My Cape Breton Home (Jerry Holland, Canada)

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This is perhaps the best-known composition of the late Jerry Holland, the great fiddler and composer from Cape Breton. The very simple melody offers us some lovely harmonic possibilities including a variety of chord substitutions in the A part and a simple but powerful rising bass line in the B part.

The arranging ideas are all very accessible and include: two and three note chords, triplets, an ascending bass line, drones, arpeggio fills, grace notes, valley rolls, melodic runs, dissonance, chord substitutions including the use of relative minors & secondary dominants, and dynamics (as always!). I love playing this beautiful tune and hope you will as well! 

Recorded on Journey to the Heartland (2005)

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

Sheet music for melody 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
  • Hammering
  • Arranging ideas - A part (1)
  • Arranging ideas - A part (2)
  • Arranging ideas - B part
  • Play-through

 Approximate length: 28 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 June 2016 Fenchurch Studios, Baltimore MD

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My Cape Breton Home (Jerry Holland, Canada)

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