The Steel reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Steel has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Steel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ECEG DB, DE|G2 GA BGGA|Bd (3ddd ed (3ddd|dBGA ABAG:|
Bd (3ddd dBGB|ce (3eee e2 ef|g2 gf g2 ga|bage dBAG|
Bd (3ddd ed (3ddd|dBGA ABBA|BGBd gdBd|1 cBAG (3EFG Ac:|2 cBAF D2 z2||

Two comments

The Steel Reel

This was composed by County Durham (NE England) musician Martin Matthews and can be heard on his album “Autumn”, entered on the Recordings database here as follows:

The setting here notates his playing of the tune on the banjo, and has a couple of notes in it (low G and B) that come below bottom D. On instruments that lack these notes, the straightforward substitute is a bottom D crotchet in the relevant place. The very final (repeat) bar of this setting anticipates a particular following tune on the album, and can be adapted to suit other contexts.

I believe the tune is named after a settlement called Steel, in Northumberland in the middle of nowhere.

Re: The Steel

There’s also a low C natural I forgot to mention, in the first part of the tune. On instruments that do not go lower than bottom D, the relevant sequence of notes - ECEG - can be replaced by: E2 EG .