Paul Hardy's Tunebooks

This page contains my published tunebooks of music, mainly traditional Celtic and English from the British Isles.
Session Tunebook
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Annex Tunebook.
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Possible Tunebook.
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Basic Tunebook.
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Sets Tunebook.
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Xmas Tunebook.
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Annex
Possible
Basic
Sets
Xmas
Session
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Annex.
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Possible.
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Basic.
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Sets.
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Xmas.

Newsflash - 2015 Edition of the Session Tunebook released on 18 February 2015!

Now 518 tunes, but still only £7.50 (+p&p) to buy printed and bound from Lulu!

Introduction

Paul Hardy's tunebooks contain tunes that I have learned (or am still learning!) to play on my English concertina. They should also be playable on other folk melody instruments such as fiddle, whistle, flute, mandolin or dulcimer.

Most are traditional tunes from the British Isles, many of Celtic origin, including many Irish, Scottish and English dance tunes, but others are from an eclectic mix of sources. Some have been adapted from Internet resources, in abc, midi or visual score formats. Others have been learned by ear or handouts from various sessions in the UK and US. All are believed free of current copyright (unless noted explicitly), or else appear to have been placed in the public domain as part of the ongoing live folk music tradition. Please let me know if you are the owner of any that are under access restrictions and I'll remove them.

I have included guitar chords, often based on computer generated ones - use these as guidance, not definitive! I have tried to present simple versions of most tunes, without much decoration and interpretation, so add your own triplets, grace notes and variations.

The tunebooks have been prepared using the abcm2ps software, with help from abc2midi, abcmus, Melody Assistant, ABCexplorer, and EasyABC. A big thank you goes to those creative and dedicated people who give their time to create and maintain low-cost or free and open source software for abc music editing and output. The mechanism I use is described further in my tunebook processs page.

Particular thanks also go to Greenshoots (www.greenshootsmusic.org.uk) for the slow sessions near Cambridge in England that let me learn many of these tunes; the Chiltinas concertina group near Bedford in England that gave me playing confidence and concertina technique; the Ceili House Band in Redlands in California that opened my eyes and ears to the range of Irish music; to the Celtic jam sessions at Green Valley Lake in the nearby San Bernadino Mountains that broadened my repertoire; and the Ceol Galore young musician practice sessions in my home village of Comberton that have carried traditional music forward to the next generation.

At the end of this webpage is also the 18th century tunebook of William Clarke of Feltwell which I did not create or transcribe, but have 'tidied' somewhat from the original transcription for modern playability - see the notes below. There is also a short (4-page) handout on music theory and 'modes' as applied to traditional British Isles folk music.

Paul Hardy's tunebooks are all Copyright Paul Hardy, 2004-2015, and are licensed under a Creative Commons "Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike" cc by-nc-sa licence, which lets you use them pretty freely as long as you acknowledge origin. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. Contact Paul Hardy for commercial licensing terms.

Listening to the Tunes

If you just want to hear the tunes played to you, then I have a playing ABC page that says how to use free software to play the ABC files I provide.

Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook 2015

front cover The 2015 version of this tunebook contains 518 tunes that I have learned to play on my English concertina, that are played at local folk music sessions, particularly in the areas around Cambridge, England, and Redlands, California where I have lived. The tunes are available in several forms:
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There is also The ABC content for the Session tunebook is also available in a versatile App called "Abc Session Viewer" (not written by me) to run on Android tablets or on iPads - Android version or iPad version.

Paul Hardy's Annex Tunebook 2014

front cover This contains tunes waiting to be incorporated into Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook at the next major edition. The tunes are available in several forms:
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There is also

Paul Hardy's Possible Tunebook

front cover This contains tunes I've encountered but not yet learned properly, that may go into my Session Tunebook eventually. The tunes are available as:
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My Tunebooks Cheat Sheet

front cover This is a 'Cheat Sheet' - just giving first couple of bars from Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook, Annex Tunebook, Possible Tunebook, and a few others.
  • An PDF file of an A4 cheat sheet - 30 tunes per page, just giving first couple of bars.
  • An A5 cheat sheet - 8 tunes per portrait page, just giving first couple of bars (smaller paper, for use on a Kindle ebook reader).
  • An A5 landscape cheat sheet - 14 tunes per page, just giving first couple of bars (for use on a Kindle ebook reader).
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Paul Hardy's Basic Tunebook

front cover This contains a subset of the simpler and more common tunes from Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook.
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Paul Hardy's Sets Tunebook

front cover This contains a few tunes from Paul Hardy's Session Tunebook, grouped into sets for page printing. The tunes are available as:
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Paul Hardy's Xmas Tunebook

front cover This contains Christmas tunes and carols that I play on my English concertina. Revised 2012 has same tunes, but some layout corrections and better chords.

2012 Edition of the Xmas Tunebook - Better chords, but only £3.99 (+p&p) to buy printed and bound from Lulu!

The tunes are available as:

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Music Theory Handout

front cover I put together a four-page handout on basic music theory and 'modes' as applied to traditional British Isles folk music. It is available as:
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William Clarke of Feltwell Tunebook

front cover William Clarke of Feltwell was an East Anglian country musician of the 1820s-1850s, probably superintendent registrar of the workhouse at Thetford in Norfolk. The manuscript of his personal tunebook came into the possession of Lyn and Peter Law of Chester several years ago.
The contents have been transcribed into abc format by Mary Humphreys, Lyn Law, David Dolby, and Anahata. The master version is available for download at Mary's website - see http://www.maryhumphreys.co.uk/William_Clarke.php. Go to that if you want the authentic historical transcription.
This version of October 2011 by Paul Hardy includes many tidies and 'corrections' for modern playability. The tunes are available as:
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Also available is a text file of changes that I made to the abc to make it more readable, and useable in a range of abc-reading software.

Private Area

I also have a private area which is password protected, in which I store work in progress and private material. The Parts Tunebook and the Solo Tunebook which were here, have moved to the private area.

Donation?

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