This iconic American spiritual possibly dates to the late 1700’s or early 1800’s. The melody is relatively simple, but it does have some timing challenges. We have LOTS to digest here but we think it will be well worth the effort! We cover the theory of the aeolian mode (Am) and the chord progression rationale (including the dominant 7th chord in Am (E7) and the concept of “lift” (Am to F); descending/ascending bass lines). We cover the hammering rationale, an intro/outro, hand separation, multiple arrangements (using drones arpeggio fills, melodic runs, two & three note chords, valley rolls, descending & ascending bass lines), and a backup.
Here's What You Get:
$32 (Sheet music PLUS all video lessons)
Sheet music for Intro/outro, melody, backup, hand separation, 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:
Intro Outro Practice Track
Hand Separation (A Part)
Hand Separation (B Part)
Hand Separation Practice Track
Backup (A part)
Backup (B part)
Arranging Ideas (First A part)
Arranging Ideas (First B part)
Arranging Ideas (Second A part)
Arranging Ideas (Second B part)
Practice Track and Play-through
Approximate length: 97 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 Spring 2021 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat