The Lovat Scouts polka

Also known as Lord Lovat’s Scouts, The Lovat Scouts’ Quickstep March, Lovat’s Scouts, Lovats Scouts, Lovet Scout.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Lovat Scouts has been added to 1 tune set.

The Lovat Scouts has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A/<A/|A.c. e.A/<A/|df ag/f/|e>c Ac|B2 BA/<A/|
A.c. e.A/<A/|df ag/f/|e>c dB|A2 A:|
e/<e/|aA ce|fd df|e>c Ac|B2 Be/<e/|
aA ce|fa df|e>c dB|A2 Ae/<e/|
aA ce|fa df|e>c Ac|B2 Be/c/|
A/B/c/d/ ec/A/|d/.e/.f/.g/. ag/f/|e>c dB|A2 A||
2
X: 2
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F/E/|DF AD|GB d>B|AF FE/D/|FE EF/E/|
DF AD|GB dc/B/|Ad/A/ FA/F/|E2 D-:|
D|dd/e/ dA|BG B/dB/|AF FE/D/|FE EF/A/|
dd/e/ dA|BG B/dB/|AF GF/E/|D2 D2|
dd/e/ dA|BG B/dB/|AF FE/D/|FE EF/A/|
DF AD|GB dc/B/|Ad/A/ FA/F/|ED D||
3
X: 3
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d|GB dG|ce g>e|d>B GB|A2 d/c/B/A/|
GB dG|ce gf/e/|d>B c/B/A|G2 G:|
d/4e/4f/|gG Bd|eg ce|d>g GB|A2 Ad/4e/4f/|
gG Bd|ec ce|d>B cA|G2 Gd/4e/4f/|
gG Bd|eg ce|dg Bg|A2 d/c/B/A/|
G>B dG|ce gf/e/|d>B cA|G2- G||
4
X: 4
T: The Lovat Scouts
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D/D/|DF AD/D/|GB dc/B/|A>F DF|E3 D/D/|
DF AD/D/|GB dc/B/|A>F G/F/E|D2- D:|
A/A/|dD FA|BG GB|A>F DF|E3 A/A/|
dD FA|BG GB|A>F GE|D2 DA/A/|
dD FA|BG GB|A>F dF|E3 A/F/|
D/E/F/G/ AF/D/|G/A/B/c/ dc/B/|A>F GE|D2- D||

Five comments

"Lovat’s Scouts" ~ another J. Scott Skinner tune ~ a quickstep march

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/scottskinner/display.php?ID=JSS0705

1.) A Major ~ is taken from the Skinner transcription, changed from 4/4 there to 2/4 here.

2.) D Major ~ also changed to 2/4 from a 4/4 transcription given in ‘Discussions’:
"Can anybody name this tune?"
# Posted on December 4th 2006 by litestikpilot
https://thesession.org/discussions/11917

3.) G Major & 4.) D Major ~ my turn, returning in the end to a reflection of the Skinner transcription we started with…

"The Lovat Scouts’ Quickstep March" ~ the review of mistakes

K: A Major ~ the first take, the B-part, the 13th & 14th measures aren’t supposed to be 5/8 ~ corrections have been made in the ABCs for the first take, Skinner’s… I missed some bits when changing it from 4/4 to 2/4 something got past that shouldn’t have, so here are some other possibilities, minus that glaringly wrong e2 & a2 that made for 5/8 measures, something Skinner never intended… B-part, measure 13 possibilities:

~ | A/B/c/d/ e c/A/ | ~
~ | a/A/c/d/ e/A/c/e/ | ~
~ | a (3B/c/d/ e (3c/B/A/ | ~
~ | ac ed/c/ | ~

Mea culpa! ~ we were on our way out for a walk in the stormy weather at the time, on my wife’s insistance, and I should have waited as planned for later this evening… The wind is still fierce and whistling away outside…

I quite like the tease in the pauses of those wrongly notated 5/8 measures… 😛