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The Bride's Farewell (Finland)

I first heard this beautiful tune decades ago on a recording featuring the kantale, a traditional instrument from Finland. The tune requires some gymnastic but do-able hammering in order to capture the melody and the chord progression. This three part piece in A aeolian (Am) culminates in the C part with the relative major (C) but concludes with Am. There is a lot here to keep you entertained and challenged. It makes for a great ensemble piece. The world music trio Helicon recorded The Bride’s Farewell on Horizons (1993).   

Here's What You Get:

Option 1: $10 (Sheet music only - PDF)

Basic tune, backup, and arranging ideas

Option 2: $12 (Sheet music (PDF) PLUS a video play-through)

A video play-through of the arranged tune by Ken (the video is shot from over his shoulder so that you can see hammering patterns and note choices). Watch while looking at the sheet music or play along with Ken!

Option 3: $32 (All of the above PLUS video lessons)

Ken talks through the tune, chord choices, hammering patterns, backups, embellishments, arranging and more on his dulcimer (also shot from above so that you can see what he's doing).

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering (A part)
  • Hammering (B part)
  • Hammering (C part)
  • Chord Progression
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Backup (C part)
  • Arranging Ideas (A part)
  • Arranging Ideas (B part)
  • Arranging Ideas (C part)
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 54 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 Fall 2019 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 

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