Virginia, Ma Chere

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Virginia, Ma Chere

Postby dulcimer52 » Wed May 18, 2011 12:06 pm

I'm assuming the 3rd part would be the easiest part? However, the first part seems easier than the second...
What would be the ideal (metrenome) tempo for this to be played?
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Re: Virginia, Ma Chere

Postby Ken Bloom » Thu May 19, 2011 7:48 am

You have it exactly right. The so-called second part is actually the most challenging as it has all those upper positions. The first part is the melody. The third part is an accompanying part intended for the beginners. This is a pretty standard waltz. A good speed is probably quarter note = 100 on the metronome. If you are playing the melody, be sure to pay close attention to the long notes. The big advantage of the bowed dulcimer is the ability to hold out nice long notes. You have to stay mentally active as you sustain through the entire length of those long notes. Stay relaxed and don't let the bow slow down.

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