Lesson 3 – Largo Law

Lesson 3 – Largo Law

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1. Tune learned

To Do
1. question on switch keys in medleys and book on schottische collection

1. Stratsphey
– is a uniqely a scottisch and cb tune – you do not hear in other types of celtic music except for the donegal irish type of music
– a dance tune – mostly meant for step dancing – or also meant for listing (which then played a bit slower)
– big difference is the dotted – dotted eights followed by 16 or vice versa – the scots snap – the figure of the 16 coming before the dotted eight – a very lilted rythme
– same timle signature as reels but with different rhythms
– CB share a lot of the same repertoire as scottisch
– big difference between CB and schottische : SCOT – more pointed (more pointedness in the rythme – double dotted 8’s ) CB is more relaxed – this is to suit the step dancing in CB
– in CB traditional context: is a transitional type of tune – almost not played on their own but in a medley – start with a slow strathspey or a march and than play faster dance strathspeys to go into reels – you do not end with a strathspey, or play it/followed by jigs, or do not play a medley of strathspey.

TUNE : Largo Law
– in key of A
– in constructing medley the tunes are grouped all in the same key or the same tonal center-  can go from A to A minor or A modal- do not switching key from A to E or D. it becomes nowadays more common to switch key once or even twice but normally you stick to the same tonal – if change key than you do that in the reels and do not change key when transitioning from tune to tune (9:39)(??)
two phrases A and B  – collection (??) (+/-10:50)
– the pick up written as a C# – but by KF the pick is a B – later in the tune the pick is a C#
– think in Call and Respond construct
– The part B starts with a G# instead of E (collection)
 – final note is a A instead of the B

– detect the phrases of the tune
– The pickup is in an up bow.
– at the end of part the final note is play in a up bow (last quarter is played in down bow) with next pick ups note of the b also in a up bow – this give the lilted feeling  ==! double up bow
– the last part of the second time B part is the same as the last part of A part

Putting the cuts in
cutt is the same time value as a quarter note – both can be thought of as variations – both can be substituted by the other – if a quarter note is played than it is used in with a grace note
cut is always down-up-down
in Largo law – cuts are played on the
– A part: B and final A
– B part: B and on final A



Meaning of lilted

lilt  (llt)


1. A cheerful or lively manner of speaking, in which the pitch of the voice varies pleasantly.
2. A light, happy tune or song.
3. A light or resilient manner of moving or walking.
v. lilt·edlilt·inglilts

To say, sing, or play (something) in a cheerful, rhythmic manner.

1. To speak, sing, or play with liveliness or rhythm.
2. To move with lightness and buoyancy.




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