A couple of 6/8 pipe marches on octave mandolin

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A couple of 6/8 pipe marches on octave mandolin

Postby John Kelly » Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:44 am

Have recently added a clip on YouTube of Sweet Maid of Mull and Portree Bay which I recorded on my JK Octave and guitar. I find the octave seems to suit these pipe tunes better than the mandolin, but then that's a matter for debate!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC5ujkutXeo
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Postby Dave Hanson » Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:06 pm

That's brilliant John, I loved the playing and the tunes and your octave sounds great.

Are the dots available anywhere ?

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Postby John Kelly » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:23 pm

Thanks, Dave. The abc notation for the tunes is on the Mandolin Cafe site in the Song-A-Week social group; the thread is Sweet Maid of Mull, Portree Bay and both sets of abc are there. Here is the PB abc which I did myself:

X:1
T:Portree Bay
C:J MacKenzie
R:March
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:A
e|A>cee2c|f>eaf>ec|A>cee2f|e>cAB2c|
A>cee2c|f>eaf>ec|A>BcB<fB|c>BAA2|e|
A>cee2c|f>eaf>ec|A>cee2f|e>cAB2c|
A>cee2c|f>eaf>ec|A>BcB<fB|c>BAA2|
g|a>Aaa2e|f>eaf>ec|a>Aaa>gf|e>cAB2c|
a>Aaa2e|f>eaf>ec|A>BcB<fB|c>BAA2|
g|a>Aaa2e|f>eaf>ec|a>Aaa>gf|e>cAB2c|
a>Aaa2e|f>eaf>ec|A>BcB<fB|c>BAA2|
e|A>ceA>ce|e>cAB2c|A>ceA>ce|f>eaf>ec|
A>ceA>ce|e>cAB2c|A>BcB<fB|c>BAA2|
e|A>ceA>ce|e>cAB2c|A>ceA>ce|f>eaf>ec|
A>ceA>ce|e>cAB2c|A>BcB<fB|c>BAA2|
g|a>Aaa>fe|f<aef>ec|a>Aaa>gf|e>cAB2c|
a>Aaa>fe|f<aef>ec|A>BcB<fB|c>BaA2|
g|a>Aaa>fe|f<aef>ec|a>Aaa>gf|e>cAB2c|
a>Aaa>fe|f<aef>ec|A>BcB<fB|c>BaA2|

If you cannot get the SMM from the site let me know and I can get it for you.
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Postby John Kelly » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:26 pm

Here is the Sweet Maid abc which was got from Nigel Gatherer's site, I believe, by a poster on the Mandolin Cafe thread:

X:167
T:Sweet Maid of Mull, The
C:A C Beaton
S:Loose sheet from Ayr & Prestwick Strathspey & Reel Society
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:A
e|A>Bc e2 a|a>gf e3|f<af f>ec|c>BA B2 e|A>Bc e2 a|a>gf e2 a|
A>ce f>ec|B3 A2:|g|a>ea a2 e|f<af e2 a|A>cf e>cA|c<ec B2 g|
a>ea a2 e|f<af e2 a|A>ce f>ec|B3 A2 g|a>ea a2 e|f<af e2 a|
A>cf e>cA|c<ec B2 e|A>Bc e2 a|a>gf e2 a|A>ce f>ec|B3 A2|]
e|A>Bc c<eA|d>ef e2 a|e>fe c>BA|c<ec B2 e|A>Bc c<eA|d>ef e2 a|
A>ce f>ec|B3 A2:|g|a>ea a>gf|f<af e2 a|A>cf e>cA|c<ec B2 g|
a>ea a>gf|f<af e2 a|A>ce f>ec|B3 A2 g|a>ea a>gf|f<af e2 a|
A>cf e>cA|c<ec B2 e|A.Bc e2 a|a>gf e2 a|A>ce f>ec|B3 A2|]
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Postby Dave Hanson » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:49 pm

For my sins I can't read ABC notation, I learned to read music from a jazz piano playing friend many years ago, to me it seems simpler than ABC or even tablature [ which I can work out ]

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Postby John Kelly » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:03 pm

Fear not, sinner. I have the standard notation which I transcribed before creating the abc files. I have them also converted to graphics files (tif) which will open in Microsoft Word. If you can tell me how to get the files on to the message here In will send them to you. Perhaps I need to send you a PM?
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Postby Ray(T) » Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:32 pm

Not only can't I read ABC notation, I've never actually heard of it before - perhaps someone can explain? Also, in our household, mentioning the word "Microsoft" is like discussing ba*%@s here!
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Postby John Kelly » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:50 pm

Ray, I am a recent convert to the abc system myself, having always just used standard notation as it can be read for any instrument. The beauty of abc is that it is entirely text-based and can be written on a basic word processor with no music software required to produce it. There is an accepted international standard for producing the "music", just as there is in Standard notation. It is then loaded into a freely-downloadable reader which turns it into standard notation and can play a midi file of the tune as well! You might ask why not just write in standard to begin with, but many musicians, especially in the folk and traditional world, are not readers or writers of SN but want to swap tunes with each other, and many of the commercial notation programs do not easily read from each other, so swapping of tunes is not always straightforward. It is in the fields of folk and traditional music that I have found abc to be so useful. Have a look at the website http://www.abcnotation.com for a very full explanation and demo of how it works.
I also play the tenor b**n&o but am too polite to mention it here, and I will try to restrict my usage of the Microsoft word too! :smile:
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Postby Ray(T) » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:02 pm

Thanks John, I'll have a look at that when I get chance and consider myself educated. I've been a Mac user for the last 10 years or so and use Neo-office which is much cheaper than the Microsoft equivalent - i.e. you pay what you think its worth to you.
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