Pedar Bis barndance

Also known as Five For Four, Four Fingers, Pedwar Bis, Pemp Pedar, Pump Pedwar.

Pedar Bis has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: e>e dc Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc d2 d2 |\
e>e dc Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc A2 A2 :|
|: A>B cA Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc d2 d2 |\
AB cA Bc d2 |[1 c/B/A Bc A2 A2 :|[2 e>e dc A2 A2 |]
X: 2
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: B>B AG FG A2 | G/F/E FG A2 A2 |\
B>B AG FG A2 | G/F/E FG E2 E2 :|
|: E>F GE FG A2 | G/F/E FG A2 A2 |\
EF GE FG A2 |[1 G/F/E FG E2 E2 :|[2 B>B AG E2 E2 |]
X: 3
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: b>b ag fg a2 | g/f/e fg a2 a2 |\
b>b ag fg a2 | g/f/e fg e2 e2 :|
|: e>f ge fg a2 | g/f/e fg a2 a2 |\
ef ge fg a2 |[1 g/f/e fg e2 e2 :|[2 b>b ag e2 e2 |]
X: 4
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: A>A GF EF G2 | F/E/D EF G2 G2 |\
A>A GF EF G2 | F/E/D EF D2 D2 :|
|: D>E FD EF G2 | F/E/D EF G2 G2 |\
DE FD EF G2 |[1 F/E/D EF D2 D2 :|[2 A>A GF D2 D2 |]
X: 5
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|: d>d cB AB c2 | B/A/G AB c2 c2 |\
d>d cB AB c2 | B/A/G AB G2 G2 :|
|: G>A BG AB c2 | B/A/G AB c2 c2 |\
GA BG AB c2 |[1 B/A/G AB G2 G2 :|[2 d>d cB G2 G2 |]
X: 6
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: e>e dc Bc d2 | cA Bc d2 d2 |\
e>e dc Bc d2 | c>A Bc A2 A2 :|
A>B cA Bc d2 | cA Bc d2 d2 |\
AB cA Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc A2 A2 |
AB cA Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc d2 d2 |\
e>e dc Bc d2|c>A Bc A2 A2 |]
X: 7
T: Pedar Bis
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: e>e dc Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc d2 d2 |
e>e dc Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc A2 A2 :||
|: A>B cA Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc d2 d2 |
AB cA Bc d2 | c/B/A Bc A2 A2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Eleven comments

Four fingers and a string - - -

This little Breton number makes a nice study - for strings and wind, on each bow of the fiddle in the dorian keys of G, D, A and E, and if you drop the E down an octave a useful exercise for the first octave of winds, whistle and flute:

K:Edor
|:B>B AG FG A2|G/F/E FG A2 A2|
B>B AG FG A2|G/F/E FG E2 E2:|
|:E>F GE FG A2|G/F/E FG A2 A2|
EF GE FG A2|1 G/F/E FG E2 E2:|
2 B>B AG E2 E2||

and that e string:
K:Edor
|:b>b ag fg a2|g/f/e fg a2 a2|
b>b ag fg a2|g/f/e fg e2 e2:|
|:e>f ge fg a2|g/f/e fg a2 a2|
ef ge fg a2|1 g/f/e fg e2 e2:|
2 b>b ag e2 e2||

K: Ddor
|:A>A GF EF G2|F/E/D EF G2 G2|
A>A GF EF G2|F/E/D EF D2 D2:|
|:D>E FD EF G2|F/E/D EF G2 G2|
DE FD EF G2|1 F/E/D EF D2 D2:|
2 A>A GF D2 D2||

K: Gdor
|:d>d cB AB c2|B/A/G AB c2 c2|
d>d cB AB c2|B/A/G AB G2 G2:|
|:G>A BG AB c2|B/A/G AB c2 c2|
GA BG AB c2|1 B/A/G AB G2 G2:|
2 d>d cB G2 G2||

Just a wee bit of exercise for your pinky Jamie… It was Jim Troy that brought this on, and questions about workshops and tunes for tutelage. So don’t sling the tomatoes my way, heave over the fence at Jimmy…

“Schmitt Opus 16” five-finger wiggles, stout Breizh, Skolvan e kan ha diskan:

Variation on the second ending, the B-part, referring back to the first bar earlier, and I’m only doing this in one key:

|:Ae dc Bc d2|c/B/A Bc A2 A2||

Weird, how did that ‘lesser than’ sign get in there? Sorry, the ABC above was chopped and compressed, the whole middle of it from ‘|:A - to e dc -’ etc., just vanished. Here it is again and as was intended:

|:A>B cA Bc d2|c/B/A Bc d2 d2|1 AB cA Bc d2|c/B/A Bc A2 A2:|
2 e>e dc Bc d2|c/B/A Bc A2 A2||

Pemp Pedar

"Pump pedwar" is Welsh for "five four" I suppose that it means the same in Breton?

Pemp Pedar

I like the little tune. I imagine it played on bombarde and biniou - loud, shrill and high pitch.
It has to be repeated at least 666 times before you can cross to the otherworld ;-)

Fits well to this discussion:
https://thesession.org/discussions/4738

Whoa! - sign of the beast. If you really want to cross over you need to put in more practice, like 5,454…or drink a significant amount of stout Breizh/Breton stout…

“Pedar Bis” ~ Four Fingers, five notes

I didn’t want to put a claim in for this little piece. It just happened. I was messing around doing Breton dance and playing an ocarina an old friend had made for me and I was thinking about Jimmy Troy’s little finger complaint. I wanted something confined within five notes but that was a dance melody, not just an exercise. This was for my own sake too. This simple little number just arrived amongst a slew of other tunes.

I have checked my notes and music and books relevant to the geographic inspiration, Brittany and its music and dance, but I can’t find this there, though a few old acquaintances hint at influence - ‘pile menus’, ‘hanter dros/an dros’,’gavottes’ and ‘kost er c’oats. I think it was the latter I was dancing while thinking about the problem and need. Saying that, with a ceramic ocarina in my mouth, and for those of you who know that dance, I’m surprised I didn’t chip or break any teeth. In the swing of it long came this tune and I just couldn’t let go of it. Later I scrawled it down in ABC and it was just what I was looking for, it fit the bill… I hadn’t a name for it so I went with a compromise, one that works out in Welsh and Breton…

The above is in answer to a request for information on this tune. If I do come across it elsewhere I will return with that information and source…