Learn to play "Edelweiss" -- solo and bass part

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Thursday, Mar 4, 7:30 EST – Contrary to popular belief, the song “Edelweiss” is not a folk song, a Nazi song, or the Austrian National Anthem, but rather a show tune from the 1959 musical “The Sound of Music” by the great duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is named after a white flower found high in the Alps. Sadly, "Edelweiss" is the last song Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together; Hammerstein died of stomach cancer 9 months after The Sound of Music opened on Broadway. Although we saw the late Christopher Plummer singing it in the film, his voice, much to Plummer’s dismay and surprise after the film debuted, was overdubbed with the voice of Bill Lee.

The class will focus on the solo arrangement as well as the bass part making the song a duet. For those wishing to learn only the bass part, you would register via this link: https://elaineconger.com/event/4211857/553625991/bass-part-to-edelweiss

Participants will receive via email audio practice recordings that leave out one part to make practicing more fun and efficient.

Due to copyright restrictions, participants must first purchase an authorized copy of the tab(s) from Sheet Music Plus :

“Edelweiss” solo = https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/edelweiss-digital-sheet-music/20403502?narrow_by=edelweiss

Bass part = https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/edelweiss-bass-part-only-digital-sheet-music/21979019

After your purchases, just email a copy of the receipt(s) for the solo and bass part to elainekconger@gmail.com before registering for the class. If you purchased it months ago, you should still have a copy of the receipt in your history on the Sheet Music Plus website. If that fails, you can take a picture of the tab which should clearly show your name printed at the bottom as the legal purchaser of the music. No, I cannot sell you the tab directly without breaking the copyright law and our contract agreement with Sheet Music Plus who licenses the song and distributes the royalty fees to the composers and publishers. We as arrangers only receive a 10% commission of your purchase price.

The event will take place online using Zoom, the free video conferencing platform. You will need a computer, iPad or smartphone equipped with a camera and microphone to attend the class. After you register, your email receipt will contain the Zoom link for the class. Simply click on that link a little before the appointed time to join the fun!

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