0s, 1s, & 3s

0s, 1s, & 3s

I’m working on a project for fiddle learners and I would like to find a few simple tunes where the players would only need to use open strings as well as first and third fingers. In the key of D for example there would only be As, Bs, Ds, Es, F#s, and As on the top two strings.

I’ve only found two so far, The Kerry Polka https://thesession.org/tunes/39 and the American tune Angelina Baker. Dan Collins’ Father’s Jig almost fits the bill but it has that pesky high B.

Ideally I’d like to have about five tunes like this. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Re: 0s, 1s, & 3s

You can miss out the sky high B in Dan Collins’ by playing three As instead.
What about Britches Full of Stitches (https://thesession.org/tunes/1075), fourth setting here (X:4). it’s in G but you can move it across a string to D.

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Britches in D would be first and *second* fingers, no?

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Depends which D you start on. If you start on D (3rd finger on A string) then it’s firsts and thirds.

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Music theory isn’t my specialty but I think the D major pentatonic scale is D E F# A B. If that’s true you can look through D maj pentatonic scales and as long as you don’t have a low F# (2nd finger, D string) then you should be able to play the rest with 0s, 1s & 3s.

There’s a list of pentatonic tunes here http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9092&view=previous so I’d suggest looking at any of them in Dmaj and checking if they have the F# or not.

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DonaldK - I gotcha.

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Try Bedford Cross in D: https://thesession.org/tunes/7444#setting18932, which also has a nice lesson about movement in the melody, because the A and B parts are basically the same, with the exception of the first note in each phrase, but at first listen the parts sound pretty different, because the movement from the key notes is up in the A part and down in the B part…

Re: 0s, 1s, & 3s

Thanks everyone. Britches might well work. Bedford Cross will work well.

Sean I looked at that Chiff and Fipple thread but most of those tunes include high Gs.