Learner/improver's crib: I learned this tune off the Vanilla
CD - I hear tunes as tunes and I frankly wasn't aware of its key! (I was on a C/F at the time). If you 'play in natural minor' for your box it doesn't matter. The chord run below is for D/G.
I set about Flatworld sort of naturally, and 'as per own rules' worked out its basses
first. Much of its beauty comes from that flowing cadence. I hear it 'as below' but you can experiment with substitutions once learned - add a little judicious tension here and there
Its notes are from the G diatonic scale, specifically 6th
mode = 'aolian' Em and so 'mostly' on the pull. Importantly it isn't the Em based on your D row - there's no C#
in there. Also means you've got to be delicate with the A chord ...
I take my 3rds
D. If Amaj
is hard wired, try Abass
I find A+Cchord
over heavy, but you might like it
||:Em | C | A | B || | Em | C | D | B|| | |
|| Em | C | A | B|| | Em | C | D | Em||:||
| --|| || |
||:Em | C | D | G|| | Em | C | D | B || | |
|| Em | C | D | G || | Em | C | B | Em||:| |
I'd recommend anyone wanting to learn just get their riff really solid
first. I find it works better to play C on the pull and D on the push. A good way to practice is to play Almo's video and 'accompany' left end
only. Yes, other chords work too (especially D-B swaps), but I had to put in something, and the above feels natural to me.
Then and only then
, fit in RH melody using higher octave*. They are 95% same way as chord and rocking bellows handles the others if you are on the right row (experiment)! It is a bit squeaky on D/G unless you have L+M voicing, but a perfect exercise for 1. playing top end and 2. across rows. I learned both from this tune, and am eternally grateful to Andy for one of the best melodeon tunes, ever! It is a standard teaching tune in France.
*Flatworld works lower octave if you have a low C - another damn good reason to reconfigure the British D/G.