Workshop Information

Recently, we have been trialling running a short tune-learning workshop at the beginning of each session. This involves spending 30-40 minutes learning a new tune by ear. The idea is to increase the confidence of the sessioners for playing tunes by ear and relying less on the music. After we have learned a tune, we will post notes about the tune we learned here.

The tunes here should all be shown as scores. If they're not then it could be your browser doesn't support the library used to draw the music. You can probably see the ABC notation used to generate the music. I'm trying to add PDFs to all the music so you can download that to see the score. Alternatively, use a new browser!

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2013.10.11 - Michael Turner's Waltz (waltz)

Michael Turner was an English fiddler from Sussex. Why this tune is named after him no one is really sure, because this tune is actually written by Mozart. It's Mozarts KV536 for Flute Trio. You can find Mozart's original score by going to and after clicking "Ja", type 536 after the KV. Scroll to page 50 and there it is. It is essentially an English folk tune, but has been assimilated into the Irish repertoire.

I've added two extra parts for you to try playing as harmonies.

The recording below is me playing it on a guitar tunes Open-G tuning.

X: 1
T: Michael Turner's Waltz
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GA | B2 BG cA | d2 d2 gf | e2 ef ge | d2 d2 GA |
B2 BG cA | d2 d2 cA | G2 GB AF | G4 :|
|: AB | c2 cd Bc | A2 A2 Bc |d2 de cd | B2 B2 gf |
e2 ef ge | d2 d2 GA | B2 Bc AB | G4 :|

T: Michael Turner's Waltz (2nd Part)
C: Dave Dupplaw
K: G
M: 3/4
|: DE | G2 GD AD | B2 B2 dB | c2 cd cd | B4 DE | 
G2 GD AD | B2 B2 GF | E2 EG FD | G4 :|
GF | E2 EG EG | F2 F2 DF | G2 GA BA | G2 G2 GB |
c2 cd cd | B2 B2 DF | G2 GB AF | G4 :|

T: Michael Turner's Waltz (3rd Part)
C: Dave Dupplaw
K: G
M: 3/4
|: GA | BA BA GE | DB, DE DB, | GF ED EF | GF GA GA |
BA BA GE | DB, DE DB, | CD EF ED | B,4 :|
DF | G2 Gc Gc | DE FG AB | DE DF DG | E4 EF |
GF DE FG | Bd BG DG | DF Ac AF |1 G4 |2 B4 :|

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