This simple but lovely Irish pipe tune (dating back possibly over 300 years) provides us an excellent example of the power of using simple ideas in arranging. The tune is believed to be the ancestor of the well-known fiddle tune Bonaparte’s Retreat. This is a superb tune for players of all levels. By putting the melody entirely in the left hand, we open up many possibilities including: (1) the use of two note chords to form a bass line in the A part; (2) two note chords that are “separated” in physical distance from the melody (e.g. 3rds dropped down an octave). Additional ideas include bringing out the bass line further by using drone notes in the right hand, valley rolls, arpeggio fills and melodic runs. Take your time with this meditative tune!
Here's What You Get:
Option 1: $10 (Sheet music only - PDF)
Basic melody, Arrangement #1 and More 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
- Arrangement #1
- More Arranging Ideas
Approximate length: 27 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 Summer 2017 Fenchurch Studios, Baltimore MD
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