Pentatonic polka

Pentatonic has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Pentatonic
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2d2|G>A Bd|eg g>e|dB AG|
B2d2|eg3|e>g ge|d>B AG:|
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X: 2
T: Pentatonic
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2 G>A|Bd Bd/B/|AG BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd Bd/B/|AG BA|G2 G2:|
|:g2 eg/e/|dB d2|G>A BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG BA| G2 G2:|
X: 3
T: Pentatonic
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2d2|G>A Bd|eg g>e|dB AG|!
B2d2|eg3|e>g ge|d>B AG:|
B>e d2|B>d g<e|de BG|D2 G2|
E2 G2|G>E D<G|D>G B<e|d>B AG:|
# Added by AB .

Nine comments

G Pentatonic exercise

This is an exercise I came up with following a discussion on music theory,
https://thesession.org/discussions/16502
There were a few comments, in an otherwise long conversation, about trad tunes inthe pentatonic.
I come up with exercises all the time. This was just one more. It seemed like a good fit for practicing the Pentatonic
on a D pennywhistle. The polka rhythm is to make it a little interesting. But it is simply a pentatonic scale.
I will probably add a B part in the comments if I come up with one. Maybe a C part. It will "modulate" probably to D pentatonic & then perhaps D or G hexatonic. Possibly shifting into a schottische.

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Paddy’s Polka(s)

I will check those out.
Ar 1st glance the D mixolydian appears to be C major pentatonic. The 2nd one is apparently G pentatonic in the A part & grabs the hexatonic in the B part.
Thanks!

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Oh. Sorry. I play the 2nd one purely pentatonically:

D2 G>A|Bd Bd/B/|AG BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd Bd/B/|AG BA|G2 G2:|
|:g2 eg/e/|dB d2|G>A BA|AG ED|
D2 G>A|Bd B2|AG BA| G2 G2:|

The F#s in the sheet music seem to be part of a variation someone added to the basic melody. Those passages (EFGE and an octave higher in the B part) could be played EAGE to stay in the pentatonic scale, if anyone felt the need for a variation there.

I’d call the 1st one D Dorian pentatonic.

Pentatonic Polkas

It was a mere coincidence the pentatonic exercise turned into a polka. It just sounded & felt like it works.
Thanks for both those tunes.
I will give your version a go.
D Dorian Pentatonic ~ I like that!

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I was getting interested ~ but no B-part! I expected more from the ‘Muse’, at least a whole polka’s worth of exercising pentatonically… 😏

Oh don’t worry. Just to be safe check back in a week. That will give me the weekend. It was way past my bedtime & it surprised me when I came up with an entire A part.
GaryAMartin got me on to staying in the pentatonic & probably continuing in a polka rhythm.
So I promise ~ by next week.
I want to play over the ‘Paddy’s’ 1st.
But c. if you have anything to add go for it.

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Pentatonic B part

X:5
T:Pentatonic
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:G
G2d2|G>A Bd|eg g>e|dB AG|!
B2d2|eg3|e>g ge|d>B AG:|
B>e d2|B>d g<e|de BG|D2 G2|
E2 G2|G>E D<G|D>G B<e|d>B AG:|
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Here are the abc’s with a 2nd part added..
I kept the G pentatonic & believe it may still work as an introduction to the pentatonic ~ G on a D whistle.
You may not be able to dance a polka to this.
If any dancers want to alter the rhythm I would be thrilled.

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