Your Favorite Tunes in the “Flat” Keys. FMaj, BbMaj, Gdor, Gmin
If I can say that the piano and I have been “renewing our vows” over the last 2 years, then it’s also safe to say that the violin and I have been “separated pending divorce” during the same period. After picking up the concertina, and going on what could be considered my 2nd “deep-dive” into The Music, I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue playing fiddle. With the piano not going anywhere, and the concertina being so much more at home and me being much more fond of it’s tone, I just didn’t see myself having the time or desire to continue with fiddle. But there was another issue.
I do like playing fiddle, a lot. And where there are plenty of tunes that enjoy immensely on concertina, there is still those tunes that I think I would rather play on fiddle. The other issue is that I didn’t want to continue playing fiddle because I never got comfortable with playing. No matter how good my peers tell me that I sounded, there was always creeping tension and eventually pain. To make a long story short, I’ve discovered that I have tight shoulders, as well as a tight backline that stretches all the way down to my hamstrings. I’m thoroughly confident that this is the true cause of my discomfort.
So I’ve had to make a choice. Give up playing fiddle, and run away from a glaring health issue that is only going to get worse; Or take up the gauntlet of focusing on my health and fitness for a few years, and claim the musical ability that is waiting for me. I’ve since decided on the later. The reason why i’m asking for tunes in flat keys is because this is pretty much where I left off when I stopped playing. I was learning Kevin Burke’s setting of “The Girl Who Broke My Heart” in Gmin, roughly #9 here…
At that point, I decided that I was done until further notice. The discomfort was just too much. And goodness, I know more tunes in EMaj than those three flat keys combined. So now i’m ready to face the challenge again, this time with a complete yoga regimen that i’m committing to as part of my instrument practice. Now I just need some material to practice. What are your favorite tunes in the flat keys?