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...maybe tunes other than the bawdy ones, if they exist?

Bawdy tunes? I never thought of tunes as being "bawdy". :unsure:

 

As for bawdy words, all the direct-from-sailors collections of shanties (and other sailors' songs) that I've seen have stated up front that they've deliberately altered or excluded any explicitly pornographic or "crude" lyrics. The difficulty is not in finding words that are not bawdy, but in finding the unexpurgated originals of those that were bawdy.

 

When Stan Hugill was alive, he was said to have kept such unedited material -- as received from his original sources -- locked in a safe, to be published after his death, so that he wouldn't have to be subject to attacks from those who disapproved of the existence of such language. Was it just a rumor? It's 15 years since his death, but so far I haven't heard anything of plans to publish such a collection. Anybody know more?

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Jake, those are wonderful collections of sea chanteys. I haven't heard them, and so I'm hoping to find a site that also has the standard notation music, so I can sight read and learn the tunes. Anyone have a site like that?

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Quite a few shanty tunes in abc format are to be found here from Stan Hugill's 'Shanties of the Seven Seas'.

 

Cut and paste one of the song files into the Convert-A-Matic and click submit. You will see a rough draft of the notation, click on the tabs above to view a high quality PDF version you can print and/or save to your computer. You can also listen to/save a midi of the tune.

 

Make sure you don't paste a blank line above or below the text or you will get an error. The Convert-A-Matic only allows one tune at a time and can't handle multiple tunes on a single page. Have fun!

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Thank you Tall Ship for that fantastic site. Now I can get started. I will see if the sites Jake listed have the same songs, so that after I learn the tunes, I can perhaps sing the words. This will certainly keep me busy for the summer. Thanks, again.

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I recently transcribed and adapted one of the arrangements from the site that Leo mentioned (Songs of the Sea) for English Concertina.

 

Rio_Grande.pdf

 

I don't suppose there's one of those midi-notator dealies for mac, is there? It'd make this a lot easier, and there are a lot of nifty little arrangements at that site...

 

Here's a not-so-polished recording of the transcription.

 

 

Nick

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I don't suppose there's one of those midi-notator dealies for mac, is there? It'd make this a lot easier, and there are a lot of nifty little arrangements at that site...

 

Nick

Nick

 

Unfortunately I dont speak MAC. A message from my daughter in law who has one says look for "GARAGE BAND". It's supposed to be a free program bundled with the MAC and does a lot more................. :unsure:

 

Thanks

Leo ;)

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I don't suppose there's one of those midi-notator dealies for mac, is there? It'd make this a lot easier, and there are a lot of nifty little arrangements at that site...

 

Nick

Nick

 

Unfortunately I dont speak MAC. A message from my daughter in law who has one says look for "GARAGE BAND". It's supposed to be a free program bundled with the MAC and does a lot more................. :unsure:

 

Thanks

Leo ;)

 

 

 

Holy cats...I had never even looked at Garage Band and sure enough, it does the same thing. Thanks for the info - all fellow mac users take note...

 

 

Nick

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