The Dawn reel

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Dawn has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2FA G2Bd | A2ce d2fd | edfd gdfd | egfe dBAF |
D2FA G2Bd | A2ce defg | a2af c'bag |1 fgef d2AF :|2 fgef d3A||
d2dA BAFA | B2ec dcBA | (3ABA eA fAeA | dfAd fABc |
d2dA BAFA | B2ec dcBA | (3ABA eA fdAG | FGEF D3A |
d2dA BAFA | B2ec dcBA | (3ABA eA fA eA | dfAd fgbc' |
d'2c'd' bc'ab | gafg efde | cd Bc ABGA | FGEF D4 ||
X: 2
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAAB :|
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg afed |
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg a4 :|

Eight comments

The Dawn (reel in D)

This version in D was brought to my attention recently in a session and doesn’t appear to be on this database. It appears to be sufficiently different to merit its own slot.

Hmm.. third octave notes… seems like my kind of thing…

This should be fun to play

The Dawn (reel in D)

Some fiddlers may feel concerned that this tune means they’ll have to shift up into the 4th position, and if they’ve never gone out of the 1st position - this tune is one of those very rare occasions in Irish fiddle music where you need to - then those high notes are naturally going to feel as inaccessible as the far side of the Moon.

This isn’t really the proper part of this forum to discuss technique, but I’ll just say that a few lessons with a teacher (maybe a classically-trained teacher) will show that getting up to the 4th position, staying there, and coming back down again really isn’t all that difficult.

An alternative for the fiddler is to play the tune in G, one string down. This will keep everything comfortably in the 1st position. Unfortunately, this will cause problems for those instruments that can’t reach below D or C, like the normal flute and most whistles …

Another dawn in A

the version i have;

X: 1
A version

T: The Dawn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel

K:Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAAB :|
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg afed |
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg a4 :|


simple, without ornaments, none of this fancy position shtuff, but a great setting .learnt from a friend.