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Abide with Me (William Henry Monk, 1847)

The melody of this lovely hymn is simple but there is so much here. Concepts covered included:

  • Using the full range of your instrument – playing the melody in all available octaves
  • How to develop a chord progression – we use minor & major triads, secondary dominants, a diminished 7th chord and an augmented triad, a descending bassline and more – whew!
  • How to modulate from G to D and back again!
  • Backup – nothing too complex here but the tune is relatively simple. Play it delicately!
  • Thinking intervals + chords
  • Arranging ideas used four passes through the tune: one version comprised mostly of two note chords (simple is good); lots of additional arranging ideas including valley rolls, fills, melodic runs (including one used to shift octaves), tenths etc
  • A great lesson in arranging, technique and backup

Here's What You Get:

Option 1: $32 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, modulations, 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).

Option 2: $15 (Sheet music (PDF) PLUS a video play-through)

Sheet music for melody, backup, modulations, and arranging ideas. Plus a video play-through of the arranged tune by Ken (shot from above).

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering
  • Chord Progression
  • Upper Octave
  • Modulation
  • Backup
  • Backup Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas 1st Pass
  • Arranging Ideas 1st Pass Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas 2nd Pass
  • Arranging Ideas 2nd Pass Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas 3rd Pass
  • Arranging Ideas 3rd Pass Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas 4th Pass
  • Arranging Ideas 4th Pass Play-through
  • Practice Track/Play-through

Approximate length: 93 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 at Fenchurch Music Studio, Baltimore MD for the Spring 2020 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 


Abide with Me (William Henry Monk, 1847)

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