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The Water is Wide (Scotland)

Dating back to the 1700’s, this lovely piece offers us a treasure of concepts to explore. The overall theme is that when we learn a melody, always focus on the chord progression. (1) The hand separation is a challenging but rewarding. (2) How to incorporate and recognize into our chord progression the concepts of major and the relative minor, “lift”, and using the circle of fifths with major & minor chords. (3) Multiple techniques in our arrangements such as arpeggio fills, melodic runs, two & three note chords, valley rolls and other arranging ideas; (5) Developing a full arrangement with multiple approaches including an intro/outro based on a piece of the chord progression, a backup, a hand separation version, and two additional arrangements including an example of an “improvised” break. 

Here's What You Get:

Option 1: $32 (Sheet music PLUS video lessons)

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

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering
  • Chord Theory
  • Hand Separation
  • Hand Separation Play-through
  • Backup
  • Intro/Outro/interlude
  • Intro Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas - First Pass
  • Arranging Ideas - First Pass Play-through
  • Arranging Ideas - Second Pass
  • Arranging Ideas - Second Pass Play-through
  • Practice Track
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 78 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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