Miscellaneous information on how music works and how to work with it in improvisation & arranging

Miscellaneous information on how music works and how to work with it in improvisation & arranging

Timothy Seaman has a distinct approach to music --- and to the hammered dulcimer in particular --- built on a lifetime of considering both the way music works and the ways in which music can be personally expressed. Over time he has compiled many pages of specific ideas and methods for arranging and composing that anyone can use for many styles of music and any levels of expertise. Most of these were originally written for use in private lessons and workshops, but they should be relatively self-explanatory on their own. (We invite you to call, e-mail, or Facebook-message with any questions or comments.) Here they are grouped according to topic, available for download!

Miscellaneous information on how music works and how to work with it in improvisation and arranging (27 pages).

See below for more details.

Downloadable Items

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Miscellaneous on theory, improv, arranging, musicality.pdf (4.65 MB) $10.00

PDF packet includes:

  • A Few Recommended Materials for Beginning Hammered Dulcimer Players
  • Dulcimer Repertoire (blank personal worksheet)
  • Basic Chord Theory --- Simply Explained
  • Four Elements of a Musical Piece & Their Use in Improv & Arranging
  • Musical Modes Commonly Used Today
  • Six diagrams showing where all the notes of each of the chords of the key of G are found on the dulcimer
  • Ideas for Free Improvisation
  • Pachelbel's Canon in D Chords for Use in Improv
  • Phrasing for Drama and Meaning (See Sample Page)
  • Playing in an Ensemble: Topics to Consider
  • Excelsior! The Concept of "Up" in Music Arranging
  • Arrangement Technique Ideas for Hammered Dulcimer
  • Fill-In Music Parts
  • Creative Arranging
  • Lessons Learned from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
  • Can They See You? (article)
  • Classical Considerations (article)
  • Miscellaneous Helpful Whistle Ideas (We all play whistle too, don't we?)

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