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jack halyard Chord Req: More about 'Anderson's Coast' (26) RE: Chord Req: More about 'Anderson's Coast' 20 Aug 05

G'day folks, Jack Halyard needs to contribute.

The problem with Anderson's Coast is that it moves through chords very quickly and that it works a lot better with the instrument playing harmonies along with the voice.

When I wrote it, I built the melody on the whistle and then experienced considerable frustration trying to build a chordal accompaniment on the 12 string. I was going to ditch the song as too predictable, long, box-shaped and boring but that Margaret Walters insisted that I keep trying with it.
Kim Poole suggested that I leave it with him and see if I liked what he did with it. I liked it very much indeed! It is Kim playing the accompaniment on Pithead.
He tunes his guitar in DADEAB for this song. He also uses DADEAD. Once I learned that tuning I re-set many songs to it and wrote a number in that tuning. What is noticable is that there are very few block chords, it is mostly harmony behind voice.

I've since heard a number of settings. Some really fine unaccompanied treatments by such people as Jenny Fitzgibbon are compleat and perfect in themselves. Danny Spooner's concertina gives it a gutsy shantyman's emphasis. I've heard it done with continuo computer, Irish Bouzouki, and I've finally got a 12 string version of my own that works.

Margaret Walters may have some written music from Kim and Kim may have tablature for guitarists who read it. All I want to say is that, as the song's daddy, I'm happy to see my little one getting about and enjoying her relationships with all and sundry. She has not so-far dissapointed her old man - in fact he has been more than rewarded in hearing the song being sung, talked about and arranged.
Feel free to play folks, she's a big girl now.

                               Good health all!

                               Jack Halyard.

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