Bourrée à Huit

  1. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Tried to get that feeling of hearing the music and seeing people dancing as a parade passes.
    The title‘s a dance but in French it can also mean ‘all stuffed up with something’ and huit, meaning eight, sounds like huîtres -oysters!
    Oh, la, la, ha, ha!


    https://youtu.be/ooPG1DRycMY
  2. Robert Balch
    Robert Balch
    Nice job! You did get the feel of it very well. Great tune.
  3. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks Robert I appreciate it, it’s a bit rough, but I like the simplicity and roll of the melody.
  4. JL277z
    JL277z
    Simon, that's a very effective dance rhythm you've got there! Sounds great!
  5. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks JLL277z, the rhythm is strumming on every first beat of the measure.
    Here’s the TAB, I’m playing in C major because of the capo.
    Enjoy!
    X:1
    T:La Bourrée à Huit
    B:Massif Central Tune Book no.2
    M:3/8
    L:1/8
    K:G
    P:A
    "G"d2^c|d2A/B/|"D"cBA|"G"BGG|d2^c|d2A/B/|"D"cBA|1"G"G3:|2"G"G2||
    P:B
    |:d,|"G"Gf,G|d,2G|"D"f,/G/Ad|"G"BGG|Gf,G|d,2G|"D"f,/G/Af,|1"G"G2:|2"G"G3|]

    X:1
    T:La Bourrée à Huit
    B:Massif Central Tune Book no.2
    M:3/8
    L:1/8
    K:C
    P:A
    "C"G2^F|G2D/E/|"G"FED|"C"ECC|G2^F|G2D/E/|"G"FED|1"C"C3:|2"C"C2||
    P:B
    |:G,|"C"CB,C|G,2C|"G"B,/C/DG|"C"ECC|CB,C|G,2C|"G"B,/C/DB,|1"C"C2:|2"C"C3|]
  6. Brian560
    Brian560
    Nice job Simon, you definitely got the feel of the dance. Its nice hearing some of the French tunes here
  7. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks Brian, I get the feeling that these tunes are melodically less complex than the ones to which we are accustomed.
    But especially for me around the town of Aurillac, in Auvergne region of the Massif Central they have a sort of medieval populaire feel to them. Hence my rough style!
    I once went to the (now world famous) street performer’s festival they have there. Talk about creativity, the costumes, everything.
  8. Frithjof
    Frithjof
    Nice dance feeling indeed, Simon. The included chords emphasize the rhythm very well.
  9. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Interesting righthand picking technique you have, Simon. You seem to play with a constant motion, as though you are playing every beat of every bar, but picking above the string "in the air" for the longer notes, thus keeping the motion of your right hand constant. Does this come from your love affair with metronomes? It certainly works for you anyway.
  10. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks Frithjof and John.

    You guessed correctly that it’s from a love affair (in Brazil) John. It’s difficult to express things that happen in other languages and cultures as I’m sure you’re aware with Gaelic. But anyway, someone I met insulted my national heritage and pallid complexion, and told me (among many things) that the music doesn’t come from the instrument, it comes from dance.
    It’s apparently the shape of the dance that your body makes around and part of the instrument. (Nonsense)

    And saying that we are inhibited in our playing by the fear of our own bodies and how their movements may be perceived. (Sexually or otherwise)

    Another gem from that time was about minimalism, that you are here on Earth to burn energy, to produce, not minimalise the use of it. Be efficient with your hand movements where necessary yes, but act!
    -of course what they said was rubbish! (Because of what they said about the English)
  11. Gelsenbury
    Gelsenbury
    The rhythm is irresistible. I can hear many centuries of history in this tune, and you do it justice.
  12. Brian560
    Brian560


    I haven't tried playing Bourree a Huit yet, but I have been working on Bourree De Viplaix. I'm not quite sure if I got the ending right yet.
  13. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    A nice sound you are getting there, Brian.
  14. Gelsenbury
    Gelsenbury
    My solo versions of Bourrée à Huit and Bourrée de Viplaix, as posted in the other thread:
  15. Brian560
    Brian560
    Nice playing Dennis and a nice video too.
    Thanks for the compliment John
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