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Manger Medley – the Beginnings

Manger 1With a break between producing my first and second songs for Carol Anne, I’m taking some time to work on my Christmas project. I’ve spent a little more time on the Minor Medley – setting the basic arrangement through the core of O Come O Come Emmanuel and giving further thought to the instrumentation. However, tonight I started with the Manger Medley, which will start with dulcimer.

I wanted to share this with you because I discovered that Finale can handle dulcimer tablature automatically, much like it can do guitar. I thought this was pretty cool and wanted to share a screen shot of the first several bars. I can tell already that this will be a fairly slow process.

So I sit with the dulcimer alternately on my lap or on the floor next to me. The worst part is that my version of Finale doesn’t have decent dulcimer samples, so I’m using a Japanese Shamisen to get kind of close for playback. I’m toying with upgrading to the newest version of Finale, which can play all kinds of vsts and not just the two bundled with it – this would allow me to use a decent dulcimer sample for playback, although the final goal is to play the dulcimer live for the recording.

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