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Tunes 2001: 65 tunes from Laura Risk

by Laura Risk

Two CDs with 65 well-known tunes from Scotland, Cape Breton, Ireland, Quebec and New England, each played fast and then slow. A great way to get better at learning by ear!
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
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1. Tuning A
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2. Off She Goes
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3. Off She Goes (slow)
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4. Tha Mi Sgith (Ha Me Skee)
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5. Soldier's Joy
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6. Soldier's Joy (slow)
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7. Skye Boat Song
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8. Highland Laddie
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9. Highland Laddie (slow)
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10. Stool of Repentance
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11. Stool of Repentance (slow)
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12. Reel St-Joseph
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13. Reel St-Joseph (slow)
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14. Star of the County Down
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15. Lea Rig
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16. Mrs. McLeod
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17. Mrs. McLeod (slow)
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18. Fairy Dance
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19. Fairy Dance (slow)
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20. Southwind
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21. My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
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22. My Love She's But a Lassie Yet (slow)
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23. Traditional Polka
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24. Traditional Polka (slow)
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25. Aran Boat Song
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26. Reel Sherbrooke
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27. Reel Sherbrooke (slow)
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28. Mug of Brown Ale
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29. Mug of Brown Ale (slow)
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30. Willa Fjord
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31. Willa Fjord (slow)
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32. Margaret's Waltz
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33. Lay Dee at Dee
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34. Lay Dee at Dee (slow)
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35. Mucking of Geordie's Byre
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36. Mucking of Geordie's Byre (slow)
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37. Mist-Covered Mountains
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38. Glencoe March
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39. Glencoe March (slow)
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40. Lochaber No More
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41. Sailor's Wife
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42. Sailor's Wife (slow)
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43. Stella's Trip to Kamloops
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44. Stella's Trip to Kamloops (slow)
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45. Brenda Stubbert's
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46. Brenda Stubbert's (slow)
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47. Andy de Jarlis
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48. Andy de Jarlis (slow)
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49. The Hills of Lorne
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50. High Road to Linton
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51. High Road to Linton (slow)
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52. Sean Ryan's
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53. Sean Ryan's (slow)
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54. Braes of Mar
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55. Braes of Mar (slow)
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56. Margaree Reel
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57. Margaree Reel (slow)
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58. Lament for the Rev. Archie Beaton
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59. Devil in the Kitchen
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60. Devil in the Kitchen (slow)
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61. The Smith's a Gallant Fireman
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62. The Smith's a Gallant Fireman (slow)
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63. Stan Chapman's
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64. Stan Chapman's (slow)
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65. Julia Delaney's
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66. Julia Delaney's (slow)
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67. Old Favorite
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68. Old Favorite (slow)
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69. Captain Campbell
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70. Captain Campbell (slow)
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71. Barrowburn
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72. Barrowburn (slow)
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73. Rights of Man
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74. Rights of Man (slow)
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75. Drummond Castle
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76. Drummond Castle (slow)
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77. Stirling Castle
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78. Stirling Castle (slow)
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79. St. Kilda's Wedding
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80. St. Kilda's Wedding (slow)
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81. Cullen House
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82. Cullen House (slow)
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83. Calliope House
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84. Calliope House (slow)
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85. Dinkey's
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86. Dinkey's (slow)
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87. Scarce of Tatties
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88. Scarce of Tatties (slow)
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89. Hector the Hero
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90. Paddy's Trip to Scotland
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91. Paddy's Trip to Scotland (slow)
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92. Braes of Castle Grant
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93. Braes of Castle Grant (slow)
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94. Miss Drummond of Perth
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95. Miss Drummond of Perth (slow)
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96. Marquis of Huntly's
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97. Marquis of Huntly's (slow)
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98. Macarthur Road
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99. Macarthur Road (slow)
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100. Cliffs of Moher
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101. Cliffs of Moher (slow)
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102. Ewie with the Crooked Horn
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103. Ewie with the Crooked Horn (slow)
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104. Mrs. Mary MacDonald
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105. Mrs. Mary MacDonald (slow)
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106. Father John McMillan of Barra
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107. Tulchan Lodge
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108. Tulchan Lodge (slow)
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109. Reconciliation
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110. Reconciliation (slow)
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111. The New Fiddle
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112. The New Fiddle (slow)
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113. Charlie Lennon's
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114. Charlie Lennon's (slow)
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115. Golden Eagle
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116. Golden Eagle (slow)
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117. Sunday River
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Two CDs containing 65 well-known tunes from Scotland, Cape Breton, Ireland, Québec, and New England: Reels, jigs, strathspeys, marches and airs, plus an A for tuning. I play every tune fast and then slow (except the airs, since they're already slow!). I recorded it in my living room but the sound quality is pretty good, and it's right at pitch. A great way to get better at learning by ear!
You may also want to look for "Tunes 2003: 82 more tunes from Laura Risk" (available on CDBaby).

Why these particular tunes?
This is a teaching CD, so I picked the tunes I like to teach. These tunes are memorable, fun to learn, fun to play, and for the most part, well- known in the greater world of fiddling. Many of them offer a particular technical or stylistic challenge. Many of them are particularly well-suited to beginning-level fidders. On these CDs, I play each tune fast and then slow (unless it's a slow air -- then I just play it slow).

What are the parts all about?
I've divided the discs into four Parts. If you've just started playing the fiddle and you're looking for technically easy tunes, try Part 1. Parts 2 and 3 are Intermediate level tunes. Part 3 ranges into some more difficult keys and offers some opportunities for more complex ornamentation and bowing. Part 4 is still more intricate -- many of those tunes are ones I teach with specific bowings or ornamentation.
Within each part, the tunes are in no particular order. The tunes at the end of Part 3 are a bit harder than those at the beginning of it; on the other hand, tunes like 'Devil in the Kitchen' and 'Smith's a Gallant Fireman' almost made it into Part 4. As a result, there's no reason to try to learn the tunes in order. Just pick the ones you like and go for it...

Which one should I get first?
Unless you're already an experienced player, I recommend beginning with Tunes 2001. The first 25 tunes or so are fairly easy to learn by ear, and then the repertoire gets progressively more challenging. The idea is that you'll develop your learning-by-ear skills and enlarge your repertoire at the same time.
Tunes 2003, on the other hand, is intended as a repertoire source for fiddlers who are already comfortable learning by ear. To that end, the tunes are arranged in alphabetical order (more or less), rather than by level of difficulty.
If you're still not sure, look at the track listing for Tunes 2001 (below). If you already know most of those tunes, then go for Tunes 2003. Otherwise, I'd suggest you start with Tunes 2001 and go from there.

11 Things to do with the CDs
1. Listen -- to the whole CD, and then to the track that you want to learn -- over and over and over.
2. Sing along.
3. Clap, tap, and snap along with the tune.
4. Walk around the room, singing the tune along with the CD and matching your steps to the beat of the tune.
5. Play along (start by playing along with the slow version). It might help to put the track on repeat.
6. Play a rhythmic drone along with the CD.
7. Compose a bassline (a low, simple harmony part) to the tune. Now play that along with the CD.
8. Compose a more complex harmony part and play that along with the CD.
9. Figure out the chords of the tune and play them along with the CD, using double-stops.
10. If you can, figure out some of the ornaments or bowings.
11. Transcribe the tune once you've learned it by ear.
And one very important thing to do without the CDs...
Find other folks who know the same tunes. Get together and jam. Then try some of the same harmony ideas: drones, basslines, etc.

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