For Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d Tuning
Taught by Butch Ross

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration Here Butch plays the traditional fiddle tune, Spotted Pony, and converts it to a breakdown version with variations and backup.
2. Intro One day, just for fun, Butch taped a backup guitar lick for Sweet Home Alabama, and then played a variation of Spotted Pony against the track. Amazingly it works, even though Sweet Home Alabama is in the key of G, and Spotted Pony is in the key of D. And so the name Sweet Spotted Pony emerged!
3. Break It Down Now Butch breaks it down step by step. First he records the guitar lick, then the melody - 2 times for part A and 2 times for part B. Finally he plays variations over the top of it all.

PDF Tablature

  • Chords for the Guitar Lick

  • Melody for Spotted Pony

  • Sweet Home Guitar Lick

Listen to the arrangement.Backing Track

  • Sweet Home Guitar Lick

AnimationAnimations for Melody

  • Part A
  • Part B

Mobile Devices

  • Part A
  • Part B

Music GlobeExtras

  • Performed on Fiddle Tune a Day for Day 246, with Steve Eulberg on hammered dulcimer and Vi "The Fiddler" Wickam on the fiddle

  • For more variations of this tune, listen to Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis play it together on dueling dulcimers.

  • Butch has taken some liberties with the embellishments in this tune. For a lesson on a simplied version, click here.

  • Do you want to learn more about the equipment Butch used to create the background loops? Check out his Looping Lesson Series here.

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