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Title: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on June 30, 2019, 08:26:16 AM
It's that time of year when people do the holiday/festival thing! If you've been to a festival and learned a tune at a workshop, why not post a version of it here? The act of playing and recording it will fix it in your repertoire, so it's well worth doing - otherwise these tunes have a habit of getting forgotten. Also this month is a good opportunity to polish up that tune you heard in a session, or simply wanted to learn and haven't got round to it yet!

Have fun!

Cheers,
Clive
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on June 30, 2019, 09:03:10 AM
Oops, sorry, a day early aren't we? Never mind!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Lester on June 30, 2019, 09:41:33 AM
Gangar fra Smalenene (https://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.com/2019/06/tune-516-gangar-fra-smalenene.html)


Learned recently at an Emmanuelle Pariselle and Richard Burgess workshop. This is one of Richard's tunes a gangar, Norwegian walking dance, from Smalenene nearby where he lives.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: arty on June 30, 2019, 10:00:29 AM
My most recent effort: Principessa  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-obUExM4AE
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on June 30, 2019, 11:39:29 AM
Gangar fra Smalenene (https://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.com/2019/06/tune-516-gangar-fra-smalenene.html)

This is one of Richard's tunes a gangar, Norwegian walking dance, from Smalenene nearby where he lives.

Nice tune. And a reminder that a broad Geordie accent has (apparently) a lot to do with Norse.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on June 30, 2019, 11:40:48 AM
My most recent effort: Principessa  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-obUExM4AE
And a tune I would immediately rush out to play except I've barred myself from A minor 3/4 for a while.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Saul Bailey on July 03, 2019, 09:23:39 PM
Just discovered the wonderful world of polskas! I've recently learned Polska från Hälleforsnäs (best name ever?) so here we go :)

https://youtu.be/r_J7Um_UjMM
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 03, 2019, 10:02:07 PM
Very nice. So tell me what a Polska is. It's clearly not a Polka.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 03, 2019, 10:34:45 PM
A Scandinavian dance in 3/4 time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polska_(dance))
See also Slängpolska (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sl%C3%A4ngpolska).
And look on YouTube for examples...
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 04, 2019, 12:03:27 AM
A Scandinavian dance in 3/4 time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polska_(dance))
See also Slängpolska (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sl%C3%A4ngpolska).
And look on YouTube for examples...
You had me at 3/4.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 04, 2019, 09:09:55 AM
Great tune; will nick it. I love this theme since we get all manner of neat stuff people have learned that I've never heard before :-)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Dick Rees on July 04, 2019, 05:31:41 PM
Regarding Swedish polska:

There are at least a half-dozen distinct divisions of polska with myriad stylistic variants under the main groupings, the variations coming from the local dance steps.  By and large, polska refers to the dance(s) and the music follows.  The original uuse of the term polska (Polish) referred to the advent of couples dancing.  Prior to that the village social dances were primarily line dances, ring dances and/or some form of quadrille.

There are (among others):

sixteenth note polska
triplet polska
slängpolska
senpolska
hambopolska
långdans

and various related forms of mazurka.

It's a very deep and rich body of music whose bug bit me back in '78.  I moved to the border region between Sweden and Norway soon after to soak it up first hand and experience the music in its social context. The salient feature of most forms of polska is the rhythmic pulse of 3-1, 3-1 rather than the Teutonic 1-2-3, 1-2-3...the beat comparing to the rhythm of the beating heart.  It is an ancient pulse which has been traced along the path of Celtic migration into Europe through Spain, France, British Isles and on across Scandinavia.  The remnants can be found in Galician music and even in South America where the indigenous peoples incorporated Spanish influences into their music.  The rhythm is referred to as "corazon", another example of the heartbeat reference.

For those with enough time and interest, Jan Ling has written a book entitled "A History of European Folk Music".  Professor Ling teaches at the University in Göteborg, Sweden.  And for exemplary diatonists, search for Markku Lepistö and/or Erik Pekkari.

I'll stop now...
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Pete Dunk on July 05, 2019, 10:15:43 AM
I have to say that Saul's polska felt more like a 3/2 hornpipe than a 3/4 tune to me. Is the music for a Scandinavian 'Polish' the same as a Polish mazurka? I thought I had the pulse of a mazurka worked out but seemingly not since finding out that La Marianne (which I play with an strong second beat) is classed as a waltz not a mazurka.  ???
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 05, 2019, 10:50:51 AM
It's has some of the feel of the type of 3/2 hornpipe that has lots of quavers, which I thought made it typical of a Slängpolska, like Slängpolska efter Bysse-Kalle.
But it seems there are dozen of variants of the polska form, so what do I know?

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Saul Bailey on July 05, 2019, 10:52:26 AM
I have to say that Saul's polska felt more like a 3/2 hornpipe than a 3/4 tune to me. Is the music for a Scandinavian 'Polish' the same as a Polish mazurka? I thought I had the pulse of a mazurka worked out but seemingly not since finding out that La Marianne (which I play with an strong second beat) is classed as a waltz not a mazurka.  ???

I have no idea of the distinctions to be honest! I don't really pay attention to time signatures, I just play tunes how they sound in a way I think will make them sound good...
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 05, 2019, 12:52:37 PM
I thought I had the pulse of a mazurka worked out but seemingly not since finding out that La Marianne (which I play with an strong second beat) is classed as a waltz not a mazurka.  ???

It's useful to look up these dance forms on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazurka), as they often give an an example of the basic rhythm.
That's how I found out why a minuet (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minuet) tends to be recognisable as such, more than some other 3/4 dance rhythm.
That said, Polskas come in some many varieties that Wiki doesn't give an example for them, nor for slängpolskas.

Despite La Marianne having a strong second beat in bar 4, I'd say it has too few quavers for a mazurka, and no dotted quaver-semiquaver patterns). It also has two bars containing a single note,  which is more characteristic of waltzes than of mazurkas. That's in the A music - the B music could be from a mazurka.
To some extent, it depends on how you play it!

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Pete Dunk on July 05, 2019, 01:13:54 PM
I just play tunes how they sound in a way I think will make them sound good...

And you do it very well, I enjoy your playing immensely.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 05, 2019, 06:02:39 PM
I just play tunes how they sound in a way I think will make them sound good...

And you do it very well, I enjoy your playing immensely.
Absolutely.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on July 06, 2019, 12:35:42 PM
'Tunes you've just learnt'.... *only* just learnt!
It has so many corners and about turns, it has been rested before another attempt at learning it.
I hope it will stay and improve with age, and become more fluent, but it totally fulfils 'just learnt!'.

The tune that kicked off the whole Buttrey manuscript story, The Shropshire Militia Hornpipe.
https://soundcloud.com/thrupenny-bit/the-shropshire-militia-hornpipe

cheers
Q
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 13, 2019, 10:05:13 PM
Here's a tune I've learned off my mate Mark Prescott, who I'm fairly confident learned it off the playing of Martin Hayes.

This is Lucy Farr's Barndance, played on a Bb/Eb preciosa

https://youtu.be/VZxiPrVrqOc

Mark (and Martin's) version is a bit more subtle than this, but it does have some funky bass work that took it in a different direction for me.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on July 16, 2019, 07:39:01 PM
Molly Bloom by Alun Munde. A banjo tune which hit the inbox very recently . Taken straight and then knoodled as a dotted hornpipe.

https://youtu.be/468gUh4so6w

Something of an 'exercise' on the melodeon, (the harmonisation is from the tab - attached). I listened to live versions where the A part finishes high, (cf tab,) so incorporated both when playing.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Peadar on July 20, 2019, 12:05:07 AM
Sine Bhàn - Oran ghaoil Ileach a rinn Duncadh MacIain aig àm a Chogaidh Mhor.

 
https://youtu.be/U6CVAYlpTFc

Sine Bhàn- heard at Ceolas (and other places). On a Hohner AD with Bronze reeds. Lots of hesitations and missed notes but I am far too tired to try another take.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Grape Ape on July 21, 2019, 06:55:05 AM
Ok here’s a fitting tune for the heatwave....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4JDIyVCgau4
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 21, 2019, 08:53:58 AM
You have been busy. Good to see how you got round the complex harmonies.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: smiley on July 24, 2019, 09:20:26 AM
Ok here’s a fitting tune for the heatwave....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4JDIyVCgau4

A nice sultry version of Summertime. Thanks for sharing your recording - and that's a lovely sounding box you've got there.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Grape Ape on July 24, 2019, 01:40:13 PM
Thank you Smiley I really appreciate that! Still trying to work out some subtleties but I think it’s getting there....
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 26, 2019, 09:48:39 AM
And now for something completely different.

The Wounded Huzzay:
https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/the-wounded-huzzay-24-07

I first came across this tune in the Buttrey MS, where it was the trickiest of all the tunes I transcribed because two completely settings had been overlaid.

This setting owes more to Leveret than Butterey.  I slowed it down as much as I dared.

This is the second take, the first one fell off the edge.
I am suffering, rather, from the timing issues Q has posted about, but I promised myself I would post the first completed attempt.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on July 26, 2019, 10:03:26 AM
Greg, that sounds good!
I'm struggling somewhat listening on my phone trying not to disturb the campsite. Looking forward to a proper listen when at home at normal volume. Good to get another Buttrey tune out there!
Q
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Winston Smith on July 26, 2019, 10:05:26 AM
That was lovely! It seemed, for me, to catch the real emotion of a lament, I really liked it.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on July 26, 2019, 07:04:47 PM
Here's one I've just learnt from the Blodau'r Grug Welsh tunebook. Played on my C/F Loffet Pro in Gm; fingers were sticking to the buttons. This heat doesn't help box players.

https://youtu.be/hrEdoR3E_8E

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 26, 2019, 08:50:06 PM
Thanks guys. It means a lot to get a nice comment.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on July 26, 2019, 11:11:22 PM
And now for something completely different.

The Wounded Huzzay:
https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/the-wounded-huzzay-24-07

I first came across this tune in the Buttrey MS, where it was the trickiest of all the tunes I transcribed because two completely settings had been overlaid.

This setting owes more to Leveret than Butterey.  I slowed it down as much as I dared.

This is the second take, the first one fell off the edge.
I am suffering, rather, from the timing issues Q has posted about, but I promised myself I would post the first completed attempt.
Well played Greg. By coincidence, my daughter presented me with Leveret's latest CD for my birthday yesterday, so I'm just getting acquainted with this tune (as well as all the others). Did Leveret get it from the Butterey MS? (I know I should read he sleeve notes but it's in the car right now). Need to do more listening to yours & their versions.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Dick Rees on July 27, 2019, 02:30:38 AM
And now for something completely different.

The Wounded Huzzay:
https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/the-wounded-huzzay-24-07

I first came across this tune in the Buttrey MS, where it was the trickiest of all the tunes I transcribed because two completely settings had been overlaid.

This setting owes more to Leveret than Butterey.  I slowed it down as much as I dared.

This is the second take, the first one fell off the edge.
I am suffering, rather, from the timing issues Q has posted about, but I promised myself I would post the first completed attempt.

Beautifully done.  I learned it as Captain O'Kane credited to T O'Carolan.  A rose by any other name...
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 27, 2019, 08:52:01 AM

Beautifully done.  I learned it as Captain O'Kane credited to T O'Carolan.  A rose by any other name...

Thank you Dick.
 
Looking in my copy of Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper, it is very similar. It must be an early setting. Maybe the earliest. Donal O'Sullivan gives Carolan clear credit.

Captain O'Kane seems to be littered with accidentals. My CF has only got low notes so I can only do a diatonic rendering.. Keeps it, simple though.  :D
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Sebastian on July 27, 2019, 04:45:45 PM
I tried to do a version of Golden Brown by the Stranglers. At first glance it looked pretty easy. But I soon realised that I can’t transfer it to the melodeon without making too many sacrifices. :'( Maybe someone has some ideas how to improve it.

Anyway, that’s the tune I’ve just learned:

https://youtu.be/YOI1dKpFlrg
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 27, 2019, 11:25:21 PM
I love that tune. Before I saw the light I struggled for a few years to learn the piano accordion, sending videos to my brother in law to encourage him. I did one of Golden Brown. Lots of cuts, mainly to show the different sections and different hands, but I remember it took a long time to work out and learn.
Here's a link for the curious. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr4f_2ZOQ2w)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Fred on July 28, 2019, 07:38:59 PM
I tried to do a version of Golden Brown by the Stranglers. At first glance it looked pretty easy. But I soon realised that I can’t transfer it to the melodeon without making too many sacrifices. :'( Maybe someone has some ideas how to improve it.

Anyway, that’s the tune I’ve just learned:

https://youtu.be/YOI1dKpFlrg

Absolutely awesome, I love that song. Will definitely also have to give it a go. Did you learn by ear or do you have any kind of transcription of it?

I was wondering where I knew the melody from (because I did not know the original song) and quickly found out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5AUt9u7AIY
A German hip hop duo has used it as a sample in one of their songs from 1998 (starts at ~0:13). :D
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Sebastian on July 28, 2019, 08:42:59 PM
do you have any kind of transcription of it?
Auf musescore hat’s eine sehr gute Transkription: https://musescore.com/geyser/goldenbrown

Meine Arbeitsversion war die hier:

Code: [Select]
X:181
T:Golden Brown
M:3/4
L:1/4
Q:1/4=188
K:Dmin
"Dm" d3/2a/2z/2d/2 | "Am" A3/2e/2z/2A/2 |1 "Bb" B3/2f/2z/2B/2 | [M:4/4] "F" agfe :|2 "C" c3/2g/2z/2c/2 | [M:4/4] "Bb" BAGF !coda! ||
|: [M:3/4] "Gm" G>B z/2d/2 | "F" cAF | "Gm" G>B z/2d/2 | "F" cAF |
"Gm" Ggd | "F" c3 | "Gm" Bcd | "F" c3 | "Gm" zgd | "F" c3 | "Gm" Bcd | "F" cA2 |
"Gm" GAB | "F" A3 | "Gm" GAB | "F" A3 | "Gm" GAB | "F" A3 | "Gm" AGD | "F" C3 !D.C.! :|
% "Gm" G>B z/2d/2 | "F" cAF | "Gm" G>B z/2d/2 | "F" cAF |
% "Gm" zB/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/c/- c2 | "F" z3 |
% "Gm" zB/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/A/ G F/D/- | "F"  D/C/- C z | "Gm" z g/f/- f/d/ | "F" c B/A/- A | "Gm" z g/f/- f/d/ | "F" c B/A/- A !D.C.! ::
% "Gm" [Dd]3 | "F" [Ae]3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Cg]3 & baf | "Gm" [Dd]3 & c'ba | "F" [Ae]3 & a3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Ce]3 & fec |:
% "Gm" [Dd]3 & gfg | "F" [Ae]3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Cg]3 & baf | "Gm" [Dd]3 & c'ba | "F" [Ae]3 & a3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Ce]3 & fec "^fade out" :|
|: !coda! "Gm" [Dd]3 | "F" [Ae]3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" C3 & gaf | "Gm" [Dd]3 | "F" [Ae]3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" C3 & fec "^fade out" :|

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn du noch was aus dem Zweireiher herausholen könntest.  (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 28, 2019, 09:46:18 PM
Also one I wrote out can be found here:
https://play-and-teach.blogspot.com/2013/07/golden-brown.html
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Sebastian on July 28, 2019, 09:54:39 PM
Thank you, P&T! Will try it tomorrow. :||: (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 28, 2019, 11:47:48 PM
Mine was written for piano accordion, but is partly playable on DG, and more so with some fiddling - thinking of trying the opening as a mainly right hand intro (to get the chords right). When the tune came out in the early 80s it was the first time I could agree with my brother (he also liked Peaches, which I couldn't get, and Monty Python, which I was just a bit too young to understand - I was more of a Goodies boy).
I think it's right up there with Here comes the Sun.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 29, 2019, 01:07:49 AM
It's a fabulous tune. A long time favourite. Never would have have occurred to me to play it on a melodeon but Sebastian's setting just seems to drop into place on the CF.

DG players start here

X:181
T:Golden Brown
M:3/4
L:1/4
Q:1/4=188
K:Emin
"Em" e3/2b/2z/2e/2 | "Bm" B3/2f/2z/2B/2 |1 "C" c3/2g/2z/2c/2 | [M:4/4] "G" bagf :|2 "D" d3/2a/2z/2d/2 | [M:4/4] "C" cBAG !coda! ||
|: [M:3/4] "Am" A>c z/2e/2 | "G" dBG | "Am" A>c z/2e/2 | "G" dBG |
"Am" Aae | "G" d3 | "Am" cde | "G" d3 | "Am" zae | "G" d3 | "Am" cde | "G" dB2 |
"Am" ABc | "G" B3 | "Am" ABc | "G" B3 | "Am" ABc | "G" B3 | "Am" BAE | "G" D3 !D.C.! :|
% "Gm" G>B z/2d/2 | "F" cAF | "Gm" G>B z/2d/2 | "F" cAF |
% "Gm" zB/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/c/- c2 | "F" z3 |
% "Gm" zB/A/B/A/ | "F" B/A/B/A/B/A/ | "Gm" B/A/ G F/D/- | "F"  D/C/- C z | "Gm" z g/f/- f/d/ | "F" c B/A/- A | "Gm" z g/f/- f/d/ | "F" c B/A/- A !D.C.! ::
% "Gm" [Dd]3 | "F" [Ae]3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Cg]3 & baf | "Gm" [Dd]3 & c'ba | "F" [Ae]3 & a3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Ce]3 & fec |:
% "Gm" [Dd]3 & gfg | "F" [Ae]3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Cg]3 & baf | "Gm" [Dd]3 & c'ba | "F" [Ae]3 & a3 | "Gm" [Bf]3 | "F" [Ce]3 & fec "^fade out" :|
|: !coda! "Am" [Ee]3 | "G" [Bf]3 | "Am" [cg]3 | "G" D3 & abg | "Am" [Ee]3 | "G" [Bf]3 | "Am" [cg]3 | "G" D3 & gfd "^fade out" :|
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Sebastian on July 29, 2019, 09:47:32 AM
Mine was written for piano accordion
Yes, I ran into the some kind of problems again.  ;D :-\ >:(

Well, it’s a song where you need two melodeon players side by side to play it adequately. :||: :|||: :-*
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Eshed on July 29, 2019, 11:20:54 AM
Lovely contributions both Greg and Sebastian! Thank you (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gena Crisman on July 30, 2019, 11:10:16 PM
I do hate being greedy, but I kind of have 2 submissions for this theme.

Firstly is my real submission for this month, a tune called "Metal Crusher", by Toby Fox. I've been wanting to learn this tune for a while now, but never really got around to learning it properly, so, I used this theme as a reason to do just that.

If you're unfamiliar with it, Metal Crusher is a tune from popular internet sensation slash video game "Undertale", and the normal instrumentation is via chip tune/synth. Additionally, it's a Phrygian Dominant tune, meaning that it is a mode of the harmonic minor scale. In this case, I've positioned the tune as B Phrygian Dominant (from E harmonic minor), due to the presence of the B major and the E minor chord, which are the only chords really found in the A part of the music. The scale is B C D# E F# G A B. This does however rely heavily on your D# being in the same direction as the B major chord, so, in my case, on the press. The B part of the music leans out, using the C chord and actually out of the scale to an F chord, which I unfortunately don't have but try to make do without.

In addition to leaning out of the scale in the chord department, it also uses a number of accidentals that I don't have, Bbs and Fs often right next to D#s, meaning I juggle which octave the tune is in and don't really play it all that properly in some places as a result. Some of these work just fine, others not as well. I'm only 98% up to speed on playing it, so I smoothed over a couple of little snafus during my playing, I'm sure you won't mind, darlings!

I'm very fond of this tune, and the game it's from, and am pleased to be able to play it at all. The difficult realisation that you simply can't play a lot of your favourite tunes from other genres on a diatonic instrument like this has been growing more concerning to me, but, I wouldn't be playing music at all otherwise.

My submission can be found here:
https://youtu.be/oYLd7UiY63U

Stop configuration:
3 voice: on
Low Bass Fundamental: on
Chord Thirds: on

The original version of the tune can be heard here: https://tobyfox.bandcamp.com/track/metal-crusher

Eagle eyed viewers may note that my 3 voice stop is now 'on' when positioned down, rather than up, as in previous videos - the action of the slide has now been turned around so that stops down = all on, which is my preference.

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Anyway, if that wasn't enough, I also have another submission:

This time last year, we had another theme, Musical Heroes (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,22530.0.html). I also used that theme as a reason to finally learn a tune. However, it's uh, let's say it's really taken a while to learn the tune I'd wanted to, at least to play it as well as I've wanted. It's the tune I played to fall in love with the 3v Oakwood I own, and while I've played this tune out and about a few times, this is the first time I've really managed to record it (or, in fact, play it) with an acceptable 'miss' rate of only 1-2 notes, although with a little bit of rhythm wonk.

That tune is The Liberty Bell.

Speaking plainly, our forum's own Anahata is a huge inspiration to me, and I was particularly in awe of his playing in his submission for this tune (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=120GV2XLt24), back when it was TotM (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,4851.0.html). I knew some day I wanted to learn it, so, when the idea got into my head last July. I slowly creeped around the forum, reading about his arrangement and exactly how he approached playing the piece, while also slowly transcribing his performance. I found the same piano score that was shared in the TotM thread, eventually also as a musescore file (https://musescore.com/james_brigham/liberty_bell_march), and used that as motivation and inspiration to further augment the arrangement where I could - a few extra chords in the A music to fake an E F# G, a bit of counter melody in the B, and really trying to fatten up that D music, and just really try to sound as much like a Calliope as possible. At the time of his recording, Anahata's Oakwood's accidentals directions were both the opposite of how they are in mine, so, I had to work out how I wanted to account for this, especially in the awkward D music. To be honest I think I mostly found the difference beneficial.

So anyway, while it's rather stretching the definition of 'just' learned to be 'just' performed, but really I'm thinking, just back date this one a year maybe.
My other submission, The Liberty Bell:
https://youtu.be/j27aV8uc5hU

When I finished recording that, I felt like I was just about ready to go fight something - quite the rush... And, naturally, everything is 'on'.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on July 30, 2019, 11:23:18 PM
Great stuff Gena. Especially Liberty Bell. Takes me back to my youth.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 30, 2019, 11:38:27 PM
Fabulous rendition of Liberty Bell. I'd already been inspired/got some ideas from others when I did mine, but you've definitely raised the bar a bit higher with that one.
That 3 voice Oakwood sounds great on that tune too.
I think you're right about the accidentals too - but I couldn't face re-learning it since I reversed mine.
...
Just listened to the other one now - another fine example of a party piece pushing the instruments to its limits!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Sebastian on July 31, 2019, 09:34:16 AM
What Anahata said. I especially like the Metal Crusher! It’s 8) .
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 31, 2019, 11:27:39 AM
What Anahata said. I especially like the Metal Crusher! It’s 8) .

Yes, Metal Crusher is stunning! My son came.across and said 'no way' when I was playing the video - huge Undertale fan :-) Well done Gena :-)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gena Crisman on July 31, 2019, 05:47:20 PM
Yes, Metal Crusher is stunning! My son came.across and said 'no way' when I was playing the video - huge Undertale fan :-) Well done Gena :-)

I would imagine a good majority of 2.5 row DG instruments should be able to swing the melody 'properly' in B phrygian dominant, D#s & Bbs in 2 octaves and an F or two would make a big difference, as then you can do the B music without as much octave juggling. It also helps to have access to F natural on the bass end (and an F# bass would help, too). Plus then you don't need such long fingers!

I have the tune in ABC, but since it is neither a trad or folk tune, probably best not to post it here - scores can be found online though. Instead, here is a small humour piece:

What is the best chord on a D/G melodeon?

B major [A]      30      [​B] B major

                 ❤️

B major [C]              [D] B major


Fabulous rendition of Liberty Bell. I'd already been inspired/got some ideas from others when I did mine, but you've definitely raised the bar a bit higher with that one.
That 3 voice Oakwood sounds great on that tune too.

So, I mean, technically I have been kinda working on it for like, well, I started a year ago. I'm not sure if you recall describing your performance as a (non stony) stepping stone (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,4851.msg62583.html#msg62583) but when I found that post, it did encourage me to try and find some ways to incorporate more parts of what would be an ensemble brass band into it.

I'm a bit strapped for time, and I'm bad at words, but it means like, a whole lot to me to know that you like it and think what I was able to do is neat. Trying to 'rise to the challenge's that the piece (particularly combined with the arrangement you made for it) asks of you has for sure taken me a while, but it's made me a much better player - I still need to apply the lessons and knowledge more broadly across the rest of my playing.

Plus, I also have the ABC of my transcription + modifications for the arrangement I played, which I'm aiming to figure out sharing on the forum somewhere.

Plus, thank you all of the above + youtube people who've shared comments, I really appreciate them.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on July 31, 2019, 06:18:35 PM
I'd forgotten I said that, but on re-reading other things I posted at the time I see that it was thrown together in a hurry (though there was some very concentrated work for those few days) so obviously I thought it could be improved with practice.

Quote
Trying to 'rise to the challenge's that the piece... asks of you has for sure taken me a while, but it's made me a much better player

I hope you find so. I've had that experience with many ToTM - certainly out of my comfort zone, and hopefully improved my playing too.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Steve_freereeder on July 31, 2019, 06:32:19 PM
My other submission, The Liberty Bell:
https://youtu.be/j27aV8uc5hU

When I finished recording that, I felt like I was just about ready to go fight something - quite the rush... And, naturally, everything is 'on'.
Absolutely bloody brilliant! Bravo, Well done indeed!  (:) :|glug
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on July 31, 2019, 09:52:53 PM
Hi all, as you'll probably have guessed, I'm rolling this theme over into August. A few reasons, it's holiday season, some great tunes will be being taught at festival workshops and I'd really like to hear what's current, and it gives me the opportunity to pick one of the tunes played by someone last month and learn it for this month!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on August 01, 2019, 01:34:51 PM
Winders - 3/2 hornpipe taught by Leveret during their weekend workshop event at Halsway Manor this year. Perhaps I should play it more slowly ?
I plan to play it with 'If you will not have me...' - another great 3/2

https://youtu.be/SoDuqV0p1wE

Julian
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: nigelr on August 01, 2019, 06:44:04 PM
Gena has raised the bar higher than anything I can muster - as Steve said, bloody brilliant.  Well done.

Here's my little addition to the thread - Just As The Sun Was Setting, a lovely waltz recently learned for a step clog dance.  Not a tune I'd come across before but a friend found it in an ABC library.  I believe JK has recorded it but not sure if he wrote it as well.  Others will know more than me.

I've put it in Em rather than Am, but I think it still works:

https://youtu.be/pETlXWb6d_4

One of those tunes that benefits from having the D# on the push!  I know I did it for a reason.  N (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on August 01, 2019, 08:29:47 PM
Shreds & Patches was on the intray as a runner up in TotM, so why waste an interesting tune.  A couple of skeletal versions which leave space for development if it turns up again.

https://youtu.be/ssckPTZ1RKA

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Jesse Smith on August 01, 2019, 08:42:14 PM
Here's my little addition to the thread - Just As The Sun Was Setting, a lovely waltz recently learned for a step clog dance.  Not a tune I'd come across before but a friend found it in an ABC library.  I believe JK has recorded it but not sure if he wrote it as well.  Others will know more than me.

Yes, I'm pretty sure he is credited as the composer, and it's on his album "Going Spare".
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on August 01, 2019, 09:41:16 PM
Loved 'Liberty Bell' as well - great playing Gena !
Strikes me that I might have to try to learn it... ::)

J
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on August 01, 2019, 10:54:36 PM
Just As The Sun Was Setting, a lovely waltz recently learned for a step clog dance.  Not a tune I'd come across before but a friend found it in an ABC library.  I believe JK has recorded it but not sure if he wrote it as well.

He did - I've just found it in my copy of the Opus Pocus book (I thought it sounded familiar!) and definitely by JK and copyright EFDS Publications (it sez 'ere.) Nice tune; I like the way it sounds so chromatic in the B music even though it only uses one accidental.

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Hugh Taylor on August 02, 2019, 10:25:30 AM
Winders - 3/2 hornpipe taught by Leveret during their weekend workshop event at Halsway Manor this year. Perhaps I should play it more slowly?
I plan to play it with 'If you will not have me...' - another great 3/2
https://youtu.be/SoDuqV0p1wE
Julian


What was the name of the tune Julian?
Hugh
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on August 02, 2019, 10:36:52 AM
Hugh - Re the 3/2  - Leveret just called it 'Winders' - from the Edward Winder ms I believe. I have found a version online but it's lost on my desk somewhere...

Julian

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Hugh Taylor on August 02, 2019, 12:12:52 PM
Thanks Julian, I've now found it in Andy Hornby's book.
I like playing 3/2 hornpipes: they really drive along. I enjoyed your playing, presumably your arrangement was influenced by Leveret?
John Offord in his John of the Green book talks about 'tune families' and this tune seems to belong to the family that includes Bobbing Joan, Pawkie Adam Glen, Old Age and Young, and Come ye oer frae France,
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on August 02, 2019, 12:47:46 PM
Thanks Julian, I've now found it in Andy Hornby's book.
I like playing 3/2 hornpipes: they really drive along. I enjoyed your playing, presumably your arrangement was influenced by Leveret?
John Offord in his John of the Green book talks about 'tune families' and this tune seems to belong to the family that includes Bobbing Joan, Pawkie Adam Glen, Old Age and Young, and Come ye oer frae France,

Yes - definitely influenced by Leveret. I really love their approach to ensemble playing.
3/2s are great ! A lot of them do sound similar - I find it quite difficult to remember which I'm playing sometimes. Tune variations gradually became new tunes I suppose.
I note John Offord has a chapter on using them for dances - something I must think about.

Julian
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: playandteach on August 02, 2019, 08:01:08 PM
Julian, would you be willing to share La Source version, ideally with chord suggestions? I'd love to have a go too. Always loved their playing.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellison on August 04, 2019, 08:03:35 AM
Here you go - freshly learnt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDSXQbqMsuc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDSXQbqMsuc)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 04, 2019, 08:13:25 AM
Ohhh that's nice Martin, I  like that!
Q
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Fred on August 06, 2019, 05:14:23 PM
Firstly is my real submission for this month, a tune called "Metal Crusher", by Toby Fox. I've been wanting to learn this tune for a while now, but never really got around to learning it properly, so, I used this theme as a reason to do just that.

My submission can be found here:
https://youtu.be/oYLd7UiY63U

BOOM! That hits the spot for me. Lovely rendition. Care to share your abc with us/me? Thanks!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on August 06, 2019, 10:01:59 PM
Thanks Julian, I've now found it in Andy Hornby's book.
I like playing 3/2 hornpipes: ... Come ye oer frae France,

I never noticed Come ye was a 3/2 hornpipe. Holy Smoke! Was probably confused by its connection to Rocky Road to Dublin.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 07, 2019, 06:28:21 AM
BOOM! That hits the spot for me. Lovely rendition. Care to share your abc with us/me? Thanks!

Hi Fred, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I normally would include ABC for anything fancy I do, but since Metal Crusher's a modern composition & not a folk tune, I think it's probably a bad idea to post it on the site directly. However, I can point you in the right direction!

I dug up this piano arrangement a fan made: https://musescore.com/jestermusician/undertale_metalcrusher loaded up in musescore and after recognising the mode, transposed it to B phrygian dominant, rather than Eb phrygian dominant the score is written in - the score is written with 7 flats, which is of course the wonderful key of... C flat!? But, we're here for the relative minor of this, Ab minor, of which Eb is the 5th scale degree, with phrygian dominant being built from the 5th scale degree thus it all makes all of the sense. Transpose to G major/E minor or up by +8 and you'll get approximately what I'm playing - I had to play around with shifting up/down by an octave in the B music to make it fit the accidentals I have. After the transposition, I noted that the arpeggios in the B music described the chords of C, B, F and G, and these make up the majority of accompaniment for that part of the tune. When I'm not just playing basses, it's because I don't have an F chord, which should make it pretty easy to figure out where to put it, if you do have one.

If you'd like to have a go at playing it, depending on your box, first figure out if you can play in a Harmonic Minor - eg we have B major on a DG melodeon for playing in E harmonic minor, but the viability of that depends on your D# accidental. You may be able to make other harmonic minor scales though, if you have a 2.5/12 system. Having a half row will help if you don't have long gangly fingers like me, too.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on August 07, 2019, 10:44:15 AM
Not an expert, but I would have thought that posting ABC for a transcription you made yourself would not infringe any copyright rules.

For example, The Leeds Town Library would not allow Nick Barber to photocopy James Biggins' Book (source of gems like the Tumblers Hornpipe), but he was allowed to bring in a sheaf of manuscript paper and copy them by hand.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: penn on August 07, 2019, 10:38:41 PM
It's just as well Clive extended the month as it's taken me quite a long time to get it to even an acceptable level.
From Playford this is 'Bloomsbury Market', I first came across this on the wonderful recent Topette!! album.
https://youtu.be/OMzxnhnMdxs (https://youtu.be/OMzxnhnMdxs)
Gren
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Kon on August 08, 2019, 08:40:05 AM
I am the opposite of an expert on English folk tunes, so this is an entirely unqualified opinion, but I really enjoyed that Gren! A lovely tune, I thought, and played melodiously. Thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: penn on August 08, 2019, 10:35:02 PM
Thanks Kon, your comments are much appreciated. I can’t say I’m much of an English expert either, but I’ve been enjoying the Toppette CD so much I had to learn to play at least one of the tunes. I really wanted to do Civet de Chevreuil from the same record, but couldn’t find any ABC or dots.
Gren
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on August 10, 2019, 06:13:34 PM
I've learned this rather nice madrigal from Monteverdi (as you do), Si Dolce e il Tormento - it's quite a short piece when you break it down, like many song tunes are, and it is open to *large* amounts of improvisation for those with the inclination. I'm using one here (2nd and 4th time) but there's a lot more you can do, as the rather seminal recording on Mare Nostrum II by Paulo Fresu and all demonstrate. A rather pale imitation of that, but interesting to see how far I could take it on a single instrument with not a lot of practice.

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

Since recording of that went rather well (first go!) I took some time to 'polish' another idea I had, which was notably to rip off Greg's idea of doing 'The Wounded Huzzar' from last month (he, he!). Nice tune, here played in D - thanks Greg!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDGPe8zAN04

Both played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Peadar on August 10, 2019, 11:45:24 PM
Maybe a bit of a brass neck to present  Amazing Grace  as "Tune I have just learnt" (learnt the fingering at least 3 months ago).....but having got to the top of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor (The mountain of the large priest) it had to be a hymn.

https://youtu.be/7IG8MlvPQVQ

The RAF lost a plane and 2 aircrew here in November 1956- the plane hit the mountain.Bits of it can still be found and some have been placed at he summit cairn...visible in the video.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Hugh Taylor on August 12, 2019, 10:23:01 AM
Winders - 3/2 hornpipe taught by Leveret during their weekend workshop event at Halsway Manor this year. Perhaps I should play it more slowly ?
I plan to play it with 'If you will not have me...' - another great 3/2
https://youtu.be/SoDuqV0p1wE
Julian


Just back from Sidmouth (taking 8 hours on Friday) and here is the abc for Julian's tune above.

X:1
T:Winders Hornpipe
S:Andy Hornby Winder book - Edward Winder
L:1/8
M:3/2
Z:Hugh Taylor, August 2019
K:C
A4 c4 e2 dc|d2 g2 g2 G2 BcdB|A4 c4 e2 dc|e2 a2 a2 A2 BcdB:|
|:A2 a2 a2 gf e2 dc|B2 g4 G2 BcdB|A2 a2 a2 gf e2 dc|e2 a2 a2 A2 BcdB:|
|:A2 c2 E2 A2 c4|d2 g4 G2 BcdB|A2 c2 E2 A2 c4|e2 a2 a2 A2 BcdB:|

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Fred on August 14, 2019, 12:41:42 PM
A tune I've just learned in the past 2 weeks and thus still a bit rough around the edges:

Tré Martelli - Mazurca dra vila

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/mazurca-dra-vila-take-1

Pariselle workshop accordion in G/C
One medium voice
Two times through plus ending
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on August 14, 2019, 12:49:15 PM
Great, Fred ! Another tune on my 'must learn' list. I heard Tre Martelli last winter in a concert in Italy - really regret not buying their cd.

Julian
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Fred on August 14, 2019, 01:08:38 PM
Great, Fred ! Another tune on my 'must learn' list. I heard Tre Martelli last winter in a concert in Italy - really regret not buying their cd.

Julian

The A part is actually fairly easy - it's just a Pachelbel canon except for the last two bars or so. The B part is a bit more tricky to learn as it has this very long sequence on the pull (A chord in the original, D chord in my case). But it's great to learn some bellows control, so I'd say go for it!

P&T has uploaded a rough transcription of the tune on this forum some while ago. I'll just reattach it here (hope he doesn't mind) in case you can't find it.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Mark Leue on August 14, 2019, 01:32:03 PM
From where did this cool Mazurka originate? I always appreciate your clean and crisp playing!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 14, 2019, 02:24:06 PM
This is a new tune for me, though I have been playing it for a couple of weeks.
I've not been sure exactly how to 'present' the tune, i.e. what to do with it beyond merely playing the dots.
In the end, the BbEb Erika was dug out, which does bark a bit!

The Braes of Ballendine, a Retreat taken from the Buttrey Manuscript.
https://soundcloud.com/thrupenny-bit/braes-of-ballendine

cheers
Q
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Fred on August 14, 2019, 03:15:09 PM
From where did this cool Mazurka originate? I always appreciate your clean and crisp playing!

Tre Martelli is a group originating from Piemont, Northern Italy. I suppose the melody is from there as well? Although I don't know.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on August 14, 2019, 06:21:29 PM
From where did this cool Mazurka originate? I always appreciate your clean and crisp playing!
It was composed by Enzo G. Conti and Andrea Sibilio of Tre Martelli and is featured on their CD 'Cante'r Paroli. I did a version 4 years ago if anyone's interested:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KZOa0zRJTs

And well played Fred!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on August 18, 2019, 01:33:28 AM
I did just learn this tune, but also I just wrote it. I was challenged to write a polka for my tiny organetto in Ab and ended up writing this tune (La minuscule) which is NOT a polka. Maybe a scottische? I hope you enjoy.

https://youtu.be/wIvvHA11iGE

And if you want dots for this tune in Ab or in G:

https://accordeonaire.com/2019/08/19/a-tune-wot-i-wrote/
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 19, 2019, 11:06:05 AM
A tune wot I just learned-well at least worked it out well enough it well enough to play it through. Lots of work needed.

Jenny Pluck Pears.
Aiming to get it more Leveret than Playford dancing-eventually ;D.

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/jenny-pluck-pears

[link repaired, thanks to Mr Matelot and Eshed for letting me know]

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Eshed on August 19, 2019, 11:52:55 AM
Very nice, Greg!
Your interpretation has more lift than Leveret's, which in my opinion is very enjoyable.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: blue eyed sailor on August 19, 2019, 12:10:46 PM
https://soundcloud.com/stream

Greg, it's here where you want to point, isn't it?
https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/jenny-pluck-pears (https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/jenny-pluck-pears)

Had to listen "secretly" in the office, thus at rather low volume and only parts - lovely playing and approach, and neither Playford nor Leveret as it seems for me, simply very jig-ish and melodeon-ish...

Best wishes - Wolf
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 19, 2019, 12:25:39 PM
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Had to listen "secretly" in the office, thus at rather low volume and only parts - lovely playing and approach, and neither Playford nor Leveret as it seems for me, simply very jig-ish and melodeon-ish...


Very nice, Greg!
Your interpretation has more lift than Leveret's, which in my opinion is very enjoyable.

Thanks for the nice comments.  If I was Andy Sam and Rob I could probably make it more Leveret. As it is, guess it's just me, which is more honest, but I would love to be able to get their dreamy hypnotic effect.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: blue eyed sailor on August 19, 2019, 12:39:42 PM
...but I would love to be able to get their dreamy hypnotic effect.

I see what you mean, but at least for this tune I'm in #teamlift  :||:
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: nigelr on August 20, 2019, 09:01:03 PM
Here's another one from me, although this is a lesson in paying attention when learning a new tune!  It's a really nice waltz in A minor by the late Dave Roberts called "A Lancashire Carol".  However, having slaved over it for the last few weeks, I've realised I've learnt it incorrectly and effectively played it in A dorian rather than A minor (aeolian), so where I need an F natural, I've stuck in an F#.  Oops.  I might get round to relearning it, but I don't think it does toooo much harm to the feel of the tune (hopefully??).  Be careful out there...

https://youtu.be/4-7dmrgFbVA

 (:)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: blue eyed sailor on August 21, 2019, 12:04:37 AM
I've realised I've learnt it incorrectly and effectively played it in A dorian rather than A minor (aeolian), so where I need an F natural, I've stuck in an F#.  Oops.  I might get round to relearning it, but I don't think it does toooo much harm to the feel of the tune (hopefully??).

I think it’s just different, and you version is making sense musically as for me; nice playing too...

Best wishes - Wolf
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Saul Bailey on August 21, 2019, 06:44:44 PM
Here's a nice new one for me - The Rising of the Lark, learnt from the playing of Sam Sweeney. I've played it in D and G, but to me it sounds best in the key I first heard it, E major. Challenge accepted  >:E

https://youtu.be/Mk-g4qm9dpw
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Lester on August 22, 2019, 11:26:37 AM
Tars of the Victory (https://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.com/2019/08/tune-517-tars-of-victory.html)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Janneke Slagter on August 24, 2019, 06:42:24 PM
Great, Fred ! Another tune on my 'must learn' list. I heard Tre Martelli last winter in a concert in Italy - really regret not buying their cd.

Julian

The A part is actually fairly easy - it's just a Pachelbel canon except for the last two bars or so. The B part is a bit more tricky to learn as it has this very long sequence on the pull (A chord in the original, D chord in my case). But it's great to learn some bellows control, so I'd say go for it!

P&T has uploaded a rough transcription of the tune on this forum some while ago. I'll just reattach it here (hope he doesn't mind) in case you can't find it.
Great tune, I just made this version. thank for sharing the sheetmusic.
https://youtu.be/F0c1vAUbNS0
Janneke
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Fred on August 25, 2019, 03:03:29 PM
Great, Fred ! Another tune on my 'must learn' list. I heard Tre Martelli last winter in a concert in Italy - really regret not buying their cd.

Julian

The A part is actually fairly easy - it's just a Pachelbel canon except for the last two bars or so. The B part is a bit more tricky to learn as it has this very long sequence on the pull (A chord in the original, D chord in my case). But it's great to learn some bellows control, so I'd say go for it!

P&T has uploaded a rough transcription of the tune on this forum some while ago. I'll just reattach it here (hope he doesn't mind) in case you can't find it.
Great tune, I just made this version. thank for sharing the sheetmusic.
https://youtu.be/F0c1vAUbNS0
Janneke

Awesome playing. Glad you've shared your approach, the second voice overlay is really nice. Especially in the middle I found your improv to be very much on point.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Janneke Slagter on August 25, 2019, 07:05:21 PM
Awesome playing. Glad you've shared your approach, the second voice overlay is really nice. Especially in the middle I found your improv to be very much on point.

Thank you! I am not a dancer and do not know how to dance a mazurka. I play all music with a nice melody And preferably also a 2nd voice. I think this melody is wonderful to play.
Janneke
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on August 27, 2019, 09:26:18 PM
Not exactly just learned as I've known it for a year (see the Melnet discussion last August (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php?topic=22677.0)) but I've spent most of the summer trying to get it up to a presentable standard in the original key on a D/G. Hard to do, but it gets those low notes at the end of each line at their proper pitch, where Parky has to jump up an octave in his version.

A Tankard of Ale (https://youtu.be/vOpMBALBlQU)

Also I'm playing it as written in straight 3/2, not the 3/2 : 4/4 alternating rhythm that several others have adopted.

I'll revive that other thread with a posting there - if anyone wants to continue the argument about the rhythm I suggest they follow it up there, not here. ;)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on August 28, 2019, 02:57:58 PM
I praised you there; I'll praise you here. Super nicely done.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on August 28, 2019, 02:59:31 PM
Tars of the Victory (https://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.com/2019/08/tune-517-tars-of-victory.html)

Nice. I am a fan of the Lester Project.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: smiley on August 29, 2019, 05:10:18 AM
I recently heard a waltz called 'Flower of the Highlands' and it took my fancy. It was apparently composed by Ted Konig in 2010.

https://youtu.be/ivEN0-nPXCk (https://youtu.be/ivEN0-nPXCk)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Eshed on August 29, 2019, 07:40:53 AM
I recently heard a waltz called 'Flower of the Highlands' and it took my fancy. It was apparently composed by Ted Konig in 2010.

https://youtu.be/ivEN0-nPXCk (https://youtu.be/ivEN0-nPXCk)
You conveyed well why it took your fancy, thank you!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on August 30, 2019, 11:48:08 AM
After complaining about Irish tunes featuring on Sanditon, here's an Irish tune I've just learnt: Tom Bhetty's Waltz. I'm sure I can do more with the bases yet but here's where I am now:
https://youtu.be/_PNuFf244Ds

There's a time and place for everything.

Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 30, 2019, 11:38:29 PM
So, my submission for August is a pair of tunes, The Old Morpeth Rant, and, The New Morpeth Rant. The latter was TOTM when I joined melnet in April 2017, and it's stuck with me as a tune I wanted to learn for quite some time as let's say it didn't fall right under my fingers from the start. I do still struggle a bit with mid/ring/pinky accuracy in the B music. I did learn it probably later that same year, though.

The Old Morpeth Rant, though, is a little bit DG Melodeon exclusionary - Seemingly often played in G, it covers a full 2 octaves G to G, meaning you're going right up the top of the squeaky end, or, playing parts of it on the bass end, or, as in my case, making use of your low G scale layout to get full coverage. It's been on my list of tunes to finally learn now that I have a low G scale instrument, so, again, what a good opportunity to learn a tune! I think I eventually found this arrangement on the Session or ABCNotation, there are a lot of versions of the tunes floating around, with the 'New' and 'Old' monikers perhaps being largely a convenient but inaccurate discriminator. The Hardcore English book by Barry Callaghan, (and readily obtainable from the EFDSS (https://uk.patronbase.com/_EFDSS/Store/Item?id=26)) contains a large number of variations of this tune - I own the book, but, my playing here isn't really influenced by it, or the performance on the associated CD, so far as I know anyway.

One of my favourite renditions of the Old Morpeth Rant is Aaron Horlock's Day 172 of his Tune A Day adventure, so far as I know, it's only on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaronhorlockmusic/videos/310406656155586/ but should be publicly visible. I first became aware of the two versions of the tune from the playing of Ellisteph who posted just before me in this thread in fact! He performed the pair when this was TOTM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DyTNG3wr6Q) and was probably the main influence in me feeling like these were tunes I wanted to learn, as well as how I go about playing them. Thanks Ellisteph!

The Old and New Morpeth Rants
https://youtu.be/1Q0qtTmJzso

Stop configuration:
3 voice: on
Low Bass Fundamental: on
Chord Thirds: on
Laundry: removed

I have to say, there have really been some fantastic videos, performances, tunes, well, just everything really in this thread for these two months. I'm enjoyed taking part tremendously, and particularly listening to everyone's submissions and whether it's been people's passion projects, challenges, or just an idea of what they've been getting up to, really. It's been truly great!
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Peadar on August 31, 2019, 12:09:09 AM
Oran a rinn Iain Seonaidh Dhomhnaill ícCumhais (Iain MacCumhais) mu 1920.

Chi mi 'n Tir 's an robh mi nam bhalach/
Tir nan Suinn, Leac a' Li nam shealladh/
 Chi mi'n tir 'san robh mi nam bhalach .                                 

Air an cluich air seann nos "British Chromatic Accordeon". Tha mi fhadhast ag ionnsachadh am port - cha do chuir mi comh-sheirme ris chun ire seo.

https://youtu.be/oKLYC_Kh05k

Learning the  tune is still a work in progress. Not sure that it needs basses .The verses (all 9 of them) are couplets with a one line refrain which repeats the phrase of the opening line.


Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 31, 2019, 12:30:40 AM
Oran a rinn Iain Seonaidh Dhomhnaill ícCumhais (Iain MacCumhais) mu 1920.

Chi mi 'n Tir 's an robh mi nam bhalach/
Tir nan Suinn, Leac a' Li nam shealladh/
 Chi mi'n tir 'san robh mi nam bhalach .                                 

Air an cluich air seann nos "British Chromatic Accordeon". Tha mi fhadhast ag ionnsachadh am port - cha do chuir mi comh-sheirme ris chun ire seo.

https://youtu.be/oKLYC_Kh05k

Learning the  tune is still a work in progress. Not sure that it needs basses .The verses (all 9 of them) are couplets with a one line refrain which repeats the phrase of the opening line.

That's a lovely little tune and your playing is coming along nicely. Did you learn the tune by ear?
Is that your recent purchase? If so, it was a good one. To my ear (not renowned for being the best), it would benefit from a tuner's attention, but it plays nicely. The reeds sound great and the tune comes through very clearly. I would play drones, where I could, others might not.

Does the title translate easily? Am I right in thinking that the lines that followed are the first verse.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: smiley on August 31, 2019, 02:16:25 AM

https://youtu.be/oKLYC_Kh05k

Learning the  tune is still a work in progress.

Thanks for posting your video Peadar. I like the sound of old squeezeboxes like yours - an echo of music from many years ago.

(There had only been 6 views when I watched the video but someone had already marked it with a 'thumbs down')  ??? If that person is a member of melnet then could they please enlighten us about what motivated this negativity?
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: richard.fleming on August 31, 2019, 07:46:19 AM
We could do with a private channel. I thought it sounded pretty good for someone who hasn't been playing for a year yet,( I believe.)
But put it up against all the amazing musicians that are out there and, if you didn't know the context, you might make a different judgement.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Anahata on August 31, 2019, 08:17:56 AM
You can mark any video you post as unlisted and post a link here. Then it's only reachable via here. Is that something like what you meant by private channel?
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: richard.fleming on August 31, 2019, 08:50:04 AM
You can mark any video you post as unlisted and post a link here. Then it's only reachable via here. Is that something like what you meant by private channel?
Ideal. Maybe there should be instructions on mel.net on how to do that, so that people would know how to submit their playing to a sympathetic audience on the forum and not expose themselves to all the idiots out  there. Maybe like the 'Please read this before posting' at the top of the Buy and Sell page.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellison on August 31, 2019, 09:46:16 AM
Here's another I've just learnt (although it's taken me months!). The Harmonious Blacksmith (Handel) minus the far-too-complex-for-me variations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzz5yNYwpqk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzz5yNYwpqk)

Martin
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on August 31, 2019, 09:57:18 AM
only months?.... Incredible to even consider doing that on a 2 row 8 bass.
Brilliant!
Q
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Julian S on August 31, 2019, 10:31:43 AM
Wow. Loved Harmonious Blacksmith ! Must look out the dots - trying to learn it would be a great exercise.

Julian
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Eshed on August 31, 2019, 12:17:11 PM
Not being in any Festival, I took Greg's idea and worked on a (different) Leveret tune.
The Cherping of the Lark:
https://youtu.be/6no-34rfxlI

Originally from Playford, where it's in F major, Leveret plays a hauntingly beautiful version in Gm which I promptly transposed to Am.
I've been playing with (read: overusing) right hand harmonies to try and get the "dreamy hypnotic" effect as Greg put it. Dutch reversal has been very very useful there.
Some mistakes as usual and even a few bars dropped near the end, but only a single real bum note so I decided not to record another take.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gena Crisman on August 31, 2019, 02:27:11 PM
Ideal. Maybe there should be instructions on mel.net on how to do that, so that people would know how to submit their playing to a sympathetic audience on the forum and not expose themselves to all the idiots out  there. Maybe like the 'Please read this before posting' at the top of the Buy and Sell page.

Well, to 'be real' with you for a moment, as it were, I think that many of 'the idiots out there' are actually in here with us. Marking a video as unlisted changes little in terms of how visible it will be to joe public. Something ridiculous (https://everysecond.io/youtube) like for every minute that goes by, 500 hours of content is uploaded to youtube, and the likelihood of anyone's eyeballs actually being directed to any of our content by youtube's algorithm are, shall we say, low. Experience also shows it's no defence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmSNPlghyM0).

But, that's no reason not to give it a go, I suppose. If you would like to learn more on this subject, this youtube support page should be helpful (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en), although the video doesn't directly show the new (beta) youtube studio layout. but once armed with the knowledge of what you're looking for, it is relatively straight forward on all platforms, and almost always presented as an option when uploading a video.

It's worthwhile to use Unlisted when you just want to share your video with a group, but not have it be part of 'your channel', eg, if someone watched another of your videos, would you want them to be directed without context to this one? If it's not something you want presented like that, unlisted is a pretty good choice, but sometimes it also means that, as a viewer, you'll come across someone whose videos you enjoy and want to watch, but, they shared all their content here on melnet as unlisted and it becomes very hard to follow along with what they've been doing.

I've been playing with (read: overusing) right hand harmonies to try and get the "dreamy hypnotic" effect as Greg put it. Dutch reversal has been very very useful there.

I enjoyed this a lot, and glad I'm not alone on the right hand harmony train - although I think you're doing a lot better at/more with it than I am though. The box that seemed to vex you in times past seems so well behaved, a large amount of which I suspect is down to its owner. Nicely played.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on August 31, 2019, 06:32:30 PM
I posted a video some weeks ago and noticed that before I even let anyone know it was there, it had 3 down thumbs, but it only had 2 views. Something is wrong in YouTubeLand. I'm not sure how anyone could have viewed it, let alone two people, let alone two people who would downthumb it three times.

Later: and now I go back and it's down to two downthumbs. Go figure.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 31, 2019, 06:59:14 PM
I posted a video some weeks ago and noticed that before I even let anyone know it was there, it had 3 down thumbs, but it only had 2 views. Something is wrong in YouTubeLand. I'm not sure how anyone could have viewed it, let alone two people, let alone two people who would downthumb it three times.

Later: and now I go back and it's down to two downthumbs. Go figure.

The moral is just ignore them. They're very unlikely to be real.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Gary Chapin on August 31, 2019, 07:03:15 PM
The moral is just ignore them. They're very unlikely to be real.

Preach.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Eshed on August 31, 2019, 08:16:18 PM
Regarding the dislike plague, my solution has been to just be very liberal with my likes, hoping to offset the numbers a little bit back to the green.
If someone practiced, recorded, uploaded and have been brave enough to put themselves in front of the world, they damn well deserve that silly little thumbs up and probably a lot more.

I enjoyed this a lot, and glad I'm not alone on the right hand harmony train - although I think you're doing a lot better at/more with it than I am though. The box that seemed to vex you in times past seems so well behaved, a large amount of which I suspect is down to its owner. Nicely played.
Thank you Gena! It's probably a combination. I've definitely improved and I know how to adjust my playing for the limitations of this particular box, but I've also tweaked it a bit (setup, dutch reversal, tuning, taping off one voice and thirds, bushing bass buttons) and played it a lot which I think had some burn-in effect.
It's a good insight on your part, though. I'm much more fond of it (and playing it) nowadays.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 31, 2019, 08:19:04 PM

If someone practiced, recorded, uploaded and have been brave enough to put themselves in front of the world, they damn well deserve that silly little thumbs up and probably a lot more.

100%  with you on that.
Nicely played, by the way  ;D
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Peadar on August 31, 2019, 08:20:28 PM
Oran a rinn Iain Seonaidh Dhomhnaill ícCumhais (Iain MacCumhais) mu 1920.

Chi mi 'n Tir 's an robh mi nam bhalach/
Tir nan Suinn, Leac a' Li nam shealladh/
 Chi mi'n tir 'san robh mi nam bhalach .                                 

Air an cluich air seann nos "British Chromatic Accordeon". Tha mi fhadhast ag ionnsachadh am port - cha do chuir mi comh-sheirme ris chun ire seo.

https://youtu.be/oKLYC_Kh05k

Learning the  tune is still a work in progress. Not sure that it needs basses .The verses (all 9 of them) are couplets with a one line refrain which repeats the phrase of the opening line.

That's a lovely little tune and your playing is coming along nicely. Did you learn the tune by ear?
Is that your recent purchase? If so, it was a good one. To my ear (not renowned for being the best), it would benefit from a tuner's attention, but it plays nicely. The reeds sound great and the tune comes through very clearly. I would play drones, where I could, others might not.

Does the title translate easily? Am I right in thinking that the lines that followed are the first verse.

Did I learn the tune by ear....not quite....my lodger plays the PA a bit. I watched his fingers. He plays the tune in C. There's a shake/crathadh in the middle of the second phrase that I haven't quite got yet.

The box is indeed the new aquisition. I am going to leave the tuning alone for now- I will probably try some bass when the melody line is more secure.

Yes that's the fist verse. The line which gives the song is known by "Chi mi 'n tir 's an robh mi nam bhalach" is also the refrain.

I generally avoid translating Gaelic tune titles because the translation often gets hi-jacked and becomes the definitive name of the air.  That said the line translates as " I see the land in which I was a boy" .
Iain MacCumhais made the song when he was a crewman on a timber ship in  the Baltic trade circa 1920 (Clyde-Sweden). That run would have taken him through the Minch passing within sight of his native Harris 3 or 4 times a month

 Very rough English phonetics: Kee mee (a)n cheer san roh mee nam bhal-ack...." Chi mi 'n tir/See I the land//'s an robh mi/in which was i //nam bhalach/in my boyhood. 

Smiley - and others- Thanks for the encouraging remarks.  I am not unduly concerned about the odd dislike. I choose to put any narrative on my You tube posts in Gaidhlig and to make them public....so I am likely to attract the odd thumbs down from the "Gaelic is pish" brigade regardless of anything else.
Of course it may be they just don't like the sound of old boxes.

The way ceilidh's have always worked in the West Highlands is that anyone who is willing and able to sing/play/dance is expected to do so. That's what makes the ceilidh a community event and ever so slightly different from an otherwis similar concert. I treat ThOTM as a sort of online Melodeon Ceilidh.

Gena- The thumbs down you got for "Because it's there" (Nov 2018) was probably a sign of envy.

Peadar

(Edit-it occurred to me that some people may just not like the sound of old squeeze boxes. No accounting for taste.)
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 31, 2019, 08:30:08 PM

...The way ceilidh's have always worked in the West Highlands is that anyone who is willing and able to sing/play/dance is expected to do so. That's what makes the ceilidh a community event and ever so slightly different from an otherwis similar concert. I treat ThOTM as a sort of online Melodeon Ceilidh.


They sound a lot like the sessions I go to, here in Cornwall.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Peadar on August 31, 2019, 08:38:42 PM

...The way ceilidh's have always worked in the West Highlands is that anyone who is willing and able to sing/play/dance is expected to do so. That's what makes the ceilidh a community event and ever so slightly different from an otherwis similar concert. I treat ThOTM as a sort of online Melodeon Ceilidh.


They sound a lot like the sessions I go to, here in Cornwall.

Yes....though I suspect that even in Cornwall under 8's are probably frowned upon in pubs.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on August 31, 2019, 09:42:42 PM

Yes....though I suspect that even in Cornwall under 8's are probably frowned upon in pubs.

Depends on the pub.

I know what you mean, though. Different cultures.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Clive Williams on August 31, 2019, 11:21:12 PM
Thanks all - really enjoyed this theme this time round; on to the next one now! As usual, please feel free to stick any late contributions onto the end of this thread.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Ellisteph on August 31, 2019, 11:47:54 PM

One of my favourite renditions of the Old Morpeth Rant is Aaron Horlock's Day 172 of his Tune A Day adventure, so far as I know, it's only on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aaronhorlockmusic/videos/310406656155586/ but should be publicly visible. I first became aware of the two versions of the tune from the playing of Ellisteph who posted just before me in this thread in fact! He performed the pair when this was TOTM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DyTNG3wr6Q) and was probably the main influence in me feeling like these were tunes I wanted to learn, as well as how I go about playing them. Thanks Ellisteph!

Hi Gena I'm so pleased you felt inspired to learn these tunes after watching my video. You've made a great job of it; I watched your video then watched mine & wondered why I was playing so fast. Then I watched Aaron Horlock and realised that I must have played at that speed to keep up with the fiddle players at my local session. In future, however, I shall play it slower as It sounds much better. One of those tunes which it is all too easy to speed up on as you are playing. I must start using a metronome.

Ellis
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: Peadar on September 01, 2019, 08:39:39 AM

https://youtu.be/oKLYC_Kh05k


Thanks for posting your video Peadar. I like the sound of old squeezeboxes like yours - an echo of music from many years ago.

(There had only been 6 views when I watched the video but someone had already marked it with a 'thumbs down')  ??? If that person is a member of melnet then could they please enlighten us about what motivated this negativity?

 :M "Leac a' Li nam shealladh" :M ........Right notes in the wrong order.  :|bl :|bl Work in progress. By the time I have learnt the other 8 verses the tune might be sorted.
Title: Re: Theme for the Month for July and August 2019: Tunes You've Just Learned
Post by: fc diato on September 08, 2019, 07:45:06 PM
No&Mi  Permis de valser

Missed the deadline, as always seems to happen, but I had intended to record this, and since there’s a No&Mi discussion going on right now elsewhere on melnet, thought I would tack this here.

I learned it by ear on a G/C, but play it on a Pariselle D/G here (LM)... the air hole is so much bigger on this box that I can better manage the emergency demands for air.  I like it better in the original key though (E-flat, perhaps?)

Editing done – cut out the repeat since I have nothing interesting or even different to add. Have to work on recording quality, some day.

constructive criticism welcome.

Here: https://soundcloud.com/fcdiato/nomi-permis-de-valser-1-sept-2019

The original:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4z2ZO_Jb7k