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Title: Am tunes. Best tuning?
Post by: Martin P on February 26, 2017, 06:39:36 PM
I have call to play "The Hansome Ploughboy" in Am. Music also suggests use of Dm chords in B part. I suspect this means tune is modal. Any suggestions as to best tuning of box to play this on? No standard keyboard seems to offer Am and Dm chords (probably for good reason). I can play in on my DG 2 1/2 row with bass thirds stopped (to make all chords modal), but RH fingering is very tricky.
Title: Re: Am tunes. Best tuning?
Post by: Theo on February 26, 2017, 06:47:54 PM
I can play in on my DG 2 1/2 row with bass thirds stopped (to make all chords modal), but RH fingering is very tricky.

I play a lot of Am tunes on DG and don't find the fingering tricky.  Can you post the tune so I can try it, either a recording, or notation or abc.  All the versions I can find are either in G or A major.  Maybe its a different tune?

If you play it on a GC you can play a Dm7 if the D chord is major.
Title: Re: Am tunes. Best tuning?
Post by: Dazbo on March 01, 2017, 01:59:41 PM
I've had a check on JC's tunefinder and the only Handsome Ploughboy they have is in A major

Any chance of posting it here or providing a link?
Title: Re: Am tunes. Best tuning?
Post by: Chris Ryall on March 01, 2017, 10:07:39 PM
I have call to play "The Hansome Ploughboy" in Am. Music also suggests use of Dm chords in B part. I suspect this means tune is modal.
The defining chord of western 'modal' minors is V .. in this case Em.  Tonal minors (viz harmonic) have an E7 there (which melodeonists fudge by playing E major)

I tried to google this tune to see if it has a sharp 6th or not (F#/F).  That would make it Dorian, best played mostly on  on a G row and  harmonised by the 'G' chords.  If the F is natural, it is simple Aolian minor - you'd should base play on your C row and use the 'C' chords  (as available on your kit).

SURPRISE : *All the ones google found for me are in A major! :o Please advise. dots would help but a recording or video would be enough

See others had same luck.  -- and 'Hansome' ::) met the same fate
Title: Re: Am tunes. Best tuning?
Post by: forrest on March 03, 2017, 07:10:03 AM
The only versions I found of Handsome Ploughboy were in a major key. However, Am and Dm can be accomplished on a G/C box.