Bill Spence was a hugely influential figure in the hammered dulcimer world and inspired countless players to pick up the instrument. He called this tune “Sort of Silver Bells” but it sounds nothing like the Western swing fiddle tune by the same name. Although right-handed, Bill was an unrelenting proponent of “left hand lead.” I will never forgot our demo at The Memphis Dulcimer Festival in the late 80’s. He couldn’t believe that I also ascribed to left lead as well! This simple tune is very “chordal” with lots of arpeggios and scale runs. It provides a super vehicle to: (1) Illustrate how a left-hand lead works and the advantages it provides. (2) Play with swing; (3) Shift accents from the “one” and “three” to “two and four.” (4) Use the chord progression to learn and define the melody. (5) Understand how to develop a harmony and several backups. (6) Create many variations. This is super fun to jam if you nail down the melody, backup and harmony and then split into parts!
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:
- Intro Story
- Basic Tune
- Hammering (A part)
- Hammering (B part)
- Backup (A part)
- Backup (B part)
- Backup Play-through
- Harmony (A part)
- Harmony (B part)
- Harmony play-through
- Arranging Ideas (A part)
- Arranging Ideas (B part)
Approximate length: 78 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.
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Recorded at Fenchurch Music Studio, Baltimore MD for the Spring 2019 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat
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