About How to Write a Traditional Tune:
There’s nothing quite so satisfying for a musician as writing and playing your own tune. As fiddle players, we have the advantage over classical musicians, that the standard unit of performance is not a concerto or sonata, but a simple 32-bar tune, probably in first position, and probably in an easy key. In this lesson, I will give you six good reasons why you might want to write a tune. I’ll then demonstrate that by using a simple template, based on the structures of countless traditional tunes, it is possible to very quickly compose a tune which feels exactly “right.” Then you have to decide: IS IT ANY GOOD?? I’ll give you various strategies to deal with this! Then we’ll look at how to improve this tune or any tune you want to write, by analyzing and understanding other tunes which have some special feature that you can utilize.
Chris Haigh has played on over 100 albums, working with artists as diverse as Bob Geldof, Morcheeba, Alison Moyet, Najma Akhtar, Michael Ball, and Oumou Sangari. He has played at private parties for Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John, has filled the Albert Hall with goth rockers All about Eve, and appeared at the Hammersmith Apollo with Riverdance. Read More About Chris→