Softly and Tenderly
How to Play BACK-UP, by Linda Thomas
Arranged for Hammered Dulcimer Players


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1. Developing a Back Up Part Linda begins developing a Back Up Part for this song and includes a discussion about the unique tuning of her Bass Bridge.
2. Back Up Chords, Phrase 1, Measures 1-3 Linda outlines and plays a "broken chord" backup pattern for the beginning of this tune.
3. Back Up Chords, Phrase 1, Measures 4-7 Now we see Linda's approach to different ways to play the "broken chord" back for the next section of this tune. (Note: Remember that Linda has a non-standard arrangement of notes on her Bass Bridge)
4. Playing Back Up, Phrase 1

Here Linda plays the Back Up Chords through the whole first phrase in tempo.

5. Playing Back Up, Phrase 2 Linda finished the verse portion of this song with the chords for the 2nd phrase.
6. Playing Back Up, Chorus,
Phrase 1
Now we turn our attention to the first phrase of the Chorus.
7. Playing Back Up, Chorus,
Phrase 2
Linda wraps up the Back Up Chords for this tune with the final phrase (which builds upon the previous phrases!)

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  • Here is a sweet arrangement of Softly and Tenderly on mountain dulcimer by Benjamin Esh.

  • Read the story behind this great invitational hymn.

  • Lyrics to Softly and Tenderly

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