Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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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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New arts shall bloom of loftier mould,
And mightier music thrill the skies,
And every life shall be a song,
When all the earth is paradise.


-- John Addington Symonds, "These Things Shall Be"



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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Here is a picture of the "bridge" of my octave dulcimer made by David Beede of Melrose, FL.  You can see clearly those three little nubs that serve as..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Robin, many of us were already confused to begin with. You did not cause that affliction!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A Tale of Two Halls of Fame:
"I love it!  You sneak some wonderful playing into this tune, Sam.  There ought to be a whole wing dedicated to Jean Ritchie."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"If we didn't have frets, none of this would be necessary, would it? Has anyone built a dulcimer with three floating bridges instead of a single one?  David..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube by @marc-mathieu:
End of Summer (c)2004
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on 3 or 4 strings:
"Marg, since I have always fretted across all the strings (and played the guitar for most of my life) I never found that fretting the single melody string..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
"And thank you, Marc, for that article.  I hope you don't kind that I downloaded a pdf copy for my own purposes.  I also greatly enjoyed your more recent DPN..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
"Thanks, Lois, for your work in helping us find this hidden material.  Much obliged! "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Morrison Jig (acoustic mix):
"This is very nice, Daniel.  Thoroughly enjoyable."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on 3 or 4 strings:
"This is a matter of personal preference.  Play both ways and decide what you like best.  Some people like the "zingy" sound of the double strings.  When I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
" Lois, I've been playing with the Internet Archive site, but I seem to only find information about when copies were made of the Dulcimer Sessions site. I..."
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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
"Lois, once upon a time it was http://www.dulcimersessions.com/."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable On-line Archive":
" Thanks for the link, Ken. I was looking for this a while back and couldn't find it."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
"Back in July I sent an email to Lois Hornbostel asing about this issue and suggesting that if Mel Bay was no longer willing to host the Dulcimer Sessions..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Thanks, Jan.  I missed Steven's comment because I was too lazy to start reading at the beginning. D'oh! You sure do a fine job with this tune!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Did Paul Simon steal this melody for "American Tune?"  I never noticed the resemblance before. Check out Paul Simon's "American Tune."  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 25
Liked a soundcloud by @jan-potts:
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 20
Liked a youtube by @brian-g:
John Com Kisse Me Now
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Eric, if you like the drone sound, then I assume you will be playing in a melody/drone style, either using a noter or fretting the melody string with your..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on John Com Kisse Me Now:
"This is really wonderful, Brian.  Your use of hammers and pulls and slides is masterful. I'm glad to see you posting again. I hope you're doing well."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A tune that's out of reach":
"Robin, it's a skill, isn't it, to be able to hear the essence of a melody without all the clutter? And fiddles add a lot of clutter, that's for sure.  I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A tune that's out of reach":
"This is a good topic for conversation, Robin.  Thanks for posting.  I may indeed have multiple responses. There are lots of tunes that I would love to play..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on California Dulcimer Dreamin':
"Hey now hey, California dulcimer players!  I just want to alert everyone within a do-able drive of Sacramento that Heidi Muller and Bob Webb will be offering..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "etiquette with dulcimers ":
"Marg, most reputable luthiers will refund your money upon return of a dulcimer if you are not happy with it. You might be responsible for the shipping costs,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a fret":
"Marg, I don't know how to remove a fret, so I can't help you there.  However, the lack of knowledge has never discouraged me from speaking up!     My advice..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"We only have one remaining tomato plant (sweet 100 cherry tomatoes) that is still producing.  But I did add a few to the big salad we had for dinner tonight:..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Crossing or Dulcimer School :
"Here on FOTMD there are several great noter players.  Both Robin Clark and Robin Thompson are among my favorites. If you haven't already, you should check..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Crossing or Dulcimer School :
"Eric, you are correct that Dulcimer School has a specific section on noter play. However, that is not Stephen Seifert's main strength, and his site has a lot..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Crossing or Dulcimer School :
"Hi @cacofonix. I am a big fan of both of those sites.  (In the interests of full disclosure, I should admit that I also know and like both Steve Eulberg..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Jehile Kirkhuff's Cotton Eye Joe:
"What a hoppin' tune!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 32
Posted a new Comment on Baritone Dulcimer Players:
"Lois, it will be very hard to find a music store that regularly carries baritone dulcimers.  But there are several luthiers who carry baritone models:..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I'm grilling some pork chops tonight myself.  But before they get grilled, I'll brine them in salt water for a couple of hours and then put on a dry rub...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Just For Fun - sayings regarding the dulcimer or music":
""All music is folk music.  I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."-- Louis Armstrong (. . . or maybe Leadbelly . . . or Big Bill Broonzy . . .)"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's in a NAME???":
"Some of mine have names: Rosa, Lucinda, Mr. Salty.  One or two remain nameless.   Mr. Salty got his name when I was playing for my kid's 1st grade class and..."

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MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 6 months 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 8 months ago - 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 last year - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 10
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humidifier? really?


OK, so it's been stated pretty uncontroversially both here and at...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 18
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Sacramento Area Dulcimer Club!


Howdie folks. As I've mentioned earlier, Ron Beardslee, who organizes...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 33
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The Little Dulcimers Little List


OK folks, this effort was inevitable at some point. I have begun...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 94
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Give Me the Roses While I Live


OK, I just learned a song from Stephen Seifert at the Dulcimer School...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 6
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Extra Frets Blues


I threw this tune together really fast to take part in a conversation...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 18

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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
5 months ago - Comments: 5
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
10 months ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot
Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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2 years ago - Comments: 26
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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2 years ago - Comments: 10
The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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3 years ago - Comments: 10
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


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5 years ago - Comments: 0

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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
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Where are all the dulcimers by Gary...

Posted: Saturday August 27 2016, 8:37 PM
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Dulcimer Week at Cigar Box Nation!

Posted: Tuesday July 19 2016, 9:31 PM
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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
By: @folkfan

Comments

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.


Virginia Hogfiddler
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @virginia-hogfiddler:

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.


Karen Keane
05/24/15 10:09:11PM @karen-keane:
Hey Dusty, I thought we were already friends. Glad you caught this.
Randy Adams
05/23/15 08:54:56PM @randy-adams:

That's some real nice picking on Dry and Dusty there Dusty.


Ken Backer
05/21/15 04:47:32PM @ken-backer:

Gosh, Dusty, we should have done this a long time ago. Very glad to be your friendGrin.gif