Waiting for the Boatsman (Traditional, U.S.)

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I met Melvin Wine in the early 1980's in a park jam at The Augusta Heritage Festival. As a relatively new (and clueless) fiddle player, I didn’t know who he was at the time. In old-time fiddle circles, he was widely known for being the source for many tunes that have survived because of his repertoire. Waiting for the Boatsman is one of those tunes that is still alive because of Melvin. (This tune is not related to Dance Boatman Dance or Boatman.) The chords and melody are straightforward. Still the tune affords us the possibility to explore a few approaches to backup and to add arranging ideas while still maintaining the integrity of the tune. This is a good illustration of left hand lead.    

Here's What You Get:

$38 (Sheet music PLUS 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
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Arranging Ideas (A part)
  • Arranging Ideas (B part)
  • Practice Track (Melody and Backup)
  • Play-through
  • Approximate length: 25 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 2019 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 

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Waiting for the Boatsman (Traditional, U.S.)

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