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Grandpa’s Waltz (from Paul van Arsdale)

This fun & sweet tune comes from the playing of influential hammered dulcimer player, Paul van Arsdale. I had the pleasure of meeting and jamming with Paul in the early-mid 1980’s. The melody sounds easy, but it is a surprisingly challenging tune, especially in the arranging ideas. This piece features a standard descending bass line. However, the arranging ideas present the bass line in various ways. There are many concepts/lessons in this piece: thinking chords as you learn a piece; creating and executing bass lines; lots of arranging ideas and technique; the use of some big intervals; a very accessible backup. The arrangement is challenging, but you can pick and choose which ideas to master.

Here's What You Get:

Option 1: $32 (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).

Option 2: $15 (Sheet music (PDF) PLUS a video play-through)

Sheet music for melody, backup, and arranging ideas. Plus a video play-through of the arranged tune by Ken (shot from above).

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering
  • Chord Progression
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Arranging Ideas 1st pass (A Part)
  • Arranging Ideas 1st pass (B Part)
  • Arranging Ideas 2nd pass (A Part)
  • Arranging Ideas 2nd pass (B Part)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 93 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 2020 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 

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