Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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SoundCloud Tracks: 9
youtube videos: 51
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events: 2
Groups: 2
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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Latest Activity

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Coppers and Brass set:
"That's some hot picking right there!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do you folk involve your Baritone dulcimer with others?":
"Kevin, there are a few books of duets for standard and baritone dulcimers.  I know @LarryConger has one, as does Shelley Stevens.  Larry is a member here so..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Robert Burns Medley:
"Stellar playing!  I don't think I've ever heard "Mirk the Midnight Hour" before. What a haunting melody. Great stuff!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do you folk involve your Baritone dulcimer with others?":
"Hi @5Kwkdw3, First, let me point out that there is a whole group here devoted to baritones, and the most recent discussion there is about how to tune to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My Husband Has Become Interested...":
"The signature is at least proof that the dulcimer was not made from a kit, something you have to look out for with used McSpaddens. McSpaddens tend to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hungarian Citera played with a noter":
"That's just amazing playing! I wish we could get a closer look at her hands and the instrument. Thanks for sharing this, Robin."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Le Basque:
"Very nice. Exciting and stately"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Drunken Hiccups:
"This is great. You show how much can be don with a relatively simple tune. Your picking hand has a soft, precise touch, and I really like that hybrid picking..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on T-5:
"That's an elegant looking instrument, Ken. And the padauk is striking."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...":
"If playing a lot is not your way of developing calluses, you might try soaking your fingertips in vinegar.  Old school baseball players used to urinate on..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Oh Hellos - I Have Made Mistakes:
"That's really nice, @glowhazel.  Compelling rhythm and you've got some cool chords in there.  Still, I get dizzy looking at all those frets."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Embedded video from YouTube not showing up?":
"@Glowhazel, the main way to add a video of yourself playing is to go to your profile page and click "Videos."  Then choose the "+" sign to add a new one and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer hangers":
"Molly, I just use a regular picture hanger and string or wire.  See this picture of a wall in my office/music room.  In that case I used leather shoe laces..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Irish duo to visit America.":
"Val, thanks for pointing us to these guys.  I won't be able to see them since their closest show is about 2000 miles from me, but I've been listening on..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Another Jig Will Do
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Modern/Chord style Players:
"@Rain-Dog, I also came from the guitar to the dulcimer and found having the bass string on the bottom to be very strange at first.  However, you get used to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on How Does Your Garden Grow:
"What a perfect title for this frolicking tune!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Musical Spring 2020" online calendar":
"What a fine idea! Let's see if the muse offers up a new tune . . . "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick noise":
"A few comments, some of which have already been stated. A thicker pick will lead to less pick clack. Holding the pick so that less sticks out of your..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention":
"Folks, here's another newspaper article on a dulcimer club in Jasper, IN. Dulcimer Group Relaxes the Strings of Life"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1-2-4 Chord Surprise!":
"Congratulations on your success. I went in the other direction: from the guitar to the dulcimer, and you're right that playing one instrument makes the next..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strange Intermittent Buzzing "Wahh" noise appearing:
"I believe @Ken-Hulme may be on to something.  I never would have described it as a "Waahh" but I had a slight ringing or high-pitched buzz on one of my..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 121
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent/Christmas Calendar -(online):
"Thanks for putting this all together, Ariane.   What a treat it has been!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strange Intermittent Buzzing "Wahh" noise appearing:
"Hmm . . . a strange "WAAH" sound . . . could it be the baby in the other room? OK, seriously, have you been able to identify a specific string?  I would..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your next performance?":
"You sound great, Sandi! And that little wren sounds perfect.  Nice job!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention":
"Perhaps what surprised me most about the video is that nearly everyone is playing from tab not on paper, but on their tablet computers.  Who says retirees..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Practice tips":
"Even though most of us have no genuine ambition to become serious musicians and just want to have fun, I thought given the original question here I'd post a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on strumming and picking technique:
"Diane, you've received some good advice so far.  But I think if you watch a bunch of dulcimer players you will see that there are many ways to approach the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Red Bird
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "North Carolina dulcimers getting media attention":
"I just thought I'd bring to everyone's attention this story that ran on WLOS in North Carolina entitled " Mountain dulcimer connects people to their roots..."
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Practice tips":
"Yeah, I spent many lackluster years strumming guitar with no direction at all. My playing wasn't horrible, but it wasn't very good either, and I knew it, so..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Practice tips":
"Hi @YeahSureOK.  The first thing I'd say is that whatever you do, you have to enjoy it. If you start thinking of practicing as a chore, then you'll not play..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Auld Lang Syne:
"Happy New Year, Gail.  Nice playing."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Medley of Planxty Fanny Power and South Wind:
"Two of my faves!  Nice playing! I especially like the harmony parts."

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 6 months ago - Comments: 2
Dusty Turtle

Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 7 months ago - Comments: 2
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 years ago - Comments: 0
Dusty Turtle

1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 4
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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Dusty Turtle

multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 7 years ago - Comments: 5

Latest Audio

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The Boys of Wexford

The Boys of Wexford


@Dusty Turtle
3 months ago - Comments: 10
Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


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

Skye Boat Song


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

Lincoln and Liberty Too


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

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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

Cosumnes River Blues


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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North Carolina dulcimers getting media...

Posted: Saturday January 11 2020, 6:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Thursday January 2 2020, 8:28 PM
By: @AngelinaCat

Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Tuesday December 10 2019, 3:44 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Giving Thanks

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

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

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.