Texas Dulcimer Chorus. Pittsburg, Texas


Here are the tunes that we have done or plan to do in the meeting workshops and the Gilmer workshops. They will mostly be in reverse-chronological order, so you don't have to scroll to the bottom for the latest stuff.

La Valse des Jeunes Filles

La Valse des Jeunes Filles or "The Waltz of the Little Girls" is a sweet little waltz I've wanted to learn. It's in D. If I get enough interest, we'll do it some time. Here is a nice rendition of it on YouTube.

The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond

The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond was suggested by Amy. I think I learned this in elementary school. The music here is in G and includes chords.

The Chanter's Tune

"The Chanter's Tune" AKA "The Chanter's Song" or "Song of the Chanter" is in D Mixolydian (one sharp) and is played AABB. The chanter is the part of the bagpipes that plays the melody while the drone pipes play an open D chord (D and A only). Both halves of the A part are pretty much identical. The first half of the B part is mostly different but then lapses back to the same melody as the A part. This is a good tune to play in a group where some play the melody and some play the drone, and then you can swap off. We did this with some mountain dulcimers at Gilmer and had a good time with it. If someone can provide me some MD tab for this, I'll post it. I would think this would be a great MD tune.

The Foggy Dew

Yes, we have two copies of "The Foggy Dew". This is the one we worked on at the 11 August workshop in Gilmer. This one is in Em (one sharp), but the first half of the B part is pretty much in G. The last half of the B part is the same as the A part, so there's not much to learn. Compared to what I handed out, the meter is corrected and I've added my preferred chords. I wasn't nuts about the chords in the copy listed below. This is a matter of taste, not what is correct. As always, YMMV.

The Shepherd's Wife Waltz

"Shepherd's Wife Waltz" is a very sweet tune and frequently shows up in jams. This tune is customarily played in G, but it's sometimes played in D. As notated here, it's played AB, but sometimes played AABB. In her Hammered Dulcimer Notebook Linda Lowe Thompson arranges it to be played AB. This file came from one of my ABC collections and has chords. Note that some of the measures are played in a dotted rhythm and some in straight quarter notes. Don't get too hung up on that because different arrangers and players may well do it differently.

South Wind (or Southwind)

On July 14th at our Gilmer workshop, we spent some time on "South Wind" in G. This comes out of my file, and is more or less as we played it. If you want to see it in D, here it is from my HUGE collection.

King of the Fairies (or Faeries)

This tune was planned for the July 2018 meeting workshop, but was slipped to the following Gilmer workshop. We learned a simpler tune, but did mention that it is aeolian (minor) mode in the A part and dorian mode in the B part. Both modes sound "minor" but the difference is that the sixth note of the scake in dorian mode is sharped relative to the same note in aeolian mode.

Note also that even the sheet music shows a straight rhythm, it is a hornpipe, so is played with a dotted rhythm.

The Foggy Dew

This one is in Em (one sharp), but the first half of the B part is pretty much in G. The A part is repeated, but the B part is not. And the last half of the B part is the same as the A part, so there's not much to learn.

The Skye Boat Song

This tune, AKA "Over the Sea to Skye" This was planned for the June 2018 workshop. but only two of us showed up. We will likely revisit this at a future workshop.

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