Week #368 ~ Sandy River Belle

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is Sandy River Belle, which is a reel.

    This tune had a run as an "Other Tune"... here's the link!

    Here is a link to notation on abcnotation.com

    Here is a link to two settings on thesession.org


  2. JL277z
    I seem to vaguely recall the name "Sandy River Belles" from stuff I played on banjo and fiddle as a teenager (like, a bazillion years ago) but I didn't remember the melody, so I feel like I'm learning the tune from scratch again.

    Here's a super-short selection of my first take I recorded last night, with missed notes and wrong this-that-etc, still a fun tune, non-trad modified "rhumba" ChordPulse backing:

    (or direct link)

    The mandolin is my usual lately, the Rogue with the stick-on pickup plugged into a Roland Micro Cube guitar amp set to "acoustic". Recorded with Audacity.

    Oh, a note about my choice of chords, I have *no* clue what I'm doing with chords but when I recorded this yesterday, after some experimentation, those are the chords that sounded ok at the time. Some of the chords I chose are a little odd, m6 and sus-something etc, this is what happens when I can finally experiment with such things without having to do barre chords on a guitar (arthritis prevents that). Tomorrow or next week I might change some of the chords to different ones if that seems better.
  3. maudlin mandolin
    maudlin mandolin

    Very good JL , if there were wrong notes I didn't notice them and you just kept going to the end.
    I was going to play Don Grieser's arrangement but to provide a bit of variation I did it with a slide.
  4. JL277z
    Neat idea Maudlin, I love that slide mandolin!
  5. Bob Michel
    Bob Michel
    I'm late getting to this one, but here's a version. Nothing fancy; just a fairly straight-up rendition with a little guitar accompaniment.

    Bob Michel
    Near Philly
  6. Gelsenbury
    Fancy enough! How can fingers move so fast?
  7. Michael Pastucha
    Michael Pastucha
    Well done everyone! I first recorded this when it was an "other" song, but the mandolin didn't play lead on that version. I had some time today, so this time I've recorded it on my 1913 Gibson F2 with back up provided by my Simon & Patrick guitar.

  8. JL277z
    Michael and Bob, nice! Good toe-tapping cheerful rhythm, and neat backings too, would be hard to not smile while listening to this tune.
  9. Claudia Amslinger
    Claudia Amslinger
    Late but now here is my version of Sandy River Belle.
    I liked the tune very much as it is played here. Not having it known before. So I took one of the notations above for giving it a try myself.
    Well, it sounds quite a bit different, surely because of the instrument (Weber Yellowstone F4 mandocello) and also because I am still a beginner.
    The recording app offered some rhythm backing which I added. Normally I donīt like it but here I found it to have a nice effect. As it is only a sound recording there are some pictures of a few trips to have a kind of a video. At the end with a short - sorry, only a short - glimpse of the mandocello.

  10. JL277z
    Cool! Nicely played, Claudia.
  11. Claudia Amslinger
    Claudia Amslinger
    Thank you, JL!
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