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From: Gary Mollenkopf <g.minor@cox.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 18:35:21 -0700
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Thanks, Mark! The docsworkshop site is a great resource, but I am finding it impossible to print the music. The score is wider than standard 8.5 x 11 paper. Even setting the page to print horizontally hasn't helped. Does anybody have any suggestions or ideas?

Thanks,
Gary Mollenkopf


On Sep 5, 2011, at 11:37 AM, Mark Toman wrote:

You might wish to look at this site:
http://www.docsworkshop.co.uk
This guy seems also to be a big fan of the music of Turlough O'Carolan and has a lot of stuff including guitar tabs, written music, link to You Tube video and a midi file. I did not go much further on the hunt, but I hope
this might help.

I think this guy is guitar based, but in looking at the Eleanor Plunkett song he has all the notes written out (I think that he plays on his guitar)
so you can decode the chords from those stacked notes perhaps.

All the best,
Mark Toman


From: Bob McClure Jr <bob@bobcatos.com>
Subject: [HD] Chording Carolan

I am quite a fan of the music of Turlough O'Carolan.  I know that his
music was published without chords, so I'm wondering, when arranging a
tune to play, how does one choose chords?

I am currently learning "Eleanor Plunkett", and as I learn it, I can't
help but embellish with chords where I "hear" them.  For those
unfamiliar with the tune, it can be had and heard in many formats at
JC's excellent tune finder at

http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/tunefind?P=eleanor +plunkett&find=FIND&m=title&W=wide&scale=0.65&limit=1000&thresh=5&fmt= single&V=1&Tsel=tune&Nsel=0

Let's take the first four measures for example.  The "obvious" chords
would be G, G, C, D.  But I can see where an Em might be chosen for
one of the G chords, and/or maybe a Bm for one of the others.  The
third measure screams out for a C chord but could conceivably be an Am
chord.  In my ear, the fourth measure pretty much has to be a D.

- Is there a traditional/standard way of choosing chords?

- Are there traditional chordings for Carolan's music?

- When performing with a closed group you can do (nearly) anything you
 want with the tune, but in a session, you can't reasonably stray
 from what's "standard".  Who chooses that standard or does everyone
 play melody and a select few (e.g. guitar) play the chords?

Cheers,
Bob McClure, Jr.
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