Yesterday I have played some tunes that I have found on the site of the Scottish Fiddle School in Boston some time ago. Especially the first tune in the 2003 collection is a great tune that I like to play – “The Warlocks”.
I have found some youtube videos of the piece:
Strathspey, March, and Reel
A slower version – The Warlocks starts at ca. 4:22.
An awkward occurence in some tunes is having to play notes on the same fret on adjacent strings. Here Nigel Gatherer demonstrates his method of approaching the problem, using a 19th century fiddle tune – The Warlocks – as an example.
Playlist The Warlocks
Sheet music can be found on the site of the Scottish Fiddle School in Boston – more information in the following post:
Scottish Fiddle School – Jigs and Reels, Strathspeys and Waltzes – Free Sheet Music for Fiddle, Cello and Mandolin
The sheet music collections for the last years are available on: http://scottishfiddleschool.org/music/
Enjoy playing “The Warlocks”!
Durning my holidays this year I had taken with me a book from which I like to play every now and then:
300 Fiddle Tunes – Fiddle Songbooks
published by Hal Leonard. This book is a collection of 300 Irish pieces for fiddle or mandolin, and almost every piece in this collection sounds great and is fun to play. This book is very cheap and it is niclely illustrated. It does also contain some basic introducory notes for the different styles of Irish music. If you like Irish music and want to have it in a nice book you should have a look at this collection.
When I played the music I remembered that I had already found out that this collection is based on an old collection of Irish tunes, and so I tried again to find the source for this edition. The tunes are taken from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, a collection of more tan 1000 Irish tunes. The collection is available as free download on the following site:
I have found some videos with performances of tunes from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, this is the band Pendragon with some of the tunes:
PENDRAGON “Ryan’s Mamouth Collection” I
An even better resource can be found on the site of the ITMA – Irish Traditional Music Archive . There you can get all the tunes as interactive scores, you can display the music and listen to the sound, change the speed and even the key. That’s great to learn the tunes and practice them. (The website has changed in the meantime since this was posted – you can find score in the “text” page, recordings on the “sounds” page)
PENDRAGON “Ryan’s Mamouth Collection” II
More videos with Pendragon in the youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/georgerd1/videos
Playlist Ryan’s Mommoth Collection
Website of the band “Pendragon”: http://www.pendragoncelticmusic.com/
ITMA website with interactive scores, recordings, videos, pdf downloads, and more – a great website about Irish music in general.