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
I like this tune because it switches between dm and d dorian, the only difference between the two being B/Bb – the tune called Jenny’s Chickens is similar.
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).
Get the tab for this here.
Campanella (“little bell”) is a way of playing that allows multiple strings to ring at the same time, creating a harp-like sound. The ukulele with its re-entrant tuning (assuming it’s tuned with a high G) is really suited to this style of playing. The principle is to avoid playing two consecutive notes on the same string, let the notes sound as long as possible and prefer open strings to fretted notes whenever you can.
Also known as Cry Of The Celtic, Jim Morrison’s, Maurice Carmondy’s Favorite, Maurice Carmondy’s Favourite, Morrison’s Aaron, Morrison’s No. 1, Port Ui Mhuirgheasa, Stick Across The Hob, The Stick Across The Hob, Tom Carmondy’s Favorite.
Sheet music at TheSession.org