Valse Pompadour (Alfred Montmarquette, Quebec)

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This lovely tune came to me from my playing partner and talented Quebecois fiddler, Laura Risk. The piece comes from the playing of Alfred Montmarquette who made his mark on Quebecois music with his accordion playing and wonderful tunes. There is so much here in this challenging piece. Please take your time digesting the melody, the chord progression, arranging ideas, and backup. The chord progression is very challenging featuring secondary dominants, an augmented chord, a diminished 7th chord and some unexpected movement. This spectacularly beautiful tune is hugely popular among Quebecois musicians. Check out this video:

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)

Sheet music for Melody, Backup, 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
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (A part) Play-through
  • Backup (B part)
  • Backup (B part) Play-through
  • Backup Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas (A Part-1st Pass) (revised 6/28/22)
  • Arranging Ideas (B Part-1st Pass)
  • Arranging Ideas (A Part-2nd Pass)
  • Arranging Ideas (B Part-2nd Pass)
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 83 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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Valse Pompadour (Alfred Montmarquette, Quebec)

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