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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Variations for Hammered Dulcimer Players

One of the best things about the hammered dulcimer is that it lends itself to easily creating many variations of the same tune. Beginning with a familiar nursery rhyme tune, Steve explores 10 different variations that can be applied to arranging and embellishing any tunes that we wish to play—a transferable skill!

In this sample video, Steve demonstrates his own arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - incorporating several of the variations into just one verse.



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After Linda took Steve's lesson, she combined these techniques into her own arrangement that is completely different from Steve's style. Listen carefully, and you will be able to identify two key changes, and sections featuring the theme, a low drone, a high drone, a minor key, a melodic variation, and her own grand syncopated finale.

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