Autumn in Paris (John Sheehan, Ireland)

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Hold on tight for this wild ride of chord changes! This is one challenging tune but well-worth the effort. I walk you through the theory that infuses this piece – including major 7ths, minor 7ths, lots of secondary dominants and diminished 7th chords. And we work through the melody, a backup, and a variety of arranging ideas. This will require patience and determination, but you will learn a lot and be rewarded with a special piece. I learned this tune at The Swannanoa Gathering many years ago at a super late-night jam. The jam was winding down with just fiddler Randal Bays, a harpist, a dog sleeping in the harp case, and me on hammered dulcimer. We were playing our favorite slow tunes and Randal played this gem. A few years later, back in 1999, I recorded this gorgeous piece with fiddler Laura Risk and guitarist Joseph Sobol on A Roof for the Rain. Thanks goes out to Mary Lynn Michal for urging me to re-learn it! It was written by John Sheehan who played with The Dubliners for 50+ years. Here is our take on the piece from our recording. Over the years playing with Laura, we tweaked the chords further. Watch on YouTube.

Here's What You Get:

$32 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Backup, and Arrangement. 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
  • Melody and Chord Progression (A part)
  • Melody and Chord Progression (B part)
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup Play-through (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Backup Play-through (A part)
  • Arrangement (Measures 1-16)
  • Arrangement (Measures 17-32)
  • Arrangement Play-through (A part)
  • Arrangement (Measures 33-48)
  • Arrangement (Measures 49-64)
  • Arrangement Play-through (B part)
  • Play-through
  • Practice Track

 Approximate length: 121 minutes

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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 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat

  • Sheet music, play-through + all video lessons

  • Sheet music, play-through + all video lessons
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