tunebook 88 tunes.
I’m a male in my late teens from Ohio, and Kellie is my mother’s name (internet safety and all that) I started playing the tin whistle about Twelve months (One year) ago, Flute for o months ago, and I also "play" the bones.
I really love writing tunes even though I’m not that great at it. I’m still learning and still have more than a few bits of knowledge and a few years of experience to gain before I can write 100% authentic ITM tunes, but someone said that you have to write a lot of bad ones before you can write good ones.(IMO most of them that I’ve written thus far aren’t worth retaining) Please also keep in mind that I’m constantly thinking of new ways to start and end my tunes so these are bound to change. Some are good some are bad, but they are all mine. Here are a few.
This is a Jig that I wrote on the day of The Dublin Irish festival or as I know it, the day I first talked to other ITM musicians. It’s pretty bad, but hey it’s my first attempt.
T: Yesterday’s delight
|:DEF FED|DEF EFA|DEE FEE|DEF EDE|
DEF FEF|FAB ABd|BAF AFE|FED EDE:|
|:f3 fed|B3 ABd|fef fed|def ede|
f3 fed|B3 ABd|1 def afe|def fed:|2 dAF ED|EFD DD2 |
I wrote this reel because I was terrified of a cricket I saw in the the choir room a while back I absolutely hate crickets so this tune is meant to capture the panic I felt at that particular moment in time.
T:Cricket in the choir room
|:E~G3 FEFG | AGAB AGED | EGBA GAdB | AGED AGA2 |
E~G3 FEFG| AGAB AGED | EGAB GAGE | FGAB GBE2 :|
|:edBA GEGA| defe gfed | efag gfdB| AGED AGA2 |
edBA GEGA| defe gfed | dBde AGAG|FGAB G2E2:|
This one could probably use some work, but I wrote it for my dog who passed away at the age of 6 or 7 in January 2016. It was one of the saddest moments I’d ever experienced, but it led me to the beautiful world of ITM so everything happens for a reason I suppose.
T:Little black dog (Annabelle’s Jig)
|:ded BAB | ded BAF | dBA F2A |FED E3 |
ded BAB | def f2a | fdB A^ce |1 ed^c d3:|2 ed^c def |
|:def dBA | ded BAF | ABd e2f | e2f fef |
def dBA | ded f2a | fdA GBd | ed^c d3 :|
One day after show choir practice I had to wait outside in the rain for an hour for my mom to pick me up, so I pulled out my whistle and played some tunes. A day afterwards I decided hey why not try to capture that brilliant feeling with a tune. Then several days later I had a completed jig.
T:Whistlin in the rain
|:EGG BGG| AGA Bdd| egg edB| AGA BGD|
EGG BGG | AGA Bdd| BAG EDE|GAG G3 :|
|:ged BGA | BGA Bde | geg dga | bag a3 |
~g3 ede | ged B2A | BAB dBG | ABA G3 :|
This tune on the session: https://thesession.org/tunes/15744#setting29590
I thought of this melody during lunch one day and it sounds a bit like the Dusty windowsills mixed with the swallowtail and some originality mixed in hence the title
T:A "not so original" original Jig
|:ABB cBA| eAA cBA|ABc AAG| GAG G3 |
ABB cBA| eAA cBA| fgf dcB|cAA A3:|
|:aba geg| ede gag| gab age| ded e3|
aba geg| ede gag| fgf dcB|cAA A3:|
I wrote this polka for my friend Rosie (who hates being called Colleen, but it’s her real name) so I was clever about it when I named it. Could also call it "The girl with the blue hair"
|:G>A Bd|GE D>E|GD GA|BA Bd|
G>A Bd|ge dB|GE G>B|AG G2:|
|:g>e dB|AG Bd|(3gfe de|(3efg a2|
g>e de|ge dB|GE GB|AG G2:|
|:g>a ba|e>g ed|g>a ba|ag gd|
g>a bg|e>d (3efg|bg ag|eg g2:|
This is a melody that is made to represent fluttering as of now it is complete but maybe I’ll add a 3rd/C part at a later date.
T:The Fluttering Heart
|:dF AF |AF AB |dF AF |EF GA|
|dF AF |AF B>c |1 df fd |ed A/B/c :|2 de de |fd B/d/c |
|:df ef |af ef | d/e/f ef | dB AB |
|df ef | af bf | g/a/b af |1 ed Bd :|2 ed B/d/c |
I’m really happy with this one might be worth adding to the tunes section someday
T:The Christmas Tree
|:EAAG AGEG | AcBG AGEG | E2GD E2GD | GFGA BGEG |
|EAAG AGEG | AGAB cBcd | edcB cBAG | EAAG A3A :|
|:aege cdBG | ABcd edeg | e2ad edBA | GFGA BGEG |
| aege cdBG | ABcd efga |eged cBAG | EAAG A3A :|
One of my attempts at writing a reel people say that this one’s more like a pop tune but hey I tried.
T:Leaves on the Sidewalk
|:d2AA B2d2|edef edBd|A3d defg|a2g2 f2e2|
d2AA B2d2|edef edBd|f3e dedA|1B2d2 efe2:|2B2A2 F2E2|
|:a2d2 g2f2|f3e edef|a3g f3e|dB2A A4|
a2d2 g2f2|f3e edef|A3f e3d|1fe2d efe2:|2B2d2 d4|
Not sure if this one’s 100% finished yet. I was daydreaming about the wife I could have in the future, fingers are crossed for a concertina player, but who knows. Whoever she is she’ll be absolutely wonderful. Could also call it "When I find a Lass" or "Dear future wife" or "I can see it now" or "she’s out there somewhere"
T: When I find her
|:B,DD FDD | GFG D2C | DCD FDF | dcB G2F |
B,DD FDD | GFG D2C | DCD FDB, |1 ~C3 CDC :|2 CDC B,2 B |
|:dcB ^ddc | fdf g^dc | d3 fgf | dcB c2B |
dcB ^ddc | fdf gfg | fgf dBc |1 ~B3 GFG :|2 BGB B3 |
T:Ohio in January
|:(3BcB (3ABA (3GAG (3FGF | EFGA B3 B | cAAc BGGB | AGFE ^D2 GA |
(3BcB (3ABA (3GAG (3FGF | EFGA B3 B | ef (3gfe fdBA |1 (3GAG (3FGF E3 z:|2 (3AGA (3BAB e3 z|
|:(3gfe (3gfe (3fef (3B^cd | efge f3 f | bggf gfef | ffga f3 a |
(3gfe (3gfe (3fef (3B^cd | efge f3 f | ef (3gfe fdBA |1 (3GAG (3FGF E3 z:|2 (3AGA (3BAB e3 d|
T:Catch me if you can
|:~G3 Bdg | edB A2B| dge dBG| AGE GED|
~G3 Bdg| ede g2f| edB AGA| BGF G3 :|
|:~e3 efg |efg edB| ege dBG| AGE GAB |
~e3 efg | aba ged| edB dBA | GFG G3 :|
This tune on the session: https://thesession.org/tunes/15871
T:The Feather River
|:FEDE F3A| Bdfe d~B3| AFdB ABdB| AFDE F~E3|
FEDE F3A|Bdde f~e3| fafe f~e2d| Bdfe dcd2 :|
|:fefa fedB|ABde f~e3|f2ab afed| gfed edBA|
fefa fedB|afde f~e3| fafe f~e2d| Bdfe dcd2:|