McDonald’s Reel (Quebec/Scotland)

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(also known as Reel Joseph Cormier)

I learned this quintessential Quebecois tune from the wonderful band Nightingale. Originally Scottish, it is more widely played as a three-part tune in Quebec. The piece features an accent pattern that is very typical of Quebecois tunes. This is a great tune to explore the power of mixolydian which features a natural rising and falling bass line. We further explore chord substitutions, syncopations and accent shifts, and a very groovy backup. I recorded McDonald’s on A Roof for the Rain with Laura Risk, Joseph Sobol, and Keith Murphy (formerly of Nightingale). 

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Backup, 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

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering (A part)
  • Hammering (B part)
  • Hammering (C part)
  • Hammering (D part)
  • Chord Progression
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part1)
  • Backup (B part-ALT)
  • Backup (C part)
  • Backup (D part)
  • Backup final thought
  • Variations (A part)
  • Variations (B part)
  • Variations (C part)
  • Variations (D part)
  • Play-through
  • Practice Track

Approximate Length: 111 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 at Fenchurch Music Studio, Baltimore MD for the Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat

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McDonald’s Reel (Quebec/Scotland)

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