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Shakin Down the Acorns (Old-time)

This relatively simple old-time chestnut is very typical of A mixolydian as it alternates between the A and G major chords. And its' simplicity offers us a great opportunity for exploring a wide variety of backup ideas including thinking very out of the box! One pattern of just quarter notes uses ambiguously both an A major and a G chord, providing a really mysterious tension. We get more adventurous after that! We also explore lots of fun variations. The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet played the tune featuring hammered mbira and gourd banjo at “Clifftop” in the neo-trad competition (where we won 1st place)! We recorded it on our latest release Stony Run with my son, Rachel Eddy and Alex Lacquement. 

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
  • Lower Octave
  • Mixolydian
  • Backup (A part)
  • Backup (B part)
  • Variations (A part)
  • Variations (B part)
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 64 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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