Shovel Tongue waltz

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Shovel Tongue has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: Shovel Tongue
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E2 A2 B2|:c2-cB Ae|cB Aa ec|\
M:2/4
fe cA|
M:3/4
B2 BA Bf|fe fa ef|\
M:2/4
cB Bd|
M:3/4
c2-cB Ae|cB Aa ec|\
M:2/4
fe ce|
M:3/4
a2 ga ef|af ec Bc|\
M:2/4
[1 A2 B2:|2Ae fg||
M:3/4
|:a2-ag ae|cB Aa ec|\
M:2/4
fe cA|
M:3/4
B=g gB aB|=gB Bg =cg|\
M:2/4
d=g e^g|
M:3/4
a2-ag ae|cB Aa ec|\
M:2/4
fe ce|
M:3/4
a2 ga ef|af ec Bc|\
M:2/4
[1 Ae fg:|2 A2 B2||

Nine comments

Shovel Tongue

Source: Tuned Up by Brendan Mulholland, Brendan Hendry, Paul McSherry
Composer: Murray Blair
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Indeed, this tune should be submitted as a reel, but my transcription is from the CD "Tuned Up", where it is played as a slow reel, similar to a 3+3+2 waltz.

Regular 4/4 transcription

T:Shovel Tongue
M:4/4
C:Murray Blair
S:Tuned Up by Brendan Mulholland, Brendan Hendry, Paul McSherry
Z:gian marco pietrasanta
K:A
|c2-cB Ae cB| Aa ec fe cA|
B2 BA Bf fe|fa ef cB Bd|
c2-cB Ae cB|Aa ecfe ce|
a2 ga ef af|1ec Bc A2 B2:|2ec Bc Ae fg||:
a2-ag ae cB| Aa ec fe cA|
B=g gB aB =gB| Bg =cg d=g e^g|
a2-ag ae cB| Aa ec fe ce|
a2 ga ef af |1ec Bc Ae fg:|2ec Bc A2 B2|

8/8 instead of 4/4?

Shouldn’t it be written like this:

X:1
T:Shovel Tongue
M:8/8
C:Murray Blair
S:Tuned Up by Brendan Mulholland, Brendan Hendry, Paul McSherry
K:A
|c3 BAe cB| Aae cfe cA|
B3 ABf fe|fae fcB Bd|
c3 BAe cB|Aae cfe ce|
a2g aef af|1ecB cA2 B2:|2ecB cAe fg||:
a3 gae cB| Aae cfe cA|
B=gg BaB =gB| Bg=c gd=g e^g|
a3 gae cB| Aae cfe ce|
a2g aef af |1ecB cAe fg:|2ecB cA2 B2|]

Yeah 8/8 would avoid all those time changes.

8/8 ~ 3+3+2

I’d go with 8/8 too, which would allow you to show the mixed meter nature of the tune better by the groupings, as mayoman has given it. You’ve also made a decent and concise description. You can put this under 4/4 and then add the header M: 8/8 just before the ABCs…

It would read easier and more correctly that way, both in ABCs and dots… There are similar examples of mixed meter under ‘slip jigs’, 9/8, for example ~ 2+2+2+3…

Go for it Gian, you’ve never struck me as shy or twisting the rules a little… 😉

Damn, too late for the dots… But you could still shove it over and correct your ABCs so they at least read truer…

Maybe 4 measures of 16/8 to emphasize a compound meter, rather than 8/8?

Not sure what that would do to the rhythm, haven’t heard the arrangement, but that seems to account for the phrasing?

2 bar phrases ~ 2 Xs 8/8 (3+3+2)…

This lead me to this brillant ‘tuned up’ CD, Thanks!
I think it is just a slow reel with some ‘syncopc’ notes, so no reason to write it down otherwise than 4/4…