Capercaillie - Skye Waulking Song (Use of Instruments/Voices (Verse 4: …
Capercaillie - Skye Waulking Song
Fusion- Fusion is a mingling of more than one style or culture.
Accordion, piano, synth
Flutes, whistle, uileann pipes
Acoustic and electric bass
Bouzouki, guitar, bodhran
Use of Instruments/Voices
Fiddle plays tremolo.
Electric piano has a tremolo effect.
Bass plays staccato.
Break: Fiddle becomes more prominent but still mostly using effects rather than a melody.
Accordion joins in, along with a strummed accompaniment on bouzouki and acoustic guitar.
Backing vocals join in
Drum part setting the pulse
bass part has more substance
Verse 5: Accordion provides countermelodies to the vocal
Instrumental: Uilleann pipes solo along with the fiddle.
Accordion provides accompaniment
Verse 7: All instruments drop out for the last line
Verse 8: Full band plays
Outro: Vocals improvise and instruments weave together
Harmony and Tonality
This piece has a modal feel based around 3 chords: C, Em and G
Melody and Accompaniment: The instruments tend to provide a chordal backing/accompaniment to the vocals. For example Verse 4, where the accordion and guitar strum an accompaniment.
Counter Melody: Sometimes an instrument will provide another melody at the same time as the vocals. An example of this is in verse 5, where the accordion provides countermelodies to the vocal.
Heterophonic Texture: This is when one part plays a decorated version of a melody at the same time. This can be seen in the instrumental, where the uilleann pipes and fiddle play in heterophony.
Unaccompanied/a capella: This happens occasionally when the voice sings with no backing. This happens at the end of verse 3.
Counterpoint: This is seen in the outro where the instruments weave melodies with each other.
The vocal part is sung using the scale of E minor pentatonic, (or G major pentatonic) throughout.
Rhythm and Metre
The time signature is 12 / 8; this means there are 12 quaver beats in each bar.
The time signature is not established (clear) until verse 2. By verse 4 it is very clear because the drum part is setting it. Before this, the metre is quite ambiguous.
The shaker and hi-hats play every 2 beats
The vocal part has a ‘lilting’ rhythm. (light, buoyant, cheerful)