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A Collection of Fiddle Tunes of New England & Related Traditions

Notes:

  • Each section is presented in alphabetical order. Tunes  from the Lamprey River Band Tunebook are marked as such.
  • All tunes are in abc format, which allows music to be written in text form.
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Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes

 

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X:13048

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T:Mars nr. 51 eftir Svabo

L:1/8

M:4/4

O:Faroe Islands

S:Spaelimenninir, $2Malagrot.$0 Tutl, SHD066, 2003.

N:From the liner notes, Jens Christian Svabo (1746-1824) was a linguist and

N:ethnographer, but also a fiddler; he likely played for dances. In 1928

N:a manuscript was discovered in an attic that turned out to be Svabo's

N:handwritten collection of tunes dated 1775. This was one of the tunes.

R:Scandinavian, March

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Marches & Polkas

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

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F>G |\

"D" A2A2"F#m/C#"A2 B>c      | "Bm/B" (& d6 A2 & x4 "D/A" x4 &) | "G" B>(d c>d) "A"A>(d c>d) | "A7" A2 G2 "D" F2 A2  |

"G" B>(d c>d) "A" A>(d c>d) | "A7" A2 G2 "D" F2 d2 | "A7"(c2 d2) (e2 f2) | "A7" g6 a>g      |\

"D" f>e d>e "A7" f2 e2      | "D" d6 :|

|:d>e|\

"D" f2f2f2 ed  | "A" e2 a2 a2 Bc | "Bm" d2d2d2 cB         | "F#m"c2f2f2 A2      |

"G" B2B2B2dB   | "D/F#" A6dA     | "Em" G2G2 "A7" GBAG    | "D" F6 A2           |

"G" B>(d c>d) "A" A>(d c>d)      | "A7" A2 G2 "D" F2 A2   | "G" B>(d c>d) "A"A>(d c>d) | "A7" A2 G2 "D" F2 d2 |

"A7" (c2d2) (e2f2) | "A7" g6 a>g | "D" f>e d>e "A7" f2 e2 | "D" d6 :|

 

X:19614

T:Spælimenninir Í Hoydølum

C:W. R. (Ronnie) Aim

S:Spaelimenninir í Hoydølum, $2Umaftur.$0 Tutl SHD002CD, 2000.

N:Written for the band of the same name. It has

N:too many measures to be used for a phrased contradance. but It would work very

N:well for a grand march, and it would make a great polka. (I believe that

N:it's actually a sønderhoning but I can't find any supporting documenation.)

M:2/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Polka

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Marches & Polkas ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   A |\

"D"  A>F Ad  | "D" f2 dA     | "G" B>d gB | "D"  A2 FA |\

"D"  d>e  fg | "D" ab af     | "D" dA  gf | "A7" e3 f  |

"D"  A>F Ad  | "D" f2 dA     | "G" B>d gB | "D"  A2 FA |\

"D"  dc/2d/2 "G" Bd/2B/2 | "D" Ad/2f/2 af/2d/2  |\

"A7" cA  Bc  | "D" d3   :|

|: f |\

"A7"  e>c Ac     | "A7" e2A2    | "D" f>d Ad     | "D" f2A2     |\

"G"  ga/2g/2    "D" fg/2f/2 | "A" ef/2e/2 "D" de/2d/2 |

"A"  c/2e/2a/2c/2 "E7" B^g  | "A7" a3A     |\

"D"  A>F DF     | "D" A2 FA     | "D" d>e fd     | "G" g2B2 |\

"D"  de/2d/2 cB | "D" AF Dg     | "D" f2 "A7" e2 | "D" d3  :|

K:A

   e |\

"A" e2 e>f      | "A" ec AE      | "A" CE AB      | "A" c2 A2       |\

"D" d>e fd      | "A" c>d ec     | "B7" B^d fa    | "E7" ge =dB |

"A" e2 e>f      | "A" ec AE      | "A" CE AB      | "A" c2 A2       |\

"D" d>e fe/2d/2 | "A" ea  Ad     | "A" c2 "E7" B2 | "A" A3      |]

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X:4472

T:Dover Polska

C:Peter Yarensky, December 3, 1987

N:Written when I lived in Dover, NH. To my surprise it sounded

N:more like a polska than anything else.

M:3/4

L:1/8

P:Sequence: AABBBB ~ End on an A Part

R:Scandinavian Polska

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Polskas & Hambos ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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   E>F |\

"C" G2  C>E G>c      | "C" e>d c>B A>G       | "Dm" F2 D>F A>d     | "Dm" .f2 f4 |

 "G" G2 G>B d>g      | "G" .b2 b>a g>a       | "G" b2 a/b/a/g/ f>d | "C" e2 e/f/e/d/ c>A  |

 "C" G2 C>E G>c      | "C" e>d c>B A>G       | "Dm" F2  D>F A>D    |  "Dm" .f2   f4   |

"G" G2 G>B d>g       | "G" b2  b2  a2        | "G" g2 g/a/g/f/ e>d |1 "C" .c2 c2 :|2 "C" .c2 c4 ||

|: "Am" A2 A>^G E>G  | "Am" A2 A>E A>B       |  "C" c2  c>B c>d    | "E7" .e2 e2 ^f>^g |

  "Am" a2 a>^g e>d   | "C" c2 c>B "E7" E>^G  |  "Am" A2  A>B  c>d  |[1,3\

  "E7" .e2 E4       :|2 "E7" .e2  e4        :|4 "E7" .e2 e2 |]

 

X:8286

T:Hipp Hopp Hambo

S:Karl Grönstedt's Dragspelsorkester and the Swedish Folk Dance Fiddlers,

S:$2Swedish Polkas and Hambos$0. Capitol Records, T-10039, 1956.

N:The recording is in A, but I believe it is more commonly played in G

N:by fiddlers. I present it in A as well elsewhere.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Polska

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Polskas & Hambos ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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  D/2 |\

"G" d>D d>D d>D  | "G" B>D B>D B>D | "G" G2 G>B, D>B, | "D7" C/2B,/2C/2B,/2 C>B, A,2 |

"D7" .A2 .A2 .A2 | "D7" A>G F>E D2 | "D7" d2 d>c B>A |1,3 "G" G>A B>c d3/2 :|2,4 "G" .G2 .G2 z> :|

|: d |\

"G" B>d G2-G>g    | "D7" f>a d4        | "D7" (3Adf a2 a>f     | "G" g>b d4 |

"G" (3GBd .g2 .g2 | "Am" (3Ace .a2 .a2 | "D7" (3dfa .d'2 .d'>f | "G" .g2 .G2 z> :|

|: G |\

"G" G>B d>G B>d | "Am" A>c e>A c>e | "D7" d>e f>g a>c' | "G" b>a g>e d>B |

"G" G>B d>G B>d | "Am" A>c e>A c>e | "D7" d>e f>g a>b | "G" .g2 .g2 z3/2 :|

 

X:8287

T:Hipp Hopp Hambo

S:Karl Grönstedt's Dragspelsorkester and the Swedish Folk Dance Fiddlers,

S:$2Swedish Polkas and Hambos$0. Capitol Records, T-10039, 1956.

N:The recording is in A, but I believe it is more commonly played in G

N:by fiddlers. I present it in G as well elsewhere.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Polska

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Polskas & Hambos ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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  E/2 |\

"A" e>E e>E e>E  | "A" c>E c>E c>E | "A" A2 A>C E>C  | "E7" D/2C/2D/2C/2 D>C B,2 |

"E7" .B2 .B2 .B2 | "E7" B>A G>F E2 | "E7" e2 e>d c>B |1,3 "A" A>B c>d e3/2 :|2,4 "A" .A2 .A2 z> :|

|: e |\

"A" c>e A2-A>a    | "E7" g>b e4        | "E7" (3Beg b2 b>g     | "A" a>c' e4 |

"A" (3Ace .a2 .a2 | "Bm" (3Bdf .b2 .b2 | "E7" (3egb .e'2 .e'>g | "A" .a2 .A2 z> :|

|: A |\

"A" A>c e>A c>e | "Bm" B>d f>B d>f | "E7" e>f g>a b>d' | "A" c'>b a>f e>c |

"A" A>c e>A c>e | "Bm" B>d f>B d>f | "E7" e>f g>a b>c' | "A" .a2 .a2 z3/2 :|

 

X:11048

T:Karis Pers Polska

N:This is a very well known Swedish polska, often used for a hambo. In Sweden

N:both parts are generally played for double the length shown.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Polska

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Polskas & Hambos ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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   "D" A2 A>B A>G | "D"  G<F F>D F>A | "D" d2  d>e d>c |  "G" c<B B>G B2 |

   "A" e2 e>f e>d | "A"  d<c c>A c>e | "A" a2  a>g f>e |1 "D" d>e f>g a2:|2 "D" d2 d4 ||

|: "G" g2 e>g e>g | "D" Pf>e d>c d>f | "A" e>d c>A B>c |  "D" d>c d>f a2 |

   "G" g2 e>g e>g | "D" Pf>e d>c d>f | "A" e>d c>A B>c |  "D" d2  d4    :|

 

 

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X:1424

T:Schottis efter Andrea Hoag

N:People who have heard this tune have said it might be from the northern

N:part of Sweden, and it might be a song. So far I haven't been able to

N:learn much about the tune.

M:4/4

L:1/8

S:Andrea Hoag, from a class at Northern Week at Ashokan.

O:Sweden

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

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K:Dm

   "Dm" a2 a<g f2 f<e | "Dm" d2 c2 "Gm" B4 | "A7" A2 ^ce a2>e2  | "Dm" fgfe d2 A2    |

   "Dm" a2 a<g f2 f<e | "Dm" d2 c2 "Gm" B4 | "A7" A2 ^ce a2 a^c | "Dm" (^cd- d2) d4 :|

|: "Dm" D2>F2 A2 A2   | "Gm" B2 B2 "Dm" A4 | "A7" A2 ^ce a2>e2  | "Dm" fgfe d2 A2    |

   "Dm" D2>F2 A2 A2   | "Gm" B2 B2 "Dm" A4 | "A7" A2 ^ce a2 a^c | "Dm" (^cd- d2) d4 :|

 

X:2462

T:Böl-Olle-l\aaten Schottis

O:Sweden

S:Learned from David Kaynor at Ashokan, many years ago.

N:David likes to end the A part with a G chord sometimes. This surprise contrasts

N:with the minor-key A part and leads nicely into the D-major B part.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Bm

   "Bm"  Bcde f2f2 | "Bm"  tf2ed B4 | "F#m" cdcB c2c2 | "Bm" Bcdc B4 |

   "Bm"  Bcde f2f2 | "Bm"  tf2ed B4 | "F#m" cdcB c2c2 |1 "Bm" Bcdc  B4 :|2 "Bm" Bcdc "(G)" B2 ||

|: FG |\

   "D" A2fe d2AF |  "G" G2[G2B2] [G2B2]ed | "A" c2cc c2fe |  "D" d2dc d2FG |

   "D" A2fe d2AF |  "G" G2[G2B2] [G2B2]ed | "A" c2cc c2fe |1 "D" d2dc d2  :|2 "D" d2dc d4 |]

 

X:9138

T:Schottis från Idre $3(D)$0

M:4/4

L:1/8

N:This is a fairly popular tune among Swedish musicians, not to be confused with

N:another popular schottis from Idre in Dm. Note the contrast in the B part

N:between the major and minor portions. I understand that some musicians

N:reverse them, playing the first two measures of each line in minor and the next two

N:in minor. The two Dm chords in the upper row are alternative chords. When listening

N:to recordings I noticed that some people start the B part with a Dm. Although

N:the end of the B part is usually shown as resolving to a D major, I think it sounds

N:right with a Dm as well.

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   "D" D2FA .d2.d2       | "D" D2FA d2cd     | "A7" efec A2Bc  | "D" d2cB "A7" AGFE |

   "D" D2FA .d2.d2       | "D" D2FA d2cd     | "A7" efec A2Bc  | "D" d2"A7"dc "D" d4 :|

|: "Dm;D" a2a2 "A7" g2eg | "D" ^f2df "A7" e4 | "Dm" =f2ag f2ed | "A7" cded c2A2 |

   "D" a2a2 "A7" g2eg    | "D" ^f2df "A7" e4 | "Dm" =f2ag f2ed | "A7" cdec "Dm;D" d4 :|

 

X:14050

T:Nattskift på Pizzafabriken

T:Night Shift in the Pizza Factory

C:Julia Borland-Ferneborg

N:This is a modern Swedish schottis. Julia was originally from the United States but

N:spent a number of years in Sweden learning about Swedish traditional music. While

N:she was there she wrote this fun tune.

L:1/16

M:2/4

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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ef |\

"G" ggfg "D7" agfe | "G" e2d2 d3e | "D7" dcAF dcAF | "G" e2d2 d2ef |

"G" ggfg "D7" agfe | "G" e2d2 d3e | "D7" dcAF dcAF |[1\

"G" A2G2 G2 :|[2 "G" A2G2 G3 ||

|:E |\

"G" D2B2 BcBA  | "G" BcBA B2G2  | "C" E2c2 cdcB  | "C" cdcB cBAG |

"D7" F2f2 fgfe | "D7" fgfe f2d2 | "D7" d2f2 fefg |[1\

"D7" a2g2 "G" g3 :|[2 "D7" a2g2 "G" g2 |]"G"

 

X:16284

T:Pindsvine Reinländer

T:Westby Schottische #1

O:Sweden, Denmark, Norway

S:Leroy Larson & the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble $2Play Scandinavian-American

S:Old Time.$0 Banjar Records BR-1828, 1975.

S:Spaelimenninir í Hoydølum, $2Spaelimenninir í Hoydølum$0. Tutl, SHD 1CD, 1977, 2000.

N:Commonly known as Pindsvine, but called Westby Schottische by the Minnesota

N:Scandinavian Ensemble. The Spaelimenninir liner notes say it is known in both

N:Sweden and Denmark. The Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble liner notes say they

N:learned it from a Norwegian fiddler. This version is based on the

N:Spaelimenninir recording.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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   D2 |\

"G" G2G2 G2AG | "D7" GFFE  F2DF | "D7" A2A2 A2dc | "G" B2G2 G2GF |

"C" E2E2 EGFE | "G"  E2D^C D4   | "D7" D2FA cAFA | "G" G2GG G2  :|

|: B2 |\

"G" d2dd d2ed | "D7" dccB  c2AB | "D7" c2cc c2dc | "G" cBBA B2GF |

"C" E2E2 EGFE | "G"  E2D^C D4   | "D7" D2FA cAFA | "G" G2G2 G2  :|

K:C

|: c2 |\

"C" e4 e3d | "C" cdcA G2E2 | "G7" FGFD B2BA  | "C" GAGE c3c |

"C" e4 e3d | "C" cdcA G2E2 | "G7" FEDE FGAB  | "C" c2c2 c2 :|

 

X:19335

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T:Skepparschottis

C:Thore Härdelin

O:Sweden

S:Laurie Hart, Northern Week, Ashokan, 2010

N:There is a second version of the tune with suggested ornamentation.

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis

N:Dotted note pairs are played with a lightly dotted rhythm.

M:4/4

L:1/8

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   "D" D2FA d2BA    | "D" d2BA d2d2   | "D" D2FA d2BA     | "D" d2BA "A7" c2c2  |

   "A7" A2ce g2fe   | "A7" g2fe a2a2  | "A7" a>baf  g>ece |1\

   "D" eddc d>AFE  :|2 "D" eddc d>efg ||

|: "D" a>ba<f d<fA2   | "D" a>baf d<fA2  | "D" f2ed f2ed     | "D" f>ee^d "A7" e2ef |

   "A7" g>ag<e c<eA2  | "A7" g>age c<eA2 | "A7" g2fe a2fe    |1\

   "D" eddc d>efg  :|2 "D" eddc d2AF  |]

 

X:19337

%%MIDI ratio 2 1

T:Skepparschottis

N:Ornamentation based on the playing of Laurie Hart, Northern Week, Ashokan, 2010

N:There is another version of the tune without ornamentation that may be

N:easier to read for basic melody.

C:Thore Härdelin

O:Sweden

N:Dotted note pairs are played with a lightly dotted rhythm.

M:4/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   "D" D2FA {c}d2BA    | "D" {Bc}d2BA d2d2   | "D" D2FA {c}d2BA | "D" d2BA "A7" {B}c2cB  |

   "A7" A2c<e {gf}g2fe | "A7" {f}g2fe a2a2   | "A7" a>baf  {gf}g>ece   |1\

   "D" eddc d>AFE     :|2 "D" eddc d>efg     ||

|: "D" a>ba<f d<fA2     | "D" a>baf d<fA2     | "D" f2ed {e}f2ed | "D" {e}f>ee^d "A7" e2ef |

   "A7" g>ag<e c<eA2     | "A7" {gf}g>age c<eA2 | "A7" {gf}g2fe {efg}a2fe |1\

   "D" eddc d>efg     :|2 "D" eddc d2AF      |]

 

X:19481

T:Schottis from Spaelimenninir

M:4/4

L:1/8

O:Scandinavian

S:Spaelimenninir, $2Burturav$0. Tutl SHD004, 1980.

R:Scandinavian Schottische

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Schottis

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Dm

"Dm" D2DE F2FG    | "Dm" A2AB A2A2       | "Dm" d2de f2((3efe)          | "Dm" d4 A2de |

"Dm" f2((3efe) d2AB      | "C" cd ((3BcB) "F" A2FG     | "Dm" ABAG F2FG | "A7" A6 de   |

"Dm" [A2f2]((3efe) d2AB  | "C" c2((3BcB) "F" A2FG      |\

"Dm" ABAG "A7" F2((3EFE) |1 "Dm" D6 A,2  :|2 "Dm" D6 AA ||

|: "Dm" AFDF AFDF | "Dm" A2d2 "Gm" c2TB2 | "Dm" ABAG F2FG | "A7" A6 AA   |

"Dm" AFDF AFDF    | "Dm" A2d2 "Gm" c2TB2 | "Dm" ABAG "A7" F2((3EFE)      |1 "Dm" D6 AA :|2 "Dm" D6 de ||

|: "Dm" f2((3efe) d2AB    | "C" c2((3BcB) "F" A2FG      | "Dm" ABAG F2G2 | "A7" A4 F2de |

"Dm" f2((3efe) d2AB       | "C" c2((3BcB) "F" A2FG |\

"Dm" ABAG "A7" F2((3EFE)  |1 "Dm" D6 de  :|2 "Dm" D6 A,2 |]

 

 

%%newpage

%%textfont Palatino-BoldItalic 24

%%center ~ Waltzes ~

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 14

 

 

 

X:11050

T:Katrinevalsen

O:Denmark

S:Spaelimenninir í Hoydølum, $2Umaftur.$0 Tutl SHD002CD, 1977, 2000.

N:This is a fun tune that I've enjoyed playing for years.

M:3/4

L:1/4

R:Scandinavian waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

   D |\

"G"  G>G G | "G"  B,D G | "G" B>B B | "G"  B G B |\

"D7" d>ed  | "D7" c B A | "G" G2  A | "G"  B2  D |

"G"  G>G G | "G"  B,D G | "G" B>B B | "G"  B G B |\

"D7" d>ed  | "D7" c B A | "G" G3    |1 "G" G2   :|2 "G" G ||

|: Bc |\

"G"  d3    | "C"  e2f | "G" g/2z/2 z/2g/2g | "G" gfe |\

"D7" d>e d | "D7" cBA | "G" G2A | "G" B2 c |

"G"  d3    | "C"  e2f | "G" g/2z/2 z/2g/2g | "G" gfe |\

"D7" d>e d | "D7" cBA | "G" G3  |1 "G" G  :|2 "G" G2 |]

 

X:13039

T:Maivalsurin

C:\'Ivar B\aerentsen

O:F\aeroe Islands

S:Spaelimenninir, $2Burturav$0. Tutl SHD004, 1980.

N:A fairly careful transcription from the recording on $2Burturav.$0 I have also

N:included a transcription of the core melody that is easier to read.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Am

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text As Played by Spaelimenninir

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

D EA |\

"Am" c4 AA         | "Am" A3 D EA        | "Am" (Ac- c2) AA | "Am" A4 e2 |\

"F" {efg}a4 aa     | "G" g2-g>(a (3 gag) | "Am" e6-        | "Am" e4 Ae |

"F" {efg}a4 aa     | "G" g2-g>(a (3 gag) | "Am" e3 f ec    | "Dm" A4 AB |\

"Am" c2 ((3BcB) A2 | "E7" e2>A2 Bc       |1 "Am" A6-       | "Am" A3   :|2 "Am"A6- | "Am" A4 ||

|: AA |\

"E7" B6-       | "E7" B2 c2 cd  | "Am" cB A4-   | "Am" A4 ee    |\

"Dm" f3 e fg   | "Dm" a2 g2 tf2 | "Am" e6-      | "Am" e2 e2 ee |

"Dm" f3 e fg   | "Dm" a2 g2 tf2 | "Am" e2 ef ec | "Dm" A4 AB    |\

"Am" c2 tB2 AA | "E7" e4 Bc     |1 "Am" A6-     | "Am" A4      :|2 "Am" A6- | "Am" A3 |]

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X:13041

T:Maivalsurin

C:\'Ivar B\aerentsen

O:F\aeroe Islands

S:Spaelimenninir, $2Burturav$0. Tutl SHD004, 1980.

N:This is a  transcription of the core melody from the recording on $2Burturav.$0

N:I have also included a transcription with some additional details of melody

N:and ornamentation, which captures the Scandinavian style more accurately.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:Am

%%textfont Palatino-Italic 14

%%text Basic Melody

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 16

%%

D EA |\

"Am" c4 AA         | "Am" A3 D EA        | "Am" c4 AA | "Am" A4 e2 |\

"F" a4 aa     | "G" g3g ag | "Am" e6-        | "Am" e4 Ae |

"F" a4 aa     | "G" g3g ag | "Am" e3 f ec    | "Dm" A4 AB |\

"Am" c2 B2 A2 | "E7" e2>A2 Bc       |1 "Am" A6-       | "Am" A3   :|2 "Am"A6- | "Am" A4 ||

|: AA |\

"E7" B6-       | "E7" B2 c2 d2  | "Am" cB A4-   | "Am" A4 ee    |\

"Dm" f3 e fg   | "Dm" a2 g2 tf2 | "Am" e6-      | "Am" e2 e2 ee |

"Dm" f3 e fg   | "Dm" a2 g2 tf2 | "Am" e3 f ec | "Dm" A4 AB    |\

"Am" c2 tB2 AA | "E7" e4 Bc     |1 "Am" A6-     | "Am" A4      :|2 "Am" A6- | "Am" A3 |]

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X:15559

T:Vals från Orsa

N:Learned from Jane Orzechowski a long time ago. It's really much more

N:suited to accompaniment by fiddle harmony than by a chord instrument.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes ~ LRB

H:From the Lamprey River Band Tunebook. Look for more tunes plus resources for

H:abc notation and New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   DF |\

"D" A4 A2     | "D" BA   F<D F<D | "D" d4 d2    |  "G" d2 "A" cA d<e |\

"D" f4 f<a    | "D" a2 "A" gf ec     | "A" Ac eg fe   |  "G" d2 Bd B<G |

"A" A4 A2-    | "A" A2   BA F<A | "D" d4 d2    |  "D" d2 cA d<e |\

"D" f4 f<a    | "G" a2 "A" gf ec     | "A" Ac eg fe   |1 "D" d2d2 :|2 "D" d4 ||

|: g2 |\

"G" b2 gb gb   | "D" a2 fa fa     | "A" ab ag e<c | "D" d2 d<f f<a |\

"G" b2 gb gb   | "D" a2 fa fa     | "A" ab ag e<c | "D" d4 :|

|: A2 |\

"D" A2d2g2    | "D" f3ed2       | "G" d2 gb gb         | "D" a3fd2 |\

"D" de "Dm" =f2d2 | "C" e4=c2      | "C" =c2 "G" Bd B<G | "A" A6- |

"A" A2  "D" f2a2  | "G" g3fg2       | "D" A2d2f2   | "A" e3^de2 |\

"A" AB c2 "D" d2   | "G" B4B2        | "A" AB  AG E<C | "D" D4 :|

 

X:19162

T:Selmer Ramsey Waltz

S:Leroy Larson & the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble $2Play Scandinavian-American

S:Old Time.$0 Banjar Records BR-1828, 1975.

N:The tune should be played with a slight reverse dotted rhythm.

N:Selmer Ramsey (1914-1978) was from Minnesota and played for dances for many years.

N:He made three records. I have two and this waltz isn't on either; I don't know if it's

N:on the third. But it was very popular among upper midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers.

N:This transcription is based on the playing of the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble.

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:G

   B,A, |\

   "G"  (G,B,) (DG) (Bd)  | "G"  (gd) (BG) (AB) |  "C" [c2e2] [c3e3] e  | "Am"  (ea) g4        |

   "D7" (DF) (Ad) (fa)    | "D7" (dc) (AF) (DF) |  "G" G2 (A/2B/2-B- B)G | "G" (DE) (DC) (B,A,) |

   "G"  (G,B,) (DG) (Bd)  | "G"  (gd) (BG) (AB) |  "C" [c2e2] [c3e3] e  | "Am"  (ea) g4        |

   "D7" (DF) (Ad) (fa)    | "D7" (dc) (AF) (DF) |1 "G" G4 (GA)          | "G"  G4             :|2\

   "G"  [G4B4] ([GB][Gc]) | "G" [G3B3] ||

|:A Bd |\

   "G"  g2>d2 (BG) | "G"  D2 DG Bd      | "C" (& e2 (xx) (xx) & e2 ed cA &) | "Am" E4 Ee |

   "D7" f2>d2 cA   | "D7" [F4A4] [FA]A  | "G" e2 (ed) (^cd)      | "G"   B2 (B/2c/2B/2A/2) (Bd) |

   "G"  g2>d2 (BG) | "G"  D2 DG Bd      | "C" (& e2 (xx) (xx) & e2 ed cA &) | "Am" E4 (EF/2E/2) |

   "D7" DF Ad fa   | "D7" (ba) (fd) (fa)| "G" [g4B4] ([gB][aB]) |1"G" [g3B3] :|2"G" [g3B3] G|]

 

X:19395

T:Smed-Jens vals

C:Annar Gjelten, 1995

O:Norway

S:Based on a transcription by John Chambers in 1998.

N:I've also included a transcription of the American version of the tune,

N:under the name $2Blacksmith's Waltz.$0

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

A2 |\

"D" f4 {f}a2 | "D" d4 ((3fgf) | "A7" e2 d2 e2 | "D" f3 e dc  |\

"G" B2 G2 B2 | "D" A4 AB    | "A7" A2 E2 G2 | "D" F3 E D2 |

"D" f4 {f}a2 | "D" d4 ((3fgf) | "A7" e2 d2 e2 | "D" f3 e dc  |\

"G" B2 G2 B2 | "D" A4 Ad    | "A7" c2 Ac ec | "D" {c}d4  :|

|:FG |\

"D" A2 F3 G  | "D" A2 fe dc  | "G" B2 G2 A2 | "Em" B2 ed cB |\

"A7" A3 G FG  | "A7" A2 E2 G2 | "D" F3 E FE   | "D" D4 FG |

"D" A2 F3 G  | "D" A2 fe dc  | "G" B2 G2 A2 | "Em" B2 ed cB |\

"A7" A3 G FG  | "A7" A2 B2 c2 | "D" d3 e dc   | "D" d4 :|

 

X:19397

T:Blacksmith's Waltz

T:Per the Blacksmith or Smed-Jens Vals

N:This appears to be an American version of $2Smed-Jens Vals.$0 I learned it a long time

N:ago, but I'm not sure of the source. I have also presented the Scandinavian

N:version of the tune under the name $2Smed-Jens Vals.$0

M:3/4

L:1/8

R:Scandinavian Waltz

G:Scandinavian Tunes ~ Waltzes

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

"D" f2>g2 a2  | "D" d2>e2 f2   | "A7" e2 d2 e2  | "D" f3 e dc   | \

"G" B2 G2 B2  | "D" A4 AB      |1 "A7" A2 E2 G2 | "D" F2>E2 D2 :|2 "A7" A2 Ac ec | "D" d4 ||

|:FG |\

"D" A2 F2>A2  | "D" A2 fe dc   | "G" B2 G2 B2 | "Em" B2 ed cB |\

"A7" A2 F2 A2 |1 "A7" A2 E2 G2 | "D" F2>G2 FE | "D" D4       :|2 "A7" A2 B2 c2 | "D" d3 e dc | "D" d6 |]

 

 

Other Fiddle Tunes

 

%%newpage

%%textfont Palatino-BoldItalic 30

%%text

%%center Other Fiddle Tunes

%%textfont Palatino-Roman 14

%%begintext

%%This section includes a few tunes that don't really fit any category in the classification

%%system I've used in this collection.

%%endtext

 

X:17631

T:Les quatre coins de St. Malo

T:Four Corners of Montreal

S:Isidore Soucy et son Ensemble, $2La Veillée chez Isidore.$0 RCA Victor,

S:CPG/CPGS-215, 1968.

N:This is a great recording from his radio show. In the third part

N:the "+" represents a left-hand pluck. It used to be common to alternate

N:with tapping ("x") the four corners of the fiddle with the bow. These days

N:the tap is often replaced with a rhythmic chord on the A and E strings.

N:The last time through he played a long string of taps. This likely involved

N:going around the four corners of the fiddle and possibly going across the

N:diagonals. This was often done in the middle of the tune as well as the end.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Other Tunes

G:Other Tunes ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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K:D

   "D" d2dd d2f2   | "D" d2f2 "A7" efe2 | "D" d2dd d2f2 | "D" d2f2 "A7" e4 |\

"A7" e2fg a2aa     | "A7" a2a2 "D" f2de |

"D" f2f2 f2ed      | "A7" e2ee e2de     |\

"D" fefg a2g2      | "A7" f2e2 "D" d2a2 | "A7" f2e2 "D" d2d2 :|

|: "A7" edef gfg2  | "A7" fefg "D" aga2 | "A7" edef gagf | "A7" edcd e2e2 |

"A7" edef gfg2     | "A7" fefg "D" aga2 | "A7" edef gfge | "A7" fgfd efec |1\

[M:1/4] "D" d2 d2 :|2 "D" d2d2          ||

efed |\

"A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "A7" [A4e4] efed | "A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "D" [d4f4] efed |\

"A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "A7" [A4e4] efed | "A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | [M:1/4] "D" [d4f4] |]

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%%text Final C Part (replaces regular C part):

%%vskip 10

efed |\

"A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "^x"z2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "^x"z2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 |\

"A7" [A4e4] efed | "A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "D" [d4f4] efed |

"A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "^x"z2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | "^x"z2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 |\

"A7" [A4e4] efed | "A7" c2 !+!e2 "^x"z2 !+!e2 | [M:1/4] "D" [df]2> ([Ae]2 | [M:2/4] [df]2)[df][df] [df]2[df]2 |]

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X:18292

T:Quadrille de Rivière-du-loup

C:Isidore Soucy

S:La Famille Soucy, $2Vol. 6: Quadrille de Rivière du Loup$0, Franco Fun 22-1306 (CD).

N:These days the range of variations played is much greater. Pascal Gemme, one of the

N:leading fiddlers of Québec, played a set of variations at Maine Fiddle Camp in 2018

N:that included doubling of notes, ghost notes, double shuffles and more.

N:

N:There are a few other transcriptions of this tune, all of which are

N:fairly different in many places. They  may have used a different recording

N:of the tune. I used a recording of La Famille Soucy with Fernando Soucy fiddling).

N:Because of the calling and low volume of the fiddle in the mix it was very difficult

N:to figure out the melody in places.

M:2/4

L:1/16

R:Cotillion

G:Other Tunes ~ Canadian ~ Quebec

H:This tune is from the NH Country Dance website. Look for more tunes

H:(New England, Canadian, Swedish) as well as resources for abc notation and

H:New England traditional music and dance; URL below.

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 [P:A] AB |\

"D" A2G2 F2A2 | "D" f4 f2ef | "D7" g2fg fed2 | "G" B6 GA |

"G" G2F2 E2A2 | "A7" e4 efed |"A7"  cz AB- BBA2 |1-3 "D" F6  :|4 [M:3/4] "D" d6 A2  defg  ||

[P:B] [M:2/4] |: \

 "D" a2{b/}aa a^gab | "D7" afde fed2 | "G" B8- | "G" B2BB ABef |

 "A7" g2gg gfga | "A7" ggAB- BBA2 |1,3  "D" [FA]2>F2 FEFG | "D" F2A2  defg  :|2

"D" [dF]4 BAF2 | "D" d2A2 defg :|4  "D" d4 BAF2 | "D" d4 z2 |]

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%%text Many variations were played on the basic melody.

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"@-10,28 For example, this ... "

B8- | B2BB ABef |\

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"@-10,28 ... might be played like this. [B Part, Meas. 3-4]"\

B2>B2 BABc | B2BB ABef |

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"@-10,65 One time through the second ending of the B part had an extra beat."\

|2 [dF]4 BAF2 | [M:3/4] d2dd d2A2 defg :|

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Fiddle Tunes in abc Notation: Scandinavian Tunes & Other Tunes

There is a wide variety of Scandinavian tunes. Most of these tunes are Swedish, but several are from other Scandinavian countries, including the Faroe Islands. Many are in 3/4 time, but the Scandinavian musicians have an amazing variety of 3/4 tunes with different types of emphasis and even some with beats of uneven duration. If you aren't already familiar with the music it would be best to do a goodly amount of listening before getting too far with playing. The page ends with a couple tunes that just didn't fit into any other category of tune.

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