Black & White Rag (George Botsford, U.S.)

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There are many versions of this rag probably because it is so well suited to improvisation. It is often used as a show piece for fiddlers. So why not hammered dulcimer players?! 

There is a lot of fun and challenging material in this tune. The main three features of rags are all here: (1.) syncopation; (2.) chromatics; and (3.) circle of fifths chord movement (with the V of the V of V!!!). If you don’t know what that means, it is time to find out. I present a variety of arranging ideas as well as an accompaniment. I explore all the elements of that which makes a rag a rag!!

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, and arranging ideas. Ken talks through the tune, chord choices, hammering patterns, backups, embellishments, arranging, play-throughs, and more on his dulcimer (shot from above so that you can see what he's doing).

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • About Rags
  • Hammering
  • Melody - A Part
  • Melody - B Part
  • Accompaniment - A Part
  • Accompaniment - B Part
  • Arranging Ideas - Page 1
  • Arranging Ideas - Page 2
  • Play-through

 Approximate length: 49 minutes

***Videos can be streamed, downloaded, or viewed in the Gumroad App on mobile devices. Watch your email for instructions after purchase***

It's like having private mini-tutorials from Ken that you can watch over and over!

NOTE: Even if you already own the sheet music, your purchase ensures that you receive the latest updated versions, and future additions to new arranging ideas, backups and so forth as Ken experiments and develops his playing of the tune.

Thank you for your support - I hope you enjoy the tune! Please do not share your purchased music and videos.

Recorded Fall 2016 Sandbridge VA

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Black & White Rag (George Botsford, U.S.)

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I want this!