Valse Frontenac (Quebec)

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This peaceful Quebecois tune came to me via flutist Chris Norman, a performing partner from my Helicon days. Pianist George Winston also heard Chris play it and later recorded it as well. The piece is an excellent demonstration of how to explore chord choices using primarily major and relative minor chords along with the parallel minor/major and an occasional strategic secondary dominant. I present a variety of arranging ideas and an accompaniment that walks the line between backup and counter melody. The accompaniment is hopefully as satisfying to play as the arrangement. I make the point that a primary mission is to see the relationship between the chord progression, the arrangement and the backup.  

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

Sheet music for melody, backup, arrangement, 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
  • Chord Progression
  • Backup
  • Arrangement #1
  • Arrangement #1 Play-through
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 20 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 Fall 2016 Sandbridge VA

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Valse Frontenac (Quebec)

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