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North Carolina Breakdown (Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, U.S.)

This simple fiddle tune is an absolutely fantastic illustration of the enormous advantages of a left-hand lead. The descending bass line in the A part goes through a full scale and the B part uses valley rolls and arpeggio fills and much more. I include backup ideas, a harmony and LOTS of variations! LOTS! When folks say "I don't know what to do in a fast tune," well, here is your answer! There is some super challenging material in the variations. Be selective!

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). Includes practice tracks.

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering
  • Intro Vamp
  • Backup
  • Harmony
  • Arrangement #1 (A part)
  • Arrangement #1 (B part)
  • Arrangement #1 Play-through
  • Variations (A part)
  • Variations (B part)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 61 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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