Bethany’s waltz

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Bethany’s has been added to 1 tune set.

Bethany's has been added to 71 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Bethany's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"d3 c BA|"Em"~B2G3 G|"Am"FG AD FG|"D"AG AB "D7"AB|
"G"d3 c BA|"Em"~B2G3 G|"D"FG AD "D7"FA|"G"G3 A Bc:|
|:"C"d2 g3 f|"G"g2 d3 d|"Am"cB AG FE|"D7"DE FG AB|
"C"d2 g3 f|"G"g2 d3 d|"D"cB AG "D7"FA|1"G"G3 A Bc:|2"G"G6||
|:"Am"A3 B cA|"Bm"B3 c dB|"C"c3 d ec|"G"dg fg dB|
"D7/F#"A3 B cA|"G"B3 c dB|"C"c2 "G"B3 G|"D"FG "D7"AF "G"G2:|
X: 2
T: Bethany's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d3c (TBA|AB)G3(G|FG) A(D F)G|(AB) {c}(BA) FA|
(cd2)c (TBA|AB)G3(G|FG) A(D F)A|(FG2)A {c}Bc:|
(cd)(g2-Tgf)|(fg)d4|(cB) A(G F)E|(DE) (FG) AB|
d2(g2-Tgf)| (fg)d4|(cB) A(G F)D|1G3A {c}Bc:|2G6||
A3(B c/B/A)|B3(c d/c/B)|c3d ec|d(g fg) dG|
F3G AF|G3A {c}(Bd)|c2B3G|(FG) AF G2:|
X: 3
T: Bethany's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G5"d3c (TBA|AB)G3(G|"G5/F#"FG) A(D F)G|(AB) {c}(BA) FA|
"Em7"(cd2)c (TBA|"G/D"AB)G3(G|"Cadd9"FG) A(D "D"F)A|"G"(FG2)A {c}Bc:|
"Cadd9"(cd)(g2-Tgf)|"G/B"(fg)d4|"Am7"(cB) A(G F)E|"D"(DE) (FG) AB|
"Cadd9"d2(g2-Tgf)|"G/B"(fg)d4|"Am7"(cB) A(G "D"F)D|1"G"G3A {c}Bc:|2"G"G6||
"Am7"A3(B c/B/A)|"G/B"B3(c d/c/B)|"Cadd9"c3d ec|"D"d(g fg) dG|
[1"D/F#"F3G AF|"G"G3A {c}(Bd)|"C"c2"G/B"B3G|"D" (FG) AF "G"G2:|
[2"D#dim"F3G AF|"Em"G3A "/D"{c}(Bd)|"C"c2"G/B"B3G|"D" (FG) AF "G"G2|]

Eight comments

Transcription

I transcribed it from the BBC programme "Transatlantic Sessions" October 2009. I have assumed that Jenna Reid wrote the tune as her name was shown as the main musician. Please can you correct this assumption if you know differently.
On the programme it is played AABBCC (as per usual) but ends with a reprise of the "A".
I play it too fast and ruin it. On the programme it is really quite a lilting slow waltz.
And yes, some of the chords do not look as tho’ they fit with the harmonic structure of the bar but they add a little tension and resolve themselves.

I think it probably is one of Jenna’s tunes. The Bethany in question is Jenna’s sister.

It is indeed one of Jenna’s tunes.
On the Filska CD she plays it something like:

X: 1
T: Bethany’s Waltz
C: Jenna Reid
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: G
d3c (TBA|AB)G3(G|FG) A(D F)G|(AB) {c}(BA) FA|
(cd2)c (TBA|AB)G3(G|FG) A(D F)A|(FG2)A {c}Bc:|
(cd)(g2-Tgf)|(fg)d4|(cB) A(G F)E|(DE) (FG) AB|
d2(g2-Tgf)| (fg)d4|(cB) A(G F)D|1G3A {c}Bc:|2G6||
A3(B c/B/A)|B3(c d/c/B)|c3d ec|d(g fg) dG|
F3G AF|G3A {c}(Bd)|c2B3G|(FG) AF G2:|

And Andrew Tulloch plays chords something like these:

|:G5|G5|G5/F#|G5/F#|Em7|G5/D|Cadd9 D|G:|
|:Cadd9|G/B|A7sus4|D|Cadd9|G/B|A7sus4 D|G:|
|Am7|G/B|Cadd9|D|D/F#|G|C G/B|D G|
|Am7|G/B|Cadd9|D|D#dim|Em Em/D|C G/B|D G|]

Great tune this is. My Dad learned it first on the box. I got it on the fiddle now. Lovely stuff. Thanks to Jenna and her sister.

Bethany’ Waltz - harmony?

Bethany’s Waltz was played at a session last night, by a host of fiddlers. it was tremendous. one occasional visitor played a lovely harmony. improvised or learnt earlier? I don’t know.
I thought that there was a harmony on this site, but it turned out to be a chord sequence for the tune, which has been interpreted as abc and rendered in musical notation! Strange.

I have no skills in the area of harmony, but would love to have one to play, or for other to play, for this tune. Range of the fiddle, preferably. can anyone help?

Re: Bethany’s

I have been playing Bethany’s for a few years now as the second tune with "Linnet’s Chorus" (I’m not worried about the mismatch of length, Bethany’s being 48 bar and "Linnet’s" being 64 bar, as they are not used for a dance) but a few weeks ago I was directed towards "the Beautiful Goldfish" and decided to put that tune in front of "Linnet’s" & "Bethany’s". I think they make a super set and I was quite chuffed to find that Marcus Hernon is the composer of both "The B G" & "Linnet’s". I welcome any comments on my arrangement and say thank you to both Marcus & Jenna for some superb composing.

Bethany’s has done wonders for developing playing technique on my D/G Castagnari and also harmony possibilities (in the form of the chord structure) It is also a great tune to finish on.

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