The Impish Hornpipe
Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:00 PM
I'm a big fan of flat-key tunes on a C/G box generally, and this one (in F) definitely pushes the envelope. The B part in particular really puts the "chromatic" in "Anglo-chromatic."
Posted 12 January 2017 - 11:56 PM
Really impressive, Bob. Playing that in F on a CG Anglo is not for the faint hearted.
Posted 13 January 2017 - 01:48 AM
My signature guilty pleasure, and one of my very favorite tune books, is "Ryan's Mammoth Collection" (Boston, 1883), with its dozens of jaunty Gilded Age hornpipes, many in flat keys. Alas, very few session musicians I know share this enthusiasm, so I have to content myself with playing them solo (with the occasional foray into multitracking).
Edited by Bob Michel, 13 January 2017 - 01:49 AM.
Posted 13 January 2017 - 03:17 AM
Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:04 AM
Not now so sure that the accompaniment was banjo !
Not on this one. Mandolin and 12-string guitar.
It's generous of you to speak of "skill," Rod, but I really do think that playing comfortably in (at least) F and Bb--or wherever 4 and flat 7 fall on one's particular Anglo--is more a matter of familiarity than of talent. Those keys are uncommon enough in the modern Irish session repertoire that one could get by in that style without really mastering them. But I also enjoy playing a lot of music from "Ryan's" and similar sources--dance tunes that were mainstream favorites in America in the decades around the turn of the last century--and a great many of those are in keys other than D, G and A. Happily, the sort of melody-oriented, cross-row playing one associates with Irish-style concertina isn't that much harder in one key than in another. If the repertoire of that genre were centered on the key of F rather than D, we C/G Anglo players wouldn't be any worse off than we are now!
Posted 15 January 2017 - 08:23 AM
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