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Old 05-11-2019, 07:52 AM   #1
Paul M Burke
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Default SG3 Itchy Fingers

The PM has learned the SG3 version of IF, we have never played it as a band before. However several of us pipers play it outside band and we all play it the same.


The question is.

Is the SG3 version really that different?



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Old 05-11-2019, 08:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: SG3 Itchy Fingers

I’ve never seen 3rd and 4th parts until I looked just now. It also doesn’t have the variant second ending to the second part that was all the rage (the D strike ending, you know the one). Otherwise the 1st and 2nd parts have all the same big notes I’m used to.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: SG3 Itchy Fingers

I'd written my own 3rd and 4th parts many years ago, when I first learned the tune, and I've always played it as a 4-parter.

It seemed to me at the time I first heard the tune (as a 2-parter) that the 2nd part contained bits that ought to be in a 2nd part and other bits that ought to be in a 4th part; they just needed to be sorted.

For example the 2nd ending to the 2nd part; I think it should be shifted to the 4th part, like Donald MacLeod would do, his little wink at you saying "I've not begun to run out of ideas for this tune!"

But that's the ITM player in me! I don't hold the version I hear as sacrosanct, and if tinkering makes it better in my estimation, I'll tinker.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:49 AM   #4
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Default Re: SG3 Itchy Fingers

Thanks guys,


I haven't got a copy of SGIII so I did not know that there was a third or forth part in there.

Sometimes I wonder as I look around the circle and see pipers that have played for years in many bands, struggle to change to a new "version" of a tune, is there a secret Pipe Major tune book called
"variations your pipers will never have heard of so you can't be questioned and the answer is, you may have heard it played and sung differently but this is the version I as PM learned."

Anyway thanks for the thoughts. Now back the refining the other 56 tunes for this upcoming event

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and the FIL in August.

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