Louisiana Fairytale (J. Fred Coots, U.S.)

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Louisiana Fairytale (J. Fred Coots, U.S.)

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This piece was popularized by the great Fats Waller. The chord progression presents a great theory learning experience covering lots of surprising changes featuring extended chords, secondary dominants, parallel major/minor substitutions, “lift”, an augmented chord and more. The melody is a bit twisty with some chromatics and hammer crosses, but it should be manageable for intermediate and advanced level players. Included in these lessons is an extensive discussion for the rationale for the chord progression, the hammering for the melody, a backup, a basic arrangement, variations, and practice tracks. Here is Fat’s Waller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjnz0LPGy84

I love Leon Redbone’s take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4_mfXmiCkQ

Here is a sweet instrumental version played simply on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnVR1SmNBFo

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Backup, Arrangement#1, 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
  • Chord Progression
  • Melody (A part)
  • Melody (B part)
  • Arrangement #1 (A part)
  • Arrangement #1 (B part)
  • Arrangement #1 Play-through
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Backup Play-through
  • More Arranging Ideas (1st A part)
  • More Arranging Ideas (2nd A part)
  • More Arranging Ideas (B part)
  • More Arranging Ideas (Last A part)
  • Play-through
  • Practice Track

Approximate length: 98 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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