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Old 07-25-2019, 07:57 AM   #41
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I'm confused, Harley. What key do you play "Danny Boy" in? I have no problem cross fingering a high G#, and the low G# can be half-holed, though I prefer not to in general. In A, the tune needs a High C#and to me, that's where it all comes crashing down.
Yes Danny Boy, in A on GHB, starts on Low G# so halfholing yes.

Then soon comes a phrase that goes B Low A Low F#.

And the ending cadence goes Low F# Low G# Low A.

For which 99% of pipes just play Low G (natural) over and over. Unacceptable, to me.

Then there's all the High G#'s and High C# etc.

It's why I play it in D Major where all the correct notes are under the fingers, though yes octaves have to drop.

Every note of the first part fits right under the fingers, and only the two High B's have to be dropped to the ordinary B.

The second part then begins entirely an octave down. Hitting that highest note is no problem, it's the pipe's ordinary F#.

Ditto Irish Eyes (D Major) and Greensleeves/What Child Is This (D minor).
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:01 PM   #42
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Yes Danny Boy, in A on GHB, starts on Low G# so halfholing yes.

Then soon comes a phrase that goes B Low A Low F#.

And the ending cadence goes Low F# Low G# Low A.

For which 99% of pipes just play Low G (natural) over and over. Unacceptable, to me.

Then there's all the High G#'s and High C# etc.

It's why I play it in D Major where all the correct notes are under the fingers, though yes octaves have to drop.

Every note of the first part fits right under the fingers, and only the two High B's have to be dropped to the ordinary B.
I play (pinch) High Bs all the time, so I think I might just give your setting a try.
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The second part then begins entirely an octave down. Hitting that highest note is no problem, it's the pipe's ordinary F#.

Ditto Irish Eyes (D Major) and Greensleeves/What Child Is This (D minor).
I'll get right to work on it.
FWIW, I sing it in G. One time at a session, the concertina played it and I asked if he minded if I sang. So, there were the two of us and Danny Boy, two verses while all the other guys looked on but nobody joined in. So the leader says- You know everybody else does that song in C but you did it in G. Why? I said "because he played it in G and I can sing it in G, evidently" ;-)
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:23 PM   #43
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How about a slow version of The Minstrel Boy?
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Old 08-16-2019, 03:43 PM   #44
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I agree with Itchy Fingers about the tin whistle. You may have to re-wire your brain for reading and playing the notation for the keys such as C and D but being able to play tunes using the extra octaves will be well worth the effort.
I've had good luck with choosing Irish made whistles such as Killarney brand in D from McNeela Music in Dublin.
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