Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
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youtube videos: 58
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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 • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"@kristinrichmond, you've received good advice so far.  The first thing to figure out is if your daughter wants to play lefty.  Have her play a little..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 88
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Hi @jacko and welcome to dulcimerdom.  If you peruse the discussions in this Beginner Group you will see conversations about tuning.  Here is one called "..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @mill-branch-dulcimores: Silly Bill
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removable Magnetic Pickup for Dulcimers":
"gwvwadc: Has anyone tried this one?..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "For Sale: Bill Taylor custom select quilted maple":
"To help pay for household renovations, I am parting with perhaps the most visually beautiful dulcimer I own. It is an elegant Bill Taylor dulcimer made of..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Clothes Iron Wood Bending:
"I can't even use a clothes iron to iron clothes, so I'm no use here."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @bing-futch: Turn Your Standard Mountain Dulcimer Into a BARITONE! 7-28
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Warren May Hourdrop Question":
"A .024 wound bass string for a dulcimer of that scale length will not be a problem. You could probably even go to .026, but most people (other than myself)..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow ":
"Tull Glazener sells tab for his arrangement of that tune as an instructional CD with tab .  It's a really nice arrangement, too."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My latest and greatest mountain dulcimer!":
"Congrats on your new baby! The two Ron Gibson dulcimers that I've played were both really fine instruments. And Mike Casey's book is probably the most..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Table for Mt. Dulcimer":
"Melvoid: I just thought "How do I get this dulcimer to stay level?" seemed like a good question :-) It's a great question, @melvoid, as you can see from..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Table for Mt. Dulcimer":
"A cheap suggestion would be an ironing board.  They can be adjusted to any height. By the way, I moved this discussion to the "General Mountain Dulcimer"..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"Randy!  I didn't know you were ambidextrous and could play lefty!  Man, I'd give my left arm to be ambidextrous! Hoppin' tune, by the way."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Midnight Serenade
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Four string spacing pros and cons?":
"Most dulcimers made nowadays have notches in the bridge and nut so that you can string them with four equidistant strings or with three courses and a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Sweet Marie
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg":
"Having met both Kevin and Howard at the Redwood Dulcimer Day, I can say they are both kind, friendly folk.  Howard is always tickled to meet someone who..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"A charming tune on a charming instrument.  Thanks for sharing, Gregg."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Music Room:
"Let's jam!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 1
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Indian Neck Waltz (an original tune by Mark Gilston):
"What a charming, springtime tune!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Drunken Hiccups
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Recommended settings for mic and/or video editing software?:
"Lisa, I am certainly no expert on this stuff.  One reason I got the Yeti X was that I wanted to move away from the audio interface to the simplicity of a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Recommended settings for mic and/or video editing software?:
"Lisa, I'll be honest that I'm not sure what questions you are asking here.  So let me make a few comments and hopefully I'll touch on something helpful. I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Unknown:
"Terry McCafferty's dulcimers all have an extended strum hollow and only 15 frets.  That extended strum hollow is wonderful.  It creates a more comfortable..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "baritone guitar":
"jost: Thanks for the explanation Dusty, so any guitar could be retuned like this? The Sound is lovely Jost, in theory you could tune any guitar like..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Mother Earth Blues" by The DulciMates:
"I remember hearing you guys do this last year at the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering. So much fun!  And it's all going to start again in a few weeks!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Johnnie Lovely Johnnie.:
"That's utterly charming, Val.  Makes me want to learn the song."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "baritone guitar":
"jost: What's the difference to a normal guitar? The tuning? Yes, a baritone is tuned a 4th or 5th lower than a standard guitar.  So the low 6th string of..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "LAKES OF PONTCHARTRAIN":
"Nice job, Gregg. Several decades ago I lived in France for a while and only had a few old cassette tapes with me. One of them was an album by Trapezoid that..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "baritone guitar":
"Just got a baritone guitar!  Does anyone else play a baritone guitar?  What styles of music or specific songs seem to work well?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Love Is But a Lassie Yet:
"Nice playing, Mark.  The version in the upper octave seems particularly challenging."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD Chat Room!":
"Thanks, @robin-thompson for that link. @jimws, please note that the Forum to which Robin points you, How Do I . . .   is the best place for asking questions..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Red Hills Polka

Latest Group Discussions

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Dusty Turtle

key signature for modal music


I hesitate to ask this question, for I don't want to start a debate. My...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 15
Dusty Turtle

cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


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

tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 7
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documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


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

article and video on San Diego dulcimer ensemble


Hey Golden Staters.  Our brethren in San Diego got some positive press...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 0
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material to enter public domain this New Year!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 7
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 4 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 4 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 20

Latest Audio

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The Rose of Aranmore

The Rose of Aranmore


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 9
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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

Dry & Dusty


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

Fishin' Blues


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

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
8 years ago - Comments: 11
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 0
Lilliburlero fingerstyle

Lilliburlero fingerstyle


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10 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions

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For Sale: Bill Taylor custom select...

Posted: Saturday June 18 2022, 3:35 PM
By: @Susie

International Appalachian Dulcimer Day

Posted: Friday May 6 2022, 12:10 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

baritone guitar

Posted: Thursday April 28 2022, 10:41 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for...

Posted: Monday October 4 2021, 11:53 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"

Posted: Thursday June 24 2021, 1:34 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Saturday June 12 2021, 11:28 PM
By: @B. Ross Ashley

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Tuesday June 8 2021, 3:15 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Leonard Bernstein explaining the...

Posted: Friday May 28 2021, 3:51 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Sunday May 16 2021, 6:13 PM
By: @Lisa C

Lego Microtonal Guitar

Posted: Friday April 2 2021, 12:47 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

music and the pleasure center of the brain

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 10:12 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Where have all the beginners gone, long...

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Mill Branch Dulcimores
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @mill-branch-dulcimores:

Thanks Dusty!