Allison: Almain

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Allison: Almain Another nice easy piece!

Rather than wade through facsimilies of MSS, I went straight to Eric Crouch’s Guitar Loot website (http://guitarloot.org.uk/Scores/EnglishMusic/Other/AlmainAllisonAS.pdf) for something not too challenging (he grades all his postings).

This one is from the Matthew Lodge Lute Book (Dd.2.11. f.75r/2) in the Cambridge University Library. You can read all about the composer using the link above.

Facsimile of the original. It’s a really clear one, should you want to compare it with this arrangement, and see the compromises I made to fit it on the ukulele. Incidentally, the letters should be written between the lines, but Mr Holmes didn’t always manage this.

All that I had to do was imagine my ukulele was a guitar and write down the tabs, though the bass line is rather modified. (I must admit that I find still it easier to read notation on guitar than on uke.) The key wanders between A major and A minor (whichever I choose gives a similar number of accidentals).

Available to download free in the following formats:

  • pdf (fingerings between the lines)
  • pdf (fingerings on the lines)
  • TablEdit
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