“Reel De Lapin”
Originally learned from Donna Hébert, a great teacher too, and this transcription taken from her bow as best I could, keeping it simple. ;-)
“Reel De Lapin” ~ another transcription for this can be found here:
"The Portland Collection, Volume 2"
Susan Songer & Clyde Curley
Page 164: "The Rabbit Reel"
This one is a transcription from another fine fiddler, Lisa Ornstein, with some interesting ways with it. As always with these collection, a fine and interesting set of notes on the tunes too, highly recommended…
La Famille Arseneault - "La Reel Gaspé" = “Reel De Lapin”
Discussion: Gaspé Reel / Rabbit Reel / Hare Reel / Reel du Lapin etc???
# Posted by tombliss - December 28th, 2010
Reel De Lapin
In the playing of the tune, it has a more of a hornpipe bounce to it. Would one agree?
To swing or not to swing ~ 8-)
In North America, as for contra dance, it is generally played pretty straight, so too in Quebec, as I remember it. That’s how Donna plays it, evidenced in the transcribed ‘triplets’: DE/F/ & D/E/F for example. That’s also how it is taken in the YouTube linked to above, ‘La Famille Arseneault’. However, it doesn’t take much for me to lean over and give a tune like this some swing. It would even make a decent schottische. ;-)
X: 3 “Reel De Lapin”
La Famille Arseneault ~ the above YouTube link…
They start with the B-part, but they also end with that same part, so I’ve given it with their final order of parts, which allows for an easier comparison… Starting with the B-part, and even in parts, as to lead into a dance, is not unusual ~ 8, 4, 2 bars ~ or more…
G3 :||: c |\ & g2 fg & A3 B & c2 BA & d3 c ~ etc… maybe be what your ears and brain are confusing with swing, and in a since they are that too ~ slow—-quick & slow—-quick-quick…
Associated actions ~ ‘Lapin’
The rabbit we’ve just finished tonight had given up the jump some time ago. While I was transcribing this, as fate would have it, or not, I was preparing wild rabbit for tonight’s meal, and we just finished the little bunny off, yum, yum! ~ with a nice spring onion mash and fresh peas. Where did I put that bottle of chianti? It will have to be a nice dry Zinfandel instead. 8-)