Ben Williams Of Tiree strathspey

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Ben Williams Of Tiree
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
|: G>A B<G A2 G>A | B>e ^d<B A2 G>A | B2 E2 E>F G<A | D4 D>E F<D |
E2 G<E A2 G>A | B>e ^d<B A2 G>A |B2 E2 F>E D<F | E4- E4 :|
|: E>F G<E F4 | G>A B<G A2 G>A | B>e ^d<B A2 G>A | D4 D>E F<D |
E>G G<E A2 G>A | B>e ^d<B A2 G>A | B2 E2 F>E D<F | E4- E4 ||
X: 2
T: Ben Williams Of Tiree
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: c>d e<c | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d | e2 A2 | A>B c<d | =G4 | =G>A B<G |
A2 c<A | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d e2 A2 | B>A =G<B | A4- | A4 :|
|: A>B c<A | B4 | c>d e<c | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d | =G4 | =G>A B<G |
A>c c<A | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d | e2 A2 | B>A =G<B | A4- A4 ||

Seven comments

Tranposition to Amix

A slightly more friendly key:

X:1
T:Ben Williams of Tiree
C:John Somerville
M:2/4
L:1/8
R:March
K:Amix
|: c>d e<c | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d | e2 A2 | A>B c<d | =G4 | =G>A B<G |
A2 c<A | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d e2 A2 | B>A =G<B | A4- | A4 :|
|: A>B c<A | B4 | c>d e<c | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d | =G4 | =G>A B<G |
A>c c<A | d2 c>d | e>a ^g<e | d2 c>d | e2 A2 | B>A =G<B | A4- A4 ||

A great tune but you really don’t need to indicate that all those Ds are natural. They are natural in the scale at any rate.

Ben Williams

Also, and this is being really picky and is just personal taste, but I would choose to notate the tune as Emajor with flattened Ds at the line ends. The whole flow of the rest of the bars is very major.

good point NCFA complete mind blank there ah well

on your further point, my ear would tell me that this is in Emix because of the pronounced use of D naturals at the end of every line, but i do see where you are coming from and both E major and E mix fit as the correct key signatures :-)

Yes, well that is exactly why I would plump for Emajor. Those D naturals are very pronounced. Anyway, as you say either is fine (I suppose…) and it is a pointless argument anyway. :-)