Bobby Dazzler barndance

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X: 1
T: Bobby Dazzler
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG |: FG^GA Bcde | fdcd A2 Ad | BABd edcB |A2 G4 AG |
FG^GA Bcde | fdcd A2 Af | e2 ^de fe=dB |e4e2 AG |
FG^GA Bcde | fdcd A2 Af | g2 gf gdBd |f4f2 ef |
gdBd g2 fg | afdB A2 ^GB | A2 A2 bgec |1d4 d2AG :|2 d4 d2e2||
K:Dmin
f2 fg agfe | d4 ^cdcd |Bd Bd fedB | A4 ABA^F |
GABd g2 b2 | ag f2f2 ef |e2 ^de fede | a4 a2 e2 |
f2 fg agfe | d4 ^cdcd |Bd Bd fedB | A4 ABA^F |
GABd g2 b2 | ag f2f2 ef |e2 ^de fe=d^c | d4 d2 ^c2 ||
K:Fmaj
|:cAcA dAdA |cAcA dAdA | cAcA d^c=c=B | B4 Bcdf |
e2 ef g2 gf |efed c2 c^B | c^Bcd edcB | A4 A2B2 |
cAcA dAdA |c Ac A d Ad A | f2 e f gfga | b4 b2 ga |
bgec ^Bceg |afcB A2 Bc | dBdf eceg |1 f4 f2 AB :|2 f4 f2 AG ||

Six comments

Bobby Dazzler

A little tune I wrote for my Dad’s 80th birthday, he play concertina for an English band called the Stubblejumpers. It should be swung like a hornpipe.

X: 1
T: Bobby Dazzler
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: barndance
K: Dmaj
AG |\
FG^GA Bcde | fdcd A2 Ad | BABd edcB | A2 G2- G2 AG |
FG^GA Bcde | fdcd A2 Af | e2 ^de fe=dB | e4 e2 AG |
FG^GA Bcde | fdcd A2 Af | g2 gf gdBd | f4 f2 ef |
gdBd g2 fg | afdB A2 ^GB | A2 A2 bgec | d4 d2 ||
[K: Dmin]
e2 |\
f2 fg agfe | d4 ^cdcd | BdBd fedB | A4 ABA^F |
GABd g2 b2 | ag f2 f2 ef | e2 ^de fede | a4 a2 e2 |
f2 fg agfe | d4 ^cdcd | BdBd fedB | A4 ABA^F |
GABd g2 b2 | ag f2 f2 ef | e2 ^de fe=d^c | d4 d2 ||
[K: FMaj]
^c2 |\
cAcA dAdA | cAcA dAdA | cAcA d^c=c=B | B4 Bcdf |
e2 ef g2 gf | efed c2 c^B | c^Bcd edcB | A4 A2 B2 |
cAcA dAdA | cAcA dAdA | f2 ef gfga | b4 b2 ga |
bgec ^Bceg | afcB A2 Bc | dBdf eceg | f4 f2 |]

There is good reason barndances and that whole family of dances ~ Germans, schottisches, etc. ~ are usually no larger than 32 bars. They are ‘couple dances’ and there are 8 bar and 16 bar versions, 32 bar ones are rare. So a few times through such tunes just about does it, as far as ‘tradition’ goes. This monstrosity of 32 + 16 + 32 = 80 is definitely overkill and quite removed in its peculiarity from the general run of the various traditions in the world that include this lovely family of swing tunes and complementary dances… There are also some problems with the transcription, attempting to address some of those above.

Despite the lumbering size of it and some clumsiness there are some fun themes here and I enjoyed playing through it, but, personally,m I wouldn’t repeat the A or C parts, and I’d be tempted to either scrap the C-part or treat it as a trio. To avoid an exact copy of your transcription I’ve given it above without repeats…

A melody with swing is a lovely present for an 80 year old concertina player, despite its mass…

Tune

Thanks for you suggestions. I didn’t really know what kind of tune to call it so I called it a barndance because of it’s kitchy feel. I agree about the repeats. And sorry to violate the posting your own tunes rule, I won’t feel slighted if it is removed.
Cheers and thanks.

I don’t think it’s a real violiation, after all, it’s only your second. We have in the past had eager composers submit six on the fly, but then our webmaster Jeremy usually steps in.

Your sense of your melody is fair, it reads like a barndance, but your eagerness getting caught up in the phrases and fun of it, I’m guessing, ended up stretching it to bursting, size wise.

Yes, there are some pretty massive multipart hornpipes, keeping to the swung tunes, but even these, the parts tend to be 8 bars in length, if some have second endings on the repeat, akin to your three parts. IT helps to have a fair number of barndances and related tunes under your belt to be inspired and directed by, the ‘tradition’. It’s not uncommon for less experienced musicians, including those with no sense of the relative dance tradition, to produce much worse than this cheerful melodic colleciton…

But, as you’ve said in your details, 35 years fiddling, the chances are you’ve done some of that for dance too, and with an English traditions background, and in your family, your da, it’s a wonder you did get this carried away. As said, it was an enjoyable play through, whatever hiccups or guffaws I experienced. ;-)

More of a rag than a barndance.