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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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Ken Hulme: Dusty -- the strings are only attached to the fretboard not the body, so the body would not have stress on it from baritone tunings. True...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Hi Kay. I hope you're doing well. I was amazed when I played one of the Folkcraft cardboard dulcimers.  They don't have much volume, but the tone is much..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"This is sad news indeed.  DPN served an obvious need for several decades.  But since we can now interact, share, teach, and learn online in real time and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jethro Amburgey #110 ":
"Gotta love a happy ending. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Partons,la mer est belle.:
"Nice job with one of my favorite tunes!  I think of this tune as the "This Land is Your Land" of French Canada.  Marc Mathieu posted an English translation..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Tips to Learn 4-Eq. Strings:
"I don't know how often her arrangements include a 6+ fret, but Janita Baker's arrangements are not usually for a dulcimer tuned DAdd.  She tunes one of the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Michael Turner's Waltz (1842/1852?):
"Quel joli morceau!  Bien joué!  I love all the images you assembled, too."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @thomas-paquette: 2003 Performance model Kurt Simerman dulcimer for sale
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Liked a group discussions item created by @dale-a-penrose: Persimmon
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Case for a Galax Mountain Dulcimer":
"Kimberly, I would also suggest checking with the Dulcimer Bag Lady. I have a very large dulcimer by Rick Probst that has a custom hardshell case, but I was..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest:
"Love the artwork!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Leaving Home For Good:
"So soothing.  Both of your instruments sound so warm, patient, and inviting."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Black Eyed Susie:
""Oh I might get drunk and I might get boozy, But I'm going home with black-eyed Suzy!" Hard to keep your feet still listening to this one!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Pictures of me playing:
"All the elements of joy: a dulcimer, a loved one, a Christmas tree, and a bottle of Tabasco sauce!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"A lot of this discussion addresses the challenges facing people used to a diatonic fretboard who switch to chromatic and need visual cues (position dots,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A stolen Rolling Stones dulcimer":
"Cool story. I'd love to hear from the kid who stole the dulcimer. Thanks for sharing, Bob."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "W. Martin Dulcimer History":
"I suggest you contact @dwain-wilder, who is a member here.  He owns Bear Meadow and learned his luthery skills from Walter Martin of Sunhearth, which is why..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Tune 02:
"Maybe instead of "Tune 02" you can call this "Sliming Some Glory" or "I Drooled on My Dulcimer."  And your next album can be "Tunes to Break Vows By" or..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recommendations for best software for splitting PDFs?":
"Adobe now offers something online called Adobe Express .  I believe it is free.  It is basically a scaled-down version of the full Adobe Creative Cloud, so..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in Peace, Gwen Caeli":
"Nice playing, Lisa.  And what a nice way to honor Gwen.  She was a member here and was pretty active in spurts. I had no idea she had passed away."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Aeolian & Dorian Modes for a baritone?:
"John, Skip is giving you the tunings according to scale position.  If you can count to 8 and know the alphabet up to G, you can figure this stuff out. In..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Seahorse Mini Jumbo Dulcimer sound sample:
"Nice!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 30
Posted a new Comment on Technology/Software/Amplifying:
"Hi @Lorilee.  I agree with Ken about the tripod base.  But I also understand your basic issue. When I've used a standard size boom mic to amplify my..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer case:
"Nice job! Looks great. Creative and practical."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Pomp and Circumstance and Dulcimer:
"Well now we know what version of this music should be played at the commencement ceremonies for Dulcimer U. If you really want to get graduation gigs, you..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on At Eventide:
"As the kids say, "you guys are tight!"  Really in synch with one another.    Maybe you can do another recording that will allow us to see Mark, or at least..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 14
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: At Eventide
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Green Willis:
"Stay warm, bro.  It's interesting how these tunes move around and take different shapes. I once learned what I was told was a Scottish country dance by the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Green Willis
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Aubrey Atwater presentation on Jean Ritchie (December 2022):
"This was a free event sponsored by the Dulcimoon virtual dulcimer festival happening this January. It is an all women-led event.  If you enjoy this..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on In the bleak midwinter:
"What a great looking bunch!  (I am referring to the "artwork" on the walls, although the musicians look great, too!) Nice playing, everyone!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ron Ewing 6 string dulcimette songs":
"It's true that 6 String Dulcimer group hasn't been too active recently, but remember that you have to actually join a group to see the responses to all the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Bright Quiet Eily O'Carroll (Mac A Liondain, 1666-1733):
"Quel beau morceau!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol dulcimer for sale Nearly new":
"That's a beauty, for sure!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"The trick, Ken, is to record the show, memorize the answers, and then ask someone to watch it with you.  When you yell out all the answers they'll think..."

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 2 years ago - Comments: 15
Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


How would you suggest cleaning up nice geared tuners that were stored...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 2
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Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 7
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documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 8 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 8 years ago - Comments: 20

Latest Audio

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The Rose of Aranmore

The Rose of Aranmore


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 9
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
9 years ago - Comments: 11
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

Hard Times on baritone dulcimer


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 4
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


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

Lilliburlero fingerstyle


@Dusty Turtle
11 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions

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International Appalachian Dulcimer Day

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2023, 11:04 PM
By: @Alegre1

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Thursday October 13 2022, 8:38 PM
By: @Strumelia

baritone guitar

Posted: Thursday April 28 2022, 10:41 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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

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

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.


Mill Branch Dulcimores
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @mill-branch-dulcimores:

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.