Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday waltz

By Louise Mackenzie

Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday has been added to 1 tune set.

Bert Mackenzie's 70th Birthday has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Bert Mackenzie's 70th Birthday
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3(A,B,D)|"D"F2 F>E F>A|"Bm"F2 F>E F>A|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|
"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F3 E D>B,|"Em"A,3 F G>F|"A"E A,3 (3(A,B,D)|
"D"F2 F>E F>A|"Bm"F2 F>E F>A|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|
"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F3 E D>B,|"Em"A,3 F "A"E>D|"D"D4:|
|:d>c|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|"G"B2 B>c d>e|"Bm"f2 f>a (3(fed)|
"G"B2 B>c d>B|"D"A F3 E>D|"Em"A,3 F G>F|"A"E A,3 (3(A,B,D)|
"D"F2 F>E F>A|"Bm"F2 F>E F>A|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|
"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F3 E D>B,|"Em"A,3 F "A"E>D|"D"D4:|
2
X: 2
T: Bert Mackenzie's 70th Birthday
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3(ABd)|"D"F2 F>E F>A|"Bm"F2 F>E F>A|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|
"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F3 E D>B|"Em"A3 F G>F|"A"E A3 (3(ABd)|
"D"F2 F>E F>A|"Bm"F2 F>E F>A|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|
"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F3 E D>B|"Em"A3 F "A"E>D|"D"D4:|
|:d>c|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|"G"B2 B>c d>e|"Bm"f2 f>a (3(fed)|
"G"B2 B>c d>B|"D"A F3 E>D|"Em"A3 F G>F|"A"E A3 (3(ABd)|
"D"F2 F>E F>A|"Bm"F2 F>E F>A|"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F A3 d>c|
"G"B2 B>d "A"B>A|"D"F3 E D>B|"Em"A3 F "A"E>D|"D"D4:|

Eight comments

Re: Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday

In your first setting, Harald, should the long A3 in the last bar of the second line not be an octave lower (A,3) as in the last bar of the sixth line?
I also don’t tend to repeat the sixteen bar sections (but maybe that’s just me). Otherwise perfect (that’s not me).

Re: Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday

Yes, you’re right, it should be A,3, and I’ve fixed it. Thank you!

Re: Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday

The Em chord does not seem to fit the melody at that point.

Re: Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday

Karl, the chords as well as the melody X:1 are from the songbook Ceòl nam Fèis 2, I hadn’t even bothered to check them.

I do agree that Em looks a bit unexpected with A and F# in the melody, but it sounds good to me - of course, that’s a matter of taste. Esus4 might be more technically correct.

Staying on D would be more straightforward.

Re: Bert Mackenzie’s 70th Birthday

The Em chord works because of the harmonic progression: G - D/F# - Em - A - D. I’ve heard it played that way and it sounds ok to me, though personally I like to miss out the Em and go straight to the A.