Sunday River Waltz (Pete Sutherland, U.S.)


The late Pete Sutherland was a pivotal figure in the traditional folk music scene. You may not know his name, but you might know some of the tunes that he discovered and brought to so many (such as Coleman’s March and Shenandoah Falls). Pete was perhaps best known for his fiddling, but his mentoring and musicianship were equally influential. My connection to Pete goes back 40 years—when he was a member of the highly influential band Metamora with Grey Larsen and hammered dulcimer player Malcolm Dalglish. Metamora’s technical proficiency, tight arranging, and adventurous interpretations of traditional music influenced countless musicians (including me). 

Sunday River Waltz is Pete’s best-known composition. In this video lesson, we go over the rationale of the chord progression along with the function of each chord. We use major and minor chords, minor 7ths, suspensions, dominant 7ths, and secondary dominants. We work through the hammering for the melody, a basic arrangement, an accompaniment, an intro-outro, and a more ambitious arrangement, using a variety of arranging tools. This is a beautiful tune well worth the effort!  

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Accompanimnet, 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
  • Hammering (A part)
  • Hammering (B part)
  • Chord Progression
  • Accompaniment (A part)
  • Accompaniment (B part)
  • Accompaniment Addendum Measures 28 & 44
  • Accompaniment Play-through
  • Arrangement # 1 Intro and A part
  • Arrangement # 1 B part
  • Outro
  • More Arranging Ideas (A part)
  • More Arranging Ideas (B part)
  • Play-through
  • Practice Track

Approximate Length 110 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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