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So I sub-divided the book into 3 parts to make each volume a reasonable size. ( appr. 38 tunes each ). This is the start of the second part, beginning on page 25 with Raccoon Jig, and Corn-husking Jig. I've done them both a lot before, but as usual....under close scrutiny, flaws pop up that need fixing. Got 2 pretty good takes, using the Bell Boucher for this leg of the trip. The interpretation of the dotted rhythm is a bit of a beautiful mystery to me yet...

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Comment by Tim Twiss on November 24, 2012 at 2:51pm

2 more....Deacon Buckley's Jig and Buckley's Copenhagen Reel. I did not really recall these. There is a couple of funky grace notes in there....I found a way. Wanna know the secret?...ha ha. The second one. Copenhagen, is of a style I really like. It has these running eighth notes with this balnced Bach-like lines. Some fiddle piece, I'm sure. I'll look deeper sometime.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 24, 2012 at 7:13pm

Dan Emmett's waltz. This is a really good easy piece if you want to get a waltz into the repertoire.

Chuckle Jig. A motif similar to Quadrilles and Tycoon, but in a major key. Also, at the end you get this crazy high lick of repeated notes, like Rail Road Polka. 

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 24, 2012 at 8:06pm

Leavitt's - added 2 more...Leavitt's Duff Polka and Leavitt's Waltz. Both seemed consumed with adding harmonics into the songs. The wildest one is in the Waltz, where in between these quarter notes, he interspurses a flurry of harmonics....1.triplet eighth 2.sixteenth 3.eighth - ALL IN ONE MEASURE...and then calmy cut back into slow quarter notes. Crazy little phrase. Well, I played it as is.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 24, 2012 at 8:06pm

Leavitt's - added 2 more...Leavitt's Duff Polka and Leavitt's Waltz. Both seemed consumed with adding harmonics into the songs. The wildest one is in the Waltz, where in between these quarter notes, he interspurses a flurry of harmonics....1.triplet eighth 2.sixteenth 3.eighth - ALL IN ONE MEASURE...and then calmy cut back into slow quarter notes. Crazy little phrase. Well, I played it as is.

Comment by Tim Twiss on November 24, 2012 at 9:44pm

DONE!!   

Volume is now complete with 38 songs. It ended with 2 irish style tunes Leavitt's Irish Jig and The poor Wandering Boy.  I used the Bell Boucher for this leg of the journey...RH was between 41% and 45% almost everyday...good times for recording.

Dont forget to check them out at www.timtwiss.com . This is my site that will link you to the music store where you can sample the music...and heck, maybe even buy a few....at a quarter a song, you can't go wrong. I''l catch my breath, let the site breathe a bit, and get ready to dig into the most challenging section yet. Thanks for follwing.

Comment by Paul Draper on November 25, 2012 at 11:29am

Thanks Tim.  Lots of stuff to work on during those long winter nights...

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