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T:Old Christmas
L:1/8
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C:Trad arr. © 2005 Ben Paley
N:Old Christmas is January 6; it's when Christmas used to be under the Julian calendar.
N:NB. Watch out for the (*) bar and its extra bits!
O:USA
Q:1/2=96
R:Reel
Z:Ben Paley
K:D
P:A
|: A,B,DE F3E | DFAd B2Ad | B2Ad B2A2 | F2DF EDB,2 |
A,B,DE F3E | DFAd B2AF | ABde fafe | [1 dBAF D2B,2 :| [2 dBAF D2f2 |
P:B
|: a3b afde | fded B2A2 | "(*)" [M:3/2] A3d B2Ad B2A2 | [M:2/2] F2DF EDB,2 |
a3b afde | fded B2A2 | A3B dedB | [1 AFEF D2f2 :| [2 AFEF D4 |]
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T:Sales Tax Toddle
L:1/8
M:C|
C:Trad arr. © 2005 Ben Paley
N:This strange tune comes from the playing of the Nations Brothers in 1935. You can hear it on
N:Vol 1 of County's "Mississippi String Bands" compilation, and of course it's on YouTube.
N:ORDER OF EVENTS
N:N.B. don't trust the MIDI.
N:1 — Introduction. You'll only play this once.
N:2 — A - as many times as you like
N:3 — A1 - once
N:4 — A - once
N:5 — A2 - once
N:6 — A - once
N:7 — Interstitial nightmare
N:8 — B - as many times as you like
N:9 -- B1 and back to step 2
N:OR
N:9 — B2 and stop.
N:I know perfectly well that you can't read from this. I've chosen where to put the bar lines in
N:order to simplify the transcription, and eliminate things like first and second time bars, so
N:that the bars don't really represent the phrasing. Listen to the Nations Brothers recording!
N:Hopefully this will save you a bit of time in understanding what's going on.
N:Incidentally, the process of transcription was fascinating to me and revealed some interesting
N:facts, such as that the "Interstitial nightmare" can be seen as consisting of a single repeated
N:four-beat phrase. I don't feel that this representation well represents the phrasing of the
N:tune, but there it is, so perhaps it's my analysis that's at fault! Or, perhaps better to say
N:that your analysis might differ. In any case, you should pay more attention to your ears than
N:your eyes in this case in particular.
O:Mississippi, USA
Q:1/4=172
D:The Nations Brothers, "Mississippi String Bands - Volume Two"
Z:Ben Paley
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P:Introduction
| [G4B4] [G2B2][G2B2] | [G2B2] ef gedB ||
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P:Phrase A
|: A2 ag | fdf2 f3f- | -fedB :|
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P:Phrase A, first variation (A1)
| A2 ag | fdef g3a | gedB ||
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P:Phrase A
| A2 ag | fdf2 f3f- | -fedB |
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P:Phrase A, second variation (A2)
| A2 a2 | abaf g2ga | gedB ||
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P:Phrase A
| A2 ag | fdf2 f3f- | -fedB |
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P:Interstitial nightmare
|: AFAc BGAF | G2 BA GedB :|
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P:Phrase B
|: G2 B2 F2 A2 | G2 B3 A FA :|
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P:Phrase B last time back into the A (B1)
| G2 B2 F2 A2 | G2 ef gedB ||
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P:Phrase B when you're finishing the tune (B2)
| G2 B2 F2 A2 | G2 ef gedB | G2 [G,2G2B2g2] |]