Archive-Over the Waves mountain dulcimer arrangement by Ruth Randle offered by the www.mountaindulcimer-1-3-5.com website
"Over the Waves"
Composer Juventino Rosas, 1868-1894
"Sobre las Olas" (Over the Waves) was
written by composer Juventino Rosas, 1868-1894. No
lyrics were written at the time. Rosas was a Mexican/Otomi
Indian, who became a composer, violinist and bandleader.
He first published his best known hit, "Sobre las Olas,"
in 1884, when he was in New Orleans with the popular
Mexican band at the World Cotton Centennial World's
The Frank Coulter Orchestra first played "Over the
Waves" in 1927 for ballroom dancing. When Lawrence Welk
became a musician, then band leader, it was a favorite
'OOM-PA-PA' piece, played often on the Lawrence Welk TV
Show, which ran from 1955-1982.
For the 1951 movie, "The Great Caruso," Mario Lanza
wrote lyrics for one verse, "It's the Loveliest Night of
the Year," sung by actress Ann Blyth.
OVER THE WAVES
Important: The TablEdit
files contain the "playing tips" and description of how
to play the accompaniment part in the "NOTES" section.
This information can also be found on both either the JPG or PDF
files, at the bottom of both pages.
1) Measure 57: Have a 1½ fret? Play the 2nd note (F) on
the bass string at 1½. Without a 1½, the F is not
available in this tuning, so I "faked" it with a D (0 on
the bass string). Another possibility is to "bend" the
note. It is difficult to bend a note at the 1st fret
because the wire is so tight, but try this: at the point
where a 1½ fret would be, use the FRONT of your
fingernail to PUSH the string forward; pluck the note.
The note is soft, but with a little practice, you may be
able to get that F.
2) 1-1-5 is a very long stretch for small hands. You
could sometimes play just the 5 on the treble string.
0-1-5 is not a bad substitute. Another possibility is
5-6-5... but 1-1-5 sounds best, by far.
3) Measure 59: Try to emphasize the A on either the
melody (0) or
bass string (4); A is the melody note. Have a 1+ fret?
Play 1-1½-0 instead.
A second dulcimer part is provided here, using the
stacked chord positions shown next to the chord names.
Play backup with a "Lawrence Welk-style OOM-PA-PA"
strum, as follows: Form the chord. Strum the bass string
ONLY, for the first beat, then strum the middle/melody
strings TOGETHER TWICE, for the other two beats.
Continue in this manner until the next chord change is
*On page 2 there are two F#m chords. Accompaniment is
played there as three separate, arpeggiated notes: 4
bass, 4 middle, 3 melody. There is also an arpeggio at
the end, with a final bass string note.
This tablature is available in the following formats:
TablEdit- both parts (by John Sackenheim)
.TEF TablEdit -
.TEF TablEdit -
(be sure to set your printer to "fit to page")
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