Y.Z. Hamilton's Breakdown (Traditional, U.S.)

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This is one of most widely played G rags in old-time circles. In fact, many people just call it “The G Rag” as if this is the only rag in G – it has a bit of a cult following!! It is definitely my favorite! There is a lot of fun and challenging stuff in this tune. The main three features of rags are all here: (1.) syncopation; (2.) chromatics; and (3.) circle of fifths chord movement (the V of the V of V!!!). This one is included in The Sandbridge Dance Tune Collection but I have updated it with the backup part and tweaked it quite a bit. One of the main objectives here is how to pull off syncopation and maintain swing! Work on the backup – please! I recorded this on Journey to the Heartland. Play along with the CD if you have it! I will be happy to jam this tune anytime!!

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, Swing & Accents
  • Backup - A Part
  • Backup - B Part
  • Arranging Ideas - A Part
  • Arranging Ideas - B Part
  • Play-through

 Approximate length: 36 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 Fall 2016 Sandbridge VA

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Y.Z. Hamilton's Breakdown (Traditional, U.S.)

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