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    Default Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    ... with guitar (Taylor 414) and mandolin (Flatiron A5 Jr). A bit on the slow side, but it's a long way from here to California no matter how you go.

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    Default Re: Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    Nice job Dave. I like those two in a set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    Nice job Dave. I like those two in a set.
    Thank you, Hank.

    D.H.

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    Great job ! Love the tune Off to California ! Working on it now !
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Great job ! Love the tune Off to California ! Working on it now !
    Thanks for listening. It's a fun tune to add some swing to.

    D.H.

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    Default Re: Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    Lovely set and playing, Dave. Off to California is one of my favourites and a tune we played a lot in our ceilidh band here in Scotland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kelly View Post
    Lovely set and playing, Dave. Off to California is one of my favourites and a tune we played a lot in our ceilidh band here in Scotland.
    Thanks for listening, John. I learned that one from the Fiddler's Fakebook years ago, and then about forgot it. But it floated to the top of my consciousness recently and so I decided to put a recording together as a way of keeping it in mind.

    D.H.

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    Default Re: Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    What makes a tune a hornpipe?

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    Hornpipes are instrumental tunes in 4:4. To me (and there are certainly other points of view) hornpipes often have a swing rhythm, while reels are played with even 8th (etc.) notes. Hornpipes tend to lope, reels run (again, my opinion). Having said that, parts of what I played were swung, others were straight 8ths.

    Since I'm probably more of a blues player, I may not have this right according to traditional players of British Isles styles, so I hope someone who is an expert will add to this.

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    Really nice pickin' there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina Willis View Post
    What makes a tune a hornpipe?
    A hornpipe was originally an instrument, then became a dance, first done to a hornpipe. This Wikipedia article explains fairly well what a hornpipe is, or rather what hornpipes are. As Dave says, in our time, they're mostly in 4/4 time. I'd say listen to a bunch and you'll get a feeling of what separates the tunes from reels, though many players won't make notable differences.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornpipe
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    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Default Re: Two Hornpipes: Rights of Man and Off to California

    I always thought of a hornpipe as having a rhythmic hesitation in each measure as opposed to a reel which is 4 beats straight on.
    I suppose the particular dance would drive the tune back in the day.
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