Archive-Whispering - mountain dulcimer tablature arrangement in the 1-3-5 tuning
American music began to show the use of chromatic
notes and syncopation of rhythm with the advent of the
piano in homes during the late 19th century.
Under the influence of ragtime and blues, popular music
became more complex and sophisticated, and composers
began to write dance tunes and music for public
performance by orchestral groups. By the end of WWI,
ragtime was being replaced by a new sound referred to as
“Jazz” This music was not only more syncopated and
accompanied by a host of new chord forms; it was
intended to be played according to the whims of the
performers, who were free to improvise while playing.
Written versions of the music served mostly to create a
basic structure or pattern.
Numerous such songs soon appeared, including such
old favorites as Nola, Swannee, Mandy, and
Whispering. The latter tune happened to be
discovered by a prominent orchestra leader named Paul
Whiteman, who not only rearranged the music to be played
by a full orchestra, but also was able to have the music
recorded by RCA Victor. The result was overnight
popularity and eventual
sales of millions of copies of sheet music and records.
Further details appear in the link listed below.
The purpose of this dulcimer arrangement is not
to suggest that Jazz music poses no problems for the
dulcimer. Any 3-string instrument is obviously
restricted in what it can do. We do see here, however,
use of about a dozen “color” chords that effectively
support the syncopated rhythm as changing progressions
of harmony. Furthermore, there are only a couple of
places that require finger-stretching.
We hope you enjoy this memorabilia from the past.
links to files:
We suggest that even if you have TablEdit or
TefView, you download the MIDI file too, rather than listening to
the TEF file playback; the MIDI has been enhanced to sound more like
the way the piece should be played.
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