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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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 • 4 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @dennisg:
Late 1800's style Tennessee Music Box
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"About a year ago my wife got me a $100 gift certificate to Just Strings. And $100 goes a LONG WAY when buying strings in bulk.  The good news is that I have..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Marc Mathieu: Dusty Turtle:I'm still amazed that I could get all of FOTMD and ED on a little jump drive in my pocket.  Wow!  I feel so powerful!  Hi..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I was in a meeting this morning that ended around 12:30, giving me an open afternoon.  Freed from my computer, I put on the David Schnaufer/Butch Baldassari..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast":
"Thanks for the link, Greg.  Very interesting. I know many FOTMD members have met Ralph, but since i live on the west coast i haven't, so its nice to hear him."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Liked a youtube item created by @christine-shoemaker:
The Last Call
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Last Call:
"This is truly a remarkable, Christine.  Contemplative, interesting, melodic, soulful.  A real work of art.  Bravo! And you gotta love the call of the loon. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Liked a youtube item created by @dora71:
What shall we do with a drunken sailor
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Mt. Dulcimer for loan at library:
"What a great idea, John!  It's a great way to get people started on the dulcimer without them having to make any kind of monetary investment."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "visit discussion? (See all posts in groups discussions)":
"It's nice when there's such a simple solution to a problem, is it?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kennedy Barn String Band":
"Congratulations, Rob.  That really cool!  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "visit discussion? (See all posts in groups discussions)":
"Janene, Terry's comment is a discussion in the Dulcimer Therapy Group. You have to be a member of the Group to see all the comments.  But don't worry; the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Smiley Kylie - first draft:
"Very pretty playing."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Mrs. Hamilton of Pitcaithlands:
"That's a rich-sounding dulcimer, Bob. Nice job. And what a cool reel. I never heard that one before."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a group discussions item created by @sam-edelston:
Queen on chromatic MD ... '39
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on four notes in place of three:
"Wow, thanks @ron-zuckerman.  That would explain why I couldn't get it to work."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Ned of the Hill:
"Another beautifully played and sung song.  I wish you could sing me to sleep, Janene. My insomnia would be cured."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer:
"What a cool collaboration!  Nice work both of you!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tulsa Time:
"Rob's not the only one to associate this song with J.J. Cale.  There are lots of covers of this tune on YouTube that credit him, maybe because Cale was the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Thanks for listening, @strumelia and @ron-zuckerman."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Tulsa Time:
"Ha!  Life is indeed fine out here, Rob, and you're welcome anytime!   My daughter got a kick out of you mentioning me.  She thinks I'm famous now. Come on..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA:
"We're in Aptos this year, spitting distance from Seacliff State Beach!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen:
Ned of the Hill
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Bright Quiet Eily O'Carrol:
"Very nice, Ron.  And thanks for sharing the tab."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on four notes in place of three:
"Thanks, @ron-zuckerman.  My memory is that I found the instructions in the Tabledit on how to indicate quadruplets  but somehow it didn't work the way it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Thanks for listening, @terry-wilson, @robin-thompson, and @elvensong.  I appreciate your taking the time to comment."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"@ariane, @john-keane, @paula-brawdy, and @sam, thanks so much for your encouragement. It means a lot."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Thanks for taking the time to comment, @cindy-stammich and @val-hughes.  The tunes are nice by themselves; my job is just to stay out of the way. Cindy,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Road to the Isles:
"What a majestic-sounding air!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace - key of D - bagpipe tuned dulcimer:
"Nice playing, James. A what a nice, deep voice that dulcimer has!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Thanks, @wendi and @james-phillips.  I've played Westphalia for a while but just learned Blackhawk.  I think they work really well together. And yes, the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new YouTube video:
Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Hummingbird:
"Here in my backyard in Northern California, we've had have lemon, orange, and pomegranate trees in bloom over the last month or more.  I've seen more than a..."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman:
Summertime Empty Nest
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Lopsided Waltz:
"That really flows nicely, Ron. I don't know why I'm so surprised.  But once you get going the odd time signature becomes perfectly natural."

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 2 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...
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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...
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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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Sacramento Area Dulcimer Club!


Howdie folks. As I've mentioned earlier, Ron Beardslee, who organizes...
@Dusty Turtle 6 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 7 years ago - Comments: 98

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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
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Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
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Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


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

Sally in the Garden on...


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

The World Turned Upside Down


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2 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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

Booth Shot Lincoln


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

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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3 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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

Spanish Fandango


@Dusty Turtle
6 years ago - Comments: 0

Latest Videos

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Choucoune (Ti Zwazo)

Choucoune (Ti Zwazo)


@Dusty Turtle
2 months ago - Comments: 18
Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne


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5 months ago - Comments: 20
The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Wind that Shakes the Barley


@Dusty Turtle
11 months ago - Comments: 34
Planxty Fanny Power

Planxty Fanny Power


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last year - Comments: 35
Rakes of Mallow

Rakes of Mallow


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2 years ago - Comments: 26
Needle Case

Needle Case


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2 years ago - Comments: 28
Redwing on mountain dulcimer

Redwing on mountain dulcimer


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2 years ago - Comments: 23
Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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4 years ago - Comments: 32
Westphalia Waltz

Westphalia Waltz


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4 years ago - Comments: 29

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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
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
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