Happy Land (Southern Harmony #89b)
Happy Land(Southern Harmony #89b)The tune is said to be a Hindustani air collected by Andrew Young in India in 1842. This is somewhat controversial, but I don't know the facts of it.Verses 1, 3, and 4 by Andrew Young, 1838. Verse 2 by Abby Hutchinson, ca.1850.The melody is pentatonic, lacking the fourth and seventh scale degrees which places it Bronson 1 mode, sometimes referred to as "Ionian pentatonic".Because the tune lacks the fourth and the seventh, it can be played melody-drone style in any dulcimer tuning intended for the Ionian, Mixolydian or Lydian modes. (DAA, DAD, DDD, etc)I play it noter-drone style on a Ben Seymour Galax dulcimer with a base tuning of DDDD. The outermost drone is reverse-capoed on the fourth fret, raising it to an A. Thus the final tuning is ADDD, with the scale starting on the open fret of the paired melody strings.The images are a season cycle of still photos I took at our farm over a three-year period.