Trim The Velvet reel

Also known as Maisigh An Veilbhit.

There are 83 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Flogging (a few times), The Ivy Leaf (a few times), The Banshee (a few times), Lord Gordon’s (a few times), The Shaskeen (a few times).

Trim The Velvet has been added to 277 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Trim The Velvet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3B AGFD|GBdB BAFA|~G3B AGFA|defd cAFA|
~G3B ~A3c|BcdB BAFA|~G3B AGFA|defd cAFA||
dgeg dg~g2|dedB cAFA|dgeg dg~g2|defd cAFA|
d3e dBGB|dGBd cAFA|dgeg dg~g2|defd cAFA||
~g3a bgaf|g2ab c'baf|g2af g2af|defd cAFA|
~g3a bgaf|g2ab c'ba2|bg~g2 af~f2|defd cAFA||
BGdG BG~G2|(3BAG dB cAFA|BGdG BG~G2|defd cAFA|
BGdG BG~G2 |DGBd cAFA|~B3G c2ce|defd cAFA||
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ABC
X: 2
T: Trim The Velvet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
F3 A GFEC | FAcA BGEG | ~F3 A GFEG | cdec BGEG |
FEFA G^FGB | ABcA BGEG | ~F3 A GFEG | cdec BGEG ||
cfdf cf ~f2 | cdcA BGEG | cfdf cf ~f2 | cdec BGEG | c3 =B cAFA |
cdcA BGEG | cfdf cf ~f2 | cdec BGEc ||: ~f3 g afge | f2 ga bgaf |
af ~f2 efge |1 cdec BGEc :|2 cdec BGEG || AFcF AFFG |
AFcA BGGB | AFcF AFFA | cdec BGEG | AFcF AFFG |
AFcA BGGB | A3 F ~B3 G | cdec BGEC ||
ABC
X: 3
T: Trim The Velvet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDAG FD3 | FDAF GE3 | FDAG FADB | =cB=cA GEAG|
FDAG FD3 | FDAF GE3 | FDAG FADB | =cB=cA GEAG|
D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG | D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG|
D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG | D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG|
Add=c A3G | AA=cA GE=cG | Add=c A3G | AA=cA GE=cG |
A3G AD3 | AA=cA GE=cG | Add=c A3G | AA=cA GE=cG |
dcde fded | Adef ge3 | 3(Bcd) ed cedc | dBAF GE3 |
dcde fded | Adef fgfe | dged cedc | dBAF GEAG|
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Eleven comments

I almost fell over when I didn’t find this tune on The Session!
One of my all-time favorites.

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The High C in Trim the Velvet - HELP!!!

I just started learning Trim the Velvet off that Paul Smyth CD. He’s not playing a D flute so with a computer program, I was able to change the pitch to match my D flute. It’s a lovely setting and the tune is going well for me, except for that high C in the third part. It’s the only tune that I play which has that high C so I’m not used to it. (I’m not classically trained on the silver flute so everything is a challenge for me)

Anyone have any tips for getting the high C to sound decent? Does anyone just play the third part in the lower octave? Here’s my fingering for this note:

oxo xxo

Maybe there’s a way around the high C. Maybe there’s a setting out there that avoids the high C totally?? I’m open to any suggestions.

Any help will be greatly appreciated :-)

Joyce

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Hi Joyce, if all else fails you could vary it and just play a high A instead of a C.

:)

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Trim The Velvet- “bringing it down a notch”

This doesn’t help our fluting friends, but may interest any fiddlers out there. I have been immensely enjoying one of my favorite new fiddle/flute CD’s, John Blake, Lamond Gillespie &
Mick Leahy’s "Humours of Highgate". On it is a lovely set of reels, "The Flax In Bloom" & "Trim The Velvet" . John Blake plays the set on a "C" pitched flute, and upon closer listening,
Lamond has his fiddle tuned down 2 semitones. With the instruments pitched lower, the tunes sound in "C" and "F" respectively (instead of the usual "D" and "G"). I didn’t feel like tuning my instrument down, though, so I decided to "have a go
at it" (Trim The Velvet) in actual "F" fingering. The result is very
pleasing to the ear, and while the fingering takes some getting
used to, it’s totally worth it. The big bonus here for fiddlers is that the need to either shift position, or "stretch" the 4th finger & separate the bow is eliminated, because your highest note is now a B flat! I had to do a little "tweak" in one spot, however;
the transposition makes the connection between the 2nd and 3rd parts of the tune a little awkward. In the "G" version, the last note of the 2nd part is an "A", jumping up to a "g" to start the third part (no big deal, the strings are right next to each other). In the "F" version however, this becomes a rather clumsy jump from a "G" on the D string up to an "f" natural on the E string. The solution I came up with was to "split the difference" so to speak, by substituting a "c" instead of the "G".
Sounds just fine to me, but I’m not a fiddle player, so I would welcome any comments or suggestions on this. Thanks, and enjoy!

T:Trim The Velvet
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:F
F3 A GFEC | FAcA BGEG | ~F3 A GFEG | cdec BGEG |
FEFA G^FGB | ABcA BGEG | ~F3 A GFEG | cdec BGEG ||
cfdf cf ~f2 | cdcA BGEG | cfdf cf ~f2 | cdec BGEG | c3 =B cAFA |
cdcA BGEG | cfdf cf ~f2 | cdec BGEc ||: ~f3 g afge | f2 ga bgaf |
af ~f2 efge |1 cdec BGEc :|2 cdec BGEG || AFcF AFFG |
AFcA BGGB | AFcF AFFA | cdec BGEG | AFcF AFFG |
AFcA BGGB | A3 F ~B3 G | cdec BGEC ||

Donegal version, played by “Danu”

There doesn’t seem to be any discussion above about the Donegal version of this tune, which was recorded by "Danu" a few years back. Apologies for the poor quality of the recording in the link below, but I think it worth posting here because it’s a very unusual take on a great reel. RonP and myself were in a group with Peter Cunningham, a very fine Donegal fiddler, and he was the first person I heard playing this setting.

http://youtu.be/pt9V6L-nedg


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Donegal Version of Trim the Velvet

I first heard the Donegal version on An Seidean Si (The Whirlwind) recorded by Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan (1995)
Its not the same as what is posted above.
Below is a version I play based on a couple of sources, not exactly the same as on Seidean Si but quite close.

X:1
T:Trim the Velvet (Donegal version)
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:D
N:based on the Donegal version
FDAG FD3 | FDAF GE3 | FDAG FADB | =cB=cA GEAG|
FDAG FD3 | FDAF GE3 | FDAG FADB | =cB=cA GEAG|
D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG | D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG|
D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG | D3G EFGE | AB=cA GE=cG|
Add=c A3G | AA=cA GE=cG | Add=c A3G | AA=cA GE=cG |
A3G AD3 | AA=cA GE=cG | Add=c A3G | AA=cA GE=cG |
Adde fded | Adef ge3 | 3(Bcd) ed cedc | dBAF GE3 |
Adde fded | Adef fgfe | dged cedc | dBAF GEGA|

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