Lay Down Your Arms (Israel)

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A stunning chord progression along with some simple arranging ideas can do wonders to create a successful presentation of a tune. I explain my choices to arrange this hauntingly beautiful piece in Aeolian (Em) which moves to the parallel major (E) in the B part before concluding in Em. I use a variety of ideas including a chromatic descending bass line, circle of fifths chord movement, two and three note chords, arpeggio fills, valley rolls, dissonance and melodic and chromatic runs. The melody is relatively easy but the arrangement will make you work. You are going to love this tune!


Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, arrangement, additional 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 (A Part)
  • Hammering (B Part)
  • Chord Progression
  • Backup
  • Arrangement #1 (A Part)
  • Arrangement #1 (B Part)
  • Arranging Ideas (1st Pass)
  • Arranging Ideas (2nd Pass)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 77 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 Fall. 2020, Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat

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Lay Down Your Arms (Israel)

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