With Burns night approaching, it seemed appropriate to learn a Scottish tune; this tune dates back to at least the early 1700s, remaining popular for quite some time as it was used in several ballad operas in the 18th century as well as being used as a retreat march by the British military, specifically by the 37th Regiment. It was printed in many books across Scotland as well as making its way into a few English books too.
The PDF can be found here. We used two basic accompanying rhythms for the drums and guitars:
Here is the piece we learned on Monday 11th November, Carol of the Bells. This was arranged by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914, based on a Ukrainian folk chant called ‘Shchedryk’. We divided the piece into four phrases – phrases one and two can be played simultaneouly and with the bass line. The structure is pretty free at the moment, with everyone following my hand signals, we might formalise it later.
And here are the dots, with a PDF available here:
Here is the Dusty Miller, a fantastic 3/2 hornpipe first published in England in 1718 – it seems to have been very popular in the 1700s and early 1800s in England and Scotland in particular, and it also made its way to Ireland and America.
Here’s the video of the tune:
Here are the videos for the close harmony (2nd line of each system of the music):
…and the independent harmony (3rd line of each system of the music):
Here are the dots, with a PDF here:
The original and alternative chord sequences are available here. Enjoy!