On Sep 4, 12:05pm, Deirdre Sullivan & Paul de Grae wrote:
> Subject: Re: Half a jig
> Han wrote:
> >T:The Piper's Chair
> That's interesting that you call it a slide. I haven't heard it
> played that way, but in the version you posted, I can hear
> how it would work (by the way, I notice you put "X:1" at
> the top; is that something one should do for all ABCs?).
> I suspect that with enough determination, you can make a
> slide or a polka out of almost any tune. Did Peadar O'Reilly
> play it faster than a "normal" jig?
>-- End of excerpt from Deirdre Sullivan & Paul de Grae
So it seems my guess was right, even though my version is a somewhat unusual
setting. Peadar didn't play it fast when he was teaching the tune, but lateron
when he played it "the way it should be played" it was quite lively. And in
his phrasing he was clearly grouping the bars this way, so notating it like a
jig would give the wrong "feel" to the tune.
Anyway, his version is quite close to Micho Russell's version (Peadar knew
Micho well, as he's also based near Doolin), which is think is the definitive
version - it is much more a whistle tune than a box tune.
And yes, the X: line should the first line of a tune in ABC. Even though most
people can read a tune without it, most software can't handle a tune that
doesn't have it.
I had already noticed that you didn't use it in your tunes, but since I have
to cut it from the mail messages into my ABC collection anyway, adding the
line (with a number of my own choice) is trivial. And I usually put a "1"
there when I post a tune back to the list.
BTW a blank line after the tune is also required.
H. Speek, B.Sc. [log in to unmask]
MESA Research Institute http://www.ice.el.utwente.nl/~han/
Univ. of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE, Enschede, The Netherlands