Recommendations for ‘substantial’ reels - 3 parters+ or just unique that work well on the whistle?
Wow I rambled on quite a bit like usual, so just answer the title question if you do not care for my meanderings.
For some reason I like very few reels of the common session ones I look up.
I can easily find jigs I really like in maybe 5 - 10 minutes, even of the popular ones, but going through the various lists of tunes on this site I have spent weeks just trying to get a collection of reels I like. So many of them seem to blend into one another the majority seem very monotonous to me in all truth.
I am not like this about ALL reels mind you, there are plenty I have loved in the past, but they were not common ones in general vs jigs, as I say, which I find it easier to find distinctive and enjoyable ones of the popular stock.
Even while not being carried away with the reels I have picked them randomly and just learned ones which are common just for the sake of learning and I find I don’t want to practice them again after I learn the actual notes.
I can however say that generally the reels I like are 3 part ones or more. Not just the number of parts of course, but it seems that most 2 parters can be of the ‘little ditty’ variety as someone once called them whereas more often when a player has gone to the trouble to make to make 3 parter or more then they more often have given the tune a more proper treatment.
I am generalizing but that has been my general experience is that the ones I find unique of the ones I have known and wanna keep coming back to are the longer type of reels. But sure some 2 parters are great too so I don’t wanna say ‘3 parters+ or nowt!’.
The other day I learned ‘Morning thrush’ by Seamus Ennis’ father which I am still happy with however that is the only reel that springs to mind in the last month that I feel I still want to play and I was picking up a couple a week.
I have been watching a lot of the new tune a day (I find you end up back on them often times when looking up tune names and then find the corresponding video on youtube) and it is so rare that a reel jumps out at me.
There are lots of tunes I really like from o’neils but it is a question of learning ones which will be popular and I am not that into vs ones that are rare and are really interesting to me. It is hard to find the former + that really call out to me.
Oh yes, another issue is when I do find ones I like popular or not whether they will be suitable for whistle or not. Surely all tunes could be adapted and that can be part of the fun and if I do away with trying to conform to popular tunes then I am not then constrained by having to have the tune played a certain way (key or the setting played commonly).
Thinking about it this is the ‘natural’ way to learn anyway isn’t it? as when you watch the Come West Along the Road vids and such the players will often break out unique tunes that they like most and tell a story about the given tune and how they came about it.
I tried to learn ones to ‘fit in’ in the past few months but I think I will go off the track again for a while as the less trodden and rare tunes interest me the most really.
So with that said, recommendations for ‘substantial’ (don’t have to be long but interesting and different even if they were two parts) reels which go well on the whistle.