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Cape Breton Strathspeys & Reels
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Suppose it's no surprise I'd find it humorous that I'm addicted to a very upbeat Strathspey about a morbid and misfortunate situation. 

...kinda makes it creepy - like thinking "Ring Around The Rosie" is a great children's song. 🙄 

This slow Strathspey is Scottish/Northumbrian - "The Auld Man's Meer's Deid" (The Old Man's Mare's Dead) played by the MPK Christian Celtic Band. 

The Auld Man's Meer's Deid

Here's a little history and sheet music from The Traditional Tune Archive.  

💥 But this sheet music DOES NOT MATCH THE VIDEO TUNE (or the other 2 videos by different groups I've seen).  This sheet music is also identical to what's at thesession.org - so even more disturbing!

The Auld Man's Mare's Dead

Am I missing something here about this sheet music?

Just going to forget about the sheet music and enjoy playing this tune by ear!

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...can't help but think there's something 'tongue in cheek' about this tune. 

🤔 does this count as a Critter Tune? 

- Emily

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I'm really in trouble now! 

I thought this quirky tune was going to be a piece of cake when I saw the sheet music... of course, I don't want to play it like the sheet music. (lol) 

I want to play it like the video!😏 

I could be losing my mind, but the sheet music I provided (which is also the same as on thesession.org) does NOT match ANY of the several videos I have watched of this tune!  There is also a Reel called "Puir Mans Mare is Dead, Da" - it doesn't match either.  Didn't scrutinize it enough to be able to tell if someone took liberties to mix both tunes to come up with the videos.  I'll note this in my previous post.

Listening closely, there's MUCH more in "The Old Man's Mare's Dead" than I first thought 🤔 along with one or 2 ornaments there's more changes in the vocal part that I want to play. 

I've got the tune up to where the vocal starts, so think I'll have to get the rest down, tomorrow.  This slow, Scottish Strathspey just got elevated to 'Top Priority' on my OWL, until I get it all figured out! 

This is all a part of fun fiddling!

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Anyone want to join me in this endeavor? 

I'd be glad to share what I've got so far.

...suppose I should make time to get acquainted with PreSonus. 🙄

- Emily

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Ah ha!  "The Auld Man's Meer's Deid" didn't get the best of me, after all! 

Maybe down the road, when I'm better at transcribing music, I'll see about adding this to the version on The Session.

After all this said, I just found a bare bones video - perfect to learn from. 

A little late for helping me 🤣 (and there's no different part for a vocal) but "Mrs_Peeps" gets it's not played like that sheet music!  In her comments it's mentioned of "John Turner" playing this (and I did watch his video 1st) - maybe he's the source of this version. 🤔

The Auld Man's Meer's Deid - bare bones

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Thank you Mrs_Peeps!

Fun tune - I'll record it, soon. 😊

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(In ref to Post No.27)

I'm VERY excited! 

Is it okay to boast a little? 

I just got a reply back from Tim Macdonald & Jeremy Ward about the tuning they used! 

Lady Dalrymple of North Berwick's Favourite

It's A = 415 Hz... Baroque Tuning!  

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😁... just going to give myself a little pat on the back - on the right track with ear training! 

Uh oh - am I going to mess up my brain, messing with different tunings this early in my fiddle learning? 😳😬🤯 

- Emily

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high five and exploding fist bump on that @elcbk !  glad you shared what they said because it helps and congrats on ear training progress!  I think most people regardless on youtube whatever when you inquire about what they did are more than happy to help and share what theyre doing.  Its pretty cool when you follow someone and they respond when you interact to learn stuff.  thanks again for sharing their response!

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@iFIDDLE -

YES! 

This is so much easier to play in this tuning -

you can tell it was meant to be! 

Been debating whether, or not, to change out my strings before recording any more videos, then decided this would be a good time to try "Lady Dalrymple of North Berwick's Favourite" in Baroque tuning - A=415 Hz. 

Kinda hated the thought of messing with my violin tuning - the strings have been staying in tune so well, but really glad I did! 

Still have a little to work on, near the end of Tim Macdonald's & Jeremy Ward's video, but I'll probably have it figured out pretty close, tonight. 

...my 1st deviation from standard tuning is not 'cross tuning', but I'll get there soon enough!

- Emily

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