Daniel Parker

tunebook 189 tunes.

I’m a college student from New York studying in the Boston area. I’m just beginning to dabble in playing this music on the fiddle and (to a far lesser extent) whistle. I look forward to really getting started as I get more time. For now, I love listening to and memorizing tunes.

I also compose tunes and will periodically post some here, in my profile description, with some background on each.

Humors of Croton (reel)
I composed this in two sittings, about an hour working on it in total. Nothing extraordinary, it’s true, but a fun exercise, and I like the tune with its little modulations. Update: As this tune has been sitting around in my head, I’ve grown to like it less and less, but it is my first attempt. It reminds me of the reel "Humours of Lisadell". Croton-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York, which, as it happens, is also where the village of Mount Kisco is located, which is featured in the reel "The Maid of Mount Kisco".

X:1
T:Humors of Croton
R:reel
C:Daniel Parker 5/5/2017
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Edor
ef||:gdd/d/d BAGA|A/A/AdA FEDA,|B,EE^D EGFE|^CDFA d2ef|gdd/d/d BAGA|A/A/AdA FEDA,|B,EGA BdcB|[1 AFDF E2ef|:|[2AFDF GABc|
|:dcBc dAA/A/A|defa bgeg|fedc dAA/A/A|BAdA FEEc|dcBc dAA/A/A|(3dcdef g2fg|abag fdBd|[1 feed e2ec :|[2 feed e2ef|

“The Trusty Tiller”, or, “Weather Helm” (jig)

Here’s a quick little jig I composed in about half an hour… and which probably sounds like it. Nevertheless I think it’s actually better than my first reel. However, since I know tons more reels than jigs at this stage, I could be copying something without knowing it. I could also simply be jiggifying some reel. If playing it on fiddle, I’d recommend A-string and D-string drones with the DADF2A and DADFAF parts. Although I could not manage to title it at the time of composition, I eventually decided to title it after my joy at doing better at the tiller of a sailboat later that day than at all expected. The alternate title has to do with a new sailing concept I learned on the same voyage.

X:1
T:The Trusty Tiller
R:Jig
C:Daniel Parker 7/9/2017
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Dmaj
|:DAD F2A|BdB ABd|DAD FAF|EDB, ~B,3|DAD F2A|BDB ABd|DAD FAF|[1EDB, D2A,|:|[2EDB, DFA|
|:Bee e2f|gfa gfd|Bee efe|dBA {B}AFA|Bee e2f|gfe fga|bag fge|cAe dBA|:|

"Jane O’Connor’s" (slide)

Here’s my first slide, titled in honor of an ancestor of mine reputedly from the Cork area. The first part came to me while reading; I made up the second to go with it. Again, not extraordinary, but I like it.

X:1
T:Jane O’Connor’s
R:Slide
C:Daniel Parker 7/30/2017
M:12/8
L:1/8
K:Gmaj
d|:~g3 e2g dBB {d}BAG|A2B {B}d2B BAG A2d|g2f efg dBB {d}BAG|[1A2B {B}d2B BGE G2d|:|[2A2B {B}d2B BGG G2d|
|:g2b a2b ged ~d3|A2B {B}d2B BAG A2d|g2b age ged {e}d2B|[1A2B {B}d2B BGE G2d|:|[2A2B {B}d2B BGG G2d|

One time when I was practicing “Within a Mile of Dublin”, I ended up refashioning it into a strathspey. I shifted the key down from D mixolydian to G mixolydian (one string down on fiddle) mostly because I just think it sounds great that way. It’s meant to be played fast. I encourage droning especially in the first part.

X:1
T:Within a Mile of Dublin (strathspey)
R:strathspey
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Gmix
E>G|:D<G, G,>A, B,>A B,>C|D<G, G,>G (3FED (3EFG|D<G, G,>A, B,>A, B,>C|[1D/E/F/G/ (3FED C>D E>G|:|[2D/E/F/G/ (3FED C2B>c|
d<gg>f d<cB>c|d<gg>a (3bag (3ag^f|d<gg>f d<cB>c|d/e/f/g/ (3fed c2B>c|
d<gg>f d<cB>c|d<gg>a {ba}b2B>c|(3dcB (3cBA (3Bcd (3cBA|G>F D<B, C>D E>G|

"the Light of Reason" (strathspey)

Now here’s the first strathspey I composed, as opposed to arranging something else. Initial pickup note optional. Again, lots of droning possibilities in the first part and toward the end of the second. Titled long after composition, after a place at college.

X:1
T:the Light of Reason
R:strathspey
C:Daniel Parker 08/04/2017
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Gdor
a|:B<d A>c B/A/G/F/ G>B|A<d c<A d>f (3cAF|B<d A>c B/A/G/F/ G>B|[1 A<c f>c A<G G>A|:|[2 A<c f>c A<G G>f|
g>d B<d g<b {ab}a>g|f>A c<A f<a {ga}g>f|g>d B<d g<b {ab}a>g|f/e/d/c/ f>A A<G G>f|(3gab (3agf g<f d>e|f>e f/g/f/d/ c/B/A/G/ F>A|B<d A>c B/A/G/F/ G>B|A<c f>c A<G G>A|

"The Sailboat Race” (double jig in four parts):


X:1
T:The Sailboat Race
R:Jig
C:Daniel Parker 08/09/2017
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Dmix
|:DAD EFG|Add ABG|FEF AGF|EGE cGE|DAD EFG|Add ABG|FAF GE^C|[2EDD D2A,|:|[2EDD DEF|
|:GEE cEE|ced cBA|GEE ~c3|Adc AGF|GEE c2d|edc {d}cAG|FAF GE^C|[1EDD DEF|:|[2EDD DFG|
|:Add def|~g3 ed^c|Add ded|cAd cAG|Add def|~g3 eag|faf ge^c|[1 edd d2A|:|[2 edd d2B|
|:Add Fdd|Acc Gcc|Add FdB|cAd cAG|Add Fdd|ced cAG|FAF GE^C|[1EDD DFG|:|[2 EDD D2A,|

“The Elephant in the Room” / “An Eilifint Sa Seomra” (three-part hornpipe)

Title is used in the metaphorical sense. Lots of room for slides, etc. I had musical ideas about this tune at least a month and a half ago.

X:1
T:The Elephant in the Room (An Eilifint sa Seomra)
R:hornpipe
C:Daniel Parker 08/19/2017
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Ddor
(3ABc||:dDDE FEFG|AA{c}AG Acde|fedf ecAc|GG{A}G^F Gc(3ABc|dDDE FEFG|[1AA{c}AG Adfd|ecAc GECE|(3DEF EC D2(3ABC|:|
|:dAFA ~d3e|fege fede|c/c/cgc acge|a2ge fecA|dDDE FEFG|AA{c}AG Acfd|ecAc GECE|[1(3DEF EC D2(3ABC|:|[2(3DEF EC D2DC|
|:A,DG,D A,DD/D/D|FD GE FEDC|A,CG,C A~C3|ECGE FEDC|A,DDE FEFG AA{c}AG|Adfd|ecAc GECE|[1(3DEF EC D2DC|:|{2(3DEF EC D2(3ABC|

"Scallops and Scallions" (reel)

Originally I called this reel "This Is Our House" after an event at my college, but I was never satisfied with that title. I finally settled on the present title nearly two months after composition and it refers to a funny incident among friends. Could be played after “the Light of Reason” (strathspey”).

X:1
T:Scallops and Scallions
R:reel
C:Daniel Parker 08/26/2017

M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Gmix

|DG,G,/G,/G, (3A,B,C DC|(3DEF CF A,FCF|DG,G,/G,/G, (3A,B,C DC|[1(3DEF CA, DA,CA,|:|[2DFCA, A,G,(3A,B,C|
DGG^F GBAG|FDCA, DA,CA,|G,GG^F GBAG|AdcA G^FGc|Add/d/d AcGA|F2AF CFAF|3GAB AG FDCD|FAGF DA,CA,|


“The Fiddler Without a Fiddle” (three-part strathspey)

Title refers to my surprise at hearing a violinist in a neighboring dorm room and how I didn’t have my own fiddle anywhere near me at the time. I’ve shown some possible variations.

X:1
T:The Fiddler Without a Fiddle
R:Strathspey
C:Daniel Parker 08/28/2017

M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Fmaj
F/F/F A,<F C>FA>F|E<GG>A G>EF>D|C<FA,>F C>FA>F|(3DEF (3GAB A<FF>D|
C<FA,>F C>FA>F|G>AB<A G>EF>D|C<FA,>F C>FA>F|(3DEF (3GAB A<FF>B|
A>cf<a g>ef>c|A>cf<a g>ef>d|A>cf<a g>ef>g|(3agf (3efd c>Ac/B/A/G/|A>cf<a g>e(3fcB|A>cf<a g>e (3fdB|A>cf<a g>ef>d|c<fg/f/e/g f2f>c|
f>cf<a|e<cg<e|d>c(3def c<Af>c|B>G(3dcB A<cf>a|g/a/b/g/ a<f {a}g2 (3cde|fg(3agf e<cg>e|{e}d>c(3def c<Af>c|B>G(3dcB A>cf<a|(3gef (3gab a<ff>c|

"The Torn Page" (jig)

Here is a double jig I composed while reading one night. The next day I cut it down from an eight-part monstrosity to a more manageable five parts. Named long after composition for an incident almost as needlessly long and melodramatic as this jig.

X:1
T:The Torn Page
R:Jig
C:Daniel Parker 10/03/2017
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Gmaj
|:~G3 BAG|FDD AGF|~G3 BAG|(3A^cd e fdA|~G3 BAG|FDD Adc|(3BdB G (3AcA F||[1GAF G2D|:|[2GAF GBc|
|:dBd g2a|bgf edd|fdd edd|fdd (3efe d|dBd g2a|bag fed|(3efg e dBd|[1cAF GBc|:|[2CAF G2A|
|:(3Bcd B cAG|FDD Adc|(3Bcd B cAG|(3Acd e fdc|(3Bcd B cAG|FDD Adc|BdB G (3Ac A F|GAF G2A|:|
|:BdB g2e|fed cA^c|de^c d2e|fdc AGG|BdB g2f|ecA (3BcB A|Gbd (3efe d|[1cAF G2A|:|[2CAF GBd|
|:~f3 fed|cAF G2A|~B3 Bdc|BAG Acd|~f3 fed|cAF G2A|Bcd (3efe d|[1cAF GBd|:|[2CAF G2D|

“The October Breeze” (jig)

I composed the first part of this double jig shortly before walking outside on a beautiful, breezy October evening. I eventually decided on the second part while walking and experiencing said breeze. The first part is written twice to show variations. There is some variation shown in the second part as well, but bars 29-32 are never a repeat of bars 21-24.

X:1
T:The October Breeze
R:Jig
C:Daniel Parker 10/15/2017
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:Ddor
DFD EDC|A,DD DEF|ECC GCC|EAE GEG|FDD EDC|A,DD DEF|EGc GEG|AFD D2C|
A,DF EDC|A,DC DEF|ECC GCC AEA GEC|A,DF EDC|A,DC DEF|EGc cGc|AFD D2e|
fdf ece|dcA AFA|c3 gcc|eae gec|~f3 ece|DcA A2B|cBA GEG|AFD D2e|
dfd cec|dcA AFA|c3 gcc|eae gec|d3 add|~fdf afd|cBA GEG|AFD D2C|