The Blue Bell three-two

Also known as Blew Bell, Blew Bell Hornpipe, The Blew Bell Hornpipe, The Blew Bell, Blue Bell Hornpipe, The Blue Bell Hornpipe.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Blue Bell has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Blue Bell
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A4 FGAF D4| BAGF EFGE C2 E2| AGFE DEFD B,2 D2| GFED A,DCE D4 :|
d4 fafd BdBG| E2 ef gfed c2 A2| d2 c2 B3 A GFED| GFED A,DCE D4 :|
# Added by Sas J .
X: 2
T: The Blue Bell
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
K: EbMaj
|: E4 GABD E4 | cBAG FGAG D2 F2 | BAGF EFED C2 F2 | AGFE B,EDF E4 :|
|: e4 gbge cecA | F4 fgfe dcde | D2 E2 c3 B AGFE | AGFE B,EDF E4 :|
|: EFGA B2 E2 D2 E2 | FGA=B c2 F2 =E2 F2 | g3 f edcB AGFE | AGFE B,EDA E4 :|
X: 3
T: The Blue Bell
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G4 BcdF G4 | edcB ABcB F2 A2 | dcBA GAGF E2 A2 | cBAG DGFA G4 :|
|: g3 b[dad']bg egec | A4 abag fefg | F2 G2 e3 d cBAG | cBAG DGFA G4 :|
|: GABc d2 G2 F2 G2 | ABc^d e2 A2 ^G2 A2 | b3 a gfed cBAG | cBAG DGF[DAc] G4 :|

Twenty-one comments

The Bluebell

Oh for heaven’s sake!

The Bluebell???

For heaven’s sake indeed. I can’t make head nor tail of this. Is it in 3/2, 5/4, 11/8 (in places) or what? And what are those accidentals doing? Which octave are the notes in? What notes are they anyway?

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The midi version sounds great.

And by great, I mean rubbish.

Own composition? If not, where did you get it?
At least we’d have a clue.

Putting it in some kind of regular measure it could go like this (changed pitch of one note to follow pattern):

X: 1
T: Bluebell, The
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: three-two
K: Dmaj
A4 FGAF D4| BAGF EFGE C2 E2| AGFE DEFD B,2 D2| GFED A,DCE D4 :|
d3 e fafd BdBG| E2 ef gfed c2 A2| d2 c2 B2 A2 GFED| GFED A,DCE D4 :|

Another possibility - matching the two parts a little:

X: 1
T: Bluebell, The
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: three-two
K: Dmaj
A4 FGAF D4| BAGF EFGE C2 E2| AGFE DEFD B,2 D2| GFED A,DCE D4 :|
d3 e fafd BdBG| E2 ef gfed c2 A2| dcBA GFED B,2 D2| GFED A,DCE D4 :|

It still doesn’t ring a bell, blue or otherwise.

‘Ey up - it’s been added to 3 tune books already!

Makes a passable polska in a Delsbo style:

X:1
T: Blåklockan
M:3/4
L:1/8
R:Polska
K:D
A2F/2G/2A/2F/2 D2|B/2A/2G/2F/2 E/2F/2G/2E/2 CE|A/2G/2F/2E/2 D/2E/2F/2D/2 B,D|G/2F/2E/2D/2 A,/2D/2C/2E/2 D2:
|:d3/2e/2 f/2a/2f/2d/2 B/2d/2B/2G/2|Ee/2f/2 g/2f/2e/2d/2 cA|d/2c/2B/2A/2 G/2F/2E/2D/2 B,D|G/2F/2E/2D/2 A,/2D/2C/2E/2 D2:|

Note, a "blåklocka" is a harebell - some suggest that a "bluebell" in Scotland is a harebell too, but there is much debate on that subject.

I know it may not be right, I think I may have got a little bit confused… I write my ABC notation differently compared to how you’re supposed to write it on here.
I learnt it from Sam Sweeney at Shrewsbury folk festival this year, he said it was a hornpipe in 3/2.
I don’t have any music grades or anything, so please don’t rip me up haha- I just thought this tune was too good not to share (and besides, isn’t folk music just about having fun? Sort of defeats the point if it HAS to be perfect…)
If you type in Sam Sweeney Shrewsbury workshop 2011 on Youtube; it’s the second tune on the video.
Sorry, just thought I was being helpful.

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Haha. Very mature calling it ‘O, For Heaven’s Sake’ by the way; really makes me feel confident in myself as an aspiring musician.

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Sas J, don’t take it on the nose :~)

You posted the tune and only you can edit it. So I’m sure if you asked any related questions over on the discussions pages you’d get some help with the abc notation ;o) Then you could edit it up.

There are 4 rather capable folks already commenting on this page and none of them are known for "ripping" anyone up on here.

I was fairly close on the first attempt - this is a bit closer, though it, as would be expected, changes each time round:

X: 1
T: Bluebell, The
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
K: D
A4 FGAF D4| BAGF EFGE C2 E2| AGFE DEFD B,2 D2| GFED A,DCE D4 :
|:d4 fafd BdBG| E2 ef gfed c2 A2| d2 c2 B3 A GFED| GFED A,DCE D4 :|

Thanks for the tune. It makes a fine polska - not a bad slip jig either (abit more tweaking needed):

X:1
T: Bluebell, The
M:9/8
L:1/8
R:Slip Jig
K:D
A3FAF D3|BGF EGE C2E|AGF DFD B,2D|GFD A,CE D3:
|:d2e fad BdG|Eef ged c2 A|dcB AGF E2 D|GFD A,CE D3:|

I suspect one or two of the old 3/2 hornpipes became "9/8ers".

Don’t be too disheartened. There are plenty of great resources for ABC notation (http://www.abcnotation.com/ for example) plus when you submit a tune there is a Help tab if you are unsure about the ABC. You can use the converter here http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html to check that the sheet music looks right.

The reason that bad ABC is "frowned upon" here is because Jeremy, the webmaster, will either delete it entirely (and so the tune isn’t shared) or if the badly-transcribed version goes up you run the risk of lots of people learning the wrong thing from the website here.

Also, posting a link to the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAPisWIO2E in the comments section lets everyone know where you got it from, and (in my case at least) lets me discover new fiddle players I’d never heard of before!

Yep - my attempt at putting together a sentence in my last post is probably worse than your ABC! Oh for an edit facility……..

Bluebell

Thanks for that Weejie.

Sas J - you still have a little time before the sheet music gets put up on the site. Would you do us a service and take the ABC as written by Weejie above and put that in as your amended submission? That way, you’ll have shared the tune, and other people will be able to play it because of you.

Oh, and by the way, nigelg has high standards - check out his site some time, it’s well worth it:

http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/abc.html

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That link doesn’t work - you can find it through Google - it seems to work on the Mac too.

X:1
T:Blew Bell Hornpipe
T:Blue Bell Hornpipe [2]
B:Walsh
M:3/2
L:1/8
K:Cm
E4 GABD E4| cBAG FGAG D2 F2|BAGF EFED C2 F2| AGFE B,EDF E4:|
|:e4 gbge cecA| F4 fgfe dcde| D2 E2 c3 B AGFE|AGFE B,EDF E4:|
|:EFGA B2 E2 D2 E2| FGA=B c2 F2 =E2 F2| g3 f edcB AGFE| AGFE B,EDA E4:||


BLUE BELL HORNPIPE [2]. AKA - "Blew Bell Hornpipe." English, (Old) Hornpipe (3/2 time). C Minor. Standard tuning. AABBCC. The melody appears in Walsh’s third collection of Lancashire tune (Lancashire Jigs, Hornpipes, Joaks, etc.) published around the year 1740.


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Hornpiope?

Aye, and it’s mainly in E flat in that version.

Thanks, Weejie
Well, it’s my first submission and the way I was looking at from the written music in front of my made sense; so I apologise. Just felt a bit bewildered as you guys just seem to be a tad critical; it’s not a nice experience when you’re a newbie.

Learning it by ear is much more fun anyway haha:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAPisWIO2E

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* Thanks, Solidmahog
Can’t even type properly today -.-

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X: 3 The Blew/Blue Bell Hornpipe ~ up a third

From Eb Major (not the relative C minor) to G major, with a few options between brackets [ ~ ]…