Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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youtube videos: 51
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videos: 9
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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 "The Positive Thread...":
"I saw a great show last night.  Mollie's Revenge played a show as part of their annual "Wintersong" holiday tour.  They are amazing musicians, playing..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"Melanie, if you are following the tab of a song and a chord name is indicated on top, you are not supposed to stop playing the tab and play the chord.  The..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"@Melanie-Cook, if you are playing across all the strings and have a 6+ fret, neither DAA nor DAd is better.  They are basically the same in the sense that..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: Twix Moon and Lea
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Portmore:
"This is excellent, Ariane.  I am enjoying this tune again.  Even before the other instruments join in, you play the solo dulcimer with precision and stately..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Strumelia, my wife is the queen of chicken soup and often makes a new batch every day.  You think I'm exaggerating, but I'm really not.  And not just in the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar 2019 – Open door no 4!:
"That is indeed a wild instrument. I got dizzy trying to figure out how many strings there are and how that fret pattern works."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Well the cold (for California) weather has set in, and after all the buttery, gravy-laden Thanksgiving grub, I thought I needed a cleaning.  So last night I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A-d-a":
"Hi @Marg, First, you should know about the Strothers String Gauge Calculator , which will calculate an appropriate string gauge once you enter the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"Ariane, this was such a cool idea.  I didn't really "get" it at first, but I certainly do now. Kudos to you for pulling this all together."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Relaxing playlist on ITUNES ":
"Don, I don't use iTunes or Spotify, so I can't help you with those streaming services.  But I would say that the most relaxing dulcimer music I've ever heard..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer":
"His playing and singing are good enough (you gotta love the little smile as he sings the slightly bawdy lines) but the rhythms he gets with that striker are..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Carolan's Welcome
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Giving Thanks":
"Its amazing how things have changed.  I wrote the original post that starts this thread when I was just starting out on the dulcimer and knew no one who..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thanksgiving Menu":
"Just got an organic heirloom turkey from a farm about 50 miles away in the Sierra foothills.  I'm sure it will be good, but I could have bought a student..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them":
"Is that the dulcimer with the deep voice that you used on your recent audio recording, @Robin-Thompson? It sounds wonderful!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Leaving Home For Good
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bending strings ":
"Don, it just occurred to me that if you were indeed trying to get the note of a 1/2 fret, you could do it by bending a lower string.  So if you wanted an A#,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Punk dulcimer - I Wanna Be Sedated:
"Alright! "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bending strings ":
"Don, I'm not sure what you mean by "at 1/2."  If you bend a note at the first fret, you are actually moving toward the note you would get at the 1-1/2 fret...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To remove one string or not to remove, that’s the question":
"Hi @Silverstrings.  When I first started playing the dulcimer I played with a double melody string because, well, that's how my first dulcimer was sold to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Engelska from Bjorkekarr:
"That's a great tune, Mark. My feet had trouble staying still. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Mule Tracks on the Virginia Hogfiddle Kit Dulcimore:
"That's an elegant looking instrument, Bobby. And it sounds big and bright, too."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Hog-Eyed Man playing Flight of the Wild Geese
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings! November Update:
"Sounds great, John.  Getting those kids to develop a strong and steady right-hand strumming technique will provide a solid foundation for playing so many..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Playing DAd tab songs while tuned to DAA:
"I think @Skip is correct here. If you play the fret pattern for Silent Night in DAd tuning, in which you begin 4-5-4-2, but you do it on an A string rather..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Mayim Mayim:
"Superb!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Playing DAd tab songs while tuned to DAA:
"Keith, you don't say much here about how you are playing.  Are you playing in a drone style so that you are only fretting on the melody string and leaving..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Cluck Old Hen (Ed Weaver):
"Never heard that version before. At least we don't need to retune or slap on a capo for this one."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 40
Posted a new Comment on What Happened to the Dulcimer School:
"Janis, the Dulcimer School is indeed alive and well.  Steve and Aaron O'Rourke have posted lots of lessons.  And yes, there is an in-depth video tutorial on..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Goin’ to Boston:
"@Irene, Ethan seems to be in a CGc tuning. But standard DAd would work as well.  His camera angle makes it easy to "steal" the song, doesn't it?  And his..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "silver dagger":
"That's a good question, @RonD.  I'm surprised that tune isn't more common in the dulcimer community. I did find this noter/drone version by Cecil Moody ,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Beautiful playing, Christine. Truly moving.  What a deep, rich, round voice that dulcimer has, too. Its funny, but whenever you appear again in the video..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sound testing a newly built Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"What a fine sounding instrument and a great rendition of Fanny Power."

Latest Group Discussions

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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 months ago - Comments: 2
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Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 6 months ago - Comments: 2
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article and video on San Diego dulcimer ensemble


Hey Golden Staters.  Our brethren in San Diego got some positive press...
@Dusty Turtle last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 2 years ago - 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 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
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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 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: 5

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The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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2 years ago - Comments: 7
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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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


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3 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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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


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4 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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5 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 28 2019, 12:21 PM
By: @Black Dog Bess

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 8:39 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

online sources for traditional music

Posted: Wednesday August 21 2019, 12:13 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

RIP Leon Redbone

Posted: Thursday May 30 2019, 6:51 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

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

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.


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.