Missouri (Mike Dappert, U.S.)

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Missouri is widely played in dulcimer circles. HD players often want to know what am I able to do in a fast fiddle tune? Well here are a bunch of answers! The simplicity of this tune gives us an excellent opportunity to explore the theory of the aeolian mode, a variety of backup “vamps” using chord substitutions and bass lines and lots of variations. The tune is in Em, the relative minor to G, and more specifically in the aeolian mode. Interestingly, the tune seems to behave as it is in Dorian. We explore the natural bass line in a tune that has only two chords: Em and D. From there, I present chord substitutions that further exploit bass lines. Recorded on SunRise (2011) with Mark Grobner and Ken Kolodner. 

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, alternate chords, 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
  • A part
  • B part
  • Chord Progression
  • Vamp Backup
  • Alternate Backup
  • Variations (A part)
  • Variations (B part)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 60 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 Fall 2018 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 

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Missouri (Mike Dappert, U.S.)

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