On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM, John Dally <[1]dir...@gmail.com>

     Of course, you could play Dixon's tunes
     in Ionian (major scale), playing F# instead of an Fnat in the key of
     G, but the purest might consider that a cop-out if not down right


   The purest of the pure?
   It's played in G major (with F#) on NSP, and arguably Dixon would have
   played it in the same mode, whatever his instrument and its actual or
   nominal pitch. This corresponds to Dick Hensold's view and I agree with
   him about many of the tunes which he has suggested are (Northumbrian)
   smallpipe tunes. I did not feel comfortable in changing Mr Dixon's
   notation but I did signal this ambiguity.

     On 2/29/12, Matt Seattle <[2]theborderpi...@googlemail.com> wrote:
     >    On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM, Dave S <[1][3]david...@pt.lu>
     >    Reading in F and playing in G is also very worthwhile -- all
     >    renaissance and boaroque dance music ---
     >    In my not necessarily humble opinion, transposing at sight is a
     >    skill for any piper curious to look beyond the confines of a
     >    tradition, given that the nominal pitch of the 6-finger note is
     >    movable feast. As with any other skill, you get better the more
     you do
     >    it.
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