The Tricky Reel reel

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The Tricky Reel has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Tricky Reel has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Tricky Reel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
GD~D2 B2AB|GFDF ~E2FE|DGBD GBdg|fdec dBcA|
~B2dB ~A2cA|GBAF GFDF|~E2GE DGBd|cAFA GABA:|
|:~G2g^f g=fd^c|cBGF GABd|cA~A2 FGAc|f=efd cAFA|
GABG ^FAdF|FGAF =EGcE|EFGE DGBd|cAFA GABA:|
# Added by JD .
2
X: 2
T: The Tricky Reel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
GD~D2 B2AB|GFDF ~E2FE|DGBD GBdg|fdec dBcA|
~B2dB ~A2cA|GBAF GFDF|~E2GE DGBd|cAFA GABA:|
|:~G2g^f g=fdc|dBGF GABd|cA~A2 FGAc|f=efd cAFA|
~B2dB ~A2cA|GBAF GFDF|EFGE DGBd|cAFA GABA:|
3
X: 3
T: The Tricky Reel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
AE~E2 c2Bc|AGEG ~=F2GF|EAce Acea|gefd ecdB|
~c2ec ~B2dB|AcBG AGEG|~=F2AF EAce|dBGB ABcB:|
|:~A2a^g a=ged|ecAG ABce|dB~B2 GABd|gfge dBGB|
~c2ec ~B2dB|AcBG AGEG|~=F2AF EAce|dBGB ABcB:|

Seven comments

I’m the composer…

…and the title is really "Tricky Reel", not "Tricky Tune". The key is Gm, not Gdor. I composed it on mandolin on Dec 27, -99. Since then people have pointed out similarities with Charlie Lennon’s "Kilty Town". Which I don’t play.

I usually put it together with two other compositions of mine, both in Gm.

I’d like to hear comments from all of you, especially you who have included it in your repertoire🙂

I came across this tune whilst browsing and found it very intriguing. I think for me to really take to it, it’d have to be simplified a bit, which would presumably defeat the whole point of it! Specifically, I would want to take out the bluesy bit at the start of the B-part, and also get rid of that descending sequence at the end of the B-part, which I find a bit gimmicky (sorryyyy!). If not "get rid of", then I feel as though it should at least become a 2nd time ending, otherwise it’s a bit much. That’s being really picky though…

X: 1
T: The Not So Tricky Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmin
GD~D2 B2AB|GFDF ~E2FE|DGBD GBdg|fdec dBcA|
~B2dB ~A2cA|GBAF GFDF|~E2GE DGBd|cAFA GABA:|
|:~G2g^f g=fdc|dBGF GABd|cA~A2 FGAc|f=efd cAFA|
~B2dB ~A2cA|GBAF GFDF|EFGE DGBd|cAFA GABA:|

Then I’d probably want to put it into an easier key, which you’ll really hate:

X: 1
T: The Simplified Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amin
AE~E2 c2Bc|AGEG ~=F2GF|EAce Acea|gefd ecdB|
~c2ec ~B2dB|AcBG AGEG|~=F2AF EAce|dBGB ABcB:|
|:~A2a^g a=ged|ecAG ABce|dB~B2 GABd|gfge dBGB|
~c2ec ~B2dB|AcBG AGEG|~=F2AF EAce|dBGB ABcB:|

I meant that key sig to be Ador there, that last one, with nat accidentals.

Thanks for the comments, Dow. I very seldom compose tune with "2nd time endings", but your suggestion is not a bad one. Which is your instrument? I composed the tune on mandolin and it works equally well on fiddle, and guitar for that matter (melody, DADGAD-tuning).

As for your transposing, I’ve had problems with Amin/Ador on just any instrument for the past 7-8 years, really. But feel free to play it your way if you want.

For what it’s worth, Paul Kelly included the tune in "110 Irish Mandolin Tunes Volume 1", original key but some off-notes here and there.

An attractive tune, Jeff_.
But I would use Gm (eolian mode) throughout, leaving the e naturals and other accidentals where you wrote them in. Giving it a nice baroque flavour, ‘Bachian’ even towards the end.
And I’d get rid of that not so groovy cromatic fall in the 2d part, replacing it with, say, |:~G2g^f g=fdB|cAGF GABd… : perhaps a bit common but not hackneyed.
This ‘reel’ has strong down beats and could easily be seen a hornpipe. This feature becomes obvious if you ‘test’ the tune by playing it in GMaj.

wonderful tune jeff i got it from the book cant believe
the arrogance of advise on improving it have you others love its difference and trickyness well done congratulations

Re: The Tricky

I love this tune, especially the part B.. I put it on electro swing base in G minor and it sounds good.. thanks for sharing