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I 💖 tunes that switch between Minor and Major keys = modulation! 

Found a fabulous new (to me) modulated reel I must learn - "Abbeyleix"!  Here, Sammy Wetstein plays Cello with Emelie & Nora Carroll on Fiddles. 

Abbeyleix Reel

Not sure if I've heard "Mother's Delight", another modulated reel, either - so now I have to learn this one, because these 2 reels make a GREAT set!  Here, Kat & Willow (Iroche6) play them. 

Mother's Delight Reel/Abbeyleix Reel

Well I've almost got my new favorite reel, "Freemount Bypass" up to speed - obviously was worth being on my OWL (obsessed with list)!  Here's a link to another thread where you can join in the discussion of this tune and the great syncopation, composed by Dezi Donnelly & Jim Murray. 

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Got a favorite Modulated Reel?

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The Carroll sisters (Connecticut) may have a CD coming out, soon. 

...Modulated Tunes - they're MAGICAL! 

- Emily

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good find @elcbk!  I havent heard those before so thanks for sharing!

Heres one i picture going on your OWL list...a great danish folk tune...sounds a little jazzy..

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@iFIDDLE -

Wow! 

That's a VERY interesting tune - going to have to listen to this again, much more closely! 

The guy on the snare cracks me up - waiting for him to wind up & take off!  And the other guy needs a bigger sax. (lol) 

Really nice that the fiddle had the spotlight here, instead of the expected sax.

All in all, a great tune & very entertaining video, too! 

Thanx, great find!

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haha thought youd like that..bananahats_off

yeah i noticed the sax too...i dont remember an alto that size from the ol grade school band..maybe its a custom soprano?  remember those looking like a clarinet.  

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@ELCBK  look up sopranino..

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sometimes the modulation comes from changing keys in a set...

the last tune in this set to me feels like it modulates from a modal sound to a major going from A part to B part

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@iFIDDLE 

Nope, no key change - and it's a jig. (lol)

Didn't know Kevin Burke actually composed that one! 

 

Yeah, I always thought soprano sax's were straight, but they also come in curved.  There's even a Soprillo Sax (1 octave higher than Sopranino).

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yeah..didnt pay attention to reel part.. trying to get back on topic mainly..

it does modulate though..Bm mainly to D for a section in B part.  modally...probably listed as a G tune on session maybe Ador or Bm...cant remember dont have music available..

back to modulation in reels.. sorry maybe someone has one...ill try and think of a reel specifically ..for the question..

 

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drowsie maggie seems like it modulates...for some reason one of the toss the feathers reel too.  

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@iFIDDLE -

Really like "Up in The Air" (even though it's a jig).  I tried to listened close to see if maybe it was transcribed wrong at thesession.org, but don't think so - and Burke doesn't play it at Fiddlevideo for me to see sheet music there.  

My ears may fail me, but there's just no indication of a key change, no note changes in the sheet music. 

Like you, I also thought other tunes changed keys, like the "Drowsy Maggie Reel", cleverly written - but doesn't. 

Is it just the Dorian mode that makes it so hard to tell?

I can see where this can get really weird! 

Like with "The Bunch of Green Rushes Reel", it has 3 parts - and it actually modulates, but (to me) it's awefully subtle.  The 1st & 2nd parts are supposedly in F Lydian and 3rd is in D Mixolydian (discussion on Modes, at The Session). 

I can see people transcribe it as all just one mode, but then I see they have to notate all the note changes in parts. 

Anyway, I think I hear something going on, but can't really tell what. (lol)  Here's Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn playing it along with the "Sean Frank Reel".  Seen Burke plays the Green Rushes, too. 

The Bunch of Green Rushes Reel/Sean Frank Reel

Now, "Mickey Doherty's Reel" (aka. Mickey Docherty's) modulates to another key (obvious in the sheet music at thesession.org), but I've seen some transcriptions that don't.

No fiddles here, "Mickey Doherty's Reel" played by Padraig McGovern & Peter Carberry, along with "The Stokestown Reel" (ITMAVideos). 

Mickey Doherty's Reel/The Stokestown Reel

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...I much prefer a tune with a clear cut, major-to-minor change! 🥴 

- Emily

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Im sure youre correct on all accounts..

As far as up in the air i based that on what i felt when playing it and making one of my tracks.  TO me in the A part i felt a strong pull to Bm from the melody sorta wanting to go to B alot and the chords on guitar seemed to want to alternate Bm and D..then when I went to the B part it changed ..again..to me and felt a shift to D..notes sorta center on D and Dmaj chord felt right..then toward repeats and then going back to A part I felt a modulation back to Bm..  Im probably wrong and maybe giving a too broad definition to modulation..  but I dont think you can always trust the key signature and eyeballing notes... From where i am right now in learning it seems like its more of a combination of where the melody seems to want to feel at home and what chords and such fit.

as far as drowsie maggie ill have to listen again for impression.  or go see what everyone says about it on the session.  I think whatever is there usually is based on alot more experienced people and anything thats just wrong is corrected from what Ive seen.  I just listed it from what i remember hearing.

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