Sarah's Jig Hilary's-Bonnie's-Kathy's JIgs Laurie's Waltz April's, Pete's & Deanna's Marches Laurie's Waltz
Bruce's March, Laurie's Squeezebox & Multnomah March Sarah's Jig Larry's Waltz Sandy's & Cathie's Waltzes
Bear Hug, Culhane's, Silver Bear Lydia's Jig Tony's Quadrille 4th of July & Pete's March M.F.C. Jig Laurie's Hornpipe
The Boys of Antrim The Francestown Jig Laurie's Squeeze-Box My Mother's Waltz New England Winter Joey's Hornpipe
Bob McQuillen published most of his tunes without specifying the accompanying chords. He knew that there are often options for which chords to play, and it’s fun to experiment. We heard from numerous back-up players who wished there were published chord charts to go with these tunes, but Bob gave us the gift of ambiguity by not including chords in most of his tunes.
As one of our wrap-up activities when all the tunes had been played, we invited people to share their chords for any Bob tune they chose. These are their individual ideas, not prescriptions for the ‘right’ chords.
Andy Davis shared his chords for Laurie's Waltz. He writes, "A delightful waltz for a community dance. I have attached the chords we use when we play this."
Andy Toepfer's chords for New England Winter, for the 1980 recording Applejack with Bob McQuillen. From Book 3.
Andy Davis shared his chords for a favorite waltz from Book 5
These chords, speculated by Laurie Andres, for a tune in his honor from Book 11.
These chords, speculated by Melissa Post, for this glorious jig from Book 5.
Books 1-15 contain 475 tunes in 6/8. Over 50 are 'composed through' in one or both parts.
Of these tunes, at least half are somewhere between delightful and fantastic. Here is one. Play it at least three times through - it will grow on you. Try it medleyed with The Boys of Antrim. Two glorious jigs.
These chords, speculated by Laurie Andres, for this glorious jig from Book 6.
From Book 3. Andy Toepfer's guitar chords for Laurie's Hornpipe. Hear it played by Applejack.
Below, the transcription for the harmony part.
From Book 5. Laurie Andres shares the chords for Anne's Waltz, dedicated to Anne Thomas. Hear it played by Hand It Down.
From Book 15. Melissa Post, a fiddler, pianist, accordionist and tune composer from Chester, Vermont, shared these chords with us. Bob's dedication reads, "I think that Doug Protsik's Maine Fiddle Camp is, without question, the greatest music learning event in New England. People both young and old come from all over to learn how to play traditional music on various instruments (not just fiddles) and they have the time of their lives. It's a truly wonderful place. P.S. The food there is out of this world, too!! YUMMY YUMMY!!"
These chords, speculated by Laurie Andres, come from The Rhythm Rollers' WB Reid.
Hear their medley on YouTube. The chords on the recording are not quite exactly these. That's why we call them 'speculations'.
Bob McQuillen, WB Reid, Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides.
From Book 5. Andy Davis shares his "basic and unassailable" chords for this gorgeous tune, honoring Tony Parkes.
Hear it played by Hand it Down (Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides & Bob himself) on YouTube.
Bob's dedication reads: "Tony Parkes, great piano player and caller for "Yankee Ingenuity," always makes me feel so welcome whever we meet. I sure hope you like this tune, Tony."
From Book 8. Melissa Post, a fiddler, pianist, accordionist and tune composer from Chester, Vermont, shared these chords with us.
Bob's dedication reads: "Lydia Reeve is a lovely lady from Weare, NH, who comes to the local dances a lot with her nice husband Bob and cute little daughter Fritha. Lydia plays the fiddle, too, and so I thought she needed this tune to play on it. Don't you think that was a good idea?"
West Coast Favorites, with Chord Speculations by Laurie Andres.
Bob's own chords for two of his most beautiful waltzes, dedicated to Sandy Bradley and Cathie Whitesides, two of his favorite West Coast musicians. Listen to these two gorgeous waltzes as played by Hand it Down (Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides and Bob).
These are Andy Toepfer's chords from the 1980 Applejack recording of Larry's Waltz. You'll see a few of Bob's own chords (printed in black ink, rather than Andy's pencil marks). Hear a recording of "Nerissa" and "Larry's Waltz" by Rodney & Randy Miller on their New England Chestnuts recording.
Another chord speculation for Sarah's Jig - makes for a fun little baseline. Speculated by Deborah Maynard.
These three marches are played as a medley by Bob's West Coast Band, including in various combinations, Laurie Andres, WB Reid, Cathie Whitesides and Bob himself. Chord speculations by Laurie Andres.
These three marches were recorded by New England Tradition: Bob with April Limber and Peter Colby on their "Farewell to the Hollow" recording. Peter Yarensky shares the chords he has intuited from the recording here, along his transcription of how the tune is played.
Download the 4-page pdf here. Hear the recording here.
Andy Toepfer's chords for Joey's Hornpipe, Book 3.
Speculated by Deborah Maynard
"Here's a Chord Speculation for Laurie's Waltz. Bob wrote this waltz for Laurie in 2012 when she was putting together "Bob's Big Book of Waltzes". I posted it to thank her for all her work on the Play All the Tunes Project. So much work! So many great tunes played, discovered and played again and again! It's a great tune - try it out.
Three jigs chord-speculated and edited by the one and only Laurie Andres.
A classic Bob tune, excellent for contra dance. These are Andy Toepfer's chords from the 1980 Applejack recording of Sarah's Jig. Hear it on YouTube: Applejack