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Title: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: RachelAtHalsway on August 18, 2017, 11:25:11 AM
Hello all,

Halsway D/G Weekend confirmed for next year  (:)

22-24 June 2018, tutors are Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold, Hazel askew.

Details here: https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-dg-melodeon-weekend/

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Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 25, 2017, 06:35:22 PM
I have never done a workshop and I like the sound of this. I like the sound of the Leveret course, the week before, as well. The date of that course would suit me better but I'm not sure which I would get the most from. Anyone done anything like this who could advise?
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on November 25, 2017, 06:54:18 PM
I went to the melodeon weekend last year - really enjoyed it - good venue and excellent tutors - highly recommended IMHO. This year I'm going to both the Leveret weekend (first one of those for me), AND the melodeon weekend. I need to find somewhere nearby to stay for the week in between where I can practice !

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 25, 2017, 08:13:24 PM
I'm up for the second one, the DG course.
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 25, 2017, 08:14:58 PM
What sort of stuff did you actually do Julian?  As I said I never been to a workshop. I don't really know what  happens at them.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 25, 2017, 08:19:45 PM
If the melodeon course didn't start on my wife's birthday, I would definitely be up for that. As it is, I am looking for points of reference to balance up the pros and cons. I still don't know what I would actually do on either.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 25, 2017, 08:25:33 PM
Greg, you can treat your wife to a lovely weekend away......she can take in the beautiful countryside whilst you go and learn!
Seriously, it is encouraged even, check out their blurb.
Might see you there then, Julian and I promise to behave..... p'raps  ;D
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Martin P on November 25, 2017, 08:47:47 PM
I agree with Julian, a great weekend. Last year format was that attendees self select themselves into 3 groups, Total Beginners, Intermeadiate and Advanced. Then in rotation each tutor took each “grade” in turn. The workshops are mainly taught by ear with written music at the end. Whole weekend very relaxed and friendly. Also joy of tutor’s concert on Saturday evening.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 25, 2017, 09:30:28 PM
Greg, you can treat your wife to a lovely weekend away......she can take in the beautiful countryside whilst you go and learn!

Q

My wife has has a deep loathing for melodeons. Nothing to do with my playing, as far as I know. She hated them before she met me.

I may well see you there, though. I'm definitely up for one of them.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 25, 2017, 09:46:08 PM
She hasn't got to stay..... Go for long walks in the countryside!
.... But yes hope to meet up with you there.
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: RogerT on November 25, 2017, 11:50:54 PM
There is also a PA course there a couple of weeks earlier  >:E
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on November 26, 2017, 08:43:05 AM
Yes, it's a good place to stay even if you don't play - I went to the English Fiddle weekend a few weeks ago accompanying my wife - I escaped massed fiddles by having very pleasant walks on the hills nearby. (And the concert was great). The coast is also close, as is a steam heritage railline. The only downside to Halsway is that there isn't a quiet space set aside to escape the music, and whilst the rooms are quite comfortable there isn't a TV. (Not that I minded !)
There are obviously sessions during the evening in the bar and because everyone eats together it's really sociable. Unlike MatW etc, I don't think music is generally sent out in advance and focus was more on learning by ear.
The tutors have different styles in teaching and of course in performance but are all really excellent. I'm still perfecting one of the tunes taught by Andy Cutting - Rain on the Woodpile ( Rob Harbron) - might be in the repertoire by next year !

Hope to meet up with several of you there...(if not in Wensleydale...!)

J

Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on November 26, 2017, 08:43:05 AM
I went to the melodeon weekend last year - really enjoyed it - good venue and excellent tutors - highly recommended IMHO. This year I'm going to both the Leveret weekend (first one of those for me), AND the melodeon weekend. I need to find somewhere nearby to stay for the week in between where I can practice !

Oh great thanks Julian, so now that's TWO Halsway weekends I want to go on, in addition to the Blowzabella one we're already booked for  (:)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: butimba on November 26, 2017, 11:56:25 AM
I have never done a workshop and I like the sound of this. I like the sound of the Leveret course, the week before, as well. The date of that course would suit me better but I'm not sure which I would get the most from. Anyone done anything like this who could advise?

I went on the melodeon weekend this year and the main focus of it was learning tunes (although there was also a bit of other stuff on how to vary tunes/how to improvise, etc.). For me the highlight of it was hearing Anne Niepold play, as I hadn't really come across a player like her before. I'm guessing the Leveret weekend will be much more like the EAC summer school (which Rob and Sam also teach on) - so less of a focus on learning tunes and more about musicality/how to play in an ensemble/how to improvise around a tune/how to get the right 'feel' in a tune and so on. 

Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: NickF on November 27, 2017, 04:41:28 PM
Having read the comments here & their blurb, I've decided to sign up for this...
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 27, 2017, 11:29:54 PM
I have reflected on potential outcomes and booked in for the Leveret course
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 28, 2017, 07:20:40 AM
ah ok.... I'm only on the DG course so will miss you...........
One day we'll catch up!
cheers
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 28, 2017, 10:56:21 AM
ah ok.... I'm only on the DG course so will miss you...........
One day we'll catch up!
cheers
Q

  :( (:)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on November 30, 2017, 10:45:25 AM
Given in to temptation and booked this (x2 camping)  :|||: :|glug

Bring on the squeezy joy. 
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 30, 2017, 12:18:43 PM
Oh great, - will see you there!
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: nigelr on November 30, 2017, 03:14:03 PM
Dilemma - Evesham or Halsway.  Arrghhh!!  :-\   :||:  or   :M (although both are actually  :||: these days)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on November 30, 2017, 06:17:53 PM
Dilemma - Evesham or Halsway.  Arrghhh!!  :-\   :||:  or   :M (although both are actually  :||: these days)

Oh bum, guess who didn't have Evesham in the diary....
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on November 30, 2017, 06:28:59 PM
Dilemma - Evesham or Halsway.  Arrghhh!!  :-\   :||:  or   :M (although both are actually  :||: these days)

Oh bum, guess who didn't have Evesham in the diary....

Come and have fun with Leveret instead.

Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on December 01, 2017, 11:55:45 AM
Dilemma - Evesham or Halsway.  Arrghhh!!  :-\   :||:  or   :M (although both are actually  :||: these days)

Oh bum, guess who didn't have Evesham in the diary....

Come and have fun with Leveret instead.

Nooo... would love to but there are limits. Did the Faustus weekend a year or two back and it was excellent.  Am already going on the Blowzabella weekend the month before so I think two is probably quite enough. 

BTW if anyone is wavering book now, this event appears to be almost full. A buddy rang them this morning to find that only shared single accommodation is available - might be different if you're travelling as a couple or with a melodeon buddy though.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on December 01, 2017, 12:10:19 PM
What with Blowzabella, Melodeons and Leveret at Halsway I reckon I might be close to overdose ! And then there's Wensleydale, and the Border box event - might need another box... ::)

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 01, 2017, 12:20:01 PM
Well Julian, indeed you might cos with all that squeezing you could wear out one. They can only take so much .....
....and you know what I've said  ;D
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tony Smith on December 03, 2017, 08:13:48 AM
I’m there for the D/G weekend.  Given to me for my birthday.  Never been before so looking forward to it hugely.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 03, 2017, 12:43:05 PM
Hi Tony,
I've never been before either so you'll be in good company!
It will be great to meet up with the Melnetters now going, always nice to put faces to names.
Will see you there!
cheers
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on December 03, 2017, 01:10:52 PM
Happy birthday Q have a great time, I know you will.  :||:
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 03, 2017, 01:25:05 PM
Thanks Nick for your birthday wishes  :|glug
but it's Tony who's having the birthday treat   ;D

Seriously though, it will be a great weekend and something to look forward to.
Cheers
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: jonm on December 25, 2017, 10:37:19 PM
I have a place at the Leveret weekend as a Christmas present!
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: James Tobin on December 29, 2017, 01:04:57 PM
Hi all, I've just booked onto this. It'll be my first workshop so I'm just trying to figure out my level of ability. Does anyone have any pointers? I guess I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate I can play a few tunes without the music in front of me but I mainly follow ( or try to!) sheet music. Would the intermediate level be too hard? Thanks for any advice!
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on December 29, 2017, 01:30:24 PM
Hi all, I've just booked onto this. It'll be my first workshop so I'm just trying to figure out my level of ability. Does anyone have any pointers? I guess I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate I can play a few tunes without the music in front of me but I mainly follow ( or try to!) sheet music. Would the intermediate level be too hard? Thanks for any advice!

I know it's for Wensleydale and not Halsway, but here are the ability levels we use, which might be useful as a general guideline:
http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/ability-levels/

These in turn were based on the Melodeons at Witney ability levels which have been successfully in use for many years.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on December 29, 2017, 02:20:38 PM

I know it's for Wensleydale and not Halsway, but here are the ability levels we use, which might be useful as a general guideline:
http://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/ability-levels/

These in turn were based on the Melodeons at Witney ability levels which have been successfully in use for many years.

These aren't really applicable to Halsway as you don't need to choose in advance - attendees sort themselves out when they get there and can get advice and change groups.  Nice and flexible  :|||:
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: James Tobin on December 29, 2017, 02:54:04 PM
Thanks both for the advice I'll go with the beginner level and see how I get on.

Thanks again
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on May 20, 2018, 04:29:28 PM
* Bump *

Having had such a fun time at the Halsway Blowzabella weekend last week I am now looking forward to this even more  :|||: :|||:

Anyone else out there in melnet-land signed up?
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 20, 2018, 05:18:23 PM
yes, as you know I'll be along!
Julian should be too......
blimey, that's com round quick!
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on May 20, 2018, 05:24:32 PM
Fraid so. Only just got over Blowza weekend but being a glutton for punishment am going to Leveret weekend at Halsway as well.
I thought having been attempting to play for nigh on forty years I might as well cram in some intense learning before it's too late...if it's not already !

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on May 20, 2018, 05:35:07 PM
Fraid so. Only just got over Blowza weekend but being a glutton for punishment am going to Leveret weekend at Halsway as well.
I thought having been attempting to play for nigh on forty years I might as well cram in some intense learning before it's too late...if it's not already !

J

Blimey, Blowzabella, Leveret AND the D/G weekend -that's a lot. Good stuff though and I will se you again at Halsway in a month's time - you too Q.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on May 20, 2018, 06:52:10 PM
I'm looking forward to meeting those of you going to the Leveret weekend.

I still don't know which degree of competence I should lay claim to. I can play a bit, well, probably more than a bit, but my playing is a bit vanilla and I prefer moderate tempos. I like to work with the dots, but I don't think that will be happening. I'm rubbish at picking stuff up by ear but I get there with perseverance and I am very interested in ways to play ensemble without formal arrangements.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Martin P on May 20, 2018, 08:26:21 PM
Hi all, I've just booked onto this. It'll be my first workshop so I'm just trying to figure out my level of ability. Does anyone have any pointers? I guess I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate I can play a few tunes without the music in front of me but I mainly follow ( or try to!) sheet music. Would the intermediate level be too hard? Thanks for any advice!
I did this course last year and it’s excellent. Very much geared to playing by ear however with minimal sheet music. If you are happy to be slightly challenged, then Intermeadiate should suit you. Beginners is very basic. Good feature of the weekend is that all 3 groups spend time with each tutor so you get a really mix of styles. I’m sure you will have a great time.  Tip before you go, endlessly practice your scales and arpeggios. Really get to know how your instrument sounds when not rigorously playing a tune from dots.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: RachelAtHalsway on June 14, 2018, 01:53:32 PM
Hello to any Melnetters who are coming; you should have got your welcome email and draft programme today! See you shortly :)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: NickF on June 15, 2018, 06:51:14 AM
Found out last night that I can't now attend this weekend :(

Clashes with my sisters 50th wedding anniversary and have been told, in no uncertain terms, that I'd better be there or my life would become a living hell...

Damn  :(
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tony Smith on June 16, 2018, 09:13:40 AM
Received mine - thanks.  Very excited.  First time at Halsway and first time at an event like this.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: doctordoom on June 17, 2018, 10:33:24 PM
Last minute booking for me, seems I've taken someone's cancellation,  looking forward to meeting other Melneters,  see you this Friday!
Cheers John.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on June 17, 2018, 10:55:56 PM
Sorry about crashing your thread, but I thought I would say that I've just got back from Leveret at Halsway and you missed a superb weekend. Leveret were brilliant hosts. Masters of their craft Totally approachable and a lovely bunch of gents, with a good line in comedy. The organisation was laid back and effective. I've put on a few pounds in weight from good eating and the sessions were the best I've ever been involved with. Especially the first night. The was a certain lady student on the course with us called Anna who was an outstanding player. I didn't catch her second name, but I think it was Pack. There was a pretty even mix of diatonic melodeons (as Andy insists on calling them), fiddles and fretted instruments (mandolins, octave mandolin and guitars), whistles and a hurdy gurdy. For me, the highlight was playing in a band which included a lady called Jill, who plays the cello and a fellow called Alasdair, with the most gorgeous sounding PA. Both absolutely class musicians.

The whole thing was one of the key musical experiences of my life to date. For anyone thinking of going to the next one (I think there will be one), it has my highest recommendation.     
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 17, 2018, 11:06:48 PM
I'm certainly looking forward to the D/G weekend - but I echo Greg's comments about the Leveret weekend we've just come back from. And as for the concert by the tutors - wonderful.

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on June 17, 2018, 11:13:19 PM
I'm certainly looking forward to the D/G weekend - but I echo Greg's comments about the Leveret weekend we've just come back from. And as for the concert by the tutors - wonderful.

J

Did I meet you? Saw some melodeons but didn't recognise anyone.

Did I mention the quality of the students performances at the end? They were mesmerising.

Was Anna Anna Pack?
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 18, 2018, 07:36:28 AM
Greg - have messaged you to avoid thread drift.
It's often a problem recognising fellow melnetters - do we need a special handshake ?  >:E

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 18, 2018, 07:58:35 AM
..... there was talk of a Melnet badge for such occasions, thereby alleviating the need for such masonic tendencies.
Not sure if the badge ever materialised?
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Theo on June 18, 2018, 08:18:38 AM
Playing a melodeon is enough of a badge surely?  Followed by simply saying hello and starting a conversation.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 18, 2018, 08:29:15 AM
true!
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 18, 2018, 08:41:25 AM
..... there was talk of a Melnet badge for such occasions, thereby alleviating the need for such masonic tendencies.
Not sure if the badge ever materialised?
Q

I have such a badge but have never needed it for melnetter introductions purposes.  In fact I'd forgotten I had it until I discovered it affixed to an unused rucksack.  To the expert eye fellow melodeon players are easily identified - and if all else fails the melodeon bag usually gives it away  (:)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 18, 2018, 08:42:37 AM
Sorry about crashing your thread, but I thought I would say that I've just got back from Leveret at Halsway and you missed a superb weekend. Leveret were brilliant hosts. Masters of their craft Totally approachable and a lovely bunch of gents, with a good line in comedy. The organisation was laid back and effective. I've put on a few pounds in weight from good eating and the sessions were the best I've ever been involved with. Especially the first night. The was a certain lady student on the course with us called Anna who was an outstanding player. I didn't catch her second name, but I think it was Pack. There was a pretty even mix of diatonic melodeons (as Andy insists on calling them), fiddles and fretted instruments (mandolins, octave mandolin and guitars), whistles and a hurdy gurdy. For me, the highlight was playing in a band which included a lady called Jill, who plays the cello and a fellow called Alasdair, with the most gorgeous sounding PA. Both absolutely class musicians.

The whole thing was one of the key musical experiences of my life to date. For anyone thinking of going to the next one (I think there will be one), it has my highest recommendation.   

All utterly normal for Halsway where every event is special.   The Blowzabella festival earlier this year was a delight.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on June 18, 2018, 08:48:56 AM
Playing a melodeon is enough of a badge surely?  Followed by simply saying hello and starting a conversation.

Easy to identify the melodeon players Helena, but, somehow, the topic of haunting internet sites never came up.

There were 42 students. I talked to most at some point, but the conversations centered on the stuff going on. The socialising in the evening was, for me, all about playing. Didn't get to chat much. Meals would have been a good time, but I don't remember sharing a table with any other melodeon players. When we split into smaller groups I was with a (brilliant) PA player, not another melodeon. Actually, that's not quite true. There was a rather good guitar player who was learning to play the box, but  conversation never got round to mel.net. We were very much focused on the music.
 
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: RachelAtHalsway on June 19, 2018, 01:41:04 PM
Thanks for the lovely Halsway / Leveret / BZB comments (and to Theo for not chucking us out for straying off-topic). Yes, Anna Pack, and Alasdair Paton was your PA player Greg (he'd be flattered, he's a very humble chap), both are regulars here, you'll bump into them and more of their kind at the European Music Weekend, another good weekend for more advanced level players.

Leveret are confirmed for next year - I am so delighted! - thanks in no small part I'm sure to the positive things you've all been saying. The chaps enjoyed it very much, and we booked next year as soon as I got into the office on Monday. It will be the final weekend in June. Bookings will open on Friday I reckon...

I'll make sure I give a 'Melnetters show yourselves' shout out on Friday evening! If I forget then one of you prod me :) Safe journey everyone (give yourselves loads of time, the friday afternoon traffic's ALWAYS heavy on the motorways) and see you in a few days :)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on June 19, 2018, 03:16:36 PM
Thanks for Alasdair's name, Rachel. Sorry about gushing but I stand by every word. Can't wait for the next one.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Hugh Taylor on June 19, 2018, 04:50:00 PM
For me, the highlight was playing in a band which included a lady called Jill, who plays the cello

I assume that would be Jill Redmond on cello, an amazing player.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Nick Ray on June 19, 2018, 05:11:56 PM
I'm looking forward to this weekend and hopefully putting some names to faces. Went last year and really enjoyed it.

I'll make sure I give a 'Melnetters show yourselves' shout out on Friday evening!
That would be very useful Rachel, thanks

Nick
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: malcolmbebb on June 19, 2018, 05:31:19 PM
For me, the highlight was playing in a band which included a lady called Jill, who plays the cello

I assume that would be Jill Redmond on cello, an amazing player.

And lovely person.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Anahata on June 19, 2018, 07:02:06 PM
And it's Gill with a G, in case you ever need to know in the future.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tony Smith on June 25, 2018, 07:44:46 AM
A great weekend at Halsway.  Really enjoyed the experience, the place, the wonderful workshop leaders, my lovely/friendly fellow attendees and the welcoming staff. I now have a whole new set of tunes that I need to work on - all very varied and interesting - but I really do need to work on them.  The evening concert was wonderful.  I hope to be able to go again next year.

Thanks to all involved.

Tony
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 25, 2018, 07:56:34 AM
Yes wasn't it great?
My first ever at Halsway, and will be back next year. I found it a totally mind blowing experience, lots of ideas, tunes to work on, thoughts to process and brilliant laid back tutors. We too found everyone freindly and as you say, all totally welcoming, great accommodation, and excellent catering.
All in all a fantatic weekend.
See you next year!
cheers
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: doctordoom on June 25, 2018, 08:25:24 AM
What a great weekend!
The workshops with our lovely tutors were brilliant,  what characters, great to meet other diatonic accordionistas,  great food, accommodation and venue, thanks to everyone,  lots for me to work on.
Cheers John. 
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: RobLowe on June 25, 2018, 09:39:04 AM

I've just put 'Lola Flexen' on and am now thinking about all the work ahead of me until next year  :Ph! What a great weekend - thank you to everyone at Halsway for looking after us so well, and to our three amazing tutors.  (:)

Rob
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 25, 2018, 10:36:03 AM
Another excellent weekend - a year to get 'Lola Flexen' right and I'll certainly be back next time. And two important lessons from Andy Cutting - aim to avoid 'parallel playing' in sessions and PLAY MORE SLOWLY !
Thanks to everyone at Halsway - and very much Andy, Ann and Hazel our great tutors, and all the accordeonistas (only one melodeon in sight...)for being such great company.

J

Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: RachelAtHalsway on June 25, 2018, 02:47:48 PM
Thank you all for lovely comments, I am SO glad you enjoyed it and it was great to meet some of you.

Dates for next year are 21 -23 June.

I have spent today's lunch hour (well, half-hour) in the woods at Halsway 'playing' Lola - after a fashion :)
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 25, 2018, 04:22:18 PM
'playing Lola...' and what better way to spend a lunch time!
Thanks for th dates, we've already had a call. Adding the dates to the calendar now..........
thanks again
Q
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 25, 2018, 05:36:45 PM
Another excellent weekend - a year to get 'Lola Flexen' right and I'll certainly be back next time. And two important lessons from Andy Cutting - aim to avoid 'parallel playing' in sessions and PLAY MORE SLOWLY !
Thanks to everyone at Halsway - and very much Andy, Ann and Hazel our great tutors, and all the accordeonistas (only one melodeon in sight...)for being such great company.
What does Andy mean by 'parallel playing'?
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 25, 2018, 05:45:26 PM
I understood it as - don't play your version at the same time as the person who has started the tune if yours is different. Just sit back and listen.....
Though I might have misunderstood the point.
What do other attendees think?
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Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 25, 2018, 06:12:20 PM
Parallel playing - to me it's really playing as individuals rather than collectively and without much attempt to listen to others. So - could be different versions of tunes going on, different tempo and rhythm etc. The bigger the session, the more likely this is to happen I reckon -not long ago I was in a session where there were two competing halves playing the same tune but about half a bar (of music!) apart - and it wasn't that big a room where acoustics can be a problem.

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 25, 2018, 06:20:52 PM
Parallel playing - to me it's really playing as individuals rather than collectively and without much attempt to listen to others. So - could be different versions of tunes going on, different tempo and rhythm etc. The bigger the session, the more likely this is to happen I reckon -not long ago I was in a session where there were two competing halves playing the same tune but about half a bar (of music!) apart - and it wasn't that big a room where acoustics can be a problem.

J

Yep, that pretty much defines it. I don't like sessions like that *grumble grumble*
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Geoff P. on June 25, 2018, 07:30:50 PM
A few years ago, I attended a workshop given by Rob Harbron, who was talking about playing in groups. He was talking about more formal groups rather than sessions, but I think the same thoughts could (should?) apply to sessions.
Basically he was saying (to simplify it) that if someone, or small group, is already playing the melody, listen and try to complement it with (for example) a harmony or some judicious chords.

I felt that Andy was doing that effectively in the Halsway sessions.


One other possibility was taking over the melody, but only when it ran out of steam, not hijacking it.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Julian S on June 25, 2018, 07:59:07 PM
Yes Geoff - very much a key aspect at the Leveret weekend at Halsway.

J
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tony Smith on June 25, 2018, 08:05:40 PM
By the way, if anyone has the abc or dots for Lola Flexen......it would be very useful.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 25, 2018, 08:15:48 PM
By the way, if anyone has the abc or dots for Lola Flexen......it would be very useful.

Andy said the scores are all inside the Leverrt 'Inventions' album sleeve so you'll find it there although it will need transposing.  Had a quick look last night but can't find my copy- we rarely bother with actual CDs anymore so tend to file them on arrival. If I can find it Ill abcify and transpose it although I won't be sharing copyright material without permission of course.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on June 25, 2018, 08:36:38 PM
By the way, if anyone has the abc or dots for Lola Flexen......it would be very useful.

Andy said the scores are all inside the Leverrt 'Inventions' album sleeve so you'll find it there although it will need transposing.  Had a quick look last night but can't find my copy- we rarely bother with actual CDs anymore so tend to file them on arrival. If I can find it Ill abcify and transpose it although I won't be sharing copyright material without permission of course.

Andy's not lying. I made the discovery last week. I don't think Leveret are precious about their dots, but it's only polite to ask permission before sharing.
Title: Re: D/G Weekend at Halsway - June 2018
Post by: Steve_freereeder on June 26, 2018, 01:31:18 AM
Parallel playing - to me it's really playing as individuals rather than collectively and without much attempt to listen to others. So - could be different versions of tunes going on, different tempo and rhythm etc. The bigger the session, the more likely this is to happen I reckon -not long ago I was in a session where there were two competing halves playing the same tune but about half a bar (of music!) apart - and it wasn't that big a room where acoustics can be a problem.

J

Yep, that pretty much defines it. I don't like sessions like that *grumble grumble*
Thanks both!

Agreed - if you're in a session you should listen to whoever started the tune and play at their tempo and version, etc. It's bad session etiquette otherwise. Large, loud sessions are particularly at risk.