Eddie's Reel (from Eddie LaPlante via Louis Boudreault, Quebec)

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Eddie’s Reel is a standard in the Quebecois and New England songbook and among contra dance musicians. It is not entirely clear whether Eddie LaPlante wrote the tune but at minimum, he was the source for Vermont-based fiddler Louis Boudreault who was one of the most influential Quebecois-style fiddlers. I recorded this as a solo on Journey to the Heartland (2005) with a million and one variations and at an insane tempo. I was a lot younger back then! The tune is a great vehicle for seeing chords in the melody and for creating variations. In these video lessons, I explore a bunch! But first, we work through the hammering, a super fun backup that includes harmony and other ideas. We will not go at that crazy tempo that I took 18 years ago, but you will learn a bunch of those ideas!  

Here is me playing Eddie’s Reel many years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h78K7A-2zoY

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Backup Arrangement #1, 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
  • Swing
  • Hammering (A part)
  • Hammering (B part)
  • Backup (A part) pg 1
  • Backup (A part) pg 3
  • Backup (B part) pg 2&4
  • Arr. 1 (A part)
  • Arr 1 (A part) Play-through
  • Arr. 1 (B part)
  • Arr 1 (B part) play-through
  • Arr. 1 Play-through
  • Variations (1st A part)
  • Variations (2nd A part)
  • Variations (1st B part)
  • Variations (2nd B part)
  • Variations REMINDER
  • Play-through
  • Practice Track (Backup)
  • Practice Track (Harmony Backup)

Approximate Length: 118 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 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat

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Eddie's Reel (from Eddie LaPlante via Louis Boudreault, Quebec)

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