The Circle explores the aeolian mode to the fullest. The tune is structured with three very distinct parts. The structure of the tune offers a super theory lesson. I discuss the use of a circle of fifths movement in the A part, the use of the relative major in the B part, and a chromatic bass line in the C part. My hope is that learning the backup will help you see the chord progression and how the melody, arrangement, and backup function together. There are a variety of arranging skills to incorporate. The tune and arrangement are moderately challenging. I’ve recorded the tune with fiddler Elke Baker (On A Cold Winter’s Day) and with my son Brad and bassist Alex Lacquement (Stony Run). Mark Grobner has also done a lovely recording featuring a string quartet along with the HD! Listen to The Circle here:
Here's What You Get:
$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)
Updated January 2023
Sheet music for Melody, Backup, Arrangement #1, and More 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).
Videos Lessons Included:
- Basic Tune
- Chord Progression
- Melody (A part)
- Melody (B part)
- Melody (C part)
- Backup (A part)
- Backup (B part)
- Backup (C part)
- Backup Play-through
- Arrangement 1 (A part)
- Arrangement 1 (B part)
- Arrangement 1 (C part)
- Arrangement 1 Play-through
- More Arranging Ideas (A part)
- More Arranging Ideas (B part)
- More Arranging Ideas (C part)
- Practice Track
Approximate length: 77 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 Fall 2014, Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat
Updated January 2023