Skye Waulking Song (Basic Analysis)

A useful table full of general information on Capercaillie's Skye Waulking Song.


(M= melody A= Accompaniment D= Dynamics T= Texture S= Structure H= Harmony                    I= Instruments R= Rhythm T= Tonality S= Speed)

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Jessica Capercaillie Madtshirts
Skye Waulking Song
Melody Based on pentatonic scale. Instruments play in their mid-range.
G major (or E minor) pentatonic scale
G major pentatonic scale: G A B D E
E minor pentatonic scale: E G A B D
Section Chords
Intro, verse 1, break, verse 2 & 3 Em ­ G
Verse 4,5,6 & Instrumental C ­ G ­ Em - G
Verse 7 Am7 ­ Em ­ Em ­ G
Verse 8 C ­ G ­ Em ­ G
Outro C-G
Dynamics Simple- usually matches the amount of instruments playing at a certain
points. (E.g. if many instruments are playing it will be louder and vice
Texture Heterphonic texture = 2 or more parts playing the same melodic line
simultaneously with small variations.
Layered texture
Section Bar Number Other
Intro 1-8 No voice
Verse 1 9-11 Leads vocals enter
Break 12-15 No voice
Verse 2 16-20
Verse 3 21-24
Verse 4 25-28
Verse 5 29-32
Verse 6 33-36
Instrumental 37-43 No voice
Verse 7 44-48
Verse 8 49-52
Outro 53- End Vocals improvise on
nonsense syllables
Harmony Harmony based on the chords mentioned above.
Folk Instruments Rock Instruments
Accordion Synthesizer
Flute Electric Bass
Tin Whistle Drums
Uilleann Pipes Percussion

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Jessica Capercaillie Madtshirts
Skye Waulking Song
Acoustic Guitar
Rhythm Polyrhythms
Tonality Only 4 chords in the song.
Piece begins with a hint of E minor but also goes to G major
Speed 12/8 (compound quadruple metre)
Other Information:
Composed by Capercaille in 2000 from the album Nadurra.
The genre is is Fusion of Folk Music.…read more


Samuel Richardson

A really well presented table of notes on all aspects of 'Skye Waulking'. 

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