Traditional Irish Music
In the next few weeks Davy Rogers will release his first book of traditional tunes called "108 Original Compositions in the Traditional Irish Style"
Davy has been working on it for quite some time now. He says he has been composing tunes since 1974 and when he reached number 108 he thought to himself "It's about time I published these". Davy gave us an insight into the process which we detail below for our members.
Working in collaboration with Tradconnect member Jim McAuley from Larne, Co. Antrim recently, spurred him along a bit quicker. Jim has been putting together You Tube clips of his fiddle over Davy's tunes as guitar MIDI's, to great effect. They even collaborated in the writing of one reel, "The Collaboration Reel". From that he wrote a jig "The Collaboration Jig", which is in the book. Another great spur to publish came via young Keelan McGrath who also put up a Youtube clip of him playing one of Davy's compositions "Minnie Sullivan's Hornpipe". Davy wrote three tunes for Keelan and his parents as a thank you. He often writes tunes for friends as gifts. Sometimes, listening to old cassette recordings of now departed friends, he feels inspired to commemorate their lives with a tune in their honor.
Other inspirations for his compositions come from different areas. Sometimes dreams, or waking with a tune in his head and spending half the day getting it into his fingers. Usually he will use a whistle, fiddle or banjo at the start of the process. Other times messing with his guitar in DADGAD or Open G or G minor tunings will result in a tune. An instance of this is "The Openg Reel and Hornpipe". Sometimes a reel will suggest a hornpipe, or a jig will lead to a reel or hornpipe.
Now and then whistling a tune whilst driving or walking in the woods or by the river or lough will result in something, and if he can remember it when he gets home he will write it down and usually tinker with it for a few days until he is happy with it. Then he'll run it through various search engines online like Tunepal to make sure that it is original and that he is not subconciously remembering a tune he heard on a recording or from a session.
He tends to refine his compositions on guitar and writes the melodies at the same time as the bass line in order to create good counterpoint and a harmonious chord structure. Hence all of the 108 melodies in the collection are also arranged as solo fingerstyle guitar pieces. In the book he has added suggested backing chords to all the tunes. Tradconnect members Joe and Adele ( Dulahan Irl ) from Kildare have just finished working on one of Davy's reels called "Cruisin'" with fiddle and guitar. Have a listen
A breakdown of his 108 tunes is as follows:
Jigs - 35, Slip Jigs - 2, Reels - 47, Hornpipes - 19, and Miscellaneous Tunes - 5.
A recent discussion on publishing in "The Session" led him to try his hand at self P.O.D. (Publishing on Demand) through www.createspace.com. His experience so far with them has been very positive. They are very thorough he states.
He hasn't availed of their many design services, in an effort to keep costs to a minimum, and so has designed his own colour cover. Using Steve o'Loughlin's (with his permission) fine logo "The Music Session" (the same one is used rotating on his website www.davyrogers.com). Other celtic knot artwork in the book was supplied by his old friend Pru Comer from Somerset, UK, changed from the original colour to black and white.
The book should be on general release worldwide through www.Amazon.com around the 1st of February 2012 in A4 size and will retail at €25.
He would be keen for Tradconnect members, who can read music manuscript, to review the book, and if any member is interested will provide a free copy in PDF format for review which he can send as an email attachment.
A big thanks to Davy for giving the above insight into the proccess, which will hopefully provide inspiration for other members.
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