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Click here for tunes learned at the Falfield beginners group (to March 2020) 

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KEY

1.Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises and join in 3. Try to play the whole tune Visual aid for exercise see all exercises  fiddle tab for simplified tune manuscript for simplified tune

It is essential to listen to the recording of the tune and sing along to it.

Exercises - You must be able to sing each exercise phrase before trying to play it.

Try to sing the tune out loud or in your head as you play it, as it will help you find the right notes.

 

Index to tune sets 
Sometimes a dance has its own specific tune which is played throughout the dance.  At other times we play tunes in sets of 2, 3 or 4 tunes one after the other, each being repeated a certain number of times.  

See below for the tunes we are learning in the beginners groups put together in a set of tunes. Scroll down or click on each link to go to exercises for each tune.

When using the main "Tunes A-Z Index" go to the column to find out the tunes we play together in a set.

Tune 1 Tune 2 Tune 3 Tune 4
Astley's Ride D Davy Davy Nick Nack  Rochdale Coconut em  
Uncle Bernard's D Winster Gallop G Tip Top Polka D Rakes of Mallow G
Seven Stars D Month of May    
Buttered Peas G      
Bear Dance em      

 

Astley's Ride D

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear  Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises  fiddle tab manuscript for simplified tune
Ex 1 Ex 1
Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3

Bear Dance

Slow Recording - 4 beats to start  Fiddle Tab Quiz - Fill in the missing notes  Play along using first finger on D string, open A string or open G
 

Buttered Peas

Davy Davy Nick Nack

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for simplified tune
Ex 1 Ex 1

1st half extremely slow

2nd half  faster than first half 

exercises 1-4

exercises 5-7

Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3
Ex 4 Ex 4
Ex 5 Ex 5
Ex 6 Ex 6
Ex 7 Ex 7

Rakes of Mallow

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for tune
Ex 1 Ex 1

Simplified

Slow recording with scales 

exercises 1-3  simplified version

exercises 4-6 with scales

simplified version

version with scales

 

version with scales

Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3
Ex 4 Ex 4
Ex 5 Ex 5
Ex 6 Ex 6

Rochdale Coconut Dance

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for simplified tune
Ex 1 Ex 1

1st half very slow

2nd half  very slow 

exercises 1-3

exercises 4-7

Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3
Ex 4 Ex 4
Ex 5 Ex 5
Ex 6 Ex 6
Ex 7 Ex 7

Seven Stars

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for  tune
Ex 1 Ex 1  

 

 

exercises 1-3

exercises 4-6

Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3
Ex 4 Ex 4
Ex 5 Ex 5
Ex 6 Ex 6
 

Tip Top Polka

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for simplified tune

 

simplified version for beginners

Ex 1 Ex 1  

 

 

 

exercises 1-3

exercises 4a-5

exercises 6-7

Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3

Ex 4a

Ex 4a
Ex 4b Ex 4b
Ex 5 Ex 5
Ex 6 Ex 6
Ex 7 Ex 7

Uncle Bernard's D

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for simplified tune
Ex 1 Ex 1
Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3
Ex 4 Ex 4

Winster Gallop

1. Listen first to the music 2. Listen to the exercises then play them by ear Visual aid for exercises 3. Try to play the whole tune - very slow recording Visual Aids
see all exercises fiddle tab manuscript for simplified tune
Ex 1 Ex 1  

 

 

 

 

 

exercises 1-3

exercises 4 -5

Ex 2 Ex 2
Ex 3 Ex 3
Ex 4 Ex 4
Ex 5 Ex 5