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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Fast-paced tunes in 3/4 timing

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Ybanjo - Posted - 02/16/2020:  11:52:32

This question came up recently and got me thinking about it. Are there any really fast-paced songs/tunes in 3/4 timing? I couldn't think of any.  I'm sure you could play any waltz super fast, but that might not sound so good.

Edited by - Ybanjo on 02/16/2020 11:53:15

Mooooo - Posted - 02/16/2020:  12:00:55

Fast paced waltzes sound like 4/4 time played with triplets.

bellf - Posted - 02/16/2020:  12:03:36

Ralph Stanley "I only exist" might be fast -- it's not slow anyway.

EulalieBlue - Posted - 02/16/2020:  12:05:54

There are many songs that fit your description, most notably several by the Stanley Brothers that really define their characteristic sound: "The fields have turned brown" and "It's never too late" spring to mind. Another fine example is Joe Val's version of "Sparkling brown eyes."

banjoak - Posted - 02/16/2020:  13:40:48

The question depends an what you define as really-fast paced. 

Of course at some point they can become perceptively more a compond meter (6/4, 12/8...). Of course 6/8 jigs are very fast 3s. Like Mooo mentioned in blues. Another familiar popular example, Animals "House of the Rising Sun"; the Beatles "Norwegian Wood" example that sits in the middle, which gives, fast 3/4 or slow 6/8 debate.

eagleisland - Posted - 02/16/2020:  13:52:26

Flatt and Scruggs's "I Don't Care Anymore" moves along at quite the sprightly pace for a 3/4 tune.

AJA - Posted - 02/16/2020:  19:16:23

Flatt and Scruggs - "McKinley's Gone" off of the Carnegie Hall album. Done by many others, usually by the name "Whitehouse Blues".

banjoak - Posted - 02/16/2020:  21:12:36


Originally posted by AJA

Flatt and Scruggs - "McKinley's Gone" off of the Carnegie Hall album. Done by many others, usually by the name "Whitehouse Blues".

 I don't recall so; pretty sure like all the other version, it was not 3/4.

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