Here is one of the simplest of reels but fun nevertheless. The challenge is to vary it in such a way as to avoid it sounding tedious.
This tune lends itself to variation, Here are a few ideas (unabashedly biased toward fiddle ‘cause that’s what I play).
T: The Sunny Banks
B|:A~F3 d2 cA|BdAF ~G3B|A~F3 d2 cA|1 (3Bcd AG FDDB:|2 (3Bcd AG GDDg||
|:fded cAAg|fdef g2 ag|fded cAed|1 (3Bcd AG FDDg:|2 (3Bcd AG FDDB||
Variations for the A part:
B|AF (3FFF dFcA|(3Bcd AF GBAG|DFAF (3ddd AB|dBAG FDDB|
dB|A~F3 [d3D3] c|BdAF (3GAG FG|(3ABA FA [dD]BAF|GBAG FDDB|
B|A~F3 dAcA|BdAF GECE|DFAF d2 eg|fdAG FDDB|
And for the B part:
g|fded cdAd|fdef g2 ag|fded cdAd|1 (3Bcd AG FDDg|
g|fded cAag|fd (3eef g2 ag|faed cAAF|GBAG FDDg|
Single Reel / Highland Fling (single schottische/German)
~ taken from the playing of Josie McDermott
T: The Flowers of Ballymote
R: single reel
AF (3FFF d2 cA | BGAF GFGB | AF (3FFF dBcA | BGAF DEFG |
AF ~F2 d2 cA | BFAF (3GGG GB | AF ~F2 d2 cA | BFAF d3 ||
fded cA A2 | fdef gbag | (3fgf ed cA (3AAA | BFAF D3 e |
(3fff ed cA (3AAA | (3ffd ef g2 ag | fged cA ~A2 | BGAF DEFG ||
R: highland fling
A>F (3FFF d2 c>A | B>GA>F G>FG>B |
A>F (3FFF d>Bc>A | B>GA>F D>EF>G |
A>F ~F2 d2 c>A | B>FA>F (3GGG G>B |
A>F ~F2 d2 c>A | B>FA>F d3 e ||
f>de>d c>A A2 | f>de>f g>ba>g |
(3fgf e>d c>A (3AAA | B>FA>F D3 e |
(3fff e>d c>A (3AAA | (3ffd e>f g2 a>g |
f>ge>d c>A ~A2 | B>GA>F D>EF>G ||
"Connemara" / "The Connemara" ~ 3/4 & 9/8
Submitted on April 19th 2006 by ceolachan.
"Top It Off" ~ 9/8 Hop Jig
Submitted on March 5th 2004 by turophile.
Played by Matt Molloy…
Short flute solo from Matt Molloy playing this at around 0.28, before the rest of "The Chieftains" join in.