Daniel Parker

tunebook 239 tunes.

I’m a university 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 (cd)ef|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|(3dcd ef g2fg|abagfdBd|[1feed e2ec:|[2feed 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: 2
T: The Trusty Tiller
R: Jig
C: Daniel Parker 7/9/2017
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DAD F2A|BdB AFE|DAD FAF|EDB, ~B,3|DAD F2A|BDB ABd|DAD FAF|[1EDB, D2A,|:|[2EDB, DFA|
|:Bee e2f|gfa ged|Bee efe|dBA {B}AFA|Bee e2f|gfe fga|bag fed|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: 3
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 A3A2d|g2f efg dBB {d}BAG|[1ABd {B}d2B G3 G2d|g3eg dBG G2B|A2Bd2B A3 A2d|g2f efg|d2B BAG|ABd B2A G3Gd|
|:g2b a2b ged ~d3|A2B {B}d2B A3 A2d|[1g2b age ged d2B|ABd B2A G3 G2d|:|[2gba g2e ded BAG|ABd B2A G3 G2d|:|


"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: 4
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 c>A|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: 5
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 AFD|EGE cGE|DAD EFG|Add ABG|FAF GE^C|[1EDD 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|Ad^c def|~g3 eag|faf ge^c|[1edd d2A|:|[2edd d2B|
|:Add Fdd|Acc Gcc|Add Fdd|cAd cAG|Add fdd|ced dAG|FAF GE^C|[1EDD DFG|:|[2EDD 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: 6
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|dDDC DEFG|[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 Adfd|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,DDC DEFG AA{c}AG|(3ABc df|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: 7
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|GB AG FDCD|FAGF DA,CA,|


"The Fiddler Without a Fiddle" (four-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: 8
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|(3cBA G>c|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/G/A/B/ c<f|d>Bc>A|E<GG<A G>EF>D|C<FA>f d>Bc>A|[1B/A/G/F/ G>C A<FF>C|:|[2B/A/G/F/ G>E C<FF>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: 9
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 AGF|GBd g2e|fdc (3BcB A|Gbd (3efe d|[1cAF G2A|:|[2CAF GBd|
|:~f3 fed|cAG FGA|~B3 ABA|GBd e2d|~f3 fed|cAG FGA|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|FED DEC|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 D2A|
fdf ece|dcA AFA|c3 gcc|eae gec|~f3 ece|DcA A2B|cBA GEG|AFD D2A|
dfd cec|dcA AFA|c3 gcc|eae gec|d3 add|fdf afd|cBA GEG|AFD D2C|

The Glass Half Full (reel)

I admit, this five-part single reel I composed has some similarities to "Farewell to Leitrim" in the second and third parts and, though I only realized this later, to one of the "Toss the Feathers" tunes in the fifth part, and maybe "Lads of Laois" in the fourth. There may be others I didn’t notice. I’ve written the second part with a variation in the last two bars that is optional; otherwise the third and fourth bars are simply repeated. Also in the second part, the first and second bars are interchangeable with the fifth and sixth. And no, I am not referring to alcohol in the title, although you can interpret it how you choose.

X: 10
T: The Glass Half Full
R: Reel
C: Daniel Parker 12/03/2017
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A,DFD EDCG,|A,D^CE D2D=C|A,DFD EDCG,|(3A,B,C B,D CB,A,G,|:|
A,D D/D/D FDED|(3EFG AB c2Bc|(3dcB (3cBA BGAG|EDCE DCA,G,|A,D^CE D2FD|(3EFG AB cBce|(3dcB cA (3Bcd cA|GECE D2FD|
~E3G EDCD|(3EFG AB cBce|(3dcB cA BGAG|EDCE D2DG|~E3G EDCD|(3EFG AB ~c3d|(3efg ae gecA|Gced cAGE|
D2A,D FDA,D|~C2G,C ECG,C|D2A,D FDA,D|(3EFG AB cAGE|D2A,D FDA,D|C2G,C ECG,C|DEFG ABCA|GECE DCA,C|
D2A,D FADF|(3ABc dB cAGE|D2A,D FAdF|(3EFG FD EDCE|D2A,D FADF|(3ABc dB cAGE|D2A,D FADF|EDCE D2DC|

An air in memory of the late Cape Breton fiddler Joe Cormier, who spent much of his life in the Boston area, near where I am studying:

X: 11
T: The Waltham Fiddler
R: air or slow strathspey
C: Daniel Parker 12/11/2017
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bbmaj
G,||:B,2D>B, F<B, D>F|B<d e/d/c/B/ g<c (3cdc|B>d c/B/G/B/ F<D B,>D C/D/E/C/ D>C B,<G, G,>C|:|
B,/B,/B, F>G B>c d/c/B/c/|d<g g/a/g/f/ d<gg>b|f<bg/a/b/g/ f<B d>B|c/d/e/c/ d>c B<G (3GFG|F>B B>c d<g (3fdc|d<gg>f g>b f>g|b>f g/f/d/c/|B<G F>D|C/D/E/C/ D>C B,<G,G,>C|

This reel was titled in honor of a coffee house and performance venue at my university.

X: 12
T: Cholmondeley House
T: The Bloodhound
R: reel
C: Daniel Parker12/21/2017
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eage dged|BedB AdBA|GEDE GABd|eBdB GABd|eage dged|BedB AdBA|(3Bcd ed gede|BAGA BA(3Bcd|:|
ea~a2 eaga|ed~d2 BdAB|dG(3GGG DGBd|eBdB GABd|ea~a2 eage|dB~B2 BdAB|dG(3GGG Bdgd|edBGEAAg|:|

I’d had ideas about this tune going back a few months and they just never left me, so I thought I’d write it down.



Another reel that has been stewing around in my head:

X: 13
T: The Open Window
R: Reel
C:DanielParker 12/26/2017
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Gmaj
BGG2 AGdc|BGGG2 ecAc|BG~G2 AGBd|[1(3efg fd ecAc|:|[2(3efg fd ecAc|
ea{b}af {b}gedB|G2BG DGBG|AGEG ABcd|egdB GGABd|(3efg af gedB|G2BG DGBd|ea~a2 aged|BdgB A2ed|

This one’s title comes from my realization of the magic of a well-rosined bow.

X: 14
T: The Rosin on the Bow
R: reel
C:Daniel Parker 12/27/2017
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|:FB~B2 FBdc|BAFG AFEA|FB~B2 FBde|[1(3fga ed cBAB|:|[2(3fga ed cBAF|
Bdfe dcBd|cA(3AAA BAFE|FB~B2 FBAB|cefe afec|{e}f2fe dcBd|cA(3AAA BAFE|FB~B2 FBdB|cAec cBBA|

X: 15
T: The Ski Slope
R: Reel
C: Daniel Parker 01/03/2018
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
d3c (3ABcgf|EC~C2 A,CG,C|A,DDF EDCD|(3EFG AB cAGc|Addc (3ABC GF|EC~C2A,CG,C|(3EFG AG FEDC|(3ABC DE D2Ac|
defd e2de cege fedc|Ad~d2 cAGF|EC~C2 A,CG,c|dfed cAGE|DA,(3A,A,A, CA,G,C|(3EFG AG FEDC|3A,B,CDE D2de|:|


The Blowing Snow (reel)

X: 16
T: The Blowing Snow
R: Reel
C: Daniel Parker 01/04/2017
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
d2cd AG~G2|E2cE dEcE|dcBc AG~G2|GEcGEDD2|dc4454Bc AGG/G/G|GEcEdEcE|d2cd AG~G|EGcG ED(3EFG|
Adde (ef)ed|eaag efed|cded cAdc|AEcE ED(3EFG|Adde (ef2)g|ecge efec|dBGB cded|cAGE ED(3EFG|

Wanderlust (reel)

X: 17
T: Wanderlust
R: Reel
M: Daniel Parker 01/16/2017
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
bagf edBe|d(3DDD ADFA|BE~E2 EFGA|(3Bcd eg fede|fbaf edBe dD(3DDD A,DFA|[1BEEF GABd (3efg fd Beef|:|[2(3efg fd Begf|
eB~B2 gfed|BedB AFEc|dD(3DDD A,DFA|BdAG FDAd|eB~B2 gfed BAFD EDB,E|DFAF EDFA|[1BABd e2gf|:|[2BABd e3g|

X: 18
T: The Scroll of the Fiddle
R: Reel
C: Daniel Parker 2/26/18
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|BAed BAA/A/A|BAed BGGd|BAed BdAB|GBdB eBde|BAed BAA/A/A|BAdA BGGe|BAed (3B^cd AB|GBdBeBda|
edgB A/A/AAg|edgd BGGa|edgB A/A/AB|GBdB eBdg:|
(3efg ed BeAd|BG~g2 BABd|eged BeAe|[1BGdB BAAd|[2BGdB BAA2|
(3EFE DF EB,DB,|(3EFG FD G2FD|(3EFG FD B,EDB, EFGE EAAG|:|
EA,A,E DG,B,D|FGDC B,GDG|EFGE DG,B,D|FGDB, B,A,G,G|:|[2FGDB, B,A,A,A|

The Leather Seat (polk)

Named after the reason I,as a blind person,figured out I was on the wrong traincoming back homefrom collegefor a vacation.

X: 19
T: The Leather Seat
R: Polka
C: Daniel Parker 03/09/2018
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|:B3c B2A2|F2E2 E2FA|B2A2 A2B2|defd c2A2|F2B2 BcBA|F2E2F2Bc|dfaf e2c2|{1B4 BF|:|[2B4 B2ce|
|:f2b2 b3a|f2e2 e2f2|ABAF A2Bc|d2c2 BAFA|B2b2 b3a|f2e2 c2e2|fgaf e2c2|[1B4 B2ce|:|[2B4 B3A|

X: 20
T: The Curse of Pride
R: reel
C: Daniel Parker 03/10/2018
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
FBBc dcBA|FEDE FAAE|FBBc dcBA|FEDE FBBA|B2FB dcBA|FEDE FAEA|FBBc dcBA|FEDE FB~B3|
d2fd adfd|efge be(3gfe|defd adfd|FEDE FB~B3|defd adfd|efga bege|fa~a2 gfed|FEDE FBBA|