Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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SoundCloud Tracks: 12
youtube videos: 56
images: 23
events: 2
Groups: 2
videos: 8
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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Latest Activity

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Irwin/Colonel John Irwin - Carolan (1670-1738):
"Quel beau morceau!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"That's a nice looking instrument, Venni.  Congratulations!  And as Robin says, you should see a label inside the lower bout if you look through the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 23 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Willow Garden:
"Nice playing, PapaSims.  I was just working on this tune myself this morning.  Gotta love them old murder ballads."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks, John.  I like that a lot.  Did you come up with that yourself or is that some ancient Chinese saying or something?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Southwind:
"Very sensitive playing, Larry.  Nice job.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I'm sure you're home smelled delightful when that soup was cooking."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Hemlock Mills - WIP
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Éamonn A’ Chnoic/Mo Ghile Mear on baritone dulcimer:
"Thanks for listening, Larry."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Nice playing on a really special dulcimer.  One of my favorite songs of all time."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on The Lambs on the Green Hills:
"Just invite me over, Janene; I'll play guitar and bass with you (one at a time, of course). Pretty playing, as always."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on I Want Jesus to Walk With Me:
"Nice soulful rendition, John. Good job!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"Other points in response to others:@dan, isn't it interesting that even around the turn of the twentieth century, the dulcimer was viewed as a disappearing..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"@ken-longfiled, your experience is similar to mine. My monthly dulcimer club has grown online, but by picking up experienced players from around the country..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"Thanks, everyone, for your thoughts on this.  Perhaps I should have specified more explicitly that my concern is about recruiting newbies while our festivals..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"@strumelia and @robin-thompson, you both may be correct that many small dulcimer festivals were struggling before the pandemic.  Especially if the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"At most dulcimer festivals, beginners--even those who had never held a dulcimer before--represented a decent minority of those in attendance.  I once..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer:
"There are ways of working with old wooden tuners, but your dulcimer has legitimate historical value and should be handled by a professional.  Good luck with..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Steeleye Span & John Pearse 1970 ":
"I eat with unamplified spoons. Will that get me on TV?  The solid body electric dulcimer played with a noter is a nice juxtaposition of tradition and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Tahoe Winter Waltz:
"Thanks for listening, @peter-tommerup.  Glad to see you're still hopping along."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer:
"Looks to be in darn good shape for such an old-timer!  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @traildad: Wreck of the old 97 Key of A
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"It's too bad about the typo, David, but there would have probably been a mistake somewhere no matter how many times you edited it.  I was really impressed..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Rock the Cradle Fun with Shaker and Clicker:
"A one-man band! All you need is a kazoo!  That's a lot of fun, Martin."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Strumelia: Dusty that's great! That huge black dulcimer is a sort of Thomas model, isn't it? Perhaps the black stain makes it resemble the Thomas..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Great article in the February 2021 issue of Dulcimer Players News by @david-bennett about @dan's 9-foot long dulcimer.  Nice work, guys!  Everyone should..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @bill-robison: 003
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @peter-tommerup: Petit Bal de la Marine
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Good Wish Song 2021:
"What a cool project. It is so moving to hear this international collaboration of good wishes."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Gentle Annie:
"Thanks so much for listening, folks.  Stephen Foster composed a pretty tune. I just try to stay out of the way."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Your String Gauge":
"Perhaps this metaphor will work.  Imagine your first time ordering a steak at a restaurant. The waiter asks how you'd like it cooked.  Obviously, the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"My heart as well.  I think sheltering at home has decreased the influence of her peers relative to her parents and opened a little doorway for me to sneak..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Gentle Annie
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I heard my teenage daughter listening to a female pop singer with a really melodic voice, and I said, "If you like this, you'll really love Joni Mitchell."..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on cleaning up cruddy geared tuners:
"Thanks for your advice, @Ken-Longfield and @Richard-Streib.  These are closed gear tuners, and they are still working very well.  The dulcimer looks pristine..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "cleaning up cruddy geared tuners":
"How would you suggest cleaning up nice geared tuners that were stored for so long a bit of crud has accumulated on the surface?  I recently acquired a..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


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

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 4 months ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 6 months ago - Comments: 7
Dusty Turtle

documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle 9 months 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 11 months 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 2 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 2 years ago - Comments: 7
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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 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 6
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 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 20
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 6 years ago - Comments: 8

Latest Audio

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One Wife is Enough for Me

One Wife is Enough for Me


@Dusty Turtle
6 months ago - Comments: 16
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

Flow Gently, Sweet Afton


@Dusty Turtle
8 months ago - Comments: 7
The Rose of Allendale

The Rose of Allendale


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 12
The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 12
Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 12
Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 7
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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

Cosumnes River Blues


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 3

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Where have all the beginners gone, long...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Tuesday February 16 2021, 6:46 PM
By: @Strumelia

Archie Smith Bowed Psaltery $150 + shipping

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 10:29 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Saturday September 26 2020, 12:41 PM
By: @Leny-Sue

If I Had a Hammer (dulcimer) but no left-hand

Posted: Wednesday September 16 2020, 8:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 10:29 PM
By: @dulcimermaid

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

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

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

adulcinate
09/30/20 02:06:16PM @adulcinate:

Thanks


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.


Slate Creek Dulcimers
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @slate-creek-dulcimers:

Thanks Dusty!