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Old 02-17-2019, 07:51 AM   #1
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Default Searching for tunes with a High-B note

I just purchased a set of smallpipes with an extra keyed note that plays high B. Now all I've been doing is trying to think of some tunes with that high B. All I have come up with are a few Christmas carols and religous hymns. I can't seem to think of any traditional tunes. Any ideas?
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:00 AM   #2
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I just purchased a set of smallpipes with an extra keyed note that plays high B. Now all I've been doing is trying to think of some tunes with that high B. All I have come up with are a few Christmas carols and religous hymns. I can't seem to think of any traditional tunes. Any ideas?
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In theory any tune that has a B, can be used as a High B instead. In theory. Some tunes may work better than others, some maybe not so much.


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Old 02-17-2019, 08:41 AM   #3
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While I do have a smallpipe chanter with a high B key, most of these tunes I play on my John Swayne border pipe which can go up another half octave above high A; however these tunes on cursory inspection stop at the high B.

I can point you in the direction of sheet music if you need assistance. They're not all Scottish tunes (most aren't). Many of them must be transposed up from the keys the other traditions (e.g. Irish) play them in. ABC notation and the program EasyABC are your friend.

Mo Ghile Mear
MacArthur Road
Comin' Thro' The Rye
Give Us a Drink of Water (has a high C but substitution should be easy enough)
Paddy Cronin's
Pipemaker's Hornpipe
Uist Tramping Song
Boys of Malin (if you ignore that the high Gs need to be sharps, G#)
Brother's (Jig)
Child in the Manger (Bunessan)
Cumberland Waltz
Delaney's
Keelman Ower the Land (G# that can probably be played as G or left out entirely)
Kennet's Dream
Loch Lomond
MacKinnon's Other Rant
Molly Rankin's
O'Keeffe's (slide)
Taim in Arrears
The Cock and the Hen
The Rookery

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Old 02-17-2019, 09:18 AM   #4
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Wow thanks a lot for the advice and the list. Loch Lomond came to mind since it definitely has a high B when sung or played on a fiddle.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:28 PM   #5
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Auld Lang Syne,
The Boys Of Wexford,
The Lark In The Clear Air,
Take Me Home To Mayo,
Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen,
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:55 AM   #6
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Come by the Hills is another beautiful slow air that just doesn't sound right without the high B.

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Old 02-19-2019, 06:27 PM   #7
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Will Ye No Come Back Again, the way fiddlers play it.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:02 AM   #8
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The Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp by the late great Gerry Holland is another fine tune.

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Old 02-20-2019, 05:23 PM   #9
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There are probably more tunes that need the high B than tunes that don't.

We're just used to the pipes' defective versions.

Scotland the Brave for one! The first note of the 2nd part is high B.
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Old 02-20-2019, 05:46 PM   #10
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Iím curious about this version of STB. Iíve got the tune that goes with John MacLeanís March which is similar but it goes to high B in the 3rd bar and high C in the 2nd line. Different tune or are you thinking of it in G where Iím thinking in A?
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