The Standing Abbey (Hornpipe)

This is a hornpipe we learned from the playing of John Carty, Marcus Hernon, Henry Benagh, and Noel O'Grady from their recording "The Good Mixer".

I enjoy adding arpeggios to to patterns in the opening 3 1/2 bars, like this:

I've notatated the B section without repeats, even thought there's only one measure difference, the measure that goes up to high "C" above the staff.
If your instrument doesn't have that note in it's range, just play the first B section twice.

McDermott's Handy

Note: While this sheet music is provided for reference and convenience, I would take it as a personal favour if you would find a local musician to teach it to you or a local session where you could hear it played. This will enable you to learn the phrasing and ornamentation for your instrument which generally is not notated here. The best way to learn Irish traditional music is by ear, by listening to and/or learning from a musician experienced in the genre. At the very least, you will want to memorize the tune so that this page would be superfluous. This version is a version that I played at the time I created this page; it may not be the same as the version I currently play, and it may not be the same as the version with which you are familiar. Go raibh maith agat; Thanks!

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