Week #371 Margaret's Waltz

  1. Marcelyn
    The winner this week by a pretty good margin is Margaret's Waltz. It was composed in 1959 by Pat Shuldham Shaw.
    Here's some history and facts on the tune...

    Nigel Gatherer has mandolin tab on this site...

    Here's ABC notation...
    X: 1
    T: Margaret's
    R: waltz
    M: 3/4
    L: 1/8
    K: Gmaj
    GE|:D3 EGA|{A}B4 GB|AG E2 GB|A4 GE|
    D3 EGA|Bd3 GA|B2B2A2|1 G4 GE:|2 G4 Bc||
    d2 e2 f2|g2 f2 g2|ed c2 e2|d4 BA|
    G3 A Bc|d2 B2 d2|ed c2 B2|A4 Bc|
    d2 e2 f2|g2 f2 e2|d2 c2 B2|A4 GE|
    D3 EGA|Bd3 GA|B2 B2 A2|G6||
    Here's a link to the tune on thesession.org with a few other versions of ABC and standard notation...
    You can convert the ABC to mandolin tab by copying and pasting it to this site...
  2. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    I cheated I did mine last week. Here it is in A on my Sobell mandolin with some banjo, concertina, cittern & bass.

  3. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Nice playing, David, and a good mix of instruments featured - I have not heard it played on banjo before, I believe.

    I too cheated as it seemed to have a big lead towards the end of the week. Played on mandolin, octave and guitar.

  4. Jill McAuley
    Jill McAuley
    Lovely stuff lads!
  5. luurtie
    Well done David and John... both so fast but awesome playing!
    Here's mine on my second Teun van Duijvenbode oval hole mandolin with flatwound strings.

  6. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Great playing and a great sound, Hendrik. You really make the tune dance!
  7. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Great versions, John, David and Hendrik!

    I recorded a very plain version of this tune as one of my first Youtube clips back in 2010 which somewhat surprisingly has accumulated over 6000 views since then.

    Now that it's the official SAW tune, I've recorded a somewhat fuller version today. I meant to just play the tune with a guitar rhythm, but then added a harmony part from Michel van der Meiren's site to make it a bit richer:


    We play this arrangement (also including the bass part, which is not on my recording) sometimes with our mandolin group -- it's a nice setting of a great tune!

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin
    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  8. Bob Michel
    Bob Michel
    Four terrific versions already. All beautifully played, each with a personal stamp that makes it delightfully unlike the others. What a fun tune!

    Here's another effort, played on my Old Wave F5 with (simple-system) flute and 12-string guitar chiming in:

    Bob Michel
    Near Philly
  9. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Another two very fine versions, gents, and each with its own stamp as mentioned by Bob of the earlier ones. A tribute to what a great composition it is.

    Martin, you always manage to get great pictures in your video clips - these are excellent once again.
  10. maudlin mandolin
    maudlin mandolin

    Been meaning to do this one for a few weeks and finally got round to it.
  11. Manfred Hacker
    Manfred Hacker
    Finally recorded this beautiful waltz. Nice playing everyone. Super versions by Hendrik, David, and John, as always.
  12. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Fine playing, Manfred. Nice use of double-stops/chords and tremolo.
  13. dustyamps
    Your mandolin and playing sound as good as ever Manfred. Thanks for sharing.
  14. luurtie
    Good to see you Manfred... Excellent playing and a very nice sounding mandolin!
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