The Girl I Left Behind Me

Arranged by Linda G. Thomas
For Hammered Dulcimer Players Only

"The Girl I Left Behind Me" is a long-standing popular folk tune and song, dated by most authorities to the late 18th or early 19th century. The song was popular in the US regular army, who adopted it during the War of 1812 after they heard a British prisoner singing it. The tune was also used by the Army as a marching tune throughout the 19th century.



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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration Linda Thomas demonstrates this fun jam tune!
2. Melody, Part A First Linda explores the A part of the Melody in the G Box.
3. Melody, Part B Now Linda turns her attention to the B part of the melody.
4. Whole Song Now we put both the A and B Parts together and play the whole song!
5. Strategy for Backup,
Part A
In this segment, Linda talks about her strategy and choices for using chords to play backup.
6. Strategy for Backup,
Part B
Now Linda turns our attention to the B part of this tune, and offers a rhythmic change to help playing the C-D chords which happen in the same measure.
7. Trying a Variation In this final segment, Linda encourages us to use our ears and play part of the melody in a lower octave as a variation.
8. Hammered Dulcimer Playing Lead In this episode, Linda demonstrates a duet with the hammered dulcimer playing lead while Dan Delancey plays backup on guitar.
9. Hammered Dulcimer Playing Backup Finally, Linda and Dan demostrate the tune with the guitar playing lead and the hammered dulcimer playing backup.

PDFTablature

  • Traditional Melody

  • Back-Up

  • Note Lay-Out on Linda's Bass Bridge

AnimationAnimations

  • Part A, Melody
  • Part B, Melody
  • Part A, Backup
  • Part B, Backup

Mobile Devices

  • Part A, Melody
  • Part B, Melody
  • Part A, Backup
  • Part B, Backup

Music GlobeExtras

  • Lyrics to the tune

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