a beautiful woman playing a haunting tune on an unknown instrument.  I bet he is still..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on When I Was a Young Girl or Bad Girl's Lament:
"Great job, Janene. You have a left-hand technique that is equally rhythmic when you fingerpick and flatpick.  Very compelling."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"Hey I just remembered that Butch Ross also has a book of Beatles tunes.  Since I know he has played "Blackbird" on the MD, I bet that tune is there."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"JP, if you contacted someone privately, that would be OK.  But if we make those kinds of connections on the public discussions at FOTMD, even if the actual..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"Wow, what a haunting tune.  I would say the instrument has an ancient tone to it, but I think it's probably louder and clearer than the old instruments were...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"jp: hmmmm so those of you who are gigging musicians only play 'Public Domain" tunes? Soooo all the cover bands we go see at the local pubs are in..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blackbird ":
"Most of the stuff on those guitar tab sites is illegal. Plain and simple.  There are also tons of YouTube videos of people playing covers of copyrighted..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"Yes, Adrian, I was referring the "the seven modes of classical music theory" which go back to ancient Greece.  I was not using the term mode to mean simply..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"Adrian E: A scale is a "mode", thus any mode can be played in any key. Adrian, you are certainly correct that a mode can be played in any key. But it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Pas D'été de Médoeux:
"That's a really catchy one, Mark!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"That's really cool, Robin.  I just got some information from the Sibley folks at..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Icelandic Langspil:
"That's a beautiful looking instrument, Strumelia.  It looks genuinely antique, with the white coloring and the naive artwork."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"I think Lisa has found the central confusion here.  In music theory, there are only two types of keys: major and minor.  It so happens that there are two..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Do I Attach Photos To A Post?":
"The second way to incorporate a photo is to embed it as I did the screen shot in both of these responses to you.  In that case you choose the "embed local..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How Do I Attach Photos To A Post?":
"Jimmy, there are a couple of different ways to incorporate a photo into a post.  One is to use the "Attache File" button just below the text box on the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "No Strum hollow ":
"You don't need a strum hollow. You can strum or pick anywhere you want.  I usually tell beginners to strum wherever their hand and arm feel most comfortable...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing dulcimer with a ukelele":
"Ken Longfield: When I first saw the title of this discussion, I was going to suggest using a pick instead There's always one comedian in the crowd."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Using a capo does not change the key:
"Skip, I'm not sure how much benefit will accrue with us going back and forth like this.  I'm going to post one more time and that will be it. I do promise..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tune 097b:
"You have such a playful and unique approach to the dulcimer, Randy.  I'm so glad you're posting tunes again."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I've been listening to a lot of Mandolin Orange the last few days. Their effortless harmonies are just so sweet.  They have an approach to songwriting and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "SWEET BUNCH OF VIOLETS" on Dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Using a capo does NOT change the key!:
"Skip, I found a chart that Steven Smith put together and makes available on his website.  You can find it here. The chart only deals with a DAd tuning, but..."

Latest Group Discussions

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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 months ago - Comments: 0
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1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 2 months ago - Comments: 1
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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 5 months 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 8 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 11 months 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 11 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 11 months ago - Comments: 6
Dusty Turtle

MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 2 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 2 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 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

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 6 years ago - Comments: 14
Dusty Turtle

measure spacing in Tabledit


Can any of you more experienced with Tabledit than I explain how to...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 7

Latest Audio

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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
6 months ago - Comments: 12
Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 5
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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

Cosumnes River Blues


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 17
Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
5 years ago - Comments: 10
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

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This Old Dulcimer Man

This Old Dulcimer Man


@Dusty Turtle
2 months ago - Comments: 19
Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz

Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz


@Dusty Turtle
9 months ago - Comments: 21
Choucoune (Ti Zwazo)

Choucoune (Ti Zwazo)


@Dusty Turtle
11 months ago - Comments: 18
Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 20
The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Wind that Shakes the Barley


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 34
Planxty Fanny Power

Planxty Fanny Power


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 35
Rakes of Mallow

Rakes of Mallow


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 26
Needle Case

Needle Case


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 28
Redwing on mountain dulcimer

Redwing on mountain dulcimer


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 23

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Sunday January 20 2019, 7:44 AM
By: @Peter Tommerup

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:53 PM
By: @Dan

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

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.

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.


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.


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.