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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
HAMMERED DULCIMER PLAYERS

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Hammered Dulcimer:

 

Beginning with a familiar nursery rhyme tune, we explore 10 different variations that are tools for learning how to arrange and embellish any tunes that we wish to play—a transferable skill!

  1. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little StarVideoVideo Demos
    • Theme
    • High Drone
    • Low Drone
    • Drone 5th Above and Below
    • Change Rhythm
    • Melodic Variation
    • Playing in Minor Keys
    • Ornamented
    • Triangle Chords
    • 4-Note Chords
    • Waltz in 3/4 Time

  2. PDFSheet Music
    • Theme
    • High Drone
    • Low Drone
    • Drone 5th Above
    • Drone 5th Below
    • Change Rhythm: Accent 1st Beat
    • Change Rhythm: Accent 2nd Beat
    • Melodic Variation
    • E Minor
    • E Harmonic Minor
    • B Minor
    • Ornamented
    • Triangle Chords
    • 4-Note Chords
    • Waltz in 3/4 Time

  3. AnimationAnimations
    • Theme
    • High Drone
    • Low Drone
    • Drone 5th Above
    • Drone 5th Below
    • Change Rhythm
    • Melodic Variation
    • E Minor
    • E Harmonic Minor
    • B Minor
    • Ornamented
    • Triangle Chords
    • 4-Note Chords
    • Waltz in 3/4 Time

  4. The story behind Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

  5. Lyrics for this charming nursery rhyme

  6. If learning 10 variations seems a little overwhelming, view this video of a young boy from St. Paul, MN, playing the 12 variations on this tune by Mozart on a grand piano.

  7. Linda incorporated many elements of Steve's lesson in her own arrangement of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Listen carefully, and you will be able to identify two key changes, and sections featuring the theme, a low drone, a high drone, a minor key, a melodic variation, and her own grand syncopated finale.


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