The Dramshell reel

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X: 1
T: The Dramshell
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|F2a2 fecA|cedc BAGE|F2a2 fecf|1 ecBG AFFA:|2 ecBG AFFg||
afcf cfaf|gebe gbeg|afcf cfaf|ecBG AFFg|
afcf cfaf|gebe gbeg|afge fecf|ecBG AFF||

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The Dramshell

From the playing of Carl MacKenzie. This is recorded on his best of ‘Highland Fiddle and Dance’ album as well as ‘Music from The Simon Fraser Collection. So I am assuming it was a composition of Fraser’s.

It is also in F# minor and not A major…no option in the drop down menu. F SHARP MINOR sounds scary enough but it is just the relative minor of A. If you’ve learned a few common tunes chances are that you play in the relatives of G (Em), D (Bm), and C (Am). So quit maggie’s farm and break out of five key slavery.

Lots of ways to bow or ornament this one for fiddlers. Try giving a flick or even a short roll to the first two notes or just the first if you are lazy with your pinkie like me. The second part burns if you bow it hot, especially around bars 2 and 6. Those g# pick up notes in bar 5 (A part going into the B) and bar 4 (B part) can be changed to f# for a bit easier fingering.