What playing technique is used in the fiddle part at the very beginning of the song?
In what language is the vocalist singing?
Repeated nonsense syllables are sung frequently. What was the original purpose of these in waulking songs?
It was simply a repeat and nothing more
It was considered to be unlucky to repeat the whole verse.
It signified the process of making tweed through waulking by hand
It is a feature in all Scottish folk music.
Name the traditional pipes played in this song
What style is this song considered as?
What is the name given for the nonsense syllables used in Skye Waulking Song?
Which scale is the vocal line of Skye Waulking Song based upon?
How would you describe the texture between the pipes and fiddle?
The song is entirely diatonic and the dominant chord of D is avoided. What key is the song in?
The song is notated in having a compound quadruple metre of 12/8. How is this emphasized in the song?
The hi-hat rhythm changes when the full band enters, emphasizing 12/8
The hi-hat rhythm creates cross rhythms, emphasizing 12/8
The piece is polyrhythmic, therefore 12/8 is emphasized continuously throughout
Is the vocal line mainly melismatic or syllabic?
What are the three main chords used in the song?
D, F and C
C, F, and Em
G, Em and C
What is the name of the chord played by the synthesizer which opens up the song?
In this style of music, what is more important: Harmony or Melody and Rhythm?
Melody and Rhythm
The melodic lines are played in a folk style. How is this achieved?
Instruments improvise around the melody simultaneously, with slight changes to the melody.
Instruments are playing through simple melodic motifs with repetition
Instruments play in a monophonic texture.
Describe the texture at the opening of the song
A layered texture is achieved in the beginning of the song
A monophonic texture is achieved with an acoustic guitar at the beginning.
What is heterophonic texture?
Two or more parts playing at the same time throughout the piece.
A single melodic line that has been changed gradually throughout the piece.
Two or more parts playing the same melodic line simultaneously with small variations between the parts.
The voice in verse three serves as a link for verse four. This is achieved by having:
The last line sung unaccompanied.
Backing vocals join in before verse four
At which range do the instruments usually play in?
Out of these instruments, which one is NOT a traditional folk instrument?