The people have spoken: in September we'll learn, record and post the lovely Scottish tune The Bonnie Lass of Bon Accord, written by James Scott Skinner.
Until this month, I heard it exactly twice - once as a gorgeous slow air, once as a lively Scottish dance tune. As they say, pick your poison.
Best I can figure, it is commonly played in 3 sections. The first AA-BB has an airlike quality even when played at a brisk pace; the second AA-BB is notier and punchier; and the third is a minor key variation that resolves back to major.
You don’t have to do it that way. The fiddler friend who played it at a recent session did just the first AA-BB a bunch of times and it sounded fabulous.
Here are some more examples to get you started.
- thanks to Ptarmigan, here's a clip of Skinner himself playing at least part of the tune. He plays it fast - or is the recording sped up? I can’t tell.
Some notation sources:
- Skinner's original manuscript version with the minor variation
Here’s a lot of information about the composer.
As I said, there are lots of ways to play this tune. Do it your way and let's enjoy some serious musical diversity!
Edited by Jim Besser, 31 August 2015 - 11:09 AM.