The Lovat Scouts polka

Also known as Lord Lovat’s Scouts, Lovat Scouts, The Lovat Scouts’ Quickstep March, Lovat’s Scouts, Lovats Scouts, Lovet Scout.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Lovat Scouts has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A/<A/ |A.c. e.A/<A/ | df ag/f/ | e>c Ac | B2 BA/<A/ |
A.c. e.A/<A/ | df ag/f/ | e>c dB | A2 A :|
e/<e/ |aA ce | fd df | e>c Ac | B2 Be/<e/ |
aA ce | fa df | e>c dB | A2 Ae/<e/ |
aA ce | fa df | e>c Ac | B2 Be/c/ |
A/B/c/d/ ec/A/ | d/.e/.f/.g/. ag/f/ | e>c dB | A2 A |]
ABC
X: 2
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F/E/ |DF AD | GB d>B | AF FE/D/ | FE EF/E/ |
DF AD | GB dc/B/ | Ad/A/ FA/F/ | E2 D- :|
D |dd/e/ dA | BG B/dB/ | AF FE/D/ | FE EF/A/ |
dd/e/ dA | BG B/dB/ | AF GF/E/ | D2 D2 |
dd/e/ dA | BG B/dB/ | AF FE/D/ | FE EF/A/ |
DF AD | GB dc/B/ | Ad/A/ FA/F/ | ED D |]
ABC
X: 3
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d |GB dG | ce g>e | d>B GB | A2 d/c/B/A/ |
GB dG | ce gf/e/ | d>B c/B/A | G2 G :|
d/4e/4f/ |gG Bd | eg ce | d>g GB | A2 Ad/4e/4f/ |
gG Bd | ec ce | d>B cA | G2 Gd/4e/4f/ |
gG Bd | eg ce | dg Bg | A2 d/c/B/A/ |
G>B dG | ce gf/e/ | d>B cA | G2- G |]
ABC
X: 4
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D/D/ |DF AD/D/ | GB dc/B/ | A>F DF | E3 D/D/ |
DF AD/D/ | GB dc/B/ | A>F G/F/E | D2- D :|
A/A/ |dD FA | BG GB | A>F DF | E3 A/A/ |
dD FA | BG GB | A>F GE | D2 DA/A/ |
dD FA | BG GB | A>F dF | E3 A/F/ |
D/E/F/G/ AF/D/ | G/A/B/c/ dc/B/ | A>F GE | D2- D |]
ABC

Five comments

“Lovat’s Scouts” ~ another J. Scott Skinner tune ~ a quickstep march

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/scottskinner/display.php?ID=JSS0705

1.) A Major ~ is taken from the Skinner transcription, changed from 4/4 there to 2/4 here.

2.) D Major ~ also changed to 2/4 from a 4/4 transcription given in ‘Discussions’:
"Can anybody name this tune?"
# Posted on December 4th 2006 by litestikpilot
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/11917

3.) G Major & 4.) D Major ~ my turn, returning in the end to a reflection of the Skinner transcription we started with…

“The Lovat Scouts’ Quickstep March” ~ the review of mistakes

K: A Major ~ the first take, the B-part, the 13th & 14th measures aren’t supposed to be 5/8 ~ corrections have been made in the ABCs for the first take, Skinner’s… I missed some bits when changing it from 4/4 to 2/4 something got past that shouldn’t have, so here are some other possibilities, minus that glaringly wrong e2 & a2 that made for 5/8 measures, something Skinner never intended… B-part, measure 13 possibilities:

~ | A/B/c/d/ e c/A/ | ~
~ | a/A/c/d/ e/A/c/e/ | ~
~ | a (3B/c/d/ e (3c/B/A/ | ~
~ | ac ed/c/ | ~

Mea culpa! ~ we were on our way out for a walk in the stormy weather at the time, on my wife’s insistance, and I should have waited as planned for later this evening… The wind is still fierce and whistling away outside…

I quite like the tease in the pauses of those wrongly notated 5/8 measures… :-P