Sandbridge Dance Tune Collection (PDF)

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This collection is drawn from Ken Kolodner's extensive library of arrangements for the hammered dulcimer, developed from his 30 plus years of teaching thousands of workshops.

This first book in this two-book companion collection includes traditional & original dance tunes including reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas.

The repertoire draws primarily from the traditional music of the U.S. (Old-Time), Quebec (French-Canadian), Ireland, Scotland and beyond. Each tune is presented as a simple melody with chord progression along with one or more detailed arrangements offering a wide range of levels of complexity. Backup and harmony parts are provided for many of the pieces.

Included is a discussion of 20+ arranging ideas/techniques. The book is intended to be a lifetime resource for players of all levels. Kolodner is widely known as one of the most prominent teachers and performers of the hammered dulcimer and is especially known for his teaching of arranging techniques.

  • Arrangements of traditional and original “dance” tunes including reels,
  • jigs, hornpipes, and polkas. Repertoire draws from Celtic, Old-Time, Quebecois, Shetland and Cape Breton Islands
  • Includes standards and many lesser known gems
  • Includes basic tunes with chords and one or more arrangements for each tune
  • Arrangements cover a wide range of levels of complexity
  • Backup and harmony parts are provided for many of the pieces
  • Includes a discussion of over 20 arranging ideas/techniques
  • A lifetime resource for players of all levels
  • Tunes are selected from Kolodner’s vast repertoire of thousands of tunes!

SEE ALSO: The Sandbridge Waltz and Air Collection


Are You Sleeping Maggie (Scotland)

Beaumont Rag (U.S.)

Big Scioty (U.S.)

Bill Cheatham (U.S.)

Billy in the Lowground (U.S.)

Black Nag, The (England)

Carnaval (Quebec)

Cuckoo’s Nest (U.S.)

Cumberland Gap (U.S.)

East Tenneessee Blues (U.S.)

Eagan’s Polka (Ireland)

Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (U.S.)

Frenchie’s Reel (Ward Allen and Mel Lavigne, Canada)

Galway, The (Ireland)

Grub Springs (U.S.)

John Brown’s March (U.S.)

Johnny Cope (Scotland, U.S.)

Kitchen Girl (U.S.)

Lad O’Bierne’s (Ireland)

Lonesome John (a.s.a. Clinch Mountain Backstep) (U.S.)


North Carolina Breakdown (Arthur Smith, U.S.)

O’Sullivan’s (Ireland)

Oklahoma Rooster, The (U.S.)

Old Favorite, The (Ireland)

Over the Waterfall (U.S.)

Reel du Nord (Quebec)

Reel St. Joseph’s (Quebec)

Rights of Man (James Hill, Ireland)

Road to Banff, The (Scotland)

Roof for the Rain, A (Ken Kolodner, U.S.)

Roscoe (U.S.)

Sail Away Ladies (U.S.)

Saint Anne’s Reel (Quebec, US, Ireland)

Salmon Tails up The Water (Ireland)

Shenandoah Falls (U.S.)

Silver and Gold Two-Step (U.S./Canada)

Snow Drop (U.S.)

Swift House (Ken Kolodner, U.S.)

Tom Morrison’s (Ireland)

Washington’s Hornpipe (The Stony Steps or Good for the Tongue) (England/Ireland)

Willafjord (Shetland)

Wren’s Polka, The (Ireland)

Y.Z. Hamilton’s Breakdown (U.S.)

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