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Dave Sawdon

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Blowzabella jig - what key?
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:11:45 PM »

Blowzabella is around the web in various keys - in what key does it usually appear in sessions?
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 11:42:16 AM »

EFDSS Hardcore English has Blow Zabella in G. and the notes refer it back to mid eighteenth century collections Such as Aird, Walsh and Johnson. As its not a melodeon tune book..........
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 12:17:46 PM »

Aha! I thought it was Blowzabella not Blow Zabella - that makes searching much simpler.
Blowzabella (the band) play it in D and Gm.
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Edited to add: that resulted in me discovering an excellent tune resource I didn't know about: http://richardrobinson.tunebook.org.uk
« Last Edit: October 12, 2018, 12:25:37 PM by Dave Sawdon »
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 06:55:51 PM »

It certainly is a fabulous tune. My preference is to play it fairly slow and with lift. Key I play is in G.
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 08:22:53 PM »

We play it in D, though the local version in the Winder mss is in G. The traditional 5 part tune is all in one key, but if you want to play the modal 6th part (that I assume Blowzabella wrote?) then D will be much easier as you'll have the Cnat.
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 08:27:54 PM »

I've started experimenting with twice in G, twice in D and then a final time in Gm  >:E. The first two are easy enough but getting the Bb and appropriate basses at the right time is going to need a lot more work.
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 09:13:29 PM »

Anyone have a link to a sound clip or video with this tune?  Not having any luck finding one.
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 09:54:37 PM »

You can download a midi file from here: http://richardrobinson.tunebook.org.uk/Tune/3624?index=1, or paste the following into your ABC player of choice:

X:9
T:Blow Zabella
M:6/8
L:1/8
R: jig
R:Put together from various sources by Dave Sawdon
K:Gmaj
|:"G"d2c BAG|"C"c2A "G" B2G|"G" d2c BAG|"D" A2D "G" G3:|
|:"G" g2d BGB"C"|cAc "G" BAG|"G"g2d BGB|1"D"ADF "G" G3:|2 "D"ADF "G" G2 G/2A/2|
|:"G" BAB "C" cBc|"D" d3 d2c|"G" BcB "D" ABA|"G" G3 G2A:|
|:"G" g2G g2G|"D" ABA "G" B2G|"G" g2G g2G|1"D"ADF "G" G3:|2 "D"ADF "G" G2 G/2A/2|
|:"G" BAB "C" cBc|"D" d3 d2c|"G" BcB "D" ABA|"G" G3 G2A:|
T:key change (and small tune changes)
K:Dmaj
S:Blowzabella
|:"D"A2G FED|"A"G2E "D" F2D|"D" A2G FED|"A" E2a, "D" D3:|
|:"D" d2A FDF|"A"GFE "D" G2D|"D"d2A FDF|1"A"GFE "D" D3:|2"A"GFE "D" D2 E|
|:"D" FEF "G" GFG|"A" A3 A2G|"D" FGF "A" EFE|"D" D3 D2E:|
|:"D" A2D A2D|"A" EFE "D" F2D|"D" d2D d2D|"A"EFE "D" D2E:|
|:"D" FEF "A" GFG|"D" A3 A2G|"D" FGF "A" EFE|1"D" D3 D2E:|2"D" D3D2 d|
T:Interesting extra part
|:d=cA =c2A|GFG AGF|FEF DEF|1GFEF2E:|2 GFED3|
T:key change
|:"Gm"d2c BAG|"F"c2A "Gm" B2G|"Gm" d2c BAG|"Dm" A2D "Gm" G3:|
|:"Gm" g2d BGB|"F"cAc "Gm" BAG|"Gm"g2d BGB|1"Dm"cBA "Gm" G3:|2 "Dm"cBA "Gm" G2 G/2A/2|
|:"Gm" BAB "F" cBc|"Bb" d3 d2c|"Bb" BcB "F" ABA|"Gm" G3 G2A:|
|:"Gm" B2G B2G|"F" AGA B2G|"Eb" B2G B2G |"F"ABA "Gm" G2A:|
|:"Gm" BAB "F" cBc|"Bb" d3 d2c|"Bb" BcB "F" ABA|1"Gm" G3 G2A:|2"Gm" G3 G2g|
T:Interesting extra part
|:"Gm"gfd "Dm"f2d |"Cm"cBc "Bb"dcB|"Gm"BAB "Eb"GAB|1 "F"cBA "Gm"B2G :|2 "F"cBA G3|

(edited to correct Gm part)
« Last Edit: October 12, 2018, 10:22:24 PM by Dave Sawdon »
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 10:18:02 PM »

Thanks, but...

Old-school curmudgeon here...with the exception of this iPad.  I want to hear the tune from a player.  I'll spare all any further complaints.
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2018, 11:14:46 PM »

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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2018, 09:10:08 PM »

No one picked up on query as to whether the sixth 'modal' part was written by Blowzabella themselves, presumably to make a nice 48 bar jig. Does anyone know?
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2018, 09:15:54 PM »

In Encyclopaedia Blowzabellica it says "trad/last section Dave Shepherd"
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2018, 07:21:42 PM »

Thanks Dave, that sounds about right.
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #14 on: Today at 01:31:12 PM »

Thanks for the Spotify links Dave. I have now listened to them and I was woah! I don’t play this tune anything like this!  I read some music I had and played in a slow Morris tune way....not that it matters.....well not to me 😊....I shall be playing both styles from now on.  I loved the French sound, I’m thinking this is the way it probably should be played....thoughts..
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Re: Blowzabella jig - what key?
« Reply #15 on: Today at 04:27:14 PM »

I'm not convinced that there's a "way it should be played" for any tune - it depends on the instrument, tastes, personality, mood, phase of the moon, etcetera. In a previous existence I played Blow Zabella (although I thought it was called Blowzabella) on Hurdy Gurdy and I doubt it had the same feel as on the Melodeon. I might throw it into the steady session in a couple of months and see what everyone makes of it.
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