michael sam wild Posted March 31, 2012 Share Posted March 31, 2012 (edited) Following my comment about the tunes in Benjamin's Book and the apparent absence of triple time hornpipes from 1820 on.. Here's a good article by Pete Stewart, bagpiper , who is an expert on these old hornpipes ( 3/2 etc). Pete played with the Goodacre brothers and is a fine fiddler too. We got into these in the 80s after John Offord 's book 'John of the Green' came out and played them in our Sheffield band but no callers had revived any good dances then! Some of the step and clogdancxers made a go of them. http://dl.dropbox.co...-Hornpipe-1.pdf I like the comment that the players worked around bass lines pricked out on paper and then improvissed their parts and descants . Much in the way jazz players etc work round chord sequebnces. I think it is a shame we stick to the 'tyranny of the dots' Some people in sessions get thrown by a shift or harmony and the obsession with changing every three times through in a set works against exploration of variation and the potential of tunes. I'd like to hear of any liberated sessions in that spirit. Edited March 31, 2012 by michael sam wild Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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