Drowsy Maggie – Violin
“Drowsy Maggie” is a very popular reel at sessions all over the world. First appearing in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903). So it probably dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. However, there’s not much clear information about the tune’s origin or subsequent history.
Unlike it’s name, “Drowsy Maggie” is actually a lively tune, not something to lull one into a mellow slumber. Maybe the tune is actually meant to wake up some weary Maggie. There are a number of versions of the tune as well, no doubt owing to its popularity.
I am just learning myself,
and I personally find that it is easier to learn tunes, the ‘Karaoke’ way. Either having an indicator move to the next note. Or more like the ever popular ‘Guitar Hero’ game, with the notes moving across the screen so that you are ready for them. There is a huge benefit to having them in rhythm so you play each note at the right time. I did start making these videos just for myself. but I decided that as I was putting so much effort in to them it seemed a shame not to share.
So I set up my YouTube Channel and this Blog/Vlog site to keep everyone up to date with my progress, Also for that people could comment and help me, and help others to get better. My aim is to share my mistakes, as much as my ‘lucky’ moments.
I like all sorts of music, from them good Classical tunes, through the oldie Folk tunes and the more modern Folk tunes. And of course the best tunes of now, Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B, the list goes on. If it’s good, and lasted the test of time, hopefully I will get to it.
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