Raven’s jig

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X: 1
T: Raven's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: dfe dBA | FAA BAA | dfe fdB | GBd ABc |
def fef | geg gag | fed cAG |1 EAG FDD :|2 EAG FD c
|: dBf gef | dBB ABG | FAc BcA | EAG ~F3 | dce edf
|1 feg gag | fed cAG | EAG FDc :|2 feg gba | ged Bdd |
cAG FDD |]
"Variation #1"
K:Dm
A |: dfe dBA | FAA BAA | dfe fdB | GBd A=B^c |
def fef |1 g_eg gag | fdc AGF | EAG FDD :|2 g_eg bag | fdc ABG | EAG FDD |]
ecg afg | ecc BcA | ^FAd cdA | ^Ged ^cAA | ^c=Bd dce |1 edf fgf
ed^c BAG | EAG FDd :|2 edf gba | ged Bdd | cAG FDD||
"Variation #2"
A |: dfe dBA | FAA BAA | dfe fdB | GBd A=B^c |
def fef |1 g_eg gag | fdc AGF | EAG FDD :|2 g_eg bag | fdc ABG | EAG FDD |]
|: AFc dBc | AFF EFD | E^G=B ABG |1 ^F=B^A ^GFF | ^A^G=B BA^c |
^c=Bd ded | ^c_BG _BdB | EAG FDD :|2 ^F^A^c =BcA | _Ac_e _dec | _B_df _efd |
ceg fge | d^fa gaf | eg=b abg | ^fa^c' =bc'a | g=bd' ^c'd'b | a^c'e' d'e'c' |
=bd'^f' e'f'd' | ^c'e'g' ^f'g'e' | d'^f'a' g'a'f' | d'^f'a' g'a'f' | d'f'a' g'a'f' |
d'f'a' g'a'f' | ^c'e'a' g'a'e' | ^c'e'a' g'a'e' | =c'e'g' f'g'e' | =bd'g' 'f'g'd' |
_bd'f' _e'f'd' | ac'f' _e'f'c' | g=bd' c'd'b | f_ac' bc'a | e^g=b abg | aea e^ce |
^cAc ece | dAd _eBG | EA^c ece | dAd _eBG | A^ce gfe | d^ce edf |
feg gag | fed Bdd | ^cAG FDD |]

Two comments

Raven’s Jig

I wrote this jig a few years ago in honor of my late buddy, Raven. He was a beautiful German Shepherd dog who passed away suddenly in the prime of his life due to an illness. He was all black in color (hence his name), and his appearance never failed to startle and impress — people often would ask whether he was a wolf. I remember his sweet personality, playfulness and exuberance for life with great fondness. Feel free to play this tune in sessions and live music gigs (when possible, please give me credit and mention for whom the tune was written), but please don’t make recordings for sale without notifying me and receiving my permission. This work has been registered with the United States Copyright Office.

Re: Raven’s

Ah — I forgot to mention that if I was to play this tune for a general audience on an instrument with a range typical of Celtic music, I’d probably opt to play the first D major section, or the D minor section, or both, and omit the successive two sections (as you can see, they’re quite high in pitch and not really necessary).