Here’s a short performance of a Scottish tune called Hector The Hero. I play a very simple version and then play a version with some variation added.
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Both versions are taught in step-by-step lessons in the Irish Fiddle Variation course:
Though this is a Scottish melody, the variations I did are more in an Irish fiddle style.
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The basic version is very stripped down, arranged for beginners. The variation version adds a few variations, but not too many. The idea is for you to really start to listen to the subtle difference between the two. I also want to remind you of the fundamental point of the adding variation: alternate between basic and variation versions.
This process carries over to adding variation to any tune or fiddle style. It prepares you to improvise or compose your own melodies.
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Now, go fiddle with it…?
10 responses to “Hector The Hero – basic and variation performance”
I love this tune. Thank you for playing it so beautifully
Great job on a great tune. Love the variations
Having fun learning the Irish variations to Hector the Hero.
Thanks Jason. we play this quite often in our sessions, so it will be good to learn some variations to make me sound more interesting to the punters !!
When you have a moment, hoped you might fix the embedded vid so that we can pause and go back…one of my favorite tunes, want to work on this. Thanks–great stuff! Doug
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Lovely tune, Jason…..Thanks so much
I enjoy playing this song! Thanks for presenting your variations.