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Old 10-19-2017, 01:13 PM   #1
Robin73
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Default Minor Key Breton Tunes - Drone Note

Hi there,

I'm posting a similar post here to one in the "traditions" group in case more people see it.

I'm looking for confirmation that playing B minor tunes over an A drone is considered acceptable to the "Breton Ear." (or C minor tunes over a Bb drone if we're talking "concert pitch.")

For example a tune like this, played over a Drone on A:



I know there are some Scottish tunes which do this (The Mist Covered Mountain for example), and to my ears it sounds great - the A and B notes form a consonance once I've got used to it.

Much Bagad music I've heard has minor key melodies playing over the tonic, either by using a cross-fingering or tuning up the drones.

However, I've read on this forum that the B minor tune over a drone on A approach is common, but I've not heard or seen it in practice. Has anyone got any links they could share, or any "inside knowledge" about this from the Breton piping tradition please?
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Minor Key Breton Tunes - Drone Note

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"inside knowledge" about this from the Breton piping tradition please?
I haven't got any links and I don't think I could be called an insider- but it sounds fine to my ear. I've played tunes like this in band competitions and never encountered any push-back from judges. Plus, Gordon Duncan did it- that makes it ok, even if it isn't otherwise!
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:38 PM   #3
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I've played tunes like this in band competitions and never encountered any push-back from judges. Plus, Gordon Duncan did it...
Interesting - did you play Breton tunes in a Scottish style band or was it a Breton band (or something else?)

Also do you know where I can hear recordings Gordon Duncan doing this kind of thing? (A particular CD for example?)
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