I was all set to announce Mr. Moore's Hornpipe as November’s winner - but a last minute surge (if you can call 2 votes a “surge”) put Haste to the Wedding on top.
Which is fine with me: it’s an excellent jig, something beginners should be able to pick up pretty quickly and more advanced players can turn into something special.
It’s commonly thought of as an iconic Irish jig, but there’s speculation it might be English in origin. Not being an Irish player myself, I expect to play this Irish tune in a more English, harmonic style, but I’m eager to hear what our ITM aficionados do with it. And I’m betting the duetests among us will have something entirely different to add to the conversation. At least I hope so.
One of the things I love about trad music is the multiplicity of names for many tunes. According to thesession.org , a pretty authoritative compendium of Irish trad music, Haste is also known by these names:
Come Haste To The Wedding, Fast Trip To Reno, Gigue Des Petits Moutons, Haste To The West, Haste Ye Tae The Wedding, Hasten To The Wedding, Mary, Cut Your Toenails You’re Tearing All The Sheets, Quick Trip To Reno, Rural Felicity, Thurot.
Personally, I like the graphic "Mary Cut Your Toenails" title.
Here are some dots in several formats.
T: Haste To The Wedding
|:AFA Agf|ede fdB|AFA dAF|EFE EFG|
AFA Agf|ede fdB|A2g faf|ded d3:|
|:afa afa|bgb bgb|afa agf|ede efg|
a3 f3|ede fdB|A2g faf|ded d3:|
But this is just a starting point; I suggest visiting The Session's page on the tune to read more about Haste to the Wedding and look over notation for a number of different versions.
Here's a nice rendition with some cool dancing, concertina and melodeon - and some uncool audio feedback. But search YouTube, Spotify and whatever, and you'll find dozens of worthwhile versions to guide your learning and playing.
Have fun! If you're a beginner, don't be shy, this is all about learning and improving our skills; if you're an advanced player, share some of your expertise with the rest of us.
Edited by Jim Besser, 31 October 2013 - 11:09 PM.