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Help with the ballad of St. Anne's reel

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Sep 17, 2019 - 11:39:25 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

102 posts since 9/1/2019

youtube.com/watch?v=fA7iedRBJrs

So I've gotten addicted to this song, and I'm not quite sure how to play it. I know St. Anne's reel well, but I can't tell whether I should be singing in G and then fiddle the tune in D, or both in D? It seems I've heard it both ways on different versions

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:11:12 PM

2941 posts since 6/21/2007

Just off-hand, I think they are in the key of G for the vocal, then modulate to D for the reel, itself.  So, if you can sing in D and want to do that, go ahead.  I like the separation the modulation gives between the two (different) sections.

Edited by - BanjoBrad on 09/17/2019 12:12:13

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:34:34 PM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

102 posts since 9/1/2019

Ok so probably however I want? On banjo (sorry, but I do play that, it doesn't seem as hated here as in the mandolin world though) it works out well to split keys, and on guitar it works better in one key. I'm gonna keep experimenting and maybe even try to record it

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:19:50 PM

4262 posts since 9/26/2008

Banjo is not hated here because fiddles and banjos go together like fish and chips. Also mandolins have to put up with the guy who bought his banjo based on how loud it is (bluegrass, likely).

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:51:39 PM

Tyler94

USA

23 posts since 7/21/2019

Fiddlers hate no other instruments. We love all other instruments as long as that instrument knows it will never be better than the fiddle. As long as that ground rule is established, we're perfectly agreeable. wink

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:59:15 PM

2351 posts since 9/13/2009

I once played it with the writer, David Mallett, he sang and played it all in the key of D. 

D can be kind of hard to sing it in for some folks, so sing it in G; and have the fiddle breaks are in G; on the fiddle easy to play, just move everything over/down one string. 

At the end, could just stay in G; but most folks then switch at the end of the song to play the whole tune in regular D.

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:05:38 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

102 posts since 9/1/2019

As I suspected. I figured it probably had to do with the fiddle being the one instrument with louder potential than banjo....
Well, I find that the key of D works with my voice nicely, and I can't take fiddle breaks unless I can sing and play fiddle backup (which I can't) cuz I don't have other musicians.

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:51:42 AM

4262 posts since 9/26/2008

Why not? Bruce Molsky does it? laugh

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:17:29 AM

Dragonslayer

Mozambique

102 posts since 9/1/2019

Why not play fiddle and sing? Cuz I'm not Bruce Molsky...... seriously though, I'd love to, but I don't know how, and I'm only just learning to play banjo and sing. I'll learn to play fiddle and sing eventually though

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