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Jock Stewart - a lovely old Scottish tune
As we continue to learn how to play keyboard we revisit the dotted crotchet/quarter note and begin to investigate syncopation.
The Sheet Music:
The tune "Jock Stewart" is in 3/4 time. In 3/4 time music, the first beat of every bar/measure would generally be given the most emphasis and considered to be the main beat of the bar. In the song "Jock Stewart" , the composer has added interest to the tune by writing notes in an order that gives emphasis to beats other than the 1st beat in some bars. When beats other than the usual beats are emphasised, the music is said to be syncopated. A lot of modern music, jazz and blues is filled with syncopation.
Jock Stewart, like so many other songs, is based on just 3 chords, so in the left hand we find ourselves playing our favourite 3 chords that we have encountered so many times before; C, F and G major. This will give us a chance to focus on playing the syncopated rhythm and some of the fancy fingering that we will need to do in our right hand in order to smoothly change our hand positions.
The Video Demo:
Music is an interpretive art and so no two interpretations of this song will ever be the same. The following are the style, settings and arrangement choices that I used in the video demonstration. As always, let your own imagination and creativity be your guide and have a great time developing an interpretation of this song that feels right for you.
Style: Country Waltz
Accompaniment: Country Waltz (095)
Tone/Instrument: Ocarina (169)
Keyboard Intro: 4 bars
Verse 1: as written
Verse 2: play an octave higher
Ending: upward C broken chord then use keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add an understanding of syncopation to the list of features that could be included in sheet music when you are looking for your own music or songs to play.
Remember your own music could also include any of the following that we have already encountered in our learning of previous songs:
Time signatures: 3/3, 4/4
Note range: G below middle C to upper E
Key: C major – no sharps or flats
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, repeat dots
Left hand chords: C, F and G major
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne