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Aaron O'Rourke - Mastering Variations, Volume 1

Item Number 1310111

Regular price $30.00

Learn rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic variations for 7 common tunes that are likely to be played in dulcimer clubs and festival jams. In "Mastering Variations, Volume 1," Aaron O'Rourke arranges each tune into four variations: Rhythmic, Melodic, Harmonic, and All-Put-Together. A basic version of each tune it also provided to help get you started.

This amazing book includes free downloadable audio files that you can use to teach your ear how the tunes and exercises should sound. Here's a link to the page with the audio files.

This book is published by Folkcraft® Instruments, under the Fingers Of Steel® imprint.

62 pages.

Songs included:

Amazing Grace - DAD Tuning
Angelina Baker - DAD Tuning
Arkansas Traveler - DAD Tuning
Barlow Knife - DAD Tuning
Bonaparte's Retreat - DAD Tuning
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss - DAD Tuning
Midnight On The Water - DAD Tuning

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Keith Keener
Multitasking variations

This is an outstanding addition to the catalog of MD instructional books. Aaron provides seven sets of variations on a basic tune, by varying first the rhythmic pattern, then melody tweaks, harmonic chords, and finally a mix-and-match blending of all four. A practical approach to eclectic playing, especially useful for advanced-beginner and intermediate players.

Mary Beth Hennessy
Mastering O’Rourke

I’ve only begun to tap into this, working on a couple songs through following his variations and I’m learning so much. And, everything I’m learning on these initial songs helps me with others. I love his harmonic variations, they bend my ear, and I love that.