simple march

simple march

can some one recommend a simple march i can play in the senior fiddle - I only have two weeks to learn it before the all britain fleadh.

HELP

Re: simple march

The 99 March by Randall Bays: https://thesession.org/tunes/2108

Or the 98 March that he follows it with (linked to in the comments of the 99).

But why not play a march you already know?

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I don’t want to cause a problem at such short notice, but are you sure you want to play a march ? Can’t think of all that many marches played by solo Irish fiddlers, although Sean Maguire certainly recorded a few. There’s the "Pikeman’s", I suppose. I’ll think about it, and get back.

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Two of the first simple tunes I teach my accordion pupils are Roddy MacCorley and The Dawning of the Day, both acceptable marches
As a matter of interest I also teach the ‘The 98 March’ and the tune is nothing like that played on the above UTube clip ?

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I can think of a few nice simple marches, the foggy dew, the centenary, and the others mentioned previously, all good tunes, but I think they would all be regarded as rather beginners tunes, not the thing for senior fiddle. there’s no rule saying you should play a march, and I would be inclined to avoid them if you want to get anywhere in the competition.

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You really need to have a few marches under your belt, and and understanding, before risking that as a point of competition. Plucking one of the many here to learn on the trot (intended) is not what I’d call wise. Yes, learn marches, and once you have a hand on them, appreciation and undestanding, then maybe? 😏

As this seems a one off, I will hold off adding more recommendations…

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Wine & dyslexia do not make a good mix for spelling…

Marches are used for what you’d expect, marches and marching, and also for dance…

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And here are a couple of Paddy O’Brien’ tunes ~

Larkin’s Advance
https://thesession.org/tunes/8546

Richard Deasy’s March
https://thesession.org/tunes/5049
https://thesession.org/tunes/8590

‘Simple’ is the same problem that exists with polkas. Too easily people make that mistake and the usual consequence is that the result is cack, or for a more direct nave for it ~ shight! Yes, you can walk through the melody, but to give it lift and vigor, or, another word for it, life, to make it ‘dance’, that doesn’t come from taking it for granted. There isn’t any tune form that doesn’t deserve a reasonable consideration, more than just rattlin’ one off for a competition…

If you’d actually made that consideration, such as by listening to some marches, you wouldn’t have to ask this, you’d have heard one you liked and ‘wanted’ to learn and play, to take for a walk down at your local session… It always starts here ~ listen! Then, if you can move past any preconceptions or phobias, go out and learn to dance to them, or march to them, making it physical, getting it in your muscles and bones… Please, don’t just push to learn a one off and then move on.

I wish you luck, but the best luck would be to have someone that can show you more about what a march is rather than a chain of notes… 😏