I Need a Good tune!!!

I Need a Good tune!!!

Hello and Salutations today! I have found myself in a little bit of a bind. I have been playing all the classic tunes lately and I think i would like to try something new! Can someone please suggest a really fast reel or jig that is interesting and a little harder than normal. Something that has parts that would challenge the fiddler! This will save me from browsing the hundreds of pages in this website!!!! Preferably nothing sad or depressing sounding!!


Thanks a lot,
-Worthington

Re: I Need a Good tune!!!

Comb your hair and curl it is a nice slipjig.
The only jig I know is swallowtail and I figure you already know that one.
The Snowy path is also a nice slipjig.

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I have found the set "Drowsy Maggie/Pigeon on the Gate/Cup of Tea(also known as "The Teacup")
to be a rather challenging reel set. If you take the last bar or two of Pigeon on the gate
and use it instead of the ending bars of Drowsy Maggie and do the same between
Cup of Tea and Pigeon on the Gate, people might not even notice the song change.

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Nobody can do your homework for you.

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I suppose you can play any reel or jig fast and hard.

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Dowds favourite or the mouth of the tobique should keep you busy for a while

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Try Pull The Knife and Stick It Again followed by Morrison’s

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Put yourself in that place, relax and breathe it in…

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I like Gobby’s comment. But, I’d suggest rather than browsing pages, you listen to several good recordings and see if something strikes you. yhaalhouse will think I’m baiting him but I’m not.

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Take the tunes you know and change the meter. Play a reel as a jig, or a jig as a hornpipe. Play a polka as a slide or a slide as a reel. But as the man said, "Nobody can do your homework for you."

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Try the richly ornamented ‘The Rose in The Garden’ reel in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland.

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If you’re looking for a bit of a technical challenge, perhaps a tune that takes you out of the comfort of 1st position is what you’re after. You could try:
The Contraditiction https://thesession.org/tunes/196
The Golden Eagle thesession.org/tunes/974
one of the multi-part settings of The Mason’s Apron https://thesession.org/tunes/74

Maybe something in an unusual key:
The Acrobat https://thesession.org/tunes/3459 (setting #5 - in B-flat/F)

Some jigs with lots of parts to them:
The Old Grey Goose https://thesession.org/tunes/241
Cherish the Ladies https://thesession.org/tunes/590
Helvic Head https://thesession.org/tunes/3110

But there are 1000s of tunes out there, and they don’t have to be ‘hard’ for them to be great tunes. Yes, the ‘old classics’ can get a bit tired after you’ve been playing them a while, but if you come back to them after a bit of time away, you can often get a fresh perspective on them - especially when you hear them played by top players.

As for ‘really fast’, it’s up to you to play at whatever speed you like. Just don’t be fooled into thinking that faster is better - the notes are all there for a purpose, so they should all be heard. *Faster than you can play* is most definitely *worse*. Also, if, in a session, you play faster than the other players like to play, you won’t make yourself popular.

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@tbb: "Love Molloy’s version of this tune."

We all do. 🙂 The OP says they’ve been playing "all the classic tunes" anyway though… whatever this means.

Edited after x-posting w/ cmo.

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An Phis Fhliuch https://thesession.org/tunes/879

I’ve been playing it on the fiddle about 6 years, and only recently taught myself to play it on the guitar. Fun

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Lots of great suggestions. Nice tunes.

I like hearing simpler tunes well played to complex badly played. So I recommend ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe", for a warm up and step stone into this genre of fiddling.