Highland Boat Song, (Dm stuff), a tune I learned early on. Not sure how close I am to the original intention though. Trying out strum machine for the first time.
Thanks guys, glad to have you listening in.
Joeh, the session has it wrong in that the Highland Boat Song and the Arran Boat Song are the same tune. They are not.
As for the download, I guess the A part is kind of close but I don’t agree with very much of the B part. It’s not what I remember anyway. I am certainly no authority though.
Thanks Randy. I guess I will keep looking for the right sheet music. Anyone know where to find it?
Hi Joe, I never had the sheet music to it either. I heard a local young Lady play it about fifteen years ago at a little after church gathering. One thing she emphasized to me was the importance of the B part. It is supposed to bring to mind a person rowing their boat across the water, in other words expressing the rhythm of the ores as they make the way across. I can’t do it like she did and I’ve never saw her since to inquire more. But that’s what was intended to be expressed in the tune.
I play it in the key of D most of the time cause I can’t make clean B chords anymore, but it was intended for the key of E and would be easier to learn and ornament in E. The basic notation for the B part; starting on the Astrang; b e d b a b e d b: b e f# e d b d e f# e b: b a G E E D E G a b a b b e: d b a G F# G F# E. Slide into some of them e’s and then that’s my little variation in the third time through, I’ll note it out for you if you like.
The chords are just what I picked out; as I thought the tune should go. In the key of E they are Em, G, Am, D, and B. In the key of D; Dm, F, Gm, C, and A. I’ll lay them out for you also if you need me to, just say so. I’m glad you like the tune.
This tune sounds like a variation of the Scottish tune " The Skye Boat Song." ( Skye being an island of the west coast of Scotland which sent many sons to America.)
I have to agree with Blair, this sounds like the Skye Boat tune I know from the Musical Heritage Society CD British Folksongs with Tommy Reilly on harmonica and Skaila Kanga on harp. This is one of my "insomnia cure" CDs.
Hi Blair and Fred, I had hoped some of you guys would chime in. That’s a pretty tune also. I see there are similarities especially in some of the A part, the tempo is different and depends on what version you listen to though. Lots to pick through but I think I try and sort it out and learn that one too. Thanks
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