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    Default Re: John McGann's Developing Melodic Variations On Fiddle Tunes,

    What is the consensus on this book?

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    I think it’s really useful, it tabs out a standard version of the tune and then gives you multiple measure by measure possible variations. You can mix and match to create endless versions. Also John has written a brief summary of what he was doing/thinking to create each variation.

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    I’ve had the ebook for quite awhile and refer to it from time to time for ideas. I ended up printing it out so I could lay out the tunes (8 pages for each tune) to actually “see” what is going on. Wait for a 30% off code from Mel Bay and give it a look, it’s a good reference and like Gary said above you get some insight as to what he was thinking.
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    Can anyone supply some rules of thumb espoused by John, or just that you find useful? I mean, I can certainly get the book, but maybe there are other people's ideas to apply? ... Yesterday I was listening to David Benedict's variations on "Bear Island," which I think is really "Beare Island." He plays the tune, then he's got a bunch of interesting variations. It got me wondering: How's he do that? (I'm trying to set up a session or two with him to discuss.) I kinda have two modes in paying: 1. Just play the tune, which never hurts, and 2. Just make stuff up on the fly. But it seems to me an interesting third way to explore a tune would be to sit down with a pencil and paper (or computer and Sibelius or another scoring program) and, applying some tricks and tools, formally work up some variations. The question being: What are some of those tricks and tools?
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    Change the rhythm.
    Change the shape, ie, go up when the tune goes down, etc.
    Embellish the melody.
    Drop notes.
    Add notes.

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