The Humours of Ballyloughlin Tune Notes

(G major/Mixolydian Mode)

The interesting feature about this tune is that it allows for the alternative uses of the A, D and C buttons throughout, depending on the phrasing pattern involved at any given point in the tune.

PART I:

All of bar 1 is played on the middle row, while both bottom Ds in bar 2 are played on the press along the inside row.

The C natural crotchet, with its usual gracings in bar 3 is played on the draw on the inside row. The A semi-quaver and the E quaver in the same bar are played along the middle row, while the F sharp and D of the next set are played on the inside row.

Bar 5 corresponds with bar 1.

With the exception of the F sharps, bar 6 is played along the middle row, while the F sharps and Ds in bars 7 and 8 are played on the inside row.

PART II:

In bar 1, both open C natural crochets may be played on the draw inside row, while the B semi-quaver must be played on the middle row (r/h/s) to facilitate the first three quavers of bar 2.

In bar 2, both C naturals are played on the inside row while the rest of the bar is played along the middle row.

With the exception of the E, all of bar 3 is played on the inside row.

In bar 4, the first A quaver is played. on the inside row, while the second is played along the middle row. In bar 4 the C natural is on the draw inside row, while the D crotchet is on the press inside row.

In bar 5, the bellows direction should not change for any of the semi-quavers.

The C natural and F sharp of bar 6 are on the press along the inside row, while bars 7 and 8 correspond to their opposite numbers in Part I.

PART III:

All of Part III, including the B, C sharp, D', E run is played along the inside rows, which makes an interesting contrast to the phrasing pattern of Parts I and II. Again, Paddy has taken the runs in bars 3, 4 and 7 from some of the piping settings of this tune.

PART IV:

Bar 1 is played along the middle row, on the draw, with the exception of the G semi-quaver, which is got on the press.

In bar 2, the F sharp and D may both be played on the inside row.

Most of bar 3 may be played on the middle row, with the exception of the two final quavers - F sharp and D, which may be played on the same key, inside row.

The F sharp is the only exception in bar 4, 5 and 6, which are played completely along the middle row.

Bars 7 and 8 correspond to their opposite numbers in Part I and II.

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