Hornpipes!!!

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Hornpipes!!!

Post by AdmiralCashbar » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:29 pm

I was just thinking the other day that I hardly know any! What are everybody's favorite hornpipes (to play or hear)?

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Post by Key_of_D » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:48 pm

High Level, Plains of Boyle, Alexander's, O'Higgin's, Belharbour, Sonny Murray's, Garden of Daisies - although technically a set dance.
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Post by outofthebox » Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:12 am

A couple of hornpipes that come into my mind are two that I played a lot when I started learning - The Harvest Home and The Boys of Bluehill.

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Post by djm » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:57 am

All the above plus Johnny Cope, Wonder Hornpipe and the Belfast Hornpipe. (not necessarily together, mind).

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Post by JohnnyKerr » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:30 am

The Home Ruler is one of my favorites.

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Post by fancypiper » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:16 pm

Hornpipes are definately underplayed. My favorite rhythm is the jig family, then hornpipes. Hornpipes give you time to get the ornaments right. Most "party pieces" seem to be hornpipes.

I live in the hotbed of old time music and they like to play hornpipes at reel speed. :roll:

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Post by outofthebox » Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:45 am

One of my favourite hornpipes to play is The Rights of Man. I like to slow it down a little - most hornpipes are lively and upbeat, but this one is a very moody piece to play. I found this nice version played on guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LLOeJQz ... re=related

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Post by learnthegrip » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:15 am

Sruthán a' Chait
The Derry Hornpipe
The Groves

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Post by MattMc » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:13 am

The Sweep's (Cillian called it "The Belfast.....") the one with the mad 3rd part either way. The Derry Hornpipe, The High Level, The Leitrim Fancy (off of "Touch Me If You Dare"), The Stack of Wheat......tons of good ones....
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Post by Otto Kraan » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:23 am

I think hornpipes are the best family of tunes for the pipes as has been well stated above.

Lately I have been putting these together to see if they get along:

The Air Tune(Liz Carrol)/Bees Wings (James Hill)/Old Man Dillon (trad).

I play these with plenty of bounce and internal syncopation...just this side of a strathspey... and not flattened out in a reelish way. I am revisiting many of my old hornpipes with this approach in mind to hear how they sound. It breaths some new air into the dusty old sets!

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Re: Hornpipes!!!

Post by Nico » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:52 am

What key are you playing the Bee's Wings in, Mr. Kraan? I do believe Mr. Hill's version is... not suitable for the union pipes.

You'll want to be careful with that swing, you might let it go too far and hurt someone.

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Post by Otto Kraan » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:47 am

Nico,

I play it in D maj. Has that tricky D-to-a jump which I do not always pull off. But worth a try.

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Re: Hornpipes!!!

Post by the plod » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:14 pm

you got the dots for that Otto?

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Post by MichaelLoos » Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:06 am

Talking about party pieces and mad 3rd parts: The Independant Hornpipe.
Two of my favourites are The Black Swan and The Golden Eagle. Keyed chanter recommended, although they can be played (with few restrictions) on a plain chanter.

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Post by Otto Kraan » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:21 am

the plod wrote:you got the dots for that Otto?
Sorry, no dots. I heard it played in this key by Benedict Koehler, from whom I lifted it lock, stock, and chanter.

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