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Title: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on February 01, 2014, 12:29:26 AM
Well, that was as clear a victory as I can remember - this month, The Abbess, a fine recent composition by Andy Cutting on his solo CD (hint Andy - get some more printed!)

Lots and lots of videos on this on youtube, which I think bodes well for it joining Flatworld as a modern classic which will probably be still around in 100 years time. Step forward Sandy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ytDwuTkeI , Roland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RhDelNyUUM , Chris: http://youtu.be/p0fjwEfs2tc?t=3m24s , Peter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU7dlLY04cU and many, many more. Oh, and Andy himself: http://youtu.be/k3XMGlbUYpI?t=2m38s

Courtesy of Tallship (cheers!) here's some ABC:

Code: [Select]
X: 1
T: The Abbess
C:Andy Cutting
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGA |B4 B3 c | d4 G4 | e3 e edcB | cBAG d2 GF |
E2 c2 A3 F | D3 d BAGF | E2 cB AB/A/ GF | G4- GDGA |
B4 B3 c | d4 GABd | e3 e edcB | cBAG d2 GF |
E2 c2 A3 F | D3 d BAGF | E2 cB AB/A/ GF | G4- GABc ||
d2 dG g3 d | cBAG d3 c | BAGF EccB | BAAB D2 GF |
E2 c2 A3 F | D3 d BAGF | E2 cB AB/A/ GF | G4- GABc |
d2 dG g3 d | cBAe ddef | g2 fg e2 dB | [M: 3/2] ABef d3 c BAGF |
[M: 4/4]
E2 c2 A3 F | D3 d BAGF | E2 cB AB/A/ GF | G2 G2- G |]

and thanks to Bill, here's the dots, together with some fairly ambitious chords (didn't realise there were so many ... . eeeep!)

http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=14050.0;attach=13036

Of course, you don't have to use all those chords, or even any of those chords. Play it as you like, and play it as you can, but at least give it a shot - especially if you voted for it (I know who you are!); we're all going to be learning with this one.

Initial thoughts; it plays on a one row (in the upper octave), but sits best on a two row D/G or similar for the full chordy goodness. Expect to do a good deal of cross rowing if you want to get all the chords! I'll try and get a demo video up in a few days (no promises - got to learn it first) but in the meantime there's *lots* of versions on youtube to get on with.

Thanks to Andy for letting us use his wonderful tune - good luck!

Clive
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Ellison on February 01, 2014, 10:28:46 PM
Taking my usual lazy route  . . .

Here's a version I recorded the night I learnt Andy's beautiful tune. It's probably evolved a bit since then. Played on my Hohner CF Pokerwork.

https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess (https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess)

Martin
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: arty on February 01, 2014, 10:41:55 PM
Taking my usual lazy route  . . .

Here's a version I recorded the night I learnt Andy's beautiful tune. It's probably evolved a bit since then. Played on my Hohner CF Pokerwork.

https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess (https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess)

Martin

That is just beautiful!!!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 01, 2014, 11:01:38 PM
Taking my usual lazy route  . . .

Here's a version I recorded the night I learnt Andy's beautiful tune. It's probably evolved a bit since then. Played on my Hohner CF Pokerwork.

https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess (https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess)

Martin

There are many great players on this forum Martin and it's impossible to say which of the all of the great performances is best but I think it fair to say that yours is amongst them!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: syale on February 02, 2014, 12:22:39 AM
Taking my usual lazy route  . . .

Here's a version I recorded the night I learnt Andy's beautiful tune. It's probably evolved a bit since then. Played on my Hohner CF Pokerwork.

https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess (https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess)

Martin

When I clicked the link it took me to SoundCloud home page. I had to remove the #

https://soundcloud.com/martin-ellison/the-abbess (https://soundcloud.com/martin-ellison/the-abbess)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Tony M on February 02, 2014, 10:41:06 AM
Taking my usual lazy route  . . .

Here's a version I recorded the night I learnt Andy's beautiful tune. It's probably evolved a bit since then. Played on my Hohner CF Pokerwork.

https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess (https://soundcloud.com/#martin-ellison/the-abbess)

Martin

I am truly impressed!

Beautifully done - demonstrates the versatility of the Pokerwork, as well as the talents of the player.

Tony M
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Ellison on February 02, 2014, 11:07:18 AM
Thanks folks. It's a beautiful tune played on a lovely box.

Strange about the Soundcloud link - even stranger is that I can't play my own uploads and I have no idea why.

Martin
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Anahata on February 02, 2014, 02:35:37 PM
Almost every time I visit soundcloud I have to reboot my broadband router. It gets like that anyway from time to time on some sites, but it seems to do it most often on Soundcloud.

Anyway, a lovely performance, and proof if it were needed that there's really not much that can't be done absolutely perfectly on a Pokerwork. I've been trying it this morning on my C/F club (a box I love to bits) and that's sounding very promising too, though I started work on the tune with the Dino. Not, it's not ready quite yet...
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Tamba on February 03, 2014, 11:30:15 AM
My attempt  ::)

http://youtu.be/UPmGfwmwzXk (http://youtu.be/UPmGfwmwzXk)

On a D/G Dino
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mcgrooger on February 03, 2014, 12:50:44 PM
Here's mine - probably about my 20th attempt and I still hit a chord I didn't want but wasn't entirely *wrong* and I don't think if I played it another 20 it would necessarily get any better! Played on my D/G Hohner Pressed Wood which has 'neutral' chords.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ABwDp_odrk
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Jackaspandy on February 03, 2014, 01:22:19 PM
Many thanks McGrooger - that is going to help me crack this tune - which, to be honest, at the moment I am struggling with. Thanks again. (BTW I've watched it twice now - and it still says "No Views")
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Tamba on February 03, 2014, 04:16:11 PM
....and here is my final attempt, this time on  a G/ C. Did this out of curiosity to hear the difference between the boxes, they do have a definite similarity in the fact they could both do with a tune-up. :o

http://youtu.be/53KJ7uNnaX (http://youtu.be/53KJ7uNnaX)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Fsamuel on February 03, 2014, 07:53:29 PM
https://soundcloud.com/fsamuel100/the-abbess

I banked on this winning, it took a couple of weeks to learn and some finger stretching but now it's there or thereabouts its so much fun to play
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Matt (Kings Norton) on February 03, 2014, 08:08:26 PM
My attempt.

Very glad you didn't carry out your threat to stop recording, these are great and they helped me to understand what the tune might be doing (as in a lightbulb coming on).  Especially liked the Busillachio version for the warm sound and gentle feel if that's the right word.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Tamba on February 03, 2014, 09:21:17 PM
Many thanks Matt you are too kind. I still find recording myself a painful experience but I think it is important to my playing to hear myself as others hear me, a pretty sharp learning experience but one I would recommend. Still not ready to reveal my melodeon face though :o !
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: robotmay on February 03, 2014, 10:58:16 PM
Oof, this tune is probably teaching me more about how the bass/chords/treble go together than anything I've tried before. I couldn't get it sounding even vaguely like the tune until I took a look at those chords from Bill, as a lot of the tone really seems to come through when you get some of those right.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on February 03, 2014, 11:56:18 PM
Very good stuff so far folks - keep it up! Here's a quick go from me on the Castagnari Lilly in A/D (so I'm playing in D) - I was going to do it in D/G, but McGrooger's D/G version is as clear a video to learn from as you could hope for... so I've gone for the Lilly whose tone suits the tune wonderfully I think (D/G tutorial video still to come though at some point hopefully, now I've learned it!)

http://youtu.be/qkXy2r0u1Ws

Some thoughts on the tune - it fits wonderfully, and like lots of Andy's stuff, very logically on a 2 row melodeon - in this case in the lower octave. I can't get the chords to match those on Bill's PDF though - not for the first few bars anyway. I make the opening bars

G-Am|Bm-G|C-C|Am-D

for example (in D/G speak) - the Am in bar 1 and Bm in bar 2 are different... and bars 6 and 7 look fairly different too. So headline is... feel free to run away from the printed chords; I'm pretty sure they're different to what appears on the CD for example.

Anyway, that's all for now - good luck folks and keep posting!

Clive
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Fsamuel on February 04, 2014, 04:57:28 PM
G-Am|Bm-G|C-C|Am-D

that is what I have used also
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: TomB on February 04, 2014, 09:36:43 PM
..and one from me, came out a bit fast but there ya go (I blame Soundcloud)  :||:

https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/the-abbess
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Anahata on February 04, 2014, 11:20:05 PM
This one's been hard work for me. Several takes abandoned when they went wrong, then one I thought I'd use but after I'd finished editing the audio and video together and checking before uploading I decided there were too many cock-ups and speed variations. So I practised some more and did another one that's much better. Still some mistakes, but it will take me a long time to get it much better than this...

http://youtu.be/0m-R8oashlg

 :Ph
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on February 05, 2014, 01:58:21 AM
Great stuff!

As promised, here's a tutorial walkthrough (as best I could manage) for a D/G 2 row melodeon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTzRTa_ZJI0

Quite a hard tune to do a demo of apparently - I've resorted to annotating the chords on the screen on the full playthrough which is at 9 mins 52 secs roughly. Of course, this is just my quick version of the tune, simplifying and horribly missing the subtlety and treble chording that Andy put in his original. The chords are, as far as I can tell, relatively close to the original, but you can still make up your own if you like!

Hope it's useful to someone!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: WestOz on February 05, 2014, 06:08:36 AM
Thanks for this Clive - extremely useful! It would be great if you prepared a tutorial for each TOTM! A labour of love, rather like Lester's Tune a day.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Barry M on February 05, 2014, 10:02:08 AM
Very useful tutorial
Thank you
Barry
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Myrrh Music on February 05, 2014, 11:09:12 AM
 ;) Clive, you are a life-saver! I struggled for ages yesterday over just part of this. Thanks so much.

Mary :-*
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mike Carney on February 05, 2014, 03:53:04 PM
Here's mine - an early attempt, and I hope to improve greatly as I get to know this tune even more.

https://soundcloud.com/oysterboy6/the-abbess

Mike  :||:

Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on February 05, 2014, 04:46:09 PM
;) Clive, you are a life-saver! I struggled for ages yesterday over just part of this. Thanks so much.

Mary :-*

Glad to be of service :-)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: hirundine on February 05, 2014, 04:53:05 PM
All players turned in credible efforts, which is applauded! Oh yeah! Such wonderful contributors!

Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
« Reply #24 on: Today at 03:53:04 PM »
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Here's mine - an early attempt, and I hope to improve greatly as I get to know this tune even more.

https://soundcloud.com/oysterboy6/the-abbess

Mike  :||:

Very nice!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Helena Handcart on February 05, 2014, 06:59:37 PM
As promised, here's a tutorial walkthrough (as best I could manage) for a D/G 2 row melodeon...
Hope it's useful to someone!

Thanks Clive, this is really useful and it's really helping me to put this tune together.  Just recently the whole 'organise your cross-rowing to get the basses you want' thing has really started to fall into place for me after seeming like an interminable chicken and egg problem for the last 18 months.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was able to work out the cross-rowing and some of the chords needed for this tune but some parts of it, particularly the minor chords remained a complete mystery so  many thanks for shedding light on this.

Now, all I've got to do now is learn the tune.  I can feel another late submission coming on  :|||: ::)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: arty on February 05, 2014, 07:13:26 PM
As promised, here's a tutorial walkthrough (as best I could manage) for a D/G 2 row melodeon...
Hope it's useful to someone!

Thanks Clive, this is really useful and it's really helping me to put this tune together.  Just recently the whole 'organise your cross-rowing to get the basses you want' thing has really started to fall into place for me after seeming like an interminable chicken and egg problem for the last 18 months.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was able to work out the cross-rowing and some of the chords needed for this tune but some parts of it, particularly the minor chords remained a complete mystery so  many thanks for shedding light on this.

Now, all I've got to do now is learn the tune.  I can feel another late submission coming on  :|||: ::)

Ditto to all of the above! I have learnt the tune and most of the basses - now all I have to do is learn to play them all at the same time and in the right order! What an absolute delight this tune is.  (:)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: jbesser on February 07, 2014, 07:54:02 PM
Thanks folks. It's a beautiful tune played on a lovely box.

Strange about the Soundcloud link - even stranger is that I can't play my own uploads and I have no idea why.

Martin

I find that when I try to listen to my own Soundcloud recordings, I have to start them, hit "stop," and then restart the tune. This always works for me; I hope it does for you.

And a beautiful recording of a great tune. Gives me a goal to work toward!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on February 09, 2014, 11:55:02 AM
http://youtu.be/sh_8ZjdgZmI

I enjoyed the challenge but the tune.....

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: arty on February 09, 2014, 06:29:43 PM
This makes me feel a little embarrassed!!!

It is less than 2 years since I first picked up a melodeon, (21 months to be exact), and this is my very first submission to Tune of the Month. I love all the music of Andy Cutting and it was me that proposed The Abbess as Tune of the Month, thinking, as I listened to it over and over again in the car, that it didn't sound so hard! Then, 10 days ago I printed off the music and saw so many basses that I don't have and soon found that I had to learn to play across the rows too. So much to think about!

This video is a long way from good. It's full of mistakes and stumbles and I have made up my own bass line, according to 'my ears', as I don't have many of those written in the music. I know that I have to practice, practice, practice, in order to smooth it out and to stop making silly mistakes but I wanted advice about how to improve the bass line especially.

I hope no one minds me asking for help but I don't have a teacher and feel very much as though I am groping along in the dark.

Thanks  (:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMc73jPhSY
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: AirTime on February 09, 2014, 10:26:59 PM
In spite of the fact that I have played this before & already "knew" the tune, I still struggled to record a satisfactory version on my DG Dinn III:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBdFlG76xgQ&feature=youtu.be

My earlier version on a vintage BbEb Hohner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU7dlLY04cU
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: TomB on February 10, 2014, 01:48:50 AM
This makes me feel a little embarrassed!!!

It is less than 2 years since I first picked up a melodeon, (21 months to be exact), and this is my very first submission to Tune of the Month. I love all the music of Andy Cutting and it was me that proposed The Abbess as Tune of the Month, thinking, as I listened to it over and over again in the car, that it didn't sound so hard! Then, 10 days ago I printed off the music and saw so many basses that I don't have and soon found that I had to learn to play across the rows too. So much to think about!

This video is a long way from good. It's full of mistakes and stumbles and I have made up my own bass line, according to 'my ears', as I don't have many of those written in the music. I know that I have to practice, practice, practice, in order to smooth it out and to stop making silly mistakes but I wanted advice about how to improve the bass line especially.

I hope no one minds me asking for help but I don't have a teacher and feel very much as though I am groping along in the dark.

Thanks  (:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMc73jPhSY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMc73jPhSY)

I'd say that was pretty damn good, 21 months or not. Well done.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on February 10, 2014, 10:30:57 AM

I hope no one minds me asking for help but I don't have a teacher and feel very much as though I am groping along in the dark.

Thanks  (:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMc73jPhSY

Ditto - that's really good I'd say; I think most of the basses correspond to what I recognise too, but I would emphasise that there's no such thing as 'right/wrong' with basses; it's just whatever you want to do with it. There are a set of chords at the end of my tutorial video (at 9 min 52 secs I think), but while I tried to copy them from the recording, please treat them with a healthy pinch of salt...

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mcgrooger on February 10, 2014, 11:01:21 AM
@arty - as everyone else says this is an excellent version. I totally agree with Clive that you should play the bass notes and chords that sound good to you on tunes, not what someone else says they 'should' be.  One little hint is that you'll see in many of the videos posted people playing a bass note with a different chord - an A bass note with a C chord or a B bass note with a D chord. One reason for this is that a lot of boxes have an A major and B major chord with no stops to take out the thirds whereas the tune requires minor chords and the above is a way of achieving this. I've not used this much in the past as I've made sure my boxes either have 'neutral' chords or a stop to take out the thirds. Even so, they work nicely in this tune as they give a minor 7th which sounds nice.  Don't try and relate this explanation too closely to my version as I've only been getting to grips with this myself in the last week or so (and I've been playing for 30 odd years :|bl)! Hope this makes sense and helps and that at least some of it is correct!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: butimba on February 10, 2014, 02:20:56 PM
Ok, like Arty I'm new to Tune of the Month, but I couldn't resist having a go at this one (and now that I'm no longer doing a 2-hour commute I'll hopefully have time to join in more often!). For some reason I ended up trying to work out a right-hand only harmonised version of the tune, and then decided not to push my luck by trying to record a bass line as well, so just left it at that.

Here was the best take that I got: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxETnpCxRY&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: butimba on February 10, 2014, 02:37:27 PM
This video is a long way from good. It's full of mistakes and stumbles and I have made up my own bass line, according to 'my ears', as I don't have many of those written in the music. I know that I have to practice, practice, practice, in order to smooth it out and to stop making silly mistakes but I wanted advice about how to improve the bass line especially.

I think this is a great version and flows really nicely!

Re improving the bass line, I'm hardly an expert, but perhaps the next thing you could do is try to play the bass line without the om-pah rhythm. I.e. just try literally playing block chords where you hold down both the bass note and the chord note for the whole length of the chord. (Trying to learn the bass line as Clive plays it in his tutorial video would be really good practice.) Then you can start to create bass lines that are more rhythmically independent from the tune (I remember this is one of the things Andy Cutting talked about in a workshop at Witney once).

I've found that working out other people's bass lines from YouTube videos is really helpful for learning how to create more interesting bass parts. This takes a bit of patience, but if you set the video to half speed (in the settings tab directly under the video), it makes it much easier to work out exactly what's being played.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 10, 2014, 10:25:10 PM
I'm not the person to advise you on basslines or indeed on how to play the melodeon, but I think you are being hard on yourself.  This is way better in competence and musical phrasing etc than your description led me to expect.  I understand you want to take it further, but I enjoyed that.

I couldn't agree more, there was much more that was right about this recording than was wrong. Is it just me but in the last twenty seconds of the video did you really say "What the hell" and play your socks off??
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: arty on February 10, 2014, 10:42:42 PM
Thank you so much for all the very helpful comments and suggestions. A lot to work to do I think but I shall practice to be able to play what I am doing already without all the stumbles and cock-ups. Then I can try playing the basses different ways, rather than oom pa, oom pa all the way through.
Teaching oneself and practicing alone every day, as a lot of us on this site must do, it is very easy to lose confidence.
It is so good to feel the support and know there is a lot of help from the good people of this Forum - a BIG thank you once again  :D
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: zubz on February 10, 2014, 10:48:00 PM
Oh how I love this tune!

I was quite pleased at the sound recording quality - sorry about the lighting!  :-\

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iB8vwBpakI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iB8vwBpakI)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: arty on February 10, 2014, 10:55:23 PM
Oh how I love this tune!

I was quite pleased at the sound recording quality - sorry about the lighting!  :-\

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iB8vwBpakI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iB8vwBpakI)

That's how I want to be able to play it!!! Brilliant, thank you, I shall listen to that many, many times!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Matt (Kings Norton) on February 10, 2014, 10:56:35 PM
a right-hand only harmonised version of the tune
A musical and surprisingly effective way to do it I thought...
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: zubz on February 11, 2014, 06:57:31 AM
Oh how I love this tune!

I was quite pleased at the sound recording quality - sorry about the lighting!  :-\

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iB8vwBpakI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iB8vwBpakI)

That's how I want to be able to play it!!! Brilliant, thank you, I shall listen to that many, many times!

That's very kind - thank you.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: howard mitchell on February 14, 2014, 08:38:32 PM
Here's my attempt. http://youtu.be/9-CpPdHB-fQ (http://youtu.be/9-CpPdHB-fQ)
I fluffed a couple of notes here and there.

Howard
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mike Carney on February 15, 2014, 10:05:10 AM
Here's my attempt. http://youtu.be/9-CpPdHB-fQ (http://youtu.be/9-CpPdHB-fQ)
I fluffed a couple of notes here and there.

Howard
Nice work Howard. I like the relaxed feel.
Mike
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Ellison on February 15, 2014, 11:45:40 AM
Here was the best take that I got: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxETnpCxRY&feature=youtu.be

This is delightful Snaffle, I'm all for playing tunes without bass/chord accompaniment sometimes. This works really well and quite sophisticated right hand work. Nice.

Martin
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: howard mitchell on February 15, 2014, 12:47:41 PM
Here's my attempt. http://youtu.be/9-CpPdHB-fQ (http://youtu.be/9-CpPdHB-fQ)
I fluffed a couple of notes here and there.

Howard

Here's a pdf attachment of the version I played with chords and bowing marks for bellows direction (are they the right way round?).
It turned out as a bit of an exercise in cross-rowing. There are just a couple of places where a bellows reversal could have been avoided.
Howard
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Jackhumphreys on February 15, 2014, 03:46:10 PM
Trying to get the Abbess dancing:     http://youtu.be/p3tmCm1VtVU

Still need to lighten up those bass chords though.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Steve_freereeder on February 15, 2014, 04:34:36 PM
Here's a pdf attachment of the version I played with chords and bowing marks for bellows direction (are they the right way round?).
I see you have used the down-bow mark (open square) for pull and the up-bow mark (elongated 'V') for push. That's fine if you understand it in that way, and in any case there's no established convention as far as I know.

I also use bowing marks if I want to indicate bellows direction. However I use the down-bow mark for push. Like a string down-bow, it has psychologically a stronger, more 'solid' feel, to my mind. For bellows pull, I use an up-bow symbol, but inverted, so that the elongated 'V' points upwards.

In her amazing contemporary melodeon tunebook 'Diatonic Liaisons (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,7126.msg88561.html#msg88561)', Alexandra Browne (Valkyrie (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?action=profile;u=3600) of this forum) uses small horizontal arrows above the notes to indicate bellows directions. A right-pointing arrow indicates bellows push and a left-pointing arrow indicates bellows pull, because that's the way you move your left hand when playing.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on February 15, 2014, 04:36:00 PM
I've had a go at it here......

http://youtu.be/VVde5f4QpgM

It's a tune that I tend to play for myself when I'm in a contemplative mood..... that's when it appeals to me.
I've played it for a little while, and is a work in progress for me. On recording I'm surprised my speed's a bit variable, but it could be my aversion to recording playing a part!.
I'm glad I've done this, as it means I've still a way to go and need to sort my speed - that'll teach me to be complacent!
Q
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: butimba on February 16, 2014, 04:02:00 PM
Here was the best take that I got: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxETnpCxRY&feature=youtu.be

This is delightful Snaffle, I'm all for playing tunes without bass/chord accompaniment sometimes. This works really well and quite sophisticated right hand work. Nice.

Martin

Thanks very much!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Roland Carson on February 22, 2014, 10:12:24 AM
Well I thought I ought to record this in it's original key... This tune works so well in any key.
So here is my contribution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYD8xKB7QrI

Roland
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: pete /acorn on February 22, 2014, 10:25:25 AM
That was gorgeous. Played with so much feeling.Thank you for sharing it. Jill
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Roland Carson on February 22, 2014, 12:00:46 PM
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That was gorgeous. Played with so much feeling.Thank you for sharing it. Jill

Thank you Jill. I play this tune on 3 different accordions and it always sends a shiver down my neck to play it. I guess it must be a successful composition.

Andy has written some great tunes and while we all try to develop our own style of playing, it's hard not to try to copy his exquisite technique where we can.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: playandteach on February 22, 2014, 12:52:04 PM
Very good stuff so far folks - keep it up! Here's a quick go from me on the Castagnari Lilly in A/D (so I'm playing in D) - I was going to do it in D/G, but McGrooger's D/G version is as clear a video to learn from as you could hope for... so I've gone for the Lilly whose tone suits the tune wonderfully I think (D/G tutorial video still to come though at some point hopefully, now I've learned it!)

http://youtu.be/qkXy2r0u1Ws

Clive
I think the Lilly sounds great - is that its natural raw sound or is there a bit of help post-recording? Enjoyed the playing too, of course.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on February 22, 2014, 07:31:22 PM
Nicely played Roland, great to hear the Hascy sing out!
Q
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Spikey on February 22, 2014, 10:48:07 PM
Well I didn't vote for The Abbess as it just seemed too difficult...   but am glad that it did win as it made me have a go, and as always it's been great hearing all the different versions.

This was the best attempt (believe me!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxr-m-DidIE&feature=youtu.be - although still lots of stuff ups and missed chords, but minus the dog barking which seemed to happen in all the other takes ::)

I don't think the chords are anything like what they should be, but I just went in the end with what I liked the sound of, and that I could manage - my usual excuse.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on February 22, 2014, 11:20:09 PM
http://youtu.be/qkXy2r0u1Ws

Clive
I think the Lilly sounds great - is that its natural raw sound or is there a bit of help post-recording? Enjoyed the playing too, of course.

Thanks - that's very kind. The recording has been touched up 'a little'; a little reverb, compression, and a little EQ to help the basses come through a bit. Takes about 5 mins in the wonderful Mixcraft program. It is a special little Lilly, that's for sure.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: laetlilou on February 23, 2014, 10:35:56 AM
Hello....After watched all your videos, i wanted to put my french participation with my Maugein G/C... for this beautiful tune ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-m_DcLQTjA&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Roland Carson on February 23, 2014, 10:44:52 AM
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Hello....After watched all your videos, i wanted to put my french participation with my Maugein G/C... for this beautiful tune ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-m_DcLQTjA&feature=youtu.be

Well done Miss B  (:)   .. I am happy to see you here. 

Roland
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Helena Handcart on February 23, 2014, 06:52:40 PM
OK, so I decided to have a go at each TOTM for 2014. I've been playing for less than two years and this tune is obviously well out of my league but couldn't really duck out of my resolution as early as February. 

So posted with some trepidation, here is my attempt at The Abbess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5w6jLkMugE&feature=youtu.be).
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Lester on February 23, 2014, 07:00:37 PM
So posted with some trepidation, here is my attempt at The Abbess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5w6jLkMugE&feature=youtu.be).

What's not to like, and you are more of a man than me as I've not even tried  (:)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 23, 2014, 07:53:23 PM
this tune is obviously well out of my league

It's not obvious to me! It may be a little out of your comfort zone and would benefit from more practise to get your confidence up a bit but you played it well at a rock steady tempo. Once you're totally at home with the melody you can experiment with the L/H although that's pretty impressive at this stage too.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mcgrooger on February 24, 2014, 10:11:51 AM
Helena, there's absolutely no indication in your YT vid that this tune is 'out of your league' at all! When The Abbess was voted for as TOTM I thought there'd be hardly any postings as I thought it was a really tough piece to play. I'm happy to admit I was wrong about the number of recordings.  If you can play this well in such a short time, I don't think you'll have much problem keeping your resolution to have a crack at the TOTM each month - unless there's a concerted effort one month to vote for a tune that hardly anyone can play! Well done! (:)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Matt (Kings Norton) on February 24, 2014, 08:21:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8bORHF0GFw&feature=youtube_gdata
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on February 25, 2014, 09:09:12 PM
Just when I could have used a longer month, we turn up with a shorter one.  :(   It's all about the bellows control, isn't it?

        http://youtu.be/QG4unOw646A (http://youtu.be/QG4unOw646A)

Thanks, Mr. C, for another beautiful piece.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: docEdock on February 27, 2014, 03:39:18 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpK8J0Vx2w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpK8J0Vx2w)

Now that was a hard one. But, it helped me discover my pulled g on the third row and now that button is not quite so unfamiliar a stretch.

I marvel at how the chords dance around with the melody and thank Bill for posting the dots with chords.

Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: pikey on February 27, 2014, 05:32:12 PM
OK, so I decided to have a go at each TOTM for 2014. I've been playing for less than two years and this tune is obviously well out of my league but couldn't really duck out of my resolution as early as February. 

So posted with some trepidation, here is my attempt at The Abbess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5w6jLkMugE&feature=youtu.be).

Brilliant, well done. I, like Leicester, haven't even tried - and my pneumonia isn't an excuse !
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Peter Savage on February 27, 2014, 06:13:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpK8J0Vx2w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpK8J0Vx2w)

Nice playing Philip, and a great melodeon wall display!  I would build one of those myself, but then my wife would realise how many I actually owned...which would not be good  (:)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: docEdock on February 27, 2014, 11:32:21 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpK8J0Vx2w (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpK8J0Vx2w)

Nice playing Philip, and a great melodeon wall display!  I would build one of those myself, but then my wife would realise how many I actually owned...which would not be good  (:)
Thanks.  IKEA built the display and MAD stocked it. About the wife . . .
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: playandteach on February 28, 2014, 12:13:05 AM
Here is my hastily but intensively learnt version. I'm fully aware of the issues - especially lack of smoothness and heavy left hand, but I love the tune and wanted an immediate project to get my teeth into after the lay off.

http://youtu.be/9wiEVzGDvL8
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: bellmartin on February 28, 2014, 01:53:57 PM
Here's my go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FElCULn1S3Q&feature=youtu.be

I wish it were better.

Sorry about the mistake in the tune!
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: RogerT on February 28, 2014, 07:31:37 PM
Here's my go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FElCULn1S3Q&feature=youtu.be

I wish it were better.

Sorry about the mistake in the tune!

Hells teeth, that is nice, and nicely played in my opinion. Lovely box as well. I want one of those.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Clive Williams on March 01, 2014, 01:44:39 PM
End of the month folks; we've had lots of great videos this month; lovely to see so many people having a go; especially those originally frightened off! See you *can* do it!  :D

Late contributions as always very much appreciated - just stick 'em on the end here.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mike Carney on March 04, 2014, 09:05:16 AM
Here is my hastily but intensively learnt version. I'm fully aware of the issues - especially lack of smoothness and heavy left hand, but I love the tune and wanted an immediate project to get my teeth into after the lay off.

http://youtu.be/9wiEVzGDvL8
Tried to listen to your Abbess but wouldn't play for some reason.  Went back to your first Serafini post and that played fine.  You may want to repost and check it works.  The older post by the way was well cool. Smooth.  Hope allergy clears up.
Mike   8)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: playandteach on March 04, 2014, 10:07:30 AM
Tried to listen to your Abbess but wouldn't play for some reason.  Went back to your first Serafini post and that played fine.  You may want to repost and check it works.  The older post by the way was well cool. Smooth.  Hope allergy clears up.
Mike   8)
Just checked on a couple of different computers, and it seems to work ok. Could I ask you to try again? Unfortunately even with the Rik, I've been noticing reactions - and on reflection, when I was playing the accordion a lot, I had real problems at work (had to use a mic to teach). So it looks like game over. I'll move on to another instrument, though. Maybe harmonica or guitar.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mike Carney on March 04, 2014, 01:51:33 PM
Will be a real shame considering your evident musical affinity for the melodeon. But needs must and I really wish you well with the next step.
M
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Ricardo Santos Rocha on March 26, 2014, 07:47:22 PM
I know i'm going backwards in time, but i had to take the chance to have a go at this beautiful piece of music. Played in G on a G/C Tania Rutkowski accordion. I hope you enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se_561ZYzEY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se_561ZYzEY)
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: robotmay on September 09, 2014, 03:24:56 PM
7 months later and I've finally gotten around to learning this tune a bit better. Still got a lot of embellishments to figure out and there's a glaring mistake in the last run through, but pretty pleased to finally be able to play it reasonably!

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/the-abbess-1
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Mike Carney on September 10, 2014, 07:24:43 PM
7 months later and I've finally gotten around to learning this tune a bit better. Still got a lot of embellishments to figure out and there's a glaring mistake in the last run through, but pretty pleased to finally be able to play it reasonably!

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/the-abbess-1
Nice work!
Mike
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: robotmay on September 11, 2014, 09:36:45 AM
Thanks Mike! It's a really relaxing tune to play, now that I know how to play it :D
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: nigelr on August 06, 2017, 01:06:37 PM
This was TOTM about 4 months after I first picked up a melodeon and I looked on in awe at the wonderful versions.  3 1/2 years later I thought it was about time I had a go.  Thanks as always to the marvellous Mel Biggs for her tuition and encouragement:

https://youtu.be/8Mute8leIao

Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: playandteach on August 06, 2017, 01:52:13 PM
And well played too.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: nigelr on August 07, 2017, 09:33:22 AM
And well played too.
Thank you  (:)  Certainly a tricky one, but I've really enjoyed the challenge.
Title: Re: Tune of the Month for February 2014: The Abbess
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 07, 2017, 10:29:59 AM
This was TOTM about 4 months after I first picked up a melodeon and I looked on in awe at the wonderful versions.  3 1/2 years later I thought it was about time I had a go.  Thanks as always to the marvellous Mel Biggs for her tuition and encouragement:

https://youtu.be/8Mute8leIao

Nicely done. I think it's time this tune had another turn as TOTM
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