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Title: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clive Williams on January 01, 2011, 12:48:54 AM
A new month/year, and a new theme for us to try - another geographic theme, and this time it's tunes from the USA. There's tremendous diversity and variety in American music, from Appalachian, Cajun, American-Irish, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Country, and many, many more, including I'm quite sure some that many of us have never even heard of. It's also a chance to try your hand at 'Over the Waterfall' if you're disappointed that Dark Girl Dressed in Blue didn't make it! Other well known American tunes include Midnight on the Water, and of cause Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell that was TOTM last January.

Looking forward to hearing what you uncover!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 01, 2011, 01:18:56 AM
Great idea for ThOTM!
I will give my brain cell a nudge and see what comes out.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on January 01, 2011, 08:47:55 AM
So this theme appealing to one of my other hats: here are a couple I posted before joining melodeon.net, but which fit the bill. (The Blue Peter pack). As ever, rough n ready.

I will think about a fresh one to post before the end of the month.

Ragtime Annie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QgahWfQgSw

Blackberry Blossom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXgtQd0_Cgs

All the best & Happy New Year

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: SteveC on January 01, 2011, 09:40:06 AM
Wow! Brilliant. I particularly enjoyed Blackberry Blossom.

I used to play guitar for an Appalachian dance team and love these tunes - not sure my box playing is up to it yet but will now go and peruse my Fidlers Fakebook for inspiration
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 01, 2011, 01:25:08 PM
I first time trying the tune of the month:  and it's a hard one!  I'm such a europhile.  It says "tunes" so Stephen Foster songs and the such, or hymns, would be inappropriate.  I'll have to give this a think.  Nice job on the "Ragtime Annie."
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clive Williams on January 01, 2011, 01:47:24 PM
I first time trying the tune of the month:  and it's a hard one!  I'm such a europhile.  It says "tunes" so Stephen Foster songs and the such, or hymns, would be inappropriate.  I'll have to give this a think.  Nice job on the "Ragtime Annie."

No, Stephen Foster stuff is fine, song or not! Looking forward to it!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Owen Woods on January 01, 2011, 02:47:27 PM
Ooh, time for New England fiddle tunes :P
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Lester on January 01, 2011, 03:10:37 PM
I first time trying the tune of the month:  and it's a hard one!  I'm such a europhile.  It says "tunes" so Stephen Foster songs and the such, or hymns, would be inappropriate.  I'll have to give this a think.  Nice job on the "Ragtime Annie."

The first rule of Theme of the Month Club is that there are no rules and even if there were they would be open to as broad an interpretation as you care to apply  >:E
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Susi on January 01, 2011, 05:13:04 PM
Nice Theme of the month!!!!  :|||: :|||: ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: GbH on January 01, 2011, 06:31:52 PM
The first rule of Theme of the Month Club is that there are no rules...

Hmm.  No rules...

I was supposed to be going away over the New Year period, but the dreaded 'flu put paid to that.  Anyhow, I suppose that's given me the chance to find something else to do.  So earlier today, I got Arthur to have a go at playing a Californian political-punk-pop anthem for this month's Theme.  I'm not sure whether it works from a musical perspective, but the concept rather amuses me.

So, here's Arthur's take on Green Day's 'Holiday'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbJ4-ojcHKc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbJ4-ojcHKc)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 01, 2011, 07:18:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/Accordeonaire?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/s1B-9ZqCj5M

The tune is "There Will Be a Happy Meeting," a southern church hymn made famous as an instrumental by Joseph Spence, the Bahamian guitarist.  I heard it first from the late, wonderful cellist Tom Cora.  I've heard Garrison Keillor sing it on Prairie Home Companion, and Iris Dement does a great job with it on one of her CDs.

"There will be a happy meeting in Heaven I know
When we see the many loved ones we've known here below
Standing on the blessed hilltop with hearts all aglow
That will be a glad reunion day."

I'm not a church goer, but love church music, and think the melodeon suits church music wonderfully.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: SteveC on January 01, 2011, 08:07:04 PM
Great stuff. That rolls along a treat - love the sound of of your Salterelle (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 01, 2011, 10:32:51 PM
I'll be having another go at old joe clark then.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Lester on January 02, 2011, 08:10:20 AM
I'll be having another go at old joe clark then.

Me too!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: waltzman on January 02, 2011, 01:31:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/user/Accordeonaire?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/s1B-9ZqCj5M

The tune is "There Will Be a Happy Meeting," a southern church hymn made famous as an instrumental by Joseph Spence, the Bahamian guitarist.  I heard it first from the late, wonderful cellist Tom Cora.  I've heard Garrison Keillor sing it on Prairie Home Companion, and Iris Dement does a great job with it on one of her CDs.

"There will be a happy meeting in Heaven I know
When we see the many loved ones we've known here below
Standing on the blessed hilltop with hearts all aglow
That will be a glad reunion day."

I'm not a church goer, but love church music, and think the melodeon suits church music wonderfully.

Nicely done!  I learned that piece on the guitar years ago from a Ry Cooder transcription.  I think it is the same tune as Spence's 'Great Dream from Heaven' but with different lyrics.  You've inspired me to try it on the melodeon.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: GbH on January 02, 2011, 06:41:27 PM
Hmm.  No rules...  I was supposed to be going away over the New Year period, but the dreaded 'flu put paid to that. 

Glad to see you back on form. The group missed you as there'd been a bit of buildup - but I persuaded them that HH1N1 wasn't to be welcomed! ::)

Awwww, it seems I've let even more people down than I thought  :( .  I trust it all went well.

Thanks.


(BTW, I uploaded another of Arthur's efforts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mTL4N2GBkU) today, but as it's not from the USA, I won't mention it here)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 02, 2011, 09:37:40 PM
Nicely done!  I learned that piece on the guitar years ago from a Ry Cooder transcription.  I think it is the same tune as Spence's 'Great Dream from Heaven' but with different lyrics.  You've inspired me to try it on the melodeon.
Thank you!  I had forgotten Ry Cooder's doing that, and he did it twice, once on "Purple Valley" (title?) and once on "Jazz."  There are others that he's done of Spence's tunes.  I think I'll take a shot at "Face to Face That I Shall Meet Him."
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Mcgrooger on January 03, 2011, 06:01:16 PM
I know I should know more about this tune than that it appeared on Ry Cooder's film album 'The Long Riders' but I'm afraid I don't really. It seems to be called either The Seneca Square Dance or Waiting For the Federals - I'd previously thought that these were two different tunes played, one quick and one slow but having listened to a few versions the name seems to be interchangeable. I thought it might prove quite popular as a US tune so I thought I'd get my effort in early! http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=36941
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Fidjit on January 03, 2011, 06:01:55 PM
Yeah, Well If I only had a brain.  :Ph

This was inspired by the Classic 40's Christmas film With Liza Minelli's Mum in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbn0BM7mxY

I wonder if some side could do a Molly Dance to this ?

"Dats all Folks"

Chas
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 04, 2011, 09:04:58 AM
Old Joe Clark, on 1 row 4 stop
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=36978
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 04, 2011, 09:26:56 AM
Oh and don't know if its from US but it mentions new york
Can't you dance the polka?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bu4vM7lz2o
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Larry on January 04, 2011, 11:38:47 AM
Thanks Mcgrooger,
great tune and well done!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Larry on January 04, 2011, 01:34:12 PM
Dear Lady,
Your joe clark is great and your hard work is insiprational.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 04, 2011, 01:45:05 PM
Dear Lady,
Your joe clark is great and your hard work is insiprational.
Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Mcgrooger on January 04, 2011, 03:13:04 PM
Thanks Mcgrooger,
great tune and well done!
You're very kind - thank you!   :|bl
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clive Williams on January 04, 2011, 11:53:26 PM
A couple of recordings from me this month, and we're off to New England for some Shaker hymn music. The story of the Shakers is an interesting one (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakers), and apart from their furniture and architecture styles for which they are well known, they have left a wonderful tradition of simple hymn music too.

I found these tunes through William Coulter and Barry Phillips, whose instrumental guitar/cello/violin albums are just wonderful, and they've done 3 albums of Shaker music, two of which you can get from Amazon UK here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001HP0J6C/ref=sr_shvl_album_1_artist_rd?ie=UTF8&parent=B001L6M8SY&qid=1294184559&sr=301-1).

So here we have:

Love is Little / Tree of Life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCteyZBGIVM).

and

Canterbury Solemn Song / Lord Protect thy Chosen Flock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFRUhq-1Jwc)

Tree of Life, in particular, I think is just a *gorgeous* tune. So much so in fact, that I change from Love is Little after about 2 mins, and then apparently lose myself in Tree of Life for the next 4 mins. I hadn't intended the track to last that long! Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, with the old unisonoric basses in full flow.

Enjoy,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: mayord21 on January 05, 2011, 04:28:24 AM
Clive; I really enjoyed your shaker hymns. Do you hold some buttons down right through a bellows change ?
Very smooth and beautiful sound. What mic / recording device do you use  ?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Brimley on January 05, 2011, 08:59:35 AM
Beautiful, Clive.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Larry on January 05, 2011, 09:14:24 AM
Thank you again, A real Sunday performance. sublime and far reaching.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clive Williams on January 05, 2011, 09:27:50 AM
Clive; I really enjoyed your shaker hymns. Do you hold some buttons down right through a bellows change ?
Very smooth and beautiful sound. What mic / recording device do you use  ?

Thanks folks - it's all recorded on a Macbook, using iMovie for the video and GarageBand for the sound, recorded simultaneously, and the Garageband sound used to replace the iMovie sound. The sound is recorded on an old Sony ECM MS907 stereo microphone designed for use with a minidisc recorder (you can still get these on ebay for about £50), which is plugged into the laptop via a B-Tech BT26 single channel pre-amp (about £30 from Amazon).

There's lots of buttons being held down - in fact, because I'm playing unisonorically there's probably a G drone on the bass going virtually all the time!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on January 05, 2011, 12:07:03 PM
I think I may have a go at "Waiting for the Federals" as well. John Spiers uses it as a learning device on his teaching CD with Lucy Huzzard (a lady to watch out for, incidently), so I can kill two birds with one stone as it were. As usual though I shan't post it, because of low mechanical skills.  :Ph
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Lester on January 05, 2011, 12:34:17 PM
I think I may have a go at "Waiting for the Federals" as well. John Spiers uses it as a learning device on his teaching CD with Lucy Huzzard (a lady to watch out for, incidently), so I can kill two birds with one stone as it were. As usual though I shan't post it, because of low mechanical skills.  :Ph

There are old people and even girls  >:E on melnet who have the "mechanical skills"  so may be you should spend some time learning them and share your music  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 05, 2011, 01:36:16 PM
A couple of recordings from me this month, and we're off to New England for some Shaker hymn music.

These are wonderful!  Thank you.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: mayord21 on January 06, 2011, 04:14:49 PM
Old Joe Clark, on 1 row 4 stop
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=36978
Hi Ladyd;
I like this Joe Clark rendition. Sounds great on this 4 stop. 
What type of 4 stop is this one ?
Have you other recordings/videos using this melodeon ?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: jackson10 on January 07, 2011, 01:59:39 AM
I like this tune "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans".

http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/109387681

Regards,
John C.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Larry on January 07, 2011, 11:07:13 AM
Hi Jackson! 1 post and your a star. Miss New Orleans is a lovely
name for a lovely melody. I would also like to hear you play it on
a dryer note. They have so much wet down there and drying it out
could be fun to hear also.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: jackson10 on January 07, 2011, 04:09:12 PM
Hi Jackson! 1 post and your a star. Miss New Orleans is a lovely
name for a lovely melody. I would also like to hear you play it on
a dryer note. They have so much wet down there and drying it out
could be fun to hear also.

Thanks for the friendly words to a new guy!  I tried it on the one-reed setting and it is a good sound.
http://www.vimeo.com/18535035
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Larry on January 07, 2011, 04:20:55 PM
Hi Jackson, Bravo, Bravo! encore......
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clive Williams on January 07, 2011, 11:29:26 PM

Thanks for the friendly words to a new guy!  I tried it on the one-reed setting and it is a good sound.
http://www.vimeo.com/18535035

Splendid! Thanks very much for posting!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: mayord21 on January 08, 2011, 05:47:53 AM

Here is my choice for United States Tune.

Flop Ear Mule starts in key of D and changes to key of A .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOsVEj4IL_w
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Ryall on January 08, 2011, 01:42:02 PM
Something I heard at Uni in the late 70's and rediscovered about 5 years ago.

   http://chrisryall.net/music/downandout.mp3 (Jimmy Cox 1923)

1st take (a 'whoops' included) on Oakwood C#/D/G into an Olympus LS11 recorder
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on January 08, 2011, 02:17:07 PM
As it says on the tin, I opened the box and these chestnuts rolled out. I think they will have to do. (I have just noticed that one is a repeat from another recent posting on the theme, different style and keys so I guess ok).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWnlOdZWeQ8

I think that is me done for the month.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 09, 2011, 01:30:23 PM
Okay, inspired by the singing and playing thread, here's a Stephen Foster song, "Hard Times Come Again No More."  Singing and playing is not my forte, but I've been inspired to try.  It comes together around 1:46.   (:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPGSBkpz84E
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Andy in Vermont on January 09, 2011, 07:04:27 PM
  It comes together around 1:46.   (:)

It sure does!  Great!
-Andy
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: forrest on January 09, 2011, 09:48:41 PM
Something I heard at Uni in the late 70's and rediscovered about 5 years ago.

   http://chrisryall.net/music/downandout.mp3 (Jimmy Cox 1923)

1st take (a 'whoops' included) on Oakwood C#/D/G into an Olympus LS11 recorder

Awesome job Chris!!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Larry on January 11, 2011, 02:41:57 PM
Hi Chris, out there pitching and down with a strike...(score). real nice accordion part and
sung in a very friendly way..applause

(over and out) :-) I think I heard you once at a Holiday inn in
Fort wayne Indiana.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Ryall on January 11, 2011, 03:46:33 PM
Only even been to USA twice - a musical odyssey Chesapeak bay - Apalation mountains - N Carolina - Nashville (for my companion  :Ph) - Memphis .. and I once won 2 weeks in San Francisco playing cards! 

Mid West ... completely unexplored but thanks for the thought
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: forrest on January 13, 2011, 11:02:18 PM
This was a hard choice. I didn't realize that there were so many tunes that I could play until I had to make a decision. I finally settled on a tune that probably might have originated in France, travelled to islands in the Indian Ocean, and then somehow was picked up and played by musicians in Cajun country. Therefore, although it didn't originate here in the States, it was adopted, and well cared for. Although I'm not much at playing Cajun style, I do admire it, played here on the Weltmeister 4-stopper in C. It's a little mazurka called Chez Seychelles:

                             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35RLQsoobbA

                                            
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Ryall on January 14, 2011, 05:13:03 AM
That was so cool  8) Didn't even realise they mazurka'd in the Saychelles. You'd have me on my feet playing that one.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: forrest on January 14, 2011, 08:07:56 PM
That was so cool  8)

                                      Aw, shucks :|bl
Quote

 You'd have me on my feet playing that one.

                                        I hope not leaving the room!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 16, 2011, 03:40:01 PM
Sandy River Belle....or as close as I can manage (thanks steve for introducing me to this one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIEiF6DtRgg
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 16, 2011, 06:29:27 PM
Sandy River Belle....or as close as I can manage (thanks steve for introducing me to this one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIEiF6DtRgg
Sarah - I've sent you a PM
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 17, 2011, 12:20:37 PM
This was the abc I used.....

X:1
T:Sandy River Belle
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
DEGA B2B6 | AGAB e2d2 | DEGA B2B6 | AGAB ABE2 |
DEGA B2B6 | AGAB e2d2 | degd eged | BGA2 G4 :|
|: g2gg edeg | b2bg agef | g2gg edeg | fefg a4 |     
g2gg edeg | b2bg agef | degd eged | BGA2 G4 :|
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 17, 2011, 12:57:36 PM
This was the abc I used.....
Hmm.... The note lengths are totally mangled in bars 1, 3 and 5, because someone has gefurked the ABC syntax.  Where did you find it?

Here's a corrected version:
X:2
T:Sandy River Belle
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
DEGA B B3 | AGAB e2d2 | DEGA B B3 | AGAB ABE2 |
DEGA B B3 | AGAB e2d2 | degd eged | BGA2 G4 :|
|: g2gg edeg | b2bg agef | g2gg edeg | fefg a4 |
g2gg edeg | b2bg agef | degd eged | BGA2 G4 :|

Also, the two parts are generally played in the opposite order.

This ought to serve as a general warning that although there are now thousands of ABC files out there on t' interweb thingy, in my experience a good proportion of them are shot through with errors, sometimes due to bad ABC coding, other times because the notes are just plain wrong.

Use with caution!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: ladydetemps on January 17, 2011, 01:00:08 PM
This was the abc I used.....
Hmm.... The note lengths are totally mangled in bars 1, 3 and 5, because someone has gefurked the ABC syntax.  Where did you find it?

got it from here
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/SAM_SAO.htm
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 17, 2011, 01:07:42 PM
This was the abc I used.....
Hmm.... The note lengths are totally mangled in bars 1, 3 and 5, because someone has gefurked the ABC syntax.  Where did you find it?

got it from here
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/SAM_SAO.htm

One of the more reliable sources I think, but you still need to be aware of possible errors. 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Ollie on January 17, 2011, 05:33:26 PM
This was the abc I used.....
Hmm.... The note lengths are totally mangled in bars 1, 3 and 5, because someone has gefurked the ABC syntax.  Where did you find it?

What an awesome word!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: MandoC on January 20, 2011, 06:48:24 PM
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=38268

Folks: I just posted an American waltz on Onmvoice written by Noah Van Norstrand called Crown Point.  The transcription is mine so any errors belong to yours truly. I play a Saltarelle Swift BC button accordion, and my wife is playing a Roland FP8 digital piano.  I would appreciate any constructive criticism on my playing.  All the best Charlie
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: melod-ian on January 20, 2011, 08:20:18 PM
This is me playing along to my favourite Zydeco tune of the moment, I know it as The Ardoin Two step. The Original is by Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin, but as with most Cajun & Zydeco there's variants of this tune all over the place.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZQNQ_s9JqM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZQNQ_s9JqM)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: MandoC on January 20, 2011, 10:41:22 PM
Ian:  Nice playing on the Cajun accordion.  I recently saw a movie you might find interesting called "Schultz gets the Blues".  It is about a German oompah accordion player who hears a Cajun/Zydeco tune late one night on the radio and can't get it out of his mind. He learns it and plays it in competitions in Germany but no one cares for the piece except his close friends. Eventually he goes to the US in Texas and makes his way toward Louisiana with adventures along the way.  It is sometimes slow like Europeon films are, but I liked it. I can relate to being grabbed by a tune that won't let you go.  Charlie
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: melod-ian on January 21, 2011, 06:32:53 AM
...It is about a German oompah accordion player who hears a Cajun/Zydeco tune late one night on the radio and can't get it out of his mind. He learns it and plays it in competitions in Germany but no one cares for the piece except his close friends.

sounds like my life last year!... i'll check it out
Thanks Charlie
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 21, 2011, 11:32:30 AM
I just saw this film last week.  It was very charming.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: jack on January 24, 2011, 07:05:07 PM
Hi everyone! Here's 2 polkas, 'La Napolera' from the Flaco DVD and 'Cotula' by Santiago Jimenez Sr. (via Brian Peters).

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=38618

Played on a Black Pearl II.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: forrest on January 27, 2011, 03:33:55 AM
Hi everyone! Here's 2 polkas, 'La Napolera' from the Flaco DVD and 'Cotula' by Santiago Jimenez Sr. (via Brian Peters).

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=38618

Played on a Black Pearl II.

Very nice, Jack!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: melod-ian on January 27, 2011, 10:15:20 AM
Hi everyone! Here's 2 polkas, 'La Napolera' from the Flaco DVD and 'Cotula' by Santiago Jimenez Sr. (via Brian Peters).

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=38618

Played on a Black Pearl II.

Very nicely played Jack.. participially La Napolera... i've got this on some old Tejano compilation played much faster.But this is a much better speed for this tune.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: jack on January 27, 2011, 05:09:26 PM
Thanks for the comments - I've got to be honest - I did look to see if there were any!  ::)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Steve C. on January 28, 2011, 02:32:43 AM
Hello GbH--cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Holiday.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on January 31, 2011, 11:44:40 AM
I was going to do "waiting for the Federals" as a slow air (as played on John Spiers DVD) however I couldn't work out the chords for Part B >:(
As I had today off I decided to learn "the Tennessee Waltz" in stead

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=39356 (http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=39356)

enjoy!

Louise
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: mayord21 on January 31, 2011, 01:45:34 PM
I was going to do "waiting for the Federals" as a slow air (as played on John Spiers DVD) however I couldn't work out the chords for Part B >:(
As I had today off I decided to learn "the Tennessee Waltz" in stead

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=39356 (http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=39356)

enjoy!

Louise

Very nicely done !
 I was also learning Tennessee Waltz and Missouri Waltz as well ( almost a lullaby ! and requires some accidentals)

Don
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on January 31, 2011, 04:13:33 PM
I was also learning Tennessee Waltz and Missouri Waltz as well (http://I was also learning Tennessee Waltz and Missouri Waltz as well)

hope we get to hear them :|||:

louise
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Gary Chapin on January 31, 2011, 04:32:40 PM
Love "The Tennessee Waltze."  Nicely done.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: GbH on January 31, 2011, 05:26:02 PM
Hello GbH--cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Holiday.

I just spotted this.  Thanks!  It's a fun tune to play and should fit on a standard 2 row (with accidentals) too.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clive Williams on January 31, 2011, 11:55:57 PM
Time to move onto a new theme! Late submissions as ever are very welcome!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: mayord21 on February 01, 2011, 12:46:18 AM
I was inspired by Tennessee waltz submission to submit another waltz  from USA - Missouri Waltz
It is still January where I live in Canada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5oLf8tuTk

Don
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on February 01, 2011, 11:32:10 AM
Nice one Don!

Louise
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Brimley on February 01, 2011, 05:40:14 PM
Oh well, better late than never:

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=39560

Amy Cann's Catharsis, my current favourite tune on the box.  Others seem to have stuck to the original key of Gm, but I've found it easier in Am, to get the bass rhythms.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Brimley on February 01, 2011, 08:36:38 PM
Steve, I've got a sneaking suspicion that those runs may be a bit easier on the fiddle than it is on the box!  They do seem to play it at breakneck speed, all of them, don't they?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Chris Brimley on February 03, 2011, 01:35:21 PM
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the second part is one of the most awkward, brain-frying things I have attemped

Yes, I agree, this merits further comment:  I have to say that this was the main initial problem for me in playing this.  My solution, which I understood more about as a result of learning this tune, was to think in terms of chord accompaniments and rhythm first - so if you take the B-music run of Am G F Em Em/D, I tried to use buttons mainly in the same direction for each chord - so pull for Am, push for G, pull for both F and Em,  Then I realised that I was running out of bellows because of all the pulls, and I needed some pushes to allow enough time for the air button.  Luckily the D at the end allows this, if you deliberately use pushes on those notes.  So I now find the staccato 'all one direction' bits easy, it's the transition bits that cause me most problems.

I'm now trying to learn new tunes in these terms first - so I try to fit the phrases either to a 'chugga chugga' pattern, or to staccato playing of all pulls or all pushes.  One-row players seem to develop the opposite technique of giving equal prominence to pulls and pushes, whereas many CBA players smoothe everything out into long pulls or pushes to avoid having to throw a heavy instrument around.  My idea is to try to use the best of both worlds in a sort of middle ground approach, and I think I probably like Catharsis because it's turned out to be a successful example, for me.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Anahata on February 06, 2011, 05:38:02 PM
A late entry for this category, combined with an entry for this month's Tune of the month, as they are two versions of the same tune.
Over The Waterfall and Dark Girl Dressed in Blue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge74xUqClQY)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: bellmartin on October 30, 2013, 04:05:58 AM
A transatlantic effort, here's an American tune that's sung to an English text... No text here, however.

Marching to Zion, by Robert Lowry (1826-1899): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP1-w4jlzCc

Played on a Dino Baffetti Binci 3-voice
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Harmonicatunes on November 07, 2018, 02:50:39 AM
While some of the tunes come in late, I think this one sets the record, at almost 8 years.

Here my band, the Tony Eyers Trio, plays the American old time standard "Duck River". We play a little harmonica on this one as well. The accordions are a D/G Saltarelle Le Bouebe, tuned  up by Peter Hyde, and an A/D Mike Rowbotham Liliput.

You can see us at https://youtu.be/KYhG5FnjRGA (https://youtu.be/KYhG5FnjRGA)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Steve_freereeder on November 07, 2018, 09:49:16 AM
While some of the tunes come in late, I think this one sets the record, at almost 8 years.

Here my band, the Tony Eyers Trio, plays the American old time standard "Duck River". We play a little harmonica on this one as well. The accordions are a D/G Saltarelle Le Bouebe, tuned  up by Peter Hyde, and an A/D Mike Rowbotham Liliput.

You can see us at https://youtu.be/KYhG5FnjRGA (https://youtu.be/KYhG5FnjRGA)

Absolutely brilliant! I loved this.  (:)
Great tune, superb rhythmic playing and post-production gubbins.  ;)

Oi minds the toime when oi was showin' the new vicar round the church. "Oi can't make it out", 'e says, "all the children in this 'ere village looks aloike to me". And oi larffed, but 'e never seemed ter follow me so, oi give it up.

Bernard Miles: 'Me an' old Charlie' (1940)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Pete Dunk on November 07, 2018, 07:08:53 PM
I agree with Steve, a thoroughly delightful performance, superb arrangement and all round good fun. I hope I will one day see the trio take centre stage again, more please!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Dick Rees on November 07, 2018, 08:48:55 PM
While some of the tunes come in late, I think this one sets the record, at almost 8 years.

Here my band, the Tony Eyers Trio, plays the American old time standard "Duck River". We play a little harmonica on this one as well. The accordions are a D/G Saltarelle Le Bouebe, tuned  up by Peter Hyde, and an A/D Mike Rowbotham Liliput.

You can see us at https://youtu.be/KYhG5FnjRGA (https://youtu.be/KYhG5FnjRGA)

Hats off to the guy in the middle...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Harmonicatunes on November 08, 2018, 03:43:17 AM
That's how it played out. Two hats, three heads. After heated discussions the left and right hand heads prevailed.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for January 2011 - Tunes from the United States
Post by: Clawhammer on November 08, 2018, 03:02:05 PM
AGREED re: wonderful theme (said the bedraggled American). 

A quick story re: Blackberry Blossom: President US Grant (presidential term 1869-1877) was supposedly once quoted as saying something to the effect that he "really hated music, ESPECIALLY that @#$%$# Blackberry Blossom."