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B flat anyone?
These days, you rarely see anyone at session with just one diatonic instrument.  Fiddles, accordions and guitars predominate; I'm often the only woodwind player present.  Moothie players always have a few different keys available.  So, apart from whistle and smallpipe players, everybody can play in pretty near any key you'll find in the older collections.  (Smallpipe players never play on every tune anyway, and D whistles are routinely cut out of the action when tunes drop to the G string).

But session keys are more restricted than they used to be: zero to three sharps.  And collections like Nigel's are reflecting that; he used to have flat key tunes and doesn't any more.  There seems no good reason for it, and the variety of tone you get by extending the range of keys makes for a more audience-friendly sound.

This isn't the way professionals do it, either - it's not like this is a general trend in Scottish music.  Alasdair Fraser does sets in C minor and Adam Sutherland's best known tune is in B.

(And for whistle players: just about any music shop will have whistles in seven or eight different keys for a few quid, it's not like getting beyond D is a huge problem).

Do we really want to end up like the English scene where absolutely everything is in G or D?
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B flat anyone? - by Jack Campin - 02-12-2016, 04:25 PM
RE: B flat anyone? - by JAJ - 02-12-2016, 05:50 PM
RE: B flat anyone? - by George - 04-12-2016, 11:26 AM
RE: B flat anyone? - by JAJ - 04-12-2016, 12:00 PM
RE: B flat anyone? - by Jack Campin - 04-12-2016, 01:44 PM
RE: B flat anyone? - by JAJ - 04-12-2016, 01:57 PM

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