Here are the tunes and preparatory materials you’ll need as a participant in Hammered Dulcimer Workshop which Steve Eulberg will be leading and Mershon Jones will be hosting on Arranging for Hammered Dulcimers in Scott City, Kansas on Fri-Saturday, Nov 2-3rd, 2012.
I LOVE teaching this workshop and helping people learn simple (and more adventurous) embellishments, adding chords and arranging for solo, duet and ensemble playing.
Improvisation: Tweaking Twinkles
I wrote an article for Dulcimer Players’ News in which I used Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as an example of making some arranging choices. (All the issues are now archived on the website, so look at the issue in the link-Summer 2010–on pages 14 and following)
Arranging is really about know what options are available and choosing the ones you want to use and when you want to use them.
We will use the following hymntunes as our case study for arranging.
Clink on the links to download the pdfs to your computer and print them out.
Click on the soundfile links to listen.
This Shaker tune, by Elder Joseph Brackett, has been made more famous by Aaron Copland’s use of it in his Appalachian Spring and by Sydney Carter’s setting of his lyrics of Lord of the Dance to this tune.
This popular Welsh tune is the setting for some different hymntunes.
(played by a mountain dulcimer)
O, Come, O, Come, Emmanuel
Oh Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel
O Come Emanuel HD High Melody in A minor
O Come Emanuel HD Harmony in A minor