This one is great fun to play, I love the descending run in the third part which is really not too difficult. The second part is the most tricky, probably because of keeping it true to the campanella style.
I’ve seen it written out as a slide (12/8), but my guitar teacher, Bill Brennan, had it as a simple jig. I’ll let the purists argue that one out – it doesn’t make any difference to me.
I will be adding this one to my collection of Jigs and Reels for campanella uke soon, anyone who has already bought it will get it as an update.
This piece, which doesn’t have a name yet and probably never will, is a study in mixing straightforward fingerpicking patterns based on chords with Campanella runs. The central chord is a C5 and the second ukulele plays a C minor. I had a little trouble deciding what key it was in but thanks to Guitar Pro I was able to see that the least number of accidentals was B flat so that’s the key I’ve given it. As it’s based on the second note of the B flat scale, that makes it C Dorian, but that’s neither here nor there. I’ll wait and see if anybody is interested in learning it before posting tabs, so in the meantime here are two of the campanella runs to practice. They are quite similar in sound and structure.
I learned this tune many many years ago from friends who played Ceilidh music for dances and was surprised to learn that it’s probably not an Irish tune but has been adopted by Irish players (like many other tunes). Anyway, this is way I learned it
La Rotta is a 14th century Italian dance (estampie). Very simple and repetitive, it makes a great campanella picking exercise.
I learned this piece a long time ago from John Renbourn’s book ‘Guitar Pieces’. It was arranged in DADGCD tuning and on the album ‘the Lady and the Unicorn’ he overdubs a glockenspiel (I think) where in the second part it plays two bars behind the guitar in a kind of round. On the video I added a delay to the uke in the second part to create a similar impression of one instrument being a little ‘late’.
I wanted to be able to play harmonics on both instruments, so the guitar part is a very simple arrangement in open G minor (DGDGBbD).