Chez Seychelle

Today’s tune is

CHEZ  SEYCHELLES

This tune is a Cajun waltz that is just wonderful to play! It came across my path from a jam friend, and I fell in love with it.:) I have found it played in different keys, and chose this one for ease of playing. Although it begins with an F chord, the tune is actually in the key of C, no flats or sharps. The video that I found by Beausoleil really gives the feel of the tune! If you want to play along with them, they are playing in the key of F (one flat), so just put your guitar capo on the fifth fret, play the F, C, & G chords in the notation, and you will be playing in the correct key to join in with Beausoleil! 🙂

Here is the notation and TAB –Chez Seychelles

After a lot of rain here in the Midwest, it is warm and sunny, and just perfect for sitting outside with your guitar. Go ahead, you’ll be so glad that you did!

Blessings

Morning or Evening?

Today’s tune is

BONNIE  AT  MORN

This is a beautifully haunting waltz in the key of Am. When researching the tune, I discovered that it actually a lullaby. On The Mudcat Café, one member stated this:
 “Jean Redpath recorded it on ‘Lowlands’ (1980)(lyrics). Info by A. L. Lloyd:
[1965:] Northumbria is the only part of England with its own regional music-dialect, its own stock of melodies that are distinct in style from tunes anywhere else in the country. And of this style, Bonny at Morn is one of the masterpieces. Its peculiarity no doubt derives from the character of the local northeastern bagpipe, and the tune was surely an instrumental one before words became attached to it. A great, if neglected, pioneer folk song collector, John Bell, noted the song at the outset of the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t printed until 1882, in The Northumbrian Minstrelsy. The poem takes a curious twofold form; in part it’s a lullaby addressed to a baby, and in part it’s reproach to a lazy son who is ‘ower lang’ in his bed and won’t get up. (A.L. Lloyd, notes ‘New Voices’) “

Here are the lyrics, although, like most folk music, there may be variation to these. It is also simply beautiful as an instrumental.:)

The sheep’s in the meadow and the kye is in the corn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn
The sheep’s in the meadow and the kye is in the corn

Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

We’re a’ laid idle wi’ the keepin’ o’ the bairn
The lad will not work and the lass will not learn
We’re a’ laid idle wi’ the keepin’ o’ the bairn
The lad will not work and the lass will not learn

Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

The birdie’s in the nest and the trout is in the burn
Thou hinders thy mother at every turn
The birdie’s in the nest and the trout is in the burn
Thou hinders thy mother at every turn

Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn
Canny at e’en, bonny at morn
Thou lies ower lang in thy bed, bonny at morn

So, here is the PDF with guitar TAB and notation! Bonnie at Morn – Gtr TAB
On YouTube, it seemed to be a common flute tune, but I found a group playing this as an instrumental whose instruments include violin, flute, and cello playing melody. 🙂
Most Am tunes lay really well on the guitar, so just get it out and play this slow, simply melody. You’ll be glad that you did!
Don’t forget to check out the menu tab at the top of this page. Click on the Fiddle Tunes PDF….tab to find the collection of all of the tunes that I post on my blog. Practice videos are also available for some of the tunes. Keep checking back, as I add videos when I have time. 🙂
Blessings

Hockley Creek

The tune for today is one that I wrote on my guitar. It is named for a creek in Texas whose sign caught my fancy. Hope you like it.:) The tune is played straight through, and there are two pages to it because of the tab…..notice that I mentioned to play it with a lilt -meaning like sort of dotted notes even though I didn’t notate it that way.

Hockley Creek – Gtr TAB

Here is a video of how I play it, but I’m sure that it can be done differently depending on the instrument or mood of the musician at the time.

As always, get out your guitar and try this tune or any other one that you feel like working on. It’ll make the day more cheerful, and you’ll be glad that you did!

Blessings