Bachelor’s Walk reel

By Breda Smyth

Also known as Bachelor’s Walk #1.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Bachelor's Walk has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Bachelor's Walk
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
f3b|:fBBA FAfB|e~A3 EA_ce|fBBA FAfB|ee^df eA_ce|
fBBA FAfB|e~A3 EA_ce|faef ee_ce|1 dB_cA Befb:|2 dB_cA BA_cA||
K: Dmaj
|:~d3f afdf|~e3f eAce|d~A3 afef|e^def gedf|
~d3f afdf|~e3f eAce|~f3d ~e3c|1 dBcA BAcA:|2 dBcA Befb||
# Added by bay .

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Played by Breda Smyth on “Basil and Thyme” and on “Transatlantic Sessions”.

This is the 1st tune on the track titled “Bachelor’s Walk”.

Some variations go something like this:
Measure #4
|ec^dc ec^dc|
Measure #1-3
|f~B3 bebd|e~A3 aead|f~B3 bebd|

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I believe it’s in Bmin.

ah-ha… i actually followed a youtube link to this video just yesterday and thought “thats a nice tune”

so when i searched for it i didnt finds anything… i even doubted my own spelling…. i new that wasnt it…lol

anyways thanks!

Are you really sure it is in Bmin? I’m not good at signatures but I think the c should be sharped, doesn’t it?

Bm does have a C# (and an F#) - just the same as the key of D.

I suspect it was originally written out as Eminor and only changed to Bm after the sheetmusic was produced (hence the missing sharp).

I adore this tune. It’s the tune that made me want to learn whistle in the first place… still haven’t quite got the hang of this tune tho, but I’m working on it.

Some thoughts… it’s a small point but in the Transatlantic Sessions version, the second last bar of the A part is very slightly different from the transcription. Instead of |faef ee_ce| as given here, it’s |fadf ee_ce|. (I only know this because I have a slowed down recording which I’m using to try to hear all the ornaments!) Other than, this transcription is spot on.

There’s an interesting feature in the B part, she plays an odd sounding ornament on the long Ds…. don’t think it’s a crann, could possibly be a vented double cut… but I think it might be the elusive ‘shake’ that Grey Larsen talks about in his excellent whistle/flute guide. He describes having only heard it from a few players (Mary Bergin and Breda Smyth among them), and says it’s a very rapid alternation between C#, D, C#, D … (keeping B1, B2 and B3 fingers down and only moving T2 and T3) Listening to my slowed down recording of this tune, it definitely sounds like there a C# tonality involved somewhere in this ornament, but even a slower tempo, it’s too quick to be sure!

Just thought I’d throw that bit of info out there for any whistlers who may be interested : )