Balchraggan march

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Balchraggan has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Two settings

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X: 1
T: Balchraggan
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
M:2/4
A>B |: "A"c4 | c2 B<A | "D"f2 e2 | e2 A>B | "F#m"c2 e>c | d>c B<A | "E"B4- | B2 A>B |
"A"c4 | c2 B<A | "D"f2 e2 | e2 A>B | "Bm"c2 e>c | "E"B>A B<c |1 "A"A4- | A2 A>B :|2 "A"A4- | A2 c>e |]
|: "D"f2 a2 | a2 f>e | "F#m"f2 c2 | c2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c | d>c B<A |
|1 "E"B4- | B2 c>e | "D"f2 a2 | a2 f>e | "F#m"f2 c2 | c2 A>B | "Bm"c2 e>c | "E"B>A B<c | "A"A4- | A2 c>e :|
|2 "E"B4- | B2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c | "Bm"B>A B<c | "A/C#"(3cAA (3eAA | "D"f2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c | "E"B>A B<c | "A"A4- | A2 |]
# Added by DaveF .
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X: 2
T: Balchraggan
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A>B | "A"c4 c2 B<A | "D"f2 e2 "A"e2 A>B | "F#m"c2 e>c "D" d>c B<A | "Bm"B4- "E7" B2
A>B | "A"c4 c2 B<A | "D"f2 e2 "A" e2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c "E7"B>A B<c | "A"A6 :|
c>e | "D"f2 a2 a2 f>e | "F#m"f2 c2 c2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c "D" d>c B<A | "Bm"B4- "E7" B2
c>e | "D"f2 a2 a2 f>e | "F#m"f2 c2 c2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c "E7"B>A B<c | "A"A6
c>e | "D"f2 a2 a2 f>e | "F#m"f2 c2 c2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c "D" d>c B<A | "Bm"B4- "E7" B2
A>B | "A"c2 e>c "E7"B>A B<c | "A" c>A e<A "D"f2 A>B | "A"c2 e>c "E7"B>A B<c | "D"A4- "A"A2 ||

Nine comments

Re: Balchraggan

Are you sure about that C# major chord in the last line, DaveF? I would play A/C# there, if I was playing that progression (though I think I normally play |A | E |A A/C# |D |).

Re: Balchraggan

You’re right. Wee mistake there!

I play flute at session so I only play chords at home, when I’m on the piano, so I’m not great with chords. I usually don’t think about them, just play them. I’ve got two different versions folks I know use. Either:

|A| Bm | A/C#| D| A| E| A| or |A |E| A| D| A| E| D|

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Re: Balchraggan

Very popular in our Zoom sessions too, with a nice harmony by Sarah Northcott. Of course you can’t hear it all in Zoom, but you can play the harmony line while muted along with the lead player, and it sounds good!

Re: Balchraggan

I’ve got a pretty nice counter melody (and have recorded it in a full arrangement), if your interested, Trish.

Re: Balchraggan

Just realised that it’s just off the A82 on the way up to Abriachan not far south of Inverness.
Really enjoy on my small pipes.

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Re: Balchraggan

Oops, only just seen Donald’s reply to my post of 3 months ago: will pm you. We’re still playing it a lot!