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Old 08-09-2018, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default waltz tunes

Our band is putting together a waltz set.Suggestions of some nice tunes would be appreciated.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: waltz tunes

Originally Posted by hooks View Post
Our band is putting together a waltz set.Suggestions of some nice tunes would be appreciated.
There’s a bazillion in waltz tempo...The Pipers Waltz,The Banks and Braes, Samantha’s Lullaby, The Fern Waltz, Endearing Young Charms,Mull of Kintyre.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:34 PM   #3
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Kate Martin's Waltz is a catchy little tune. Inexplicably Scots Guards III has it in 2/4 time but it is not hard to re-cast it in waltz time.
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Old 08-10-2018, 02:06 AM   #4
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There are hundreds of Highland pipe tunes in the waltz idiom, it's just that they're not written that way.

They're usually called "slow marches" and written in 6/8 time.

Anyone outwith the Highland piping world would write them in 3/4 time and call them waltzes.

(3/4 time and 6/8 time are different ways of notating the same sound.)

A website for ballroom dancing recommends a tempo of 84-96 BPM for "American" waltzes, and rather faster for the "Viennese" waltz.

Wiki says "The bagpipe also makes use of slow marches such as the Skye Boat Song and the (Highland) Cradle Song. These are set in 6/8 time and are usually played at around 60 beats per minute."

So you'll need to bump up the speed a bit, for the waltz, if you're playing 6/8 slow marches at 60 BPM.

I've played a set for 30 years, used it for the waltz at many weddings:

Skye Boat Song
Mist-Covered Mountain
Highland Cradle Song
Leaving Lismore
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