Squire Parsons
Arranged for Hammered Dulcimer Players by Linda Thomas

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Intro & Demonstration Linda originally learned to play this as a processional at a wedding, and now she plays it at coffeeshops, galleries, and festivals.
2. Melody, Phrase 1 The first two measures of Phrase 1 are played on the right side of the treble bridge, and the second two measures are played on the left side of the treble bridge.
3. Melody, Phrase 2 The second phrase takes us from measure 5 through 8, and is played completely on the left side of the treble bridge.
4. Melody, Phrase 3 The third phrase moves us from measure 9 through 12. Linda points out where her D# is located, but her dulcimer is tuned differently on the bass bridge. Take time to find the D# on your own instrument, or watch the animation for phrase 3.
5. Melody, Phrase 4 With the fourth phrase, we finish the melody with measure 16.
6. Accompaniment,
Linda believes hammered dulcimer players should be able to play back-up, as well as melody and variations. She introduces her book published by Mel Bay titled Getting Into Hammered Dulcimer, in which she teaches melody, variations, and back-up for the 14 tunes included.
7. Adding Accompaniment,
Phrase 1
Here Linda outlined the chords with her hands playing in parallel motion. She starts with G octaves, which is a stately way to establish the root position for the key of G.
8. Adding Accompaniment,
Phrase 2
In this phrase, Linda outlines the chords using broken chords instead of playing with her hammers together.
9. Adding Accompaniment,
Phrase 3
For the 3rd phrase, Linda returns to playing chords by striking her hammers together.
10. Adding Accompaniment,
Phrase 4
For the final phrase, Linda uses a combination of broken chords and hammers together.
11. All the Way Through Linda invites you to play along with her as she plays through the entire tune. You could play either the melody or the accompaniment with her.
12. Embellished Melody,
Phrase 1
Linda relies primarily on 3-note rolled chords as well as interval harmony to create her embellishments on the melody.
13. Embellished Melody,
Phrase 2
Linda begins this phrase with a 3-note rolled G chord and ends with a 3-note rolled D chord.
14. Embellished Melody,
Phrase 3
In this phrase, Linda begins with two 3-note rolled chords - playing the D chord in two different positions.
15. Embellished Melody,
Phrase 4
In the last phrase, Linda starts with a rolled G chord, followed by a rolled A minor chord, returning to the G chord, then a rolled D chord, and finishing with a G chord.

PDFSheet Music

  • Melody
  • Embellishment
  • Accompaniment

Melody Alone

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  • Melody, Phrase 1
  • Melody, Phrase 2
  • Melody, Phrase 3
  • Melody, Phrase 4

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  • Melody, Phrase 1
  • Melody, Phrase 2
  • Melody, Phrase 3
  • Melody, Phrase 4

Music GlobeExtras

  • Listen to this tune played so beautifully by Vicente La Camera Mariño on a Celtic harp.

  • Enjoy this instrumental arrangement of Squire Parsons from the albumn Celtic Treasure (1996), and get more familiar with the melody.

  • This Celtic tune was written by Turlough O'Carolan. Click here to learn more about this blind Irish composer.

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