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Thread #11200   Message #3969808
Posted By: leeneia
04-Jan-19 - 12:43 PM
Thread Name: Sweet Afton - which tune?
Subject: RE: Sweet Afton - which tune?
I've sent the MIDI of Carusi's tune to Joe for posting here. I forgot to slow down the tempo from MIDI's default of 120, so if you like it, slow it down yourself.

The spelling Carisi is a mistake. It's Carusi, and the music was published in Louisville KY in 1840, according to the Lester Levy site. It was for guitar and is in 3/4 time.

It's in the key of A, but in the second part he adds chromatic notes. At first they are D#'s, but then he puts in an F natural. I don't like the F natural myself, and I believe that if I played the song, I would omit it. It may have been a fad of the time.

If you don't read music and are sounding out the chords, then I would try a B when a D# arrives.

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