Here’s a short performance of an Irish tune called the Banshee. I play a very simple version and then play a version with some variation added.
In this version, I added:
- A part, bar 1: Roll added to D3 (G) in bar 1 of the A part
- A part, bar 4: D3 (G) cut added to D1 (E)
- A part, bar 5: D2 added (a simple melodic variation).
- A part, bar 6: A0 added, also a melodic variation.
- B part, bar 1: Roll added to A3
- B part, bar 2: A3 cut added
- B part, bar 3: triplets added
- B part, bar 4: A3 cut added
If you’re interested in adding variation to tunes, start by adding variation to one little phrase. Alternate between the basic and the variation as a way to learn the variation and to test to see if it works.
Here is a downloadable mp3 for your listening pleasure (without all my rambling and yammering):
If you want to learn how to add variation to Irish fiddle tunes, check out my Irish Fiddle Variation course.
I also made step-by-step lessons on how to play each version:
Thanks for listening ?
Now, go fiddle with it…?