William Taylor’s Table Top hornpipe

By Dave Shepherd

Also known as Tabletop Mountain, William Taylor’s Tabletop.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

William Taylor’s Table Top has been added to 1 tune set.

William Taylor's Table Top has been added to 50 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: William Taylor's Table Top
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:G2 G2 GABG|ABAG F2 D2|d2 d2 cdcB|AGFG ABcA|
G2 G2 GABG|ABAG F2 D2|dcBA GBAF|G2 G2 G4:|
|:dBGB d2 d2|cAFA c2 c2|BAGF G2 GB|AGFG A2 A2|
dBFBd2 d2|cGEGc2 c2|BAGF GBAF|G2 G2 G4:|
X: 2
T: William Taylor's Table Top
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
"Am"A2A2A>B c>A|"G"B>c B>A G4|"Am"e>d c>B A>B c>A|"G"B>c B>A G2E2|"Am"A2A2A>B c>A|"G"B>c B>A G4|"Am"e>d c>B A>B c>B|A2G2A4:|
"Am"e>c A>ce2e2|"G"d>B G>B d2d2|"G"c>B A>G E>G A>B|"Am"c>B A>G E>G A>c|e>c A>ce2e2|"G"d>B G>B d2d2|"Am"c>B A>G E>G A>c|A2G2A4:|
X: 3
T: William Taylor's Table Top
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:(3E^F^G|A2 A2 A>Bc>A|B>cB>A ^G2 E2|e2 e2 d2- d>c|B>A^G>A (3Bcd c>B|
A2 A2- A>B (3cBA|B>c (3BA^G E4|e>dc>B A>c (3BA^G|A2 A2 A2:|
|:c>d|e>cA>c e2 e2|d>B^G>B d2 d2|c>BA>^G A2- A>c|B>A^G>A B>cd>f|
e2 A>c e>c (3edc|d2 ^G>B d>B (3dcB|c>BA>^G (3ABc B>G|A2 ^G2 A2:|

Nine comments

composed by Dave Shepard, ex Blowzabella

A slightly different version

As I’ve learnt the tune:
T:Table Top Mountain
“Am”A2A2A>B c>A|“G”B>c B>A G4|“Am”e>d c>B A>B c>A|“G”B>c B>A G2E2|“Am”A2A2A>B c>A|“G”B>c B>A G4|“Am”e>d c>B A>B c>B|A2G2A4:|
“Am”e>c A>ce2e2|“G”d>B G>B d2d2|“G”c>B A>G E>G A>B|“Am”c>B A>G E>G A>c|e>c A>ce2e2|“G”d>B G>B d2d2|“Am”c>B A>G E>G A>c|A2G2A4:|

X: 1 “William Taylor’s Table Top Hornpipe” ~ C: Dave Shepherd (g, a, & e minor)

S: “Encyclopaedia Blowzabellica: The Blowzabella Tune and Dance Book”
Dragonfly Music, 1987
Music manuscript - Dave Shepherd, this tune on page 21
This first transcription is note for note as it appears in the book, in g minor, no other accidentals given. However, other transcriptions exist showing that it is played by others in the keys of e minor and a minor.

Duo Shepherd/Gielen - Dave Shepherd & Simon Gielen

In full realization that the introductory triplet I’ve used suggests ‘melodic minor’… 😉

“The Gloucestershire Miner” / “William Taylor’s Tabletop Hornpipe” ~ Dave Shepherd

Dave Shepherd and Becky Price perform at Kinnersley
Published by David Shepherd on November 23rd, 2012

Dave Shepherd’s added comment/plea ~ “Two hornpipes composed by Dave Shepherd. This is a definitive version of William Taylor’s and hopefully all the clodhopping, galumphing border morris teams who play this will listen to the B music and learn to play it properly. It is in G minor, so fiddlers, stand your ground and don’t be browbeaten into playing it in E minor by the malodorous melodeons (who should be thinking diatonic accordeon and not melodeon!) Hope you enjoy this despite the quality of the video ( a digitisation of a VHS copy of the original, which was filmed by Jessica Abrahams.)”

‘malodorous melodeons’!? Let take a little break to sniff my Paolo - - - no! I can’t smell anything unpleasant there. 😏 Will the A minor takes have Dave running for the Tums? - especially my little sojourn? Any appreciation, whatever the key, can’t really be a depreciation, however rough or galumphing it might be… If I hadn’t been enjoying it in the first place it would have never taken me where it did… 😉