I was tinkering around on my keyboard on Saturday and was able to crank out another couple of tunes that sound pretty good. I haven't recorded myself playing them yet, but am pretty close to making a recording - should do this week or weekend.
Anyway, these sound more medieval than anything else. I was trying to do something where a lute or mandolin could play a simply 4th or 5th in the background. I think they both turned out pretty good.
"On the Village Green" is pretty interesting in that you can play it rather easily in three different keys. The patterns are exactly the same. I wrote in in the key of D, as that forces me to use the E string. I still clutch the neck, causing me to have problems playing on the E string. You can also play it in the keys of C (using only the G and D strings) and G (using only the D and A strings). The patterns used weren't intentional - it was only later that I realized how easily it could be transposed.
"At the High House" is probably my favorite of the two, although I'm not quite sure why. I was able to use elements from other tunes, slight chord changes, but in my own way. This, being written in the key of G, is easier for me to play.
Please take a gander at these and let me know what you think. I hope y'all enjoy them.
EDIT: I neglected to include the backing tracks of the lute, both of which have been added below.
On the Village Green
On the Village Green, backing track
At the High House
At the High House, backing track
@iBud Both of those are absolutely beautiful. While I was listening, before I scrolled down further, I was going to ask if you would share the notation, and there you did! I have to go out for awhile but I can hardly wait to get back and print them out and play them!
I am viscerally attracted to songs that sound like this. I'm not strong on music theory, but are these on a pentatonic scale?
Thank you, these have made my day.
A pentatonic scale consists of only five notes, so no, these were not written with a pentatonic scale. I'll give away my secret - I started playing 5ths on the keyboard and was able to come up with the tunes pretty quickly. I, of course, played them on my fiddle right away, to verify my conclusions that they were, of course, playable. I just sort of stumbled onto the tunes, almost as if my accident.
I really like Irish fiddle tunes, but these sound as if they were from the 1500s or 1600s, at least they do to me. That's a bit farther back than I wanted to emulate, but I really like them, so I won't complain.
It really pleases me that you like them so much. I write these for my own enjoyment, so when others also draw enjoyment from either listening to, or playing, them (or both), that also makes me happy - happy to have been able to create something that brought joy to another person.
Aloha again everyone,
I must apologize for not posting the correct sheet music for "On the Village Green". It is in the key of D, but as I was working it out, I left it in the key of C and added in the accidentals. I just realized my error and have quickly re-done the pdf with the correct key. Likewise, i corrected the key for "At the High House" as well. I also added guitar chord notation above the violin staff.
@Fiddlerman, please feel free to delete the sheet music for "On the Village Green" and "At the High House" (the .pdf files), as I'm attaching the correct sheet music to this post.
Good stuff iBud.
BTW, I thought of you this weekend as we were rafted up to a boat called "Aloha" at our sailing clubs, circle raft up. <---- I know, off subject. LOL
The boating part is even apropos, as I was also in the Navy. I'm really glad everyone likes these two tunes. I have another one coming out this morning as well.