Cattle in the Cane (Traditional, U.S.)

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This really fun tune shifts from A Mixolydian to A Aeolian. It shows up occasionally in old-time circles but it is well-known in Bluegrass circles as a vehicle for improvisation especially in the B part. The origin is uncertain but the earliest recorded version dates to the 1920’s. Just speculating, but I suspect it is one of these tunes that started life quite differently and evolved to its current form. I offer a bunch of variations that I hope you will explore. I also provided multiple backup parts. I hope you will attack them all! Much fun to play!

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, and variations. 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
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Variations (A part)
  • Variations (B part)
  • Play-through
  • Faster play-through

Approximate length: 50 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 Fall 2018 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 

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Cattle in the Cane (Traditional, U.S.)

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