Week #285 Ril Du Forgeron--The Blacksmith's Reel

  1. Marcelyn
    This week's winner, Ril Du Forgeron, or The Blacksmith's Reel is a French-Canadian fiddle tune.
    Here's the link to the tune on thesession.org where you'll find ABCs, midis, and sheet music.
    Here's ABC notation from thesession.org
    X: 1
    T: Ril Du Forgeron
    R: reel
    M: 4/4
    L: 1/8
    K: Amix
    cdef gfed|cABA cded|cdef gfed|ceec e2 ed|
    cdef gfed|cABA cded|cABc A2 AB:|
    cdcB AE(3EEE|A,EB,E CEB,E|CEA,E cdcB|A2 AB ceef|ecBA A2 AB|cd
    cB AE (3EEE|A,EB,E CEB,E|CEA,E cdcB|A2 AB ceef|ecBc A2 AB|
    cdcB AE (3EEE|A,EB,E CEB,E|CEA,E cdcB|A2 AB ceef|ecBc A2 AB|

    And one more...
    X: 2
    T: Ril Du Forgeron
    R: reel
    M: 4/4
    L: 1/8
    K: Dmaj
    ceec (3eee fe | cefe aefe | cABd cfed | cdef gfed |
    ceec (3eee fe | cefe a2fe | cABd cfed | cABd cAAA |
    ceec ezfe | cefe aefe | cABd cfed | cdef gfed |
    ceec (3eee fe | cefe aefe | cABd cfed | cABd cAAz |
    |: cdcB AEEE | CEB,E CEB,E | CEA,z cdcB |
    AEAB ceef |[1 ecBc A3B :|[2 ecBc Az3 |]

    This ABC notation can be converted to mandolin tab here...

    Here's an authentic performance from Jean Carignan

    And here's Blacksmith's Reel played by Jean Carignan and Pete Seeger

    Here's a fiddle lesson where the tune is slowed down and you can get a feel for ornamentation.

    Here's Blacksmith's Reel played by the group La Bottine Souriante...

    And just in case you get to sounding decent picking this tune and want to sound good introducing it too...
  2. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Wonder who's having more fun, the band or the audience!

  3. maudlin mandolin
    maudlin mandolin

    No response at all? Surely its not that bad a tune.
    Here is the A part from one setting and the B from the other with a bit of a hiatus in the middle while I turned the page over.
  4. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    It's a really good tune... and you played it nicely.
  5. Niavlys
    It's not a bad tune at all, it was just hard to picture it on the mandolin I guess, not sure why. You did it well anyway!
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