Youp’ Nanette (2-Beat Bourrée)

I’ve been swamped this summer by work obligations and summer course work. I’ve also been playing a regular gig at the Theater at Monmouth, a fantastic Shakespearean repertory theater here in Maine (doing a fantastic King Lear this summer). Tonight, I took a break from it all and just played for a few hours. Towards the end, just as evidence of the event, I recorded this 2-beat bourrée. Enjoy.

 Gotta figure out what to do about accordion-face.

5 thoughts on “Youp’ Nanette (2-Beat Bourrée)

  1. Very nice piece Gary. I enjoy watching the bass as I have yet to get far beyond the “oom-pah” variety of bass line. I also see that this tune is in the Bal Folk tune book, so will have the opportunity to make this a bit of a lesson. Thanks for posting it.


  2. Harmonically, it's a very indistinct approach to the bass. Seriously, just I-V, except for half a bar in the B section. But rhythmically, I get what you're saying. I'm not one of those who believe that “bass-chord-chord” is evil incarnate, but I am trying to get a grip on the freer basses that folks are using on bourrées. Honestly, it's becoming kind of an obsession for me. I find the up-and-down the row approach works very well for the way I hear bourrées, but this limits bass options. Ah, well, keep playing.


  3. In California we know it as La Mere est Blanche (or maybe it's La Mer est Blanche, but I actually think it's the former…from a trad kids' song about farm animals). There's actually two bourrees named Youp Nanette…I think they're both in Massif Central. The one you played goes by both names apparently. (Mitch G.)


  4. Very nice!
    I liked the bass/chords and felt that they went well with the tune.
    Sometimes I think of the left side as “open strings” — just sound them out much as a fiddler might allow open strings to sound while playing the melody on another string.


  5. Thanks, Andy and Mitch. The “open strings” comment is pretty dead on for my sensibility. When I choose to play a bourree up and down the row, I am going for that “primitive” sound. It suits them, and somehow hints at the drones of the pipes and vielle.


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