Thanks to Alex for sending me the mp3 again. I really hope to be back in class next week!
Welcome to the Fall 2011 link for our Session Workshop tunes!
First thing, this Fall there is a new twist on the class tune list. I’ve taken what everyone sent me and grouped them by rhythm and provided you (and me) with a list of who knows the tune, who is working on the tune, and who wants to learn the tune. This will help us choose set lists, and also help you choose a set list to play balancing your own playing skills with tunes that the group knows. The list is comprised only of tunes that were listed by at least two people. Please click here to view the pdf. Also feel free to update the list you sent me, now that you have a better idea of why I requested a list from you!
Below you’ll find links to where you can listen to / watch the tunes as well as a link to view a version of the notation from thesession.org. This Fall, I’m going to try to find links where the tunes are played in a session setting, to give you a different flavor for the tune. Also, you’ll be able to hear some additional tunes that might go with the tune we’re learning. When you listen to the set, what makes for a good set of tunes? Also, pay attention to the transitions. What makes transitions interesting / difficult / easy / smooth, etc.?
Most Recent Class Notes
We were missing a bunch of folks on Tuesday, and those that were there weren’t quite ready for the new jig set, so I quickly changed gears and taught the Breton set I had learned this summer. For next class, we’ll work on the new jig set in earnest and, of course, practice the original jig set for the recital (note: for the recital, we’ll just play each tune 2x instead of the usual 3x).
For those who would like to review the Breton Andros set, you can listen to it here.
Jig Set #1 (3x each) Note that the recording may not start at the beginning of the tune.
Lilting Banshee Watch View Notation Key of Am
Tripping Up The Stairs Watch View Notation Key of D (A part) Bm (B part)
Banish Misfortune Watch View Notation Key of D mix
Slip Jig set (3x each)
The Butterfly Listen View Notation Key of Em
Rocky Road to Dublin Listen View Notation Key of Am Dubliners singing it!
(Optional) Foxhunter’s Slip Jig Listen View Notation Key of D
Reel Set (3x each)
Cooley’s Listen View Notation Key of Em
My Love is in America Watch (note cool variations!) View Notation Key of D
Star of Munster Watch – maybe just a tad fast 😉 View Notation Key of Am
Polka Set (3x each)
John Walsh’s Listen View Notation Key of G
John Brosnan’s (aka John Walsh’s locally) Listen View Notation We play it in key of G, notation here is key of D – so if you learn from notation, start on the G rather than D
It was a real treat to come across this video featuring Connie O’Connell playing this particular set of polkas that we worked on (plus one more). Let’s use his order for the set. One of the highlights of our recent trip to Ireland was learning tunes from Connie. Also, fiddlers, note his bowing style – he was quite insistent about the proper bowing on polkas!
I also have to add that there is likely to be some confusion over the John Walsh set. I spent a bit of time this week trying to sort that out and decided upon the above naming for the tunes, which is different than how Alex taught them in our intro fiddle class a couple of years ago, so I know I’m going against the local grain here! The session.org and several other sites listed John Walsh’s as what Alex taught as John Walsh’s #2 and I’ve listed as John Walsh’s above (and Tes taught years ago in BRIMS as John Walsh’s #1) but there was less agreement on the 2nd tune, so additional comments to raise our level of confusion are much appreciated. Ultimately, I think names are less important when it comes to polkas. Often they’ll just be listed as “Kerry Polkas” on a CD. But I did want to make sure that our students were aware of some of the alternatives here so as not to be caught flatfooted (so to speak) at sessions!
Here’s yesterday’s tune for Alex’s class and lo and behold, it is also one of the tunes for our Session Workshop jig set. Great tune also! Session Workshop folks, this will have to hold you for a day or so as I compile the new tune lists.
Also, thanks to John B. from Session Class, here’s a pretty cool version of it. Click here for a banjo treat.
Sue (and any others having trouble playing the recordings), if you have a version of Foxfire 5 or above, it will have a built-in mp3 player (also better security and built-in pdf viewer). You can download the latest version here. Please let me know if this works!
‘Tis good to be back at BRIMS and in Alex’s class. In addition to learning Dinky’s Reel tonight, I learned three other important things. 1) Not playing fiddle for 4 months wreaks havoc with your intonation and confidence, 2) my replacement recorder uses mp3 format, making my life a step easier when it comes to posting tunes, and 3) not a smart idea to run 9 miles right before class. The old brain was a little fuzzy tonight. So, without further ado, here’s Dinky!
Session class begins next week – looks like an excellent crew. Discovered 5 more people who are signing up tonight. Looking forward to that! Now I just have to compile the tunes…