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The Winter is Past (Netherlands)

Originally taught at Sandbridge in 2014 as "Der Winter ist Vergangen." All new video lessons recorded in 2020 including a new arrangement and revised backup.

I recently recorded this lovely and simple piece from The Netherlands on A Cold Winter’s Day with Scottish National Fiddle Champion Elke Baker. The melody is not challenging at all but there are many lessons to be learned: (1) How to create an effective chord progression using major & minor chords, dominant 7ths, suspensions and secondary dominants.; (2) How a left-hand lead facilitates a descending bass line; (3) The effective use of mostly two and three note chords; (4) “Seeing” the chord progression in the melody, backup and arrangements AND integrating all the pieces; (5) Using the full range of the instrument but playing the piece and arrangement in both octaves; (6) How to create an effective backup that brings out the harmonization and movement in the chord progression. A great piece for all levels of player!

Here's What You Get:

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

Sheet music for melody, backup, 2 and 3 note chords, 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, 2 and 3 note chords, and arranging ideas. Plus a video play-through of the arranged tune by Ken (shot from above).

Video Lessons Included:

  • Basic Tune
  • Hammering
  • Chord Progression
  • Backup
  • 2 and 3 Note Chords
  • Arranging Ideas
  • Tag
  • Practice Track
  • Backup Play-through
  • Play-through

Approximate length: 72 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 Spring 2020 Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat 

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