tunebook 55 tunes.
I’m a fiddler living in Raleigh. NC. I’ve been playing classical violin for ~25 years and Irish traditional music for 11. I promise I don’t play them at the same time.
I’m also a passable violist (as long as I’m not reading alto clef), a terrible mandolin player, and have recently picked up tenor banjo. Any tune recommendations for beginner banjoists would be much appreciated!
It doesn’t seem cool to post your own compositions in the tunes database. I don’t have a huge tune repertoire in my head nor do I have tunes/variations in mind that aren’t already out there, but I have composed a couple of tunes. I’d like to share them but I don’t want to step on any toes or anything, so I’ll post them here.
I started playing Irish music while at Appalachian State University after taking a trip to Ireland for a very brief exchange program. I didn’t find many sessions back home in our small mountain town, so I floundered a bit on my own until I went to FSU. The ITM scene is big there and I was lucky enough to start working with an excellent fiddle teacher early on. She encouraged me to write a few tunes for FSU’s Irish Music Ensemble. Here’s the first one; a jig called the Mountaineer (which also happens to be App State’s mascot… see what I did there?).
T: The Mountaineer
C: Catherine Hall
|:~A,3 A,=CD | ~E3 EFG | AGE GEC | ~B,3 =CA,G, |
~A,3 A,=CD | ~E3 EGA | =cBA GED | =CA,G, A,3 :|
|: ~A3 Ace | ~g3 age | dcA EFG | ABA AcB |
~A3 Ace | ~g3 agb | age dcA | EFG A3 :||
I’m less happy with the second tune – sometimes I feel like it really wants to be a jig instead of a slip jig. As you can see I’m a fan of A mixolydian (without even realizing it – these tunes were written months, possibly years apart). Mary Gilligan was my grandmother.
T: Mary Gilligan’s
C: Catherine Hall
R: slip jig
|: A=cB ABA AGE | E2F ~G3 G2B | A=cB ABA AGE |
[1 d2f edB A2B :|| [2 d2f edB Ace ||: ~a3 b^ge edf | e2f g2f e2^g |
~a3 b^ge edc | [1 d2f edB Ace:|| [2 d2f edB AGB ||