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 • an hour ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @val-hughes:
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
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@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @ron-zuckerman:
Ave Maria
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on California Dulcimer Dreamin':
"I just want to send some good wishes to those of you in the Paradise/Chico area. I know the fires have been pretty bad up there.  I hope you're all OK."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Saro:
"What a rich tone that dulcimer has!  And your mastery of the noter is on display here as well.  One of my favorite tunes, and you certainly do it justice...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Clarksdale, Mississippi:
"Carla, how wonderful that you and Adrian have embraced this place that is so central to the history of American music. Yazoo Ave in Clarksdale!  You can't..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do you search for other members?":
"Jimmy, go to the Members page by clicking "Members" from the tool bar on top of the page. Then you can type in a portion of the member's name and you will..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on In The Bleak Mid Winter arranged by Nina Zanetti:
"The page at Nina's website opens for me with no trouble. Perhaps try another browser. @Nina-Zanetti is also a member here: https://fotmd.com/nina-zanetti...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"Got it!  I'm glad you plan on making this dulcimer as a regular offering.  I have no doubt there will be serious interest. I have mixed feelings about the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on harmonizing melodies on dulcimer:
"Yes, Rachael, I was referring to the same string.  One trick you might try if playing the melody on a D string and looking for harmony on the A string is to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Langdans from Solleron
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Etude/Carolan's Favourite Jig:
"Nice job, Brian. It seems that every time I watch one of your videos it makes me want to learn the song.  Your playing is both precise and playful."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"Thanks for such a detailed response, Bob.  I have to admit that since I'm not a luthier, some of that is over my head; I'll have to reread portions before..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on harmonizing melodies on dulcimer:
"Hi Rachael, In general, a harmony note will be two frets higher than a melody note, and if that doesn't work, three frets higher should. However, if you..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Do You Love an Apple?:
"I always love your singing and playing, Janene. Thanks so much. I think I first heard this tune on an old album by the hammered dulcimer band Trapezoid."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 81
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"@Dulcimernewbie, as @Strumelia says, it is common to loosen strings on an instrument before shipping.  And she points to the other reasons why a dulcimer..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Mes Parents:
"Well how much fun is that!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Southern Aristocracy:
"Wonderful playing, Brian.  There is more strumming here than in most of your tunes.  You really make this tune pop. This song has been on my "to learn"..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimers I own:
"That curly maple has such a beautiful, rich tone!  Yum! One of the features of McCafferty dulcimers that I really appreciate is the extended strum hollow...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"Bob, I've had the opportunity to hear more of Aaron playing this instrument and also to talk with him about it. Yes, it's true that he could make any..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick Holder":
"jp: is there away to get a full size picture posted?  JP, As Ken says, clicking on the thumbnail of your picture opens it up in the browser sufficiently..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @sam-edelston:
The Masochism Tango, on chromatic dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The Battle of Aughrim:
"What a great tune, Val, and your playing is so smooth.  I never knew you made dulcimers as well.  Someday I hope you post a video, for I would love to see..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Restoring the finish on old Dulcimers. :
"Glenda, I'm glad you, too, are having success with Howard Feed n Wax.  As I mentioned in that discussion on the Keith Young dulcimer, I learned about the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"Well I was able to play the song with little trouble.  The dulcimer sounds great, Dave. It's got a nice deep voice. I say "little" trouble because Windows..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Waiter’s tray stand":
"Don, check out this video by @Christine-Shoemaker. She is using a stand by Gary Sager of Prussia Valley Dulcimers. It looks fully adjustable. Something like..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"Strumelia:Yeah, looks like it made the water spots almost disappear- nice results!  Thanks for posting that before/after photo. And thanks Dusty for that..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @john-keane:
Multi-Cultural Jam
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 3 Ravens :
"Lois, I put the melody from the music notation you posted into tablature.  As you know, that D# is not modal, so you need a well-placed extra fret to get..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Dulcimer":
"Dave, you've received solid answers to most of your questions.  Aren't FOTMD folks grand? I have one suggestion.  If the wood feels dry, it probably is...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 3 Ravens :
"Lois, you ask a series of questions here, so we might have to go slowly. First, I would tune the baritone to GDG.  Since the music you have appears to be..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Finding Harmonies- in a different mode, or in same mode?:
"Lisa Golladay: If you want to play harmony you should be in the SAME key AND THE SAME MODE as the other musicians.  Does that answer the question?  What..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Finding Harmonies- in a different mode, or in same mode?:
"@Glenda-Hubbard, I want to reiterate something that Strumelia already explained. Harmony and modes have nothing to do with each other.  I am not sure why..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Finding Harmonies- in a different mode, or in same mode?:
"Lois Sprengnether Keel:  Yes, Dusty, I find the Arranging group is so caught up in apps and such that it feels strange to ask there.  Never thought about..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals":
"Strumelia: I think the demise of everythingdulcimer site may have had something to do with people feeling inspired to create new sites to house Tab..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Finding Harmonies- in a different mode, or in same mode?:
"Three quick points from a player who gets headaches thinking about modes. First, to find a harmony note, the first place to try is simply two frets up from..."

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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 2 months ago - Comments: 9
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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 4 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 8 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 8 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 8 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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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


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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...


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Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


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The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down


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Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


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Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


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Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


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The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Fishin' Blues

Fishin' Blues


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Westphalia Waltz on baritone dulcimette

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

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Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet

Posted: Wednesday June 21 2017, 8:14 PM
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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
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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.