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Archive-Whispering - mountain dulcimer tablature arrangement in the 1-3-5 tuning







By: John Schonberger

Richard Coburn

Vincent Rose

Arr: Merv Rowley


       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.




History:  http://dlib.nyu.edu/dram/note.cgi?id=7336



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