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Can any of you who know about the Strathspey shed a little light? Banjo borrows many forms, but transferring fiddle to banjo does not always work to demonstrate the piece as it was intended. I am arringing Kerr's material, and the first one is a Strathspey. My understanding of it - is that its irregular dotted rhythms at a tempo that is NOT crazy fast creates a tension that will set up a reel...which often follows it in a flowing manner. Can someone link or play what is considered to be a good example?   

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I just thought of something which might be worth noting...  I went to a fiddle camp in 1997 and Natalie MacMaster was there.  I asked her if it was crucial that the dotted notes be played exactly as written or if sometimes they were reversed.  If I understood her answer correctly, I believe she said it wasn't an absolute must and could perhaps be open to interpretation.  I asked because I didn't know if the accompanying dance was dependent on those dotted notes being in the correct order.

That is a good question...I think it has come up here before.

Al Have you ever looked at this book? Note chapter IX

https://archive.org/details/violinhowtomaste00hone

Hi Tim,

I suggest that you can get the same "effect" as afiddler does with their bow by placing quick left hand ornaments as the Scottish Lute music of the 17th century does.  Demononstrated here by our own minstrel banjo buddy Rob MacKillop.  I also play lute and have Scottish manuscrits and there are a few strathspey dances in these books.

Here is Rob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZkbTgDVFyU

And here is one recorded by your's truly (played by me) . . . a beautiful Scottish tune "I Wish I Were Where Helen Lies"  http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/tom/I_wish_I_were_where_Helen_lies...

A lute is just a big ol' banjo!  ;-)

Best Wishes, Tom

Thanks again, Wes.  I'm trying to figure out how to download it.

"Bowing of Hornpipes, Newcastle style" is of particular interest as it must be a reflection of James Hill.

Too bad I don't have the patience to read!  Yes, I know I was a librarian!

Nice playing there Tom

Tom Berghan said:

Hi Tim,

I suggest that you can get the same "effect" as afiddler does with their bow by placing quick left hand ornaments as the Scottish Lute music of the 17th century does.  Demononstrated here by our own minstrel banjo buddy Rob MacKillop.  I also play lute and have Scottish manuscrits and there are a few strathspey dances in these books.

Here is Rob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZkbTgDVFyU

And here is one recorded by your's truly (played by me) . . . a beautiful Scottish tune "I Wish I Were Where Helen Lies"  http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/tom/I_wish_I_were_where_Helen_lies...

A lute is just a big ol' banjo!  ;-)

Best Wishes, Tom

See if you can download it from my dropbox here Al (and anyone else), it's 8.6 MB. There's a download button at upper right of the page, let it load for a minute first...

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Al Smitley said:

Thanks again, Wes.  I'm trying to figure out how to download it.

Thanks, Strum.  I actually found that I downloaded it yesterday but merely could not locate it.

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