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Title: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 01, 2016, 12:21:03 AM
Numbers are quiet at the moment, and will probably get quieter over the summer holiday, so it strikes me as sensible to go easy on the theme over summer. So this theme lasts 2 months, and possibly 3; play any new tune you've picked up over the summer. Some of you will go to festival workshops, or pick up tunes at sessions at Sidmouth, etc, or indeed learn a tune from anywhere; let's hear what you've learned - practice it up (just a little) and post your efforts; rough and ready is fine. Feel free to contribute any tune as you learn it; as many as you can or like.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 01, 2016, 06:34:49 AM
Heh, Many of my contributions to ToTM have been tunes I've just learned!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 01, 2016, 01:41:11 PM
And in some of my cases, not yet learned.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on July 01, 2016, 03:26:01 PM
It's good we've got two months ... If I do post a TotM it's always right at the end, because it takes me a month to get up to speed!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Lonnie on July 05, 2016, 01:59:20 PM
Here's mine: Sunshine by Gregory Jolivet.
https://youtu.be/QFO0E8-aLlE

I think it's a first for me because I've never seen any sheet music for it, and I rely on print until I've actively memorised something.  But Guru Mel insisted and so here we are.  Still a bunch of recurring errors to eliminate, and more feeling will come with time.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Pete Dunk on July 05, 2016, 02:39:10 PM
Lovely tune, lovely playing, well done!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Peter Savage on July 05, 2016, 06:01:55 PM
I am currently learning Bagpipers: https://youtu.be/Vbp8z0omqFM

I'm not sure where to take it from here though.  Any ideas for tunes I could pair it with?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 05, 2016, 10:37:51 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

I didn't learn this tune recently, but I did recently learn to record this tune without making mistakes.  :P

 In today's video I play Korobeiniki (Коробейники) which is also known as the Tetris Song. It is a Russian folk tune. I play it on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

Enjoy! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cepyaSsIYJ8
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Rees on July 05, 2016, 10:55:05 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

I didn't learn this tune recently, but I did recently learn to record this tune without making mistakes.  :P

 In today's video I play Korobeiniki (Коробейники) which is also known as the Tetris Song. It is a Russian folk tune. I play it on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

Enjoy! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cepyaSsIYJ8

I love that. Great bellows action  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 06, 2016, 10:55:41 AM
I am currently learning Bagpipers: https://youtu.be/Vbp8z0omqFM

I'm not sure where to take it from here though.  Any ideas for tunes I could pair it with?

Sounds good to me - it's a strong tune so could sit quite happily on its own. My advice, have a really big glass of port and play it round for 10-15 mins and see where it goes. I find a useful starting point for improvisation/feeling is to miss notes out, rather than put extra stuff in - leave a few deliberate gaps and then let them automatically fill themselves a couple of times through the tune later.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 06, 2016, 03:01:53 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

I didn't learn this tune recently, but I did recently learn to record this tune without making mistakes.  :P

 In today's video I play Korobeiniki (Коробейники) which is also known as the Tetris Song. It is a Russian folk tune. I play it on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

Enjoy! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cepyaSsIYJ8

I love that. Great bellows action  (:)

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: heartshaped1 on July 06, 2016, 07:55:10 PM
Here's one I learned not much earlier! La Discrete by Stephane Delicq - who I have become a complete fan of, at least partly thanks to Arty's enthusiasm and Playandteach kindly providing the dots.

https://youtu.be/PV6DGYQ9FJM

I've been playing this about three weeks and this is the first time I've got all the way through without a major hitch so I'm feeling chuffed!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: robotmay on July 07, 2016, 10:34:41 AM
Gonna cheat here a little, as this is on my concertina rather than the box (I'll do some proper ones later). This is, however, a tune I learnt this week.
The melodeon relation here is that I originally heard it being played by Emmanuel and Myriam at Witney a couple of years ago, and never got around to learning it on the box. As it's an Irish tune, I believe, this is my rather Anglicised version of a French rendition of an Irish tune ;D

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/her-long-dark-hair-flowing-down-her-back

I find the phrasing much more tricky on the melodeon as it moves between G and Em all the time. Pretty tune; anyone know more about it?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 07, 2016, 12:40:46 PM

I find the phrasing much more tricky on the melodeon as it moves between G and Em all the time. Pretty tune; anyone know more about it?

This is what the session says about it. However the tune is an old one. I have a setting of it in "Carolan The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper" (Donal O'Sullivan), who set a planxty to it (which I think is Molly McAlpin, however, he credits the tune to Thomas Connellan. It certainly  has the sound of an early tune (probably 17C)

https://thesession.org/tunes/1263
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: robotmay on July 07, 2016, 01:19:58 PM
Ooh thanks Greg. I must admit that a lot of Irish music passes me by as I'm not into the Irish trad scene much, but occasionally I stumble across a really nice tune. They typically seem to be the older ones too, perhaps because they made their way abroad a while back and are played a little slower elsewhere ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Mike Carney on July 07, 2016, 05:32:38 PM
Gonna cheat here a little, as this is on my concertina rather than the box (I'll do some proper ones later). This is, however, a tune I learnt this week.
The melodeon relation here is that I originally heard it being played by Emmanuel and Myriam at Witney a couple of years ago, and never got around to learning it on the box. As it's an Irish tune, I believe, this is my rather Anglicised version of a French rendition of an Irish tune ;D

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/her-long-dark-hair-flowing-down-her-back

I find the phrasing much more tricky on the melodeon as it moves between G and Em all the time. Pretty tune; anyone know more about it?
Nice sound. Does this mean fewer tunes on the melodeon?.... :o
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 07, 2016, 11:25:14 PM
Here's one I learned not much earlier! La Discrete by Stephane Delicq - who I have become a complete fan of, at least partly thanks to Arty's enthusiasm and Playandteach kindly providing the dots.
Well done. Glad to see the Delicq fan club spreading. It is utterly charming. I had to relearn it twice when I switched to Dutch reversals in both octaves, one at a time. Also good to see how you cope with the G sharps - in light of your Hascy box.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 08, 2016, 12:14:03 AM
Ooh thanks Greg. I must admit that a lot of Irish music passes me by as I'm not into the Irish trad scene much, but occasionally I stumble across a really nice tune. They typically seem to be the older ones too, perhaps because they made their way abroad a while back and are played a little slower elsewhere ;D

I really like the way you've done it.
I love this tune. I used to play it, rather slowly, on the Irish bouzouki (before the dog jumped on it). Must learn it again on the Melodeon. . Legend has it  was known as O'Carolan's dream, because he said  it was the tune he most wished he had written. His tunes are rarely easy to play but well worth the effort.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: robotmay on July 08, 2016, 10:40:28 AM
Nice sound. Does this mean fewer tunes on the melodeon?.... :o

Actually it's often tunes that are a bastard on the melodeon that turn out to be nice on the Maccann, so it balances out nicely. Except for the Savage Hornpipe, which sucks on every instrument.

I really like the way you've done it.
I love this tune. I used to play it, rather slowly, on the Irish bouzouki (before the dog jumped on it). Must learn it again on the Melodeon. . Legend has it  was known as O'Carolan's dream, because he said  it was the tune he most wished he had written. His tunes are rarely easy to play but well worth the effort.

Thanks! It's one of my favourite tunes of the past two years. Emmanuel and Myriam's version of it was fantastic and really endeared the tune to me; I find it really evocative, and I rarely feel that with tunes ;D
It seems to suit the warm tone of the concertina really well too. Might try it on my G/C melodeon to see what it's like on there.

I really need to buy a book of O'Carolan and just have a bash through the tunes to see what I like!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Pete Dunk on July 08, 2016, 11:28:25 AM
Lots of O'Carolan abc files are to be found here (http://www.oldmusicproject.com/occ/tunes.html).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: robotmay on July 08, 2016, 02:05:57 PM
Ooh great, thanks Pete!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Pete Dunk on July 08, 2016, 07:34:38 PM
Melodeon inspiration is to be found here . . . (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfHqoJict3o)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: TomB on July 11, 2016, 12:07:51 AM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march


CHeers
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on July 11, 2016, 07:25:18 AM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march


CHeers
Really nice.I can just imagine a newly married couple promenading to this.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on July 11, 2016, 07:55:44 AM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march


CHeers

Excellent- lovely playing to start the week ! Can't wait to learn it - any chance of a link to the dots ?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Mike Carney on July 11, 2016, 08:27:54 AM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march
Wonderful! Loved the care taken over the arrangement and the whole feel. Thanks for posting it.
Mike
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 11, 2016, 10:18:01 AM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march


CHeers

Ooh, that's lovely. Do you mind if I ask where you came across it?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on July 11, 2016, 11:25:53 AM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march


CHeers

That is really beautiful and what a lovely, sensitive performance!

The real advantage of an open theme of the month like this one, is that you may just get a wonderful surprise like this one. Love it!

If you Google 'The Breton Wedding March', it comes up on abc notation and The Session.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: TomB on July 11, 2016, 03:16:56 PM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march (https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march)


CHeers

Excellent- lovely playing to start the week ! Can't wait to learn it - any chance of a link to the dots ?




https://thesession.org/tunes/2176
ABC and dots here.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: TomB on July 11, 2016, 03:21:54 PM
I started learning this tune as The Three Pipers, but now I know its called The Breton Wedding March. I've been learning it on the pipes but here's a tentative first attempt on the box.
 https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march (https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/breton-wedding-march)


CHeers

Ooh, that's lovely. Do you mind if I ask where you came across it?




I first heard it as a pipe tune, took a bit of detective work to come up with the correct title. The tune on TheSession is slightly different to the way I learned it by ear.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on July 16, 2016, 06:20:14 PM
This is a tune I first heard being played by Doug on a Buttonbox demo. The theme this month gives me a chance to trot out my new Giordy. It's being played here with a home brew mute on the treble side that I made to give it something of an indoor voice...the little rascal is loud!
                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcgur9TF4ew (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcgur9TF4ew)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on July 16, 2016, 07:33:45 PM
This is a tune I first heard being played by Doug on a Buttonbox demo. The theme this month gives me a chance to trot out my new Giordy. It's being played here with a home brew mute on the treble side that I made to give it something of an indoor voice...the little rascal is loud!
                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcgur9TF4ew (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcgur9TF4ew)

That's wonderful Jeff - reminds me a bit of a concertina sound. Nice tune...is it O'Carolan?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on July 16, 2016, 09:49:00 PM
Nice tune...is it O'Carolan?

Thanks for your comments, David. From what I can find on the internet there is general consensus that the tune is Irish, but I see no evidence that it is attributable to our favorite harper. I'll have to leave the question open for some of our more knowledgeable friends here at Melnet.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 17, 2016, 12:09:28 AM
I've always thought of of it as Northumbrian, but tunearch.org seems to show Irish origins.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: AirTime on July 17, 2016, 12:49:03 AM
Lovely rendition Jeff.  The tune is really suited to the Giordy.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on July 18, 2016, 06:22:16 PM
Lovely rendition Jeff.  The tune is really suited to the Giordy.

Thanks, Peter. The Giordy is a lot of fun to play and as a highly portable instrument, it is surprisingly useful. If I put it under a heavy bath towel, I find that it can even be played in the car on a road trip without driving my spouse crazy. You must give it a try the next time you're through town.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 20, 2016, 02:57:04 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

I tried learning the Chicken Dance in the key of C about a year ago or more, but it was a pain to play the tune in C on my club accordion. I just recently learned to play it in the key of F, and it sure is way easier to play now!  ;D

Enjoy!  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6S-8YMRhQ4
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Winston Smith on July 20, 2016, 03:01:19 PM
I'm also grateful for your gift, Happy. I love the enthusiasm you put into your playing, and the obvious joy it gives you, thank you.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 20, 2016, 03:48:15 PM
I'm also grateful for your gift, Happy. I love the enthusiasm you put into your playing, and the obvious joy it gives you, thank you.
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the video!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Grape Ape on July 20, 2016, 10:35:47 PM
I'm also grateful for your gift, Happy. I love the enthusiasm you put into your playing, and the obvious joy it gives you, thank you.

Hear hear! I could not agree more!  It always gives me a smile to see you play.  I relate because it's how the box makes me feel as well- though one would never see it in my face the way it shines through on yours.  My melodeon face is more akin to a man with digestive issues sitting on the- well you get the picture.

Happy,
I wish your tetris recording hadn't come out so distorted.  While it does give it a sort of heavy metal feel, I guess I think it subtracts from what is otherwise an excellent performance.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Grape Ape on July 20, 2016, 10:39:13 PM
Here's one I learned not much earlier! La Discrete by Stephane Delicq - who I have become a complete fan of, at least partly thanks to Arty's enthusiasm and Playandteach kindly providing the dots.

https://youtu.be/PV6DGYQ9FJM

I've been playing this about three weeks and this is the first time I've got all the way through without a major hitch so I'm feeling chuffed!

Really enjoyed that!  I have been working on Nadeija, Valse a Michel, and Vivre.  The first is there, the second well under way, and the third- let's just say I'll get it EVENTUALLY.  I just can't get me enough Stephane Delicq. 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Winston Smith on July 20, 2016, 10:50:24 PM
How about these for melodeon faces?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 21, 2016, 07:05:29 PM
I'm also grateful for your gift, Happy. I love the enthusiasm you put into your playing, and the obvious joy it gives you, thank you.

Hear hear! I could not agree more!  It always gives me a smile to see you play.  I relate because it's how the box makes me feel as well- though one would never see it in my face the way it shines through on yours.  My melodeon face is more akin to a man with digestive issues sitting on the- well you get the picture.

Happy,
I wish your tetris recording hadn't come out so distorted.  While it does give it a sort of heavy metal feel, I guess I think it subtracts from what is otherwise an excellent performance.

Thanks! :)

It is quite distorted. I would assume the distortion stems from my crappy webcam microphone.  :P
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 22, 2016, 12:47:18 AM
I've learned a new tune! I heard this on Owen's wonderful album the other day, and thought, yes, I've got to learn that. And here it is, Le Ruisseau Francais, a tune written by Andre Brunet of De Temps Antan and La Bottine Souriante.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klui6s7dhY8

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 22, 2016, 09:31:11 AM
Lovely tune. Lovely playing. Could you tell me your recording equipment?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 22, 2016, 11:39:18 AM
Lovely tune. Lovely playing. Could you tell me your recording equipment?

Thank you :-) I'm recording onto a Zoom H2 recorder (bought off ebay second hand), which is plugged directly into the USB port of my PC - it then acts as a very good quality usb microphone, rather than the standalone way you normally use a Zoom H2. It's then recorded using Mixcraft 7 which warms the sound up with a few simple effects - I've used other mixing programs for more complex jobs, but for quick 'mix this in 5 mins' jobs Mixcraft is a good compromise between functionality, sound quality, range of effects and usability.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 22, 2016, 01:31:42 PM
Thanks - I don't get how plugging it in to the usb makes any difference? Also, what do you use for video?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Lester on July 22, 2016, 02:01:10 PM
Thanks - I don't get how plugging it in to the usb makes any difference? Also, what do you use for video?


The Zoom will either act as a stand alone recorder, recording to its SD card in the format of your choice (WAV or MP3) then you plug SD card into your PC and import the file. Alternatively you can plug the Zoom into your PC and use it as a USB mic recording directly to your PC via your choice of audio program (Clive uses, MixMatch I use Audacity).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 22, 2016, 02:53:07 PM
For video, I use a generic (not very good) USB camera - I set it recording in the windows 10 camera application, and start mixcraft running at the same time (set to record off the H2) - so the camera records video and tinny, microphone sound, and mixcraft records a high quality sound channel. I then load the video up in Windows Live Movie Maker, and at the same time export a suitably mixed audio channel from Mixcraft. Load that as an audio file into your Windows Live Movie Maker project... and synchronise them(!) - not as hard as it sounds if you've already clipped the video and audio files to the start and end of the music (throwing all the aborted attempts that you never get to hear on the cutting room floor). Once you've synced them by adjusting the start point of the music clip, you should find that if you listen to it, it sounds like one soundtrack without a delay effect on it. Then just mute the camera soundtrack, leaving the high quality feed as the one you hear. It sounds rather more complex than it actually is - it only takes me a few minutes once I've got a decent recording.

Yes, as Lester says, when you plug the H2 into a PC (and select 'audio interface' on the incredibly small screen), it's no longer a standalone recorder - it's a very high quality microphone that appears as a separate recording source that Mixcraft can record straight off - no need to record files on the Zoom, or to transfer them. It's all done on the PC.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 22, 2016, 06:11:12 PM
Thanks, that's pretty much what I do with my Yeti mic and audacity, but with clearly better results. I'll try to find time to experiment with mic settings on the Yeti, and look into Mixmatch: I don't find Audacity as nice to edit as Cubase - but I don't have Cubase on my laptop. Is there any quality difference in plugging in the usb of the N2 or is it just convenience? (Sorry for thread drift - no more questions, I promise).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 22, 2016, 06:29:54 PM
Thanks, that's pretty much what I do with my Yeti mic and audacity, but with clearly better results. I'll try to find time to experiment with mic settings on the Yeti, and look into Mixmatch: I don't find Audacity as nice to edit as Cubase - but I don't have Cubase on my laptop. Is there any quality difference in plugging in the usb of the N2 or is it just convenience? (Sorry for thread drift - no more questions, I promise).

No, there's no difference in sound quality - it's purely a convenience thing :-)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 23, 2016, 06:51:57 AM
For anyone looking for mixing software, Ardour 5, shortly to be released, will include a Windows version.
To avert thread drift, see more at http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,18428.msg232309.html#new
and http://ardour.org/
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 24, 2016, 06:07:36 PM
Finally took a chance on recording No More Fridays  (https://youtu.be/dbb8h_ArLIo)on melodeon. (Also posted this link on the Playandteach tunebook thread).
This time I used a Yeti mic directly into Audacity, with an omnidirectional setting on the mic.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on July 25, 2016, 01:08:06 PM
https://youtu.be/oeuC6qI1U4U

Just made it to the tape before month's end. Slow Barn Dance, first heard by me on 17th July 2016. I chose to keep the harmonisation to simple I IV drone, nominally in A but modal without G# so playable on the D/G. Sourced from BBC Radio 2 virtual session which includes the notation.

All the best from sunny Suffolk.

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: smiley on July 28, 2016, 02:52:37 AM
My dear departed Uncle Horst's old one-row box (in G) arrived today from Hamburg so I've recorded one of Sally Sloane's 'unknown' tunes on it, that I've just picked up from one of John Meredith's 1950's recordings.

https://soundcloud.com/dogbox/bobs-polka

I've never heard anyone else play the tune but its one of my current favourites. To my ears Sally played the tune with a particular emphasis for a dance figure she had in mind. The A part would suit a heel-and-toe polka but the B part sounds different to anything I've heard from recordings of old Australian traditional players.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: busbox on July 28, 2016, 09:16:59 PM
Nice one, Smiley
Definitely German(ic). It is good to hear the tradition surviving in Australia despite our terrible treatment of German people during the war. Please record more with this earthy instrument. You can almost see ghostly dancers.
Cheerio
Tony
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on July 31, 2016, 12:38:11 PM
Valse a Joseph by Serge Desaunay.....I have been learning this piece for several weeks now and just got it to a point where I can make a recording of it, (meaning I can get from the beginning to the end without making a complete cock-up!).

I have learnt so much from this tune and will continue to do so - my timing is still all over the place, I have to get it smoother, more fluid and more musical but on the whole, I am pleased with it so far. As a piece of music, I love it, I love all it's twists and turns. It has taught me one thing in particular - it is one thing learning a tune so that one gets all the right notes in the right order but it is entirely another thing to be able to play it. Now I have got to learn to play it.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vSTnUaKAnw
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Pete Dunk on July 31, 2016, 01:41:06 PM
Very nice indeed!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on July 31, 2016, 02:29:44 PM
Thank you Pete! It's hard though....why do we do it???

If you are interested....this is how it should sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK80Gmly7H8
played by the composer himself :-)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on August 01, 2016, 07:47:53 AM
... new month, but this month the theme continues for another month so please keep posting here folks :-)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: penn on August 01, 2016, 11:04:01 PM
Hambopolska efter BryggarViktor

this suits the theme quite well as I've been learning throughout July and ran out of time. Someone posted a link to the Chicken Polka by Jan Anders Andersson, and I've been watching other tunes on his channel, and took a fancy to this one. I made the mistake of watching his wonderfully bouncy version again just after recording this. I seem to have “folk-processed” it somewhat.  :-[
https://youtu.be/UDtBX_2cbhM (https://youtu.be/UDtBX_2cbhM)
Steve
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on August 01, 2016, 11:07:24 PM
Nicely done. Cat didn't seem impressed though.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Grape Ape on August 01, 2016, 11:29:11 PM
They never do.... Seriously that was quite fun- well needed after a grueling day selling wine.....

PS Arty- that was fantastic!!! Your playing truly sets a standard- and do not reply with the usual modest statements! Your playing does not warrant it!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on August 02, 2016, 07:30:23 PM
They never do.... Seriously that was quite fun- well needed after a grueling day selling wine.....

PS Arty- that was fantastic!!! Your playing truly sets a standard- and do not reply with the usual modest statements! Your playing does not warrant it!

Thank you for your nice comment!
Actually, it's not modesty - I really push myself, set targets, criticise my playing and try to get better. Maybe because I don't have a teacher, I don't know - it's just the way I am.
But I really appreciate all comments, good or bad. Criticism can save me a lot of time going up the wrong path and nice comments like yours help me to relax and feel encouraged.
It' a kind of madness!!!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: syale on August 03, 2016, 01:15:16 PM
https://thesession.org/tunes/2176
ABC and dots here.

There is a link about the Breton Wedding March on the sessions page that did not resolve:

Siege Of Guingamp - The Story behind
Piper John Murphy has done some research on the background of this song (!) published in An Piobaire September 2013 - Great story!

http://source.pipers.ie/PdfViewer.aspx?mediaId=25148 (http://source.pipers.ie/PdfViewer.aspx?mediaId=25148)

I dug around till I found it: http://162.13.136.126/data/PIOBAIRE/PIOB0904.PDF (http://162.13.136.126/data/PIOBAIRE/PIOB0904.PDF) The article is on page 12
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on August 03, 2016, 01:35:20 PM
How interesting Syale, thank you for that.

I lived in Brittany for nearly 5 years and most of my neighbours, (they were farmers), spoke Breton as a second language. I distinctly remember a couple of them telling me that they could understand quite a bit of the Welsh language. So maybe the story is not so far fetched after all!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Steve_freereeder on August 03, 2016, 03:37:18 PM
I lived in Brittany for nearly 5 years and most of my neighbours, (they were farmers), spoke Breton as a second language. I distinctly remember a couple of them telling me that they could understand quite a bit of the Welsh language. So maybe the story is not so far fetched after all!

It works the other way too. In the 1980s I used to work closely with the ventilation engineer at Cynheidre colliery (near Llanelli). He was a first-language Welsh speaker and sometimes went to Brittany for sea angling holidays. He found that he could understand a lot of the Breton language.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: nigelr on August 08, 2016, 08:08:51 PM
I've been working on "In The Toyshop" for a few months (with the usual excellent guidance from MelonBox) and I think it's nearly there.  It's used in one of the C&E dances and this version has less accidentals than the written version, but that's how the band play it - and that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! (:)

https://youtu.be/EirIdcomi8M
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: robotmay on August 10, 2016, 01:29:51 PM
I've been working on "In The Toyshop" for a few months (with the usual excellent guidance from MelonBox) and I think it's nearly there.  It's used in one of the C&E dances and this version has less accidentals than the written version, but that's how the band play it - and that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! (:)

https://youtu.be/EirIdcomi8M

Ooh that's a fun tune, nice work ;D

Here's my nemesis tune for the past few months: https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/3-little-owls
It's a Toon Van Mierlo tune, and it has proved a complete nightmare to get a clean recording of it. On the up-side, I really like the sound of Bb on that box; it's pitched just right. Sound quality might be a bit hit and miss, as I had to use a high-pass filter to cut out some very irritating percussive noises caused by my experimenting with close-miking/positioning.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on August 10, 2016, 01:40:11 PM
Very nicely done. Sound is good too.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on August 10, 2016, 01:50:37 PM
Oh, that's nicely done. You've got what I would call the Naragonia sound in there too - I guess the key you're playing that in must imply a fingering that gives a certain feel. I doubt it would sound as nice in a home key... definitely worth the effort.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: robotmay on August 10, 2016, 02:03:44 PM
Very nicely done. Sound is good too.

Thanks! (:)

Oh, that's nicely done. You've got what I would call the Naragonia sound in there too - I guess the key you're playing that in must imply a fingering that gives a certain feel. I doubt it would sound as nice in a home key... definitely worth the effort.

Thanks Clive! Yeah playing in that key definitely helps lend it that feel, though I think Toon plays this on his C/F box so he can do some stuff I couldn't manage (aside from also being better); there's a few really nice burbles and swells he gets in that I haven't figured out yet. My layout's pretty close to the Francois Heim layout, which I don't think is far off what Toon plays, and that definitely helps with some of the phrasing. I do run out of air very easily though (possibly due to smaller bellows cross-section), hence some odd little reversals where I try to shove them back in again :Ph

I've also been working on Les Copains, which is also in Bb, and that one isn't too bad either. Harder to make sound good though, as it's a bit nippier ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Psuggmog Volbenz on August 10, 2016, 11:29:31 PM
Robotmay, very pleasant to listen to. I like the idea of playing in Bb on an instrument which has no Bb.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on August 14, 2016, 07:08:53 PM
Found the title of the first tune mildly amusing so decided to learn it. It's pretty simple but catchy. I've known Parsons Farewell for a long time but never had a tune I was happy to pair it with - I think this works - interested to hear what others think. Does anyone pair either of these tunes with something else?

https://youtu.be/cYEXdPV_o0A

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Tufty on August 16, 2016, 03:13:55 PM
A set of Limousin marches learned from Les Echos Limousin (dance group based in Argentat, Correze). I had the pleasure of playing with them during a recent morris tour of the area. Great people, not only let me play along but fed me too! Quite simple tunes but the timing is odd in places, still working on getting it just right. Please excuse sound quality, old recorder may be giving up at last.

https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/argentat-marchesmp3
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Mike Carney on August 16, 2016, 06:22:16 PM
A set of Limousin marches learned from Les Echos Limousin (dance group based in Argentat, Correze). I had the pleasure of playing with them during a recent morris tour of the area. Great people, not only let me play along but fed me too! Quite simple tunes but the timing is odd in places, still working on getting it just right. Please excuse sound quality, old recorder may be giving up at last.

https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/argentat-marchesmp3
Cracking stuff!  What box is it played on?
Mike
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Tufty on August 16, 2016, 06:44:45 PM
Played on a Maugein G/C "Le P'titou"  - one voice Lilly type box.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on August 20, 2016, 12:31:48 AM
Here we go - I've learned another tune; the Siege of Guincamp (aka The Breton Wedding March) learned from TomB's wonderful playing earlier in this very thread. I love this tune - it's very "me".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNMhiLH0ndo

Again, played on the Preciosa in Bb/Eb.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on August 23, 2016, 12:45:31 PM
Rochester Lass. Dug from the 'maybe pile' and returned to the 'further work' stack, but an enjoyable outing for the gal meanwhile.

https://youtu.be/jK0nIMaO0Sk

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on August 25, 2016, 08:47:04 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts. Amen.

In today's video I play Amazing Grace on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. I "just learned" this tune over the past few weeks/months (can't remember.)  ;D

Enjoy! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRnuFm8B2Ng
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on August 27, 2016, 07:56:13 PM
Inspired by Steve Dumpleton's playing of the Wells Waltz on a one row on YouTube several years ago, I thought I'd have a go at it. I've finally got round to it
https://youtu.be/6H_fiaYoBPw

Played on a Hohner 1 row in G. My version comes from Alan Heldson's book Hawk and Harnser, which is a great collection of Norfolk traditional tunes.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Mystery Jig on August 28, 2016, 01:28:25 AM
"Canadian Waltz"

I just worked this simple tune out after hearing the 78rpm record by the French-Canadian harmonica player Henri Lacroix (1895-1962). He recorded it in 1929 for Canadian Victor in Montreal. Looking around the internet, there's several tunes by the same name but this is the only recording of this version I've heard.

Does it sound familiar to anyone?

I played it on my Beltuna Sara III+2 G/C.

https://youtu.be/TFGpyNbNugo
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on August 29, 2016, 05:11:02 PM
Blarney Pilgrim : this is day 1 playing the tune although it has been an ear-worm for a long time (I am not an Irish style player so out of genre). Two takes, twice through, different fat finger moments in each, together with an emergency brake at the end. I couldn't decide which was the out-take so you have both. The 'Theme' ends tomorrow and this is as far as it will get by then!

https://youtu.be/VIZDxInZIJo

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Mystery Jig on August 29, 2016, 08:57:28 PM
Blarney Pilgrim : this is day 1 playing the tune although it has been an ear-worm for a long time (I am not an Irish style player so out of genre). Two takes, twice through, different fat finger moments in each, together with an emergency brake at the end. I couldn't decide which was the out-take so you have both. The 'Theme' ends tomorrow and this is as far as it will get by then!

https://youtu.be/VIZDxInZIJo

All the best

Bill

Nice and danceable, if not technically perfect. That's a win where I come from!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: howard mitchell on August 30, 2016, 02:47:48 PM
Continuing my foray into one(and a bit)-row playing, here's Reel de Valcourt which I've just learnt partially from a recording by Raz de Mareé and partially from notation. The mistakes are my own.

https://youtu.be/KMqZqdujeMw

Mitch

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Strigulino on August 31, 2016, 11:10:22 AM
Grandfather's Tune. With only one shonky bit. I can certainly learn tunes much faster these days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCxz5omtFYs
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on September 01, 2016, 01:32:46 AM
Thanks all - time for a new theme, but as ever stick late contribs on the end here if you like...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Jules0654 on September 09, 2016, 04:04:15 PM
A lot of work to do on this tune, but it's been in my head for weeks, so finally learnt it this morning!! 

Ruth's Remembrance:

https://youtu.be/JAOcg-QW0wo
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on September 10, 2016, 06:43:33 PM
Don't blame your teacher - your the one doing the good job! Really good job!
You are obviously very musical, you have lots of movement and freedom in your playing and a lovely relaxed style.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: nigelr on September 11, 2016, 09:48:59 AM
I'm having monthly lessons and this tune was the last one my tutor taught me. I've asked her to push me, and she's doing a good job! Main aim at the moment is to try to do more on the left hand and to get better at dynamics. A lot of room for improvement but this is my take on "Cobbler's Hornpipe": https://youtu.be/Qri0aA2NNQw (https://youtu.be/Qri0aA2NNQw)
Wonderful - really well played!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2016/August 2016: Play a Tune You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on October 10, 2016, 08:56:03 PM
Here's a late entry. I didn't really learn a lot of new tunes during the summer, but I found this in September, on a site linked from a melnet thread about something else. I recognised the tune as one I knew vaguely and liked, so transcribed the dots to ABC (before I could close the link), found a few other versions and YouTube Videos, and set about learning it

It's called Quarter Bransle (or sometimes "Quatre Bransle": I don't know which is right) by the 16th century composer Thielman Susato, of Moresco fame.
Strange structure: three sections each repeated, of length 4, 3 and 10 bars respectively.

Here's a new URL: https://youtu.be/Uc0q05MlSSs

(I removed the first version because there's an audio sync problem which I've now fixed.)