Swinging with the Eighties (Graham Townsend, Canada)

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(Key of G - originally in F)

This is such a super cool tune written by one of the best-known Canadian fiddlers, the late Graham Townsend. And, even better, what an amazing theory lesson featuring the circle of fifths chord movement; secondary dominants; diminished 7th chords; the parallel minor-major; chromatics; and more. It is a great intro into playing a swing tune! This is a fantastic tune to drive home the lesson to see the chord progression in the melody – and to think chords, always!! There is so much here: melody using left-hand lead, swing rhythm, accent shifts, lots of backup ideas, an intro-outro, lots of variations/arranging ideas. Mary Lynn Michal and Ken Kolodner’s Out From The Shadows will have this piece on the new CD to be released in Fall 2022. My version of the piece comes from this performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnDigC20Y2U

Here's What You Get:

$32 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Backup, Intro/Outro, 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
  • Hammering
  • Chord Progression
  • Full Range Arpeggios
  • intro and tag
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Connections
  • Arranging ideas (A parts-first 2)
  • Arranging ideas (A parts-next 2)
  • Arranging ideas (A parts-last 2)
  • Arranging ideas (B part)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 113 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

  • Sheet music, play-through + all video lessons

  • Sheet music, play-through + all video lessons
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