Kojo no Tsuki
(Moon Over the Ruined Castle)

By Neal Hellman
For Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-C Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction & Tuning Neal gives us the history of this lovely Japanese composition, and explains how to tune your dulcimer to D-A-C. Then he plays the aeolian mode D scale, starting at the first fret.
2. Demonstration Neal plays through the tune twice for us. If you are watching the tablature, notice that he strums across all the strings when indicated, such as "5-0-0." The rest of the time, only one string at a time - to bring out the enchanting melody.
3. Learning the Tune Although this tune was not originally divided into an A part and a B part, for teaching purposes Neal divides this song into two parts. As he plays through the melody of each part for the second time, he calls out the numbers of the frets.
4. Chords The interesting part about chords is that there can be many positions and ways to play the same chord. In his arrangement, Neal demonstrates 3 ways to play the Dm chord, and 2 different ways to play the Gm chord.
5. Review and Conclusion Finally, Neals plays completely through the tune one more time. Listen carefully as he says the title one more time. Can you pronounce it?

PDFTablature

  • Kōjō no Tsuki

PDFLyrics

  • In English
  • In Japanese

 

AnimationAnimations

  • Melody
  • Chords

Mobile Devices

  • Melody
  • Chords

Music GlobeExtras

  • This arrangement of Kōjō no Tsuki is by Momo Sakura, composer and Japanese "kimono" flautist. 

  • Enjoy this lovely tune as you performed with André Rieu on violin accompanied by an orchestra. André is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra.

  • Story behind the song
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