Traditional folk music from the British Isles and Sweden including a guide to creating harmonies.
A charming book compiled and arranged by Magdalena Reid.
The tunes arrangements are greatly influenced by the popular Swedish tradition of harmony playing as Magdalena is Swedish. However, Magdalena has lived in the United Kingdom for many years and is knowledgeable about traditional tunes from here too.
An inspiring collection, well presented with clear text and music, perfect for groups of friends to play or groupwork classes.
Ideas for Harmonising: Drone * Riff * Simple Harmony-based Arrangements * Playing In 3rds * Independent Melodic Lines * Rhythmic Patterns And Effects * Creating A Set Of Tunes.
Tunes With Arrangements:
Drone Accompaniment - Festmarsch (Swedish March)
Riff - Rovlåten (Swedish Long Dance) / Spootiskerry (Shetland Reel)
Simple Harmony-based Arrangements: Mairi’s Wedding (Highland Bridal Song) / Bonnie Tammie Scolla (Shetland Song) /
Saddle the Pony (Irish Jig) / The Keel Row (Tyneside Song) / Blaydon Races (Northumbrian Jig) / John Ryan's Polka (Irish Polka) / Shoe The Donkey (Irish polka) / Egan's Polka (Irish Polka) * Iona's Air (Northumbrian Air) * Fear A' Bhata (Highland Air) / Denis Murphy's Polka (Irish Polka).
Playing in 3rds: Engelska Fran Smaland (Swedish Dance) / Homfidifixan (Finnish Polka) / Sussex Waltz (English Waltz) / Ringenesen (Norvegian Rheinländer).
Independent Melodic Lines: Dalaigh's Polka (Irish Polka) / Waters Of Tyne (Tyneside Song) / Bonny At Morn (Northumbrian Air) / Herbert The Sherbert (English Jig) / Rakes Of Kildare (Irish Jig) / Sleep Soond Ida Moarnin’ (Shetland Reel) / Drowsy Maggie (Irish Reel).
Rhythmic Patterns And Effects: King Of The Fairies (Irish Hornpipe) / Myra's Jig (Scottish Border Jig).
Level: Beginners / Intermediate
Book - A4 format
"Fiddles in Harmony is an attractively presented collection of tunes from the British Isles and Sweden. It is however more than just a collection of pleasant melodies as it includes up to two harmony parts for all of the 26 tunes in the collection, and it should therefore be a valuable asset to any youth or adult learning traditional music group." Paul Anderson - Fiddle On Magazine.
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