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Marie Ban Og

Slow air

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Marie Ban Og

This slow air, Marie Ban Og is one I like from away back. There are many settings of it some of which to my mind that have too many grips. A search on the internet some time ago let me listen to an accordionist playing the melody much as I have it.

Recently I have been unsuccessful in trying to find it sung in Gaelic to check on a perhaps more authentic rendering. As a result I have written the music as closely as I can to what I used to have that is similar that of the accordionist.

The title I think means Fair Mary.

Lesson Pointers

As you can see the music is in compound time with two beats to the bar. Each pulse/beat has a basic rhythm of 1—2, 3– 1—2, 3– and so on: 1— the downbeat, 2, the short note (not clipped), and 3– the remainder of the upbeat.

Tempo would be about 42 BPM give or take just a little. Endeavour to have clean clear proper execution with a song–like approach to the playing of the melody. You may consider slowing down or deliberating slightly the last two bars.

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