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Tam Lin (Davey Arthur, Ireland)

Tam Lin (also known as The Glasgow Reel) (Davey Arthur, Ireland). Davey Arthur recorded Tam Lin in 1977 with The Fureys. It became a session standard in the Baltimore everywhere back in the early 1980's. I learned it on fiddle in Dm (and Am) but moved it to Em at some point in the late 1980's - to fit the HD a bit better. I recorded the tune back in 1997 on Walking Stones with Laura Risk and Robin Bullock. The alternate titles, The Glasgow Reel and The Howling Wind are misnomers. Tam Lin is not hard to play but offers a vast variety of opportunities for learning! In these lessons, we cover the following:

  • Seeing a chord progression in the framework of the melody - i.e. don't just learn the notes but see the chords
  • E aeolian, what this means, and how this helps us learn
  • Playing with drive and accent shifts
  • Left lead - and the advantages it provides for adding chords
  • Using the full range of the instrument
  • Bouncing with both hands to ornament
  • How to create multiple effective backups
  • How to create a harmony
  • How to create LOTS of variations 

Here's What You Get:

Option 1: $32 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, harmony, 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).

Option 2: $15 (Sheet music (PDF) PLUS a video play-through)

Sheet music for melody, backup, harmony, and variations. Plus a video play-through of the arranged tune by Ken (shot from above).

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering (A Part)
  • Hammering (B Part)
  • Chord Progression
  • Modulation
  • Backup
  • Backup Chord Substitutions
  • Backup Play-through
  • Harmony
  • Harmony Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas (A-1)
  • Arranging Ideas (A-2)
  • Arranging Ideas (A-3)
  • Arranging Ideas (A-4)
  • Arranging Ideas (A-5)
  • Arranging Ideas (A-6)
  • Arranging Ideas (A-7)
  • Arranging Ideas (B-1)
  • Arranging Ideas (B-2)
  • Arranging Ideas (B-3)
  • Arranging Ideas (B-4)
  • Arranging Ideas (B-5)
  • Arranging Ideas (B-6)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 115 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 Spring 2020 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 


Tam Lin (Davey Arthur, Ireland)

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