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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
Why not? Bruce Molsky does it?
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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