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    Default Horses of Dorrigo

    This is one of my favorite tunes on John Reischmanís new album. It works great on mandolin, mandola, or OM, since itís in D and rarely goes up to the E string. I canít tell what the key signature is, though. At first, I thought it was 3/4, since I can distinguish the measures, but I couldnít get that to always line up. Help from the audience?

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    Maybe it's crooked.
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    NIce tune! Sounds like 4/4 to me Marcus.

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    On further listening, I agree. I wonder if it has chord changes off of the 1 beat in some places. I love the flow of the tune.
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    Default Re: Horses of Dorrigo

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Maybe it's crooked.
    I think it kind of is, although I don't think it has any extra beats or measures. However, the G chord from the last measure of the second line continues halfway into the first measure of the third line, which makes the second line seem 1/2-measure long and the third line seem 1/2-measure short, even though they aren't. Then in the fourth line, the first measure has three chords, but then there is a 6-beat G chord that threw off my sense of the measures.

    I think I got my original impression of the tune being in 3/4 because in the intro, it has a 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2 pattern. Then, the intro abruptly stops for a two-beat rest after the second beat of the last measure, but the last note is on the 1 of the second group of three. The intro comes back as an interlude right before the final run through the tune.

    Now I can start working on the melody!
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