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I've recently found this version of Greensleeves, one I Like very much.

       Could someone have a look at the pdf and tell me if the B part looks right...........ie should I  keep the same key sig. throughout and place the # signs as I have.

                      And A minor dorian ?

The chords I've indicated are ones I play but any other suggestions welcome.

 Thanks.................Robin

 

Greensleeves & Polly the Lass

      

Greensleeves.pdf

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Hi Robin,

 

as the A section avoids the sixth entirely you could very well change the key signature to one sharp = A Dorian for the entire tune.

 

I can't listen to your recording or play from the sheet at the moment, but re the harmonies I would at least suggest to have C Maj in the first and fifth bar of section B, maybe adjust some more bars, possibly first half of the seventh bar of the B section to A min or F Maj.

 

Hope that makes  sense and I'm not mistaken  just reading everything from the screen.

 

Best wishes - 🐺

 

 

 

 

Edited by Wolf Molkentin
corrected a faulty count

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Having listened to the video once I seem to hear Amin as suggested in the seventh bar...

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adding: bar 7 of section A, start with A-min (or, again, F-maj), bar 3 of section B, replace E-min with A-min.

 

Of course, just suggestions, but I was trying to keep things within your concept, as far as I get it.

 

In my own playing Greensleeves F-maj is rather prominent I guess...

 

Best wishes - 🐺

 

 

Edited by Wolf Molkentin
typos

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Thanks wolf...............I'll check out those suggestions.

  Anyone else care to chime in?

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There’s a classic 16th c Italian renaissance progression called the passamezzo antico that fits the A section: Am–|G–|Am–|E–|C–|G–|AmE|Am–||. For the B section, I would use the “romanesca” variant (see both linked wikipedia articles) replacing the first Am with a C.

 

[Edited to change the two Em chords to E]

Edited by David Barnert

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 I seem to hear Amin as suggested in the seventh bar

I know what you mean ,Wolf, but to my ears, the C-> Em-> Am-> is more interesting ? Small difference really, I think.

      I also play melodeon and if you are not careful you can end up playing the same chord over and over so I strain to change it up on that instrument and I bring that approach to the anglo.

 

 

There’s a classic 16th c Italian renaissance progression called the passamezzo antico that fits the A section: Am–|G–|Am–|E–|C–|G–|AmE|Am–||. For the B section, I would use the “romanesca” variant (see both linked wikipedia articles) replacing the first Am with a C.

Interesting articles, Dave. I do like the suggestion of changing the E minor's to E major in the first section. As it turns out, that is what I do anyway.

     I often play two note chords on the bass side which tends to be a neutral chord but very effective on the anglo when tapping/punching out chords without the beat note.

But we agree on A dorian, with an F# in the key signature ?

Thanks both.

Robin

Greensleeves.nwc

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2 hours ago, Robin Harrison said:

I know what you mean ,Wolf, but to my ears, the C-> Em-> Am-> is more interesting ? Small difference really, I think.

 

You‘re just talking about the first inversion of an A minor chord, which in fact could be heard as Cmaj6 but definitely so only when there‘s a G note around too, or if the context would be suggesting so.

 

I myself am rather thinking in terms of harmony than chords, so for me it‘s just Amin...

 

Best wishes - 🐺

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Obviously I didn't read properly Robin's reply, so my last comment has been sort of misplaced, sorry about that.

 

However - in the repeat I still hear the Amin, no Cmaj.

 

And Robin, what about the Fmaj then? 😎

 

Best wishes - 🐺

 

 

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On 6/27/2018 at 11:05 AM, Robin Harrison said:

Interesting articles, Dave. I do like the suggestion of changing the E minor's to E major in the first section. As it turns out, that is what I do anyway.

 

Just make sure that the right hand and left hand agree: if you’re using an E chord, the melody needs a G#. The reason I changed my previous post was because it occurred to me that Greensleeves can be played convincingly either way.

 

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But we agree on A dorian, with an F# in the key signature ?

 

Yes.

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