The Map On The Wall reel

The Map On The Wall has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Map On The Wall
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BcdB cAFA|d2 e/f/g bgdc|BcdB cAFA|BdcA ~G2 GA|
BcdB cAFA|~d2 e/f/g bgdc|Bdgd ceAg|fdcA ~G2 GA:|
FGAF Dc ~c2|BGDC B,DGD|FGAF Dc ~c2|B/c/d gf agdc|
FGAF Dc ~c2|BGDC B,DGD|Bdgd ceAg|fdcA G2G2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Map On The Wall
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BcdB cAFA|d2 e/f/g bgdc|BcdB cAFA|BdcA ~G2 GA|
BcdB cAFA|~d2 e/f/g bgdc|Bdgd ceAg|fdcA ~G2 GA:|
FGAF Dc ~c2|BGDc BDGD|FGAF Dc ~c2|B/c/d gf agdc|
FGAF Dc ~c2|BGDc BDGD|Bdgd ceAg|fdcA G2G2:|

Five comments

The Map On The Wall

This was written by Brendan McGlinchey. As I liked his stuff and had seen a mention on the internet of this tune in an American magazine (‘The Fiddler’ I think it was called) along with an interview he had given on his recovery from a stroke, I ordered a back copy of the magazine containing it.
I have never heard anyone playing it but think it deserves to be ‘out there’.

Just tried transposing it so it would work on my D whistle but way too many half holes!

Re: The Map On The Wall

Why transposing? OK, the tune may not suit the range of a D whistle, but there aren’t any notes that you can’t play. Tweak bars 2 and 6 of the B part so you can play them. Nothing wrong with that. Everyone does it. No half-holing needed.

The Map On The Wall, X:2

Same as setting X:1 but with notes CB, changed to cB, therefore suitable for tin whistle.

Very interesting this one. There is always plenty of choice when a tin whistle player has to accommodate to these tunes that have full range. I mean that there are different possibilities as when to change the octave. It happens many times that just changing the octave to the notes outside the tin whistle doesn’t sound right. Then they have to start doing the change before those notes. When? Here it comes the choice of each player.

But for this tune in particular I think that just changing the octave of the only two notes that cannot be played by the tin whistle creates a variation that is just lovely. It creates a pedal note effect. Have a listen to this setting and you will see. Why is it like this? Because those two notes are just between two Ds.