I couldn't put this off any longer -
we need a PARTY!
There are simple Hornpipes and Finger-twisters, slow and fast,
even "Classical" (by Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel)
- something out there for everyone!
Plenty of video tutorials on YouTube and
free sheet music at thesession.org
I'm starting this Party off with my version of "The Rights Of Man" - maybe something we need to be reminded of right now. I usually play it slower... oh, well - it's been a ruff day, so decided to try a little finger workout (on all 5 strings) in Dm, Am & Em. (lol)
Anyone can play any version of this or any other Hornpipe.
COME JOIN THE PARTY!
@JohnG and ALL Beginners -
If you can play part of a hornpipe, very slowly - then you can record it and join the Party! 🤗
I found there are many called "Sailor's Hornpipe" - one of my favorites, the one I thought was the one and only "Sailor's Hornpipe", is known as "The College Hornpipe", "Jack's The Lad" and (of course) "Popeye's", among other names for it.
It's always helpful if you can play along with a video, recording or animated sheet music, but slow it all down and loop it to learn.
❤ Here's a Viola version of this "Sailor's Hornpipe", transcribed by Peter Edvinsson, if you'd like to try it, John - I would go to the video settings, slow this way down and loop it to learn. 😊
All beginners are welcome to record just part of any slowed Hornpipe for the Party!
Mouse & Stringy are right - the letters are just chords for accompaniment. Not necessary for a Party.
If you'd like to learn more, I found & posted a great guide for everyone, here.
To help learn this "Sailor's Hornpipe", I would set the video to loop (rt mouse click), settings speed to .5 & keep your curser on the playline (the beginning, at 1st) - so you can just tap to return to that spot. Listen to 2 or 3 measures (several times), then try playing them.
After you get the 1st couple down, move your curser to the end of those so you can try the next 2 or 3 measures, tap/repeat. Then go back to the beginning to try all that together, before moving on to the next few measures.
I wouldn't underestimate listening as a crucial part of practice.
Hope you listen to the tune enough to be able to hum or whistle it - will help you anticipate the notes.
...repeat, repeat, repeat... repeat. (lol)
Best of luck!
a hornpipe can also be a type of tune in 4/4.. (supposed to sound kinda bouncy...think of a measure of eighth notes and emphasis on every other eighth.. ) that can be played for a type of dance called a hornpipe. that part ive seen on youtube and not seen in person.. hornpipe tunes usually feel a little slower than reels.