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Title: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on April 12, 2012, 09:23:45 AM
Welcome,
Are you a beginner?
Have you been playing for a short while but don't feel brave enough to join in the TOTM?
Well here is the place for you!
This is a safe area. No flaming. No arguments. Just encouragement. Post your first video and receive helpful hints tips and comments (hopefully).

Just pick any TOTM (tune of the month) from our archive (see list below) that you feel you can achieve. Post a link to the video or audio as a reply to this thread. Don't forget to mark it 'Beginners Showcase' along with the title of the TOTM you are playing (and if you want to how long you have been playing).

If you want tips on recording you can find them here (http://'http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,2590.0.html')
   October 2009      Speed the Plough   
   November 2009      L'Inconnu d'Limoise    
   December 2009      Princess Royal   
   January 2010      Ashokan Farewell   
   February 2010      Orange in Bloom/Sherbourne Waltz   
   March 2010      The Plane Tree/Schottische a Bethanie      
   April 2010      Battle of the Somme   
   May 2010      Michael Turner's Waltz   
   June 2010      Rusty Gully   
   July 2010      Cock of the North   
   August 2010      Nutting Girl   
   September 2010      Liberty Bell   
   October 2010      Canal in October   
   November 2010      Steamboat Hornpipe   
   December 2010              Moon and Seven Stars   
   January 2011      La Marianne   
   February 2011      Dark Girl Dressed in Blue   
   March 2011      The Cheshire Waltz   
   April 2011      La Roulante/LNB Polka   
   May 2011      Ash Grove   
   June 2011      Lemmy Brazil No. 2   
   July 2011      Three Around Three   
   August 2011      Brighton Camp   
   September 2011      Oh! Joe the Boat is Going Over   
   October 2011      The Sloe   
   November 2011      Beatrice Hill's Three Handed Reel   
   December 2011      Inna Inna   
   January 2012      Bear Dance   
   February 2012      Rabbit Stew   
   March 2012      Idbury Hill   
   April 2012      Planxty Irwin   
   May 2012      Molly Oxford   
   June 2012      Galopede   
   July 2012      Lemonville Jig   

Last updated: 10/7/2012
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on April 12, 2012, 09:24:29 AM
To show how its done and that there's nothing embarrassing about a first post of a TOTM. Here is mine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5qNOyglPhM
Speed the Plough - playing time 8 months
(its an old video...)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: myhuckleberryfriend on April 12, 2012, 09:39:46 AM
Brilliant idea!

No I've no excuse for being shy .....
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: chouston14 on April 12, 2012, 01:43:51 PM
I'm a fairly new beginner, 5 weeks. I agree this is a great idea. Now I just need to figure out how to record myself and of course learn to play one of these tunes.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on April 12, 2012, 07:01:05 PM
Thanks LDT, this is a great idea  (:).  I have been meaning to do a TOTM for a while, but when I attempted it then listened back to my playing it was so excruciating :|bl that I couldn't bring myself to post...must just get on with it now...
(And it has been most encouraging watching your own progress and seeing the huge improvements you've made in your playing :|||: - great stuff)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on April 13, 2012, 09:11:05 AM
Thanks everyone. Look forward to seeing your videos.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: bellmartin on April 13, 2012, 03:22:13 PM
What if several of us chose a tune and learned it at the same time, sharing thoughts, experiences, problems, victories...Would anyone be interested in doing that?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: matt vrs on April 15, 2012, 10:05:48 PM
 http://soundcloud.com/i-k-3/sounds-from-sunday-afternoon

This is horrible, I was surprised how intimidating it was to press record and how much that made my bellows move in the wrong direction.  But if I don't post now I never will get started and there never seems to be a moment.  I'll take this down if I do something better, this is proper beginner's stuff.

Valzer spensierato, on the Tunes from Italy theme of the month, on a Giustozzi 2 bass 1.5 row, great instrument for doing what it does.  I got the tune from a recording by Nicola Melideo but I have got the feeling it didn't go like that.

Not sure how to rename the tune on SoundCloud.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on April 15, 2012, 10:18:35 PM
http://soundcloud.com/i-k-3/sounds-from-sunday-afternoon

This is horrible, I was surprised how intimidating it was to press record and how much that made my bellows move in the wrong direction.  But if I don't post now I never will get started and there never seems to be a moment.  I'll take this down if I do something better, this is proper beginner's stuff.

Valzer spensierato, on the Tunes from Italy theme of the month, on a Giustozzi 2 bass 1.5 row, great instrument for doing what it does.  I got the tune from a recording by Nicola Melideo but I have got the feeling it didn't go like that.

Not sure how to rename the tune on SoundCloud.

Bravo!  I don't know the original tune, but this sounds great - played with real gusto, and great rhythm - well done!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on April 16, 2012, 08:54:38 AM
I.K.

That as fine a beginners rendition as I have heard, in fact if you had not posted the
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This is horrible, I was surprised how intimidating it was to press record and how much that made my bellows move in the wrong direction.  But if I don't post now I never will get started and there never seems to be a moment.  I'll take this down if I do something better, this is proper beginner's stuff.

bit I would hot have put it in the beginners pigeon hole at all.

Keep up the good work
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on April 16, 2012, 08:58:26 AM
http://soundcloud.com/i-k-3/sounds-from-sunday-afternoon
Sounds great to me. Has a nice energy and spirit to it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Fidjit on April 16, 2012, 10:21:18 AM
I.K.

That as fine a beginners rendition as I have heard, in fact if you had not posted the
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This is horrible, I was surprised how intimidating it was to press record and how much that made my bellows move in the wrong direction.  But if I don't post now I never will get started and there never seems to be a moment.  I'll take this down if I do something better, this is proper beginner's stuff.

bit I would hot have put it in the beginners pigeon hole at all.

Keep up the good work

Wot 'e said.

TOTM candidate for sure.

Chas
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Hirst on April 16, 2012, 11:16:51 AM
Valzer spensierato, on the Tunes from Italy theme of the month, on a Giustozzi 2 bass 1.5 row

It's a pretty little tune. I wonder where you had it from. I have at least two different Italian waltzes with the title Carefree (spensierato) and also a mazurca, but non match yours.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: matt vrs on April 16, 2012, 12:48:16 PM
Thank you for the encouragement everybody, much appreciated, I will try to sort the problems with flow and post to the proper place.

Now then -

"It's a pretty little tune. I wonder where you had it from."

Mike, you have got me bang to rights.  You certainly know your stuff.  I learn these things, after a fashion, then don't go back to the recordings, so I went back and checked, and what has happened is this:  Half of the A section is more or less what Nicola Melideo plays on the recording.  The other half of the A section is a failed attempt to play what Nicola Melideo plays on the recording, but what he plays is probably too hard for me at the moment, and I clearly haven't memorised it correctly anyway, and then what I have recorded includes lots of places where I am recovering myself from hitting a note that wasn't the one I planned to hit, so it's not really what Mr Melideo plays on the recording at all.  And then the B section, now you mention it... I made it up, which I had sort of forgotten about.  And it's probably not that in keeping with the style.  On the recording he drops the tune down a third to provide a B section.  So, it should probably be in "Tunes that are at least 30% from Italy" section of Tune of the Month.  I have changed the name on soundcloud in honour of a good friend of mine.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: bellmartin on April 16, 2012, 08:49:45 PM
Great job, I.K.!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Hirst on April 16, 2012, 08:57:20 PM
Thank you for the encouragement everybody, much appreciated, I will try to sort the problems with flow and post to the proper place.

Now then -

"It's a pretty little tune. I wonder where you had it from."

Mike, you have got me bang to rights.  You certainly know your stuff.  I learn these things, after a fashion, then don't go back to the recordings, so I went back and checked, and what has happened is this:  Half of the A section is more or less what Nicola Melideo plays on the recording.  The other half of the A section is a failed attempt to play what Nicola Melideo plays on the recording, but what he plays is probably too hard for me at the moment, and I clearly haven't memorised it correctly anyway, and then what I have recorded includes lots of places where I am recovering myself from hitting a note that wasn't the one I planned to hit, so it's not really what Mr Melideo plays on the recording at all.  And then the B section, now you mention it... I made it up, which I had sort of forgotten about.  And it's probably not that in keeping with the style.  On the recording he drops the tune down a third to provide a B section.  So, it should probably be in "Tunes that are at least 30% from Italy" section of Tune of the Month.  I have changed the name on soundcloud in honour of a good friend of mine.

Nothing wrong with making it up. Keep up the good work. ATB. Mike.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on April 18, 2012, 12:11:24 AM
Here goes…an attempt at Princess Royal (apologies in advance to those with sensitive ears):
http://youtu.be/vnhRdppHphc

A bit dark too – not an attempt to go incognito as did have all the lights on (tried the Youtube lighting fix but rather alarming).

Started learning in September on a Hohner Morgane D/G but this is on my Pressed Wood C/F that I acquired (!) recently as, even though it needs some work, I really like the more mellow sound.  Have been reading through a mountain of useful info on the forum and I think the first step is to replace the bellows gaskets, then on to replacing pallet facings and limiting treble button travel.

I am glad though that I started with the new Morgane as at least then I knew what came out was due to my lack of skill, rather than difficulties due to an older instrument – but compared to the Pressed Wood the Morgane does sound a bit ‘bright’, although I am sure a good player would have the control and expertise needed to produce a sweeter sound - a work in progress (:).
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on April 18, 2012, 04:35:35 AM
Thank you for your very kind comments I.K. (:)

This is turning out to be a bit like how I imagine an AA meeting might go - "Hi, I'm Spikey, this is my first TOTM post.  I am learning to play the melodeon and this is what it sounds like so far..." ;D

But good to get the first one out of the way :Ph, and have got all the recording and Youtube stuff (sort of) worked out.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on April 18, 2012, 07:25:28 AM
Here goes…an attempt at Princess Royal (apologies in advance to those with sensitive ears):
http://youtu.be/vnhRdppHphc

Another perfectly good rendition of PR. For a 6 month player that is very good, fancy three fingered bass playing (which I still cant get the hang of  :'( ) and some cross rowing if I can see through the gloom; what's not to like  ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on April 18, 2012, 09:14:05 AM
Here goes…an attempt at Princess Royal (apologies in advance to those with sensitive ears):
http://youtu.be/vnhRdppHphc

I'd never have thought you were a beginner. I like it when princess royal isn't played at rocket speed, that way you can hear the tune.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: GuyWyatt on April 18, 2012, 06:13:23 PM
Bravo Spikey
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on April 18, 2012, 08:29:01 PM
Thanks eveyone (:).  I think it helped a lot that I have played the piano for what must be nearly 40 :o years now, and the cello for a few too, so my fingers were quite strong and used to all that stretching and doing their own thing.  Bellows control is another matter though - a bit like bowing technique taking a lifetime to perfect, but at least the resulting sounds aren't as bad as poor bowing ;D. 
And playing the melodeon has definitely given me more of a feel for scale structure (or is it intervals?) - and a huge revelation realising that as I had learnt a tune on the D/G I could just pick up the C/F and play the same and it would be transposed - magic.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on April 20, 2012, 08:00:21 AM
Just seen this as I've been out of action for a while. Great idea LDT well done! Now I know where to post my performance videos.  Congratulations to all the brave folk on here for getting in front of their camcorders. For me it usually means about 35 attempts before I get something passable. If it helps, what I do is leave the camera running and say aloud the number of the "take" and make a note on a piece of paper of any decent ones. I usually find when I start to get worse instead of better it's time to sift through what I've got in the can already and pick the best of what I've got.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on April 20, 2012, 11:46:54 PM
I am learning to play the melodeon and this is what it sounds like so far..." ;D

Ah, but you play something else, and to a good standard. Phrasing of that quality doesn't just happen, you're a well practised and competent musician. So what other instruments do you play?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on April 21, 2012, 08:22:26 AM
Piano and a smidgeon of cello (see above (:)).  Thank you - I'm glad it came across OK, even though it is cringe-making to hear yourself.  So don't be put off, anyone who is debating whether to post or not (:) - it is awful, but you feel better when you've done it ;D.

When I was a teenager my old and wise piano teacher said that I didn't have enough life experience to do phrasing and expression properly (although seeing the brilliant young musicians on here and elsewhere I'm not sure this is entirely true).  Being now in the category of, ahem, 'no spring chicken' I think I've finally got it, though I'm not convinced it was a very fair exchange - I would quite like to take back some of that 'life experience'.  I don't think the people upstairs do refunds though.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on April 21, 2012, 03:25:13 PM
Piano and a smidgeon of cello (see above (:)).

Doh! I shouldn't play with speed reading threads at my age!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 01, 2012, 07:10:39 AM
At 9 months in, I'm not sure if I still qualify as a "beginner", but here's my contribution to April's TOTM played on a vintage EbBb Hohner. As I mentioned in the TOTM thread this is my first Youtube posting of any sort - as a techno-phobe I still can't believe I managed to accomplish it!  At this rate, it won't be long before I'm tweeting ...  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKj9m-INjKY
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on May 01, 2012, 07:59:27 AM
That was great!  So well played, and such an interesting and nice sounding box - it sounded like someone was delicately tap-dancing to your playing - brilliant (:).
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on May 01, 2012, 08:08:26 AM
At 9 months in, I'm not sure if I still qualify as a "beginner", but here's my contribution to April's TOTM played on a vintage EbBb Hohner. As I mentioned in the TOTM thread this is my first Youtube posting of any sort - as a techno-phobe I still can't believe I managed to accomplish it!  At this rate, it won't be long before I'm tweeting ...  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKj9m-INjKY

Nicely played and I am really envious of the box.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on May 01, 2012, 08:10:52 AM
 (:)Lovely. Well played and I love the box.  Thanks for putting this up.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on May 01, 2012, 11:33:34 AM
At 9 months in, I'm not sure if I still qualify as a "beginner", but here's my contribution to April's TOTM played on a vintage EbBb Hohner. As I mentioned in the TOTM thread this is my first Youtube posting of any sort - as a techno-phobe I still can't believe I managed to accomplish it!  At this rate, it won't be long before I'm tweeting ...  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKj9m-INjKY
Sounds nice in that boxes key.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Ollie on May 01, 2012, 01:07:26 PM
At 9 months in, I'm not sure if I still qualify as a "beginner", but here's my contribution to April's TOTM played on a vintage EbBb Hohner. As I mentioned in the TOTM thread this is my first Youtube posting of any sort - as a techno-phobe I still can't believe I managed to accomplish it!  At this rate, it won't be long before I'm tweeting ...  :o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKj9m-INjKY

Wow! After 9 months, that's very impressive. Not many 'beginners' would attempt basses, let alone right hand harmony. Looking forward to hearing more of your stuff.  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 02, 2012, 10:48:25 PM
Thanks for your kind comments! Yes, I really like the sound of the old Hohner, & the EbBb tuning, although not very common, seems an ideal key for a lot of tunes.

One of my friends watched the video & asked whether someone was playing something in the background - I had to explain to them about "Hohner percussion"!

Having mastered the intricacies of Youtube, I'm looking forward to posting some more videos. It is, however, a sobering realization after months of playing casually for myself,  that even though I can play a bunch of tunes reasonably fluently, I can barely play ANY of them - even ones I have played many, many times - all the way through without making the odd, unpredictable (& annoying) mistake.  On the positive front, I managed to get Planxty Irwin out with only a few days practice, so there is a sense that gradually things are starting to come together.

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on May 03, 2012, 07:50:25 AM
even though I can play a bunch of tunes reasonably fluently, I can barely play ANY of them - even ones I have played many, many times - all the way through without making the odd, unpredictable (& annoying) mistake.


After more than 30 years, I'm still waiting to get beyond that stage  :'(

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Just4Fun on May 03, 2012, 09:55:28 AM
And after two years I look forward to just having to worry about the 'odd' one. Mine are many and frequent and often accompanied by a sudden increase in volume!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nemethmik on May 03, 2012, 10:14:43 AM
At 9 months in, I'm not sure if I still qualify as a "beginner",
Excellent performance. I am very sure that you are an established musician (perhaps on a piano accordion), and you are not qualified as a beginner. You are like my daughter, just name the instrument and the tune and give her 2 weeks before a good paying gig
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 04, 2012, 06:29:55 AM
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After more than 30 years, I'm still waiting to get beyond that stage   

Is that meant to be encouraging, or discouraging  ??? ?!

I find it hard to believe in your case, unless that little Oakwood of yours is playing itself!  ;)

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Excellent performance. I am very sure that you are an established musician (perhaps on a piano accordion), and you are not qualified as a beginner.

No, I'm not an "established musician", but I AM Hungarian!

I only played the PA for two months before realizing the error of my ways & switching to the melodeon. My other musical experience is decades of playing (very mediocre) guitar, with no appreciable advance from my teenage years, & 2 years of the mandolin, which I took up recently & have now somewhat abandoned due to MADness.

To my mind, the melodeon is a very gratifying instruments to learn. It's small, compact, light-weight & simple, but at the same time powerful & expressive. It's brilliantly designed for ease of playing - ergonomic & no more complicated than required. No real stretching or contorting of the fingers is required & (unlike the mandolin which required suffering months of painful finger pads) there's no pain involved. When you hit a button, it sounds the note - there's none of that frustrating "how the hell do I fret THAT string while simultaneously fretting THAT one?!  >:(   and - unlike bowed stringed instruments, or woodwind, or brass - when you sound the note, it sounds clear & true.

The absolute key for me has been the aid provided by YouTube. I'm an "intuitive player" - the idea of lessons or even following a book or other theoretical learning system is anathema to me. Being able to see & hear accomplished players on YouTube has pushed me to learn new tunes & advance slowly but steadily. That, & putting in the time.





Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on May 04, 2012, 08:14:52 AM
I find it hard to believe in your case, unless that little Oakwood of yours is playing itself!  ;)


Whatever, I still hit wrong notes on tunes I've been playing for years.

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nemethmik on May 04, 2012, 08:38:17 AM
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Excellent performance. I am very sure that you are an established musician (perhaps on a piano accordion), and you are not qualified as a beginner.
No, I'm not an "established musician", but I AM Hungarian!
Incredible! I love your description of the advantages of the melodeon.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on May 04, 2012, 09:00:24 AM
To clarify the 'beginner issue' if you are a beginner on the melodeon it counts, as long as you do mention any previous significant experience playing an instrument at a more than beginner level.

Signed The Moderator
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Tom on May 04, 2012, 09:45:08 AM
Here's my stab at Rabbit Stew:

http://youtu.be/c-jTT3T0bao

I actually learned this during feb. but really wanted to try a 'fancy' video and just never got round to it.
featuring my brilliant new Sandpiper! (and the legendary 'Dubl Handi')


To clarify the 'beginner issue' if you are a beginner on the melodeon it counts, as long as you do mention any previous significant experience playing an instrument at a more than beginner level.

Signed The Moderator

Haha... In the interests of honesty; I've been playing Box for about 5 months. I'm a jobbing/teaching drummer and world perc player. Melodeon is the first tuned instrument i've ever really got to grips with. (not counting piano to grade 2, 20 years ago)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on May 04, 2012, 09:56:26 AM
Here's my stab at Rabbit Stew:

http://youtu.be/c-jTT3T0bao

I actually learned this during feb. but really wanted to try a 'fancy' video and just never got round to it.
featuring my brilliant new Sandpiper! (and the legendary 'Dubl Handi')


To clarify the 'beginner issue' if you are a beginner on the melodeon it counts, as long as you do mention any previous significant experience playing an instrument at a more than beginner level.

Signed The Moderator

Haha... In the interests of honesty; I've been playing Box for about 5 months. I'm a jobbing/teaching drummer and world perc player. Melodeon is the first tuned instrument i've ever really got to grips with. (not counting piano to grade 2, 20 years ago)

Boy do you have swing  ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on May 04, 2012, 09:58:57 AM
Here's my stab at Rabbit Stew:

http://youtu.be/c-jTT3T0bao

I actually learned this during feb. but really wanted to try a 'fancy' video and just never got round to it.
featuring my brilliant new Sandpiper! (and the legendary 'Dubl Handi')

I like that version. You play it same speed I do.
I notice your adding your own artificial Hohner clack. ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Tom on May 04, 2012, 10:14:22 AM
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I notice your adding your own artificial Hohner clack. ;)

laughs out loud
Yes.... i guess of some deep level i must miss that horrible, clacky, over-wet sound!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 04, 2012, 05:23:46 PM
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Here's my stab at Rabbit Stew

Very nice!

Judging by that video, the Sandpiper sounds a little drier tuned than a Morgane & does not have the typical growling Hohner bass - a little more Italian-sounding I would say.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on May 04, 2012, 08:54:53 PM
Boy do you have swing  ;D
Wot Lester said (:).  It really made me want to dance - one of those ones you watch and can't stop smiling.  Excellent playing (and you are forgiven for your previous musical experience...)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: bellmartin on May 09, 2012, 03:01:55 AM
Hurray, Tom! Really fun.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 15, 2012, 07:38:33 AM
Oh dear ...   :-[

After my first Youtube posting, I was optimistic I'd be able able to dash off a few more in short order.  No such luck.   :-\

Even tunes I've been playing for months failed to come together as hoped for when seated in front of the camera. For me, there really is a vast chasm between playing a tune "more-or-less" right & playing it through, on demand, without "unforced errors". And familiarity doesn't seem to narrow that gap much.

Anyway, after some disappointing results, I decided to tackle a new tune, although one that I've played for a while on the mandolin. I apologize for hammering away on the treble buttons so aggressively - I was going for a pronounced rhythm but didn't appreciate quite how hard I was hitting those buttons! Going to have to pad those pallettes ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el6MEHtt1Rg





Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on May 15, 2012, 08:19:48 AM
Oh dear ...   :-[

After my first Youtube posting, I was optimistic I'd be able able to dash off a few more in short order.  No such luck.   :-\

Even tunes I've been playing for months failed to come together as hoped for when seated in front of the camera. For me, there really is a vast chasm between playing a tune "more-or-less" right & playing it through, on demand, without "unforced errors". And familiarity doesn't seem to narrow that gap much.

Anyway, after some disappointing results, I decided to tackle a new tune, although one that I've played for a while on the mandolin. I apologize for hammering away on the treble buttons so aggressively - I was going for a pronounced rhythm but didn't appreciate quite how hard I was hitting those buttons! Going to have to pad those pallettes ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el6MEHtt1Rg

I love this.  Well played that man!!! That was a long time to keep going for - I'm not usually that brave!  Lovely sounding and looking box btw. I quite like all the clacking as it happens.  Thank you for sharing this :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Theo on May 15, 2012, 08:22:50 AM
Just a small point of friendly information. (:)   Unless your box is very unusual it is a Bb/Eb not the other way round. 

The convention is outside row/inside row. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mcgrooger on May 16, 2012, 11:26:00 AM
Airtime - this is really nice playing - stop dissing yersel'! You might imagine that those of us who've posted quite a lot of TOTMs just sit down and film a single take or maybe a couple. Whlist recording my 3/8 bourrees for this month's ThOTM I wore out the batteries in my camera AND digital sound recorder, performed an endless number of takes and still managed to muff quite a number of notes before I decided nuff was nuff and to post anyway. I think for most of us, sitting down in front of a camera has a weird 'stage fright' effect. Keep playing, keep smiling and stop underestimating your own playing. This was of a standard which certainly didn't *have* to be in the Beginner's arena imho.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on May 16, 2012, 11:29:50 AM
Airtime - this is really nice playing - stop dissing yersel'! You might imagine that those of us who've posted quite a lot of TOTMs just sit down and film a single take or maybe a couple. Whlist recording my 3/8 bourrees for this month's ThOTM I wore out the batteries in my camera AND digital sound recorder, performed an endless number of takes and still managed to muff quite a number of notes before I decided nuff was nuff and to post anyway. I think for most of us, sitting down in front of a camera has a weird 'stage fright' effect. Keep playing, keep smiling and stop underestimating your own playing. This was of a standard which certainly didn't *have* to be in the Beginner's arena imho.

Well said that man!  You should see the amount of takes I do of my vids before I decide that by the law of diminishing returns it ain't gonna get any better!! ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Poustevnik on May 17, 2012, 02:27:38 PM
Thinking that I'd get into the spirit of things, I've made my first video.

Please bear in mind that I've only been playing for 6 days, so this is going to be very basic, but here is my attempt at the Bear's Dance (be kind!  :-[)

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

Edit: any feedback would be hugely appreciated!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mcgrooger on May 17, 2012, 05:02:45 PM
Thinking that I'd get into the spirit of things, I've made my first video.


I'd say that's brilliant progress in such a short time. Well played and good on yer for putting up the vid! (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 17, 2012, 05:37:59 PM
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Airtime - this is really nice playing - stop dissing yersel'! You might imagine that those of us who've posted quite a lot of TOTMs just sit down and film a single take or maybe a couple. Whlist recording my 3/8 bourrees for this month's ThOTM I wore out the batteries in my camera AND digital sound recorder, performed an endless number of takes and still managed to muff quite a number of notes before I decided nuff was nuff and to post anyway. I think for most of us, sitting down in front of a camera has a weird 'stage fright' effect. Keep playing, keep smiling and stop underestimating your own playing. This was of a standard which certainly didn't *have* to be in the Beginner's arena imho.

I'm not sure I'm really dissing myself!  I'm actually quite happy with the progress I've been making with the melodeon. It's a most gratifying instrument in that sense. What is a bit frustrating is that even in the case of tunes I've been playing (for myself) a lot, & that I feel I play pretty competently,  when it comes to playing them through without mistakes - I'm not there yet. I'm wondering when - or if ever - I will reach that level of competence? Obviously, if you're going to play live, you don't have the luxury of doing multiple re-takes!

In addition, I find when I haven't played a tune for a while ... I forget how to play it. I need to monkey around with it for a few minutes before the "playing memory" comes back to me! This also does not auger well for the ability to sit down & play a few tunes to entertain others!

So ... my real question is: is there point somewhere in playing development at which it all comes together & you can just pick up a box & start squeezing out a variety of tunes "on demand" with no - or at least minimal - mistakes?

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 17, 2012, 05:45:44 PM
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Please bear in mind that I've only been playing for 6 days, so this is going to be very basic, but here is my attempt at the Bear's Dance

Very nice!    (:)

That's the great thing about the melodeon - you can get very gratifying sounds: the interplay between the bass, chords  & melody - with a minimum amount of fuss.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on May 17, 2012, 09:46:31 PM
Thinking that I'd get into the spirit of things, I've made my first video.
Edit: any feedback would be hugely appreciated!

Another newbie who pretty obviously plays another instrument to a decent standard. You are of course guilty of the grave sin of rushing through the bits you are confident with, it's what we all do!. It also struck me that as time went on you were losing confidence after the initial adrenalin rush. Take a deep breath, relax and play the whole thing at a speed you can play the hardest bit at without making a mistake, repeat ad nauseum until boredom drives you to increase tempo slightly.

Six days? You know, that was good by anybody's standard in such a sort time. Looking forward to more!

Pete
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on May 17, 2012, 10:01:57 PM
Thinking that I'd get into the spirit of things, I've made my first video.
Well done!  For 6 days playing that's excellent progress, and a clear video with good sound - keep going :||:!

I really like seeing the progress people make, it's very encouraging, so it's good to see your first tune - thanks for posting this (:), and look forward to more on TOTM!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on May 18, 2012, 07:22:55 AM
You've been very honest here and posted a "warts and all" performance. Thank you - the progress you make will be fascinating!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Poustevnik on May 18, 2012, 11:30:47 AM
Thanks so much for all the feedback guys :)

I think when it came down to the speed I was suffering from camera nerves :p After playing through it a few more times, the speed of the piece is all as one now, and is certainly much smoother :) Maybe I'll get round to uploading another version at some point in the future :)

This is what I love about this forum, everyone is very supportive!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on May 18, 2012, 11:39:52 AM
Thanks so much for all the feedback guys :)

I think when it came down to the speed I was suffering from camera nerves :p After playing through it a few more times, the speed of the piece is all as one now, and is certainly much smoother :) Maybe I'll get round to uploading another version at some point in the future :)

This is what I love about this forum, everyone is very supportive!

No problem. We've all been there at some time.  Keep on keeping on!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Susi on June 02, 2012, 03:22:46 PM
I had forgotten about this thread. What a shame! Nice recordings you've posted here so far! I'll have to take out my squeezebox again now. Have been working 24/7 more or less during the month of April and early May, now finally have some space.
As for camera nerves, I'm the master of messing up in front of the camera.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Moleman on June 03, 2012, 12:36:09 PM
Just read through the whole thread - marvellous! The TOTM thread is too daunting for me, but this is a great idea for leading into it. All the entries thus far have spurred me on to submit an entry of my own; most likely a morris tune. Wife treated me to a D/G sandpiper from TMR last October, so have been playing around 6 months now. Currently not playing, following shoulder surgery, but that gives me time to work out how to record the eventual effort!
Al, from the accordion forum, suggests recording your playing, in order to self-critique: I see the benefit of that as well as posting vids for others to view and comment on.
Six weeks or so and I'll have a go at a vid - unless my nerves give out in the meantime!!

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on June 21, 2012, 06:52:27 PM
I'm not sure I'm really dissing myself!  I'm actually quite happy with the progress I've been making with the melodeon. It's a most gratifying instrument in that sense. What is a bit frustrating is that even in the case of tunes I've been playing (for myself) a lot, & that I feel I play pretty competently,  when it comes to playing them through without mistakes - I'm not there yet. I'm wondering when - or if ever - I will reach that level of competence? Obviously, if you're going to play live, you don't have the luxury of doing multiple re-takes!

In addition, I find when I haven't played a tune for a while ... I forget how to play it. I need to monkey around with it for a few minutes before the "playing memory" comes back to me! This also does not auger well for the ability to sit down & play a few tunes to entertain others!

I do admit this was posted some time ago, but I just wanted to point out that I've been playing for eight months and I could have posted what Airtime just said WORD FOR WORD.  Literally exactly how I feel.  You can play something pretty well, but you muck up a few notes here and there, and you speed up and slow down, and pull funny faces, and wonder if you will ever be able to play like all the others do.

Well, my fellow first-years, I'm sure everyone has been there, and this is a great thread for realising that this is a stage that everyone goes through.  If playing an instrument didn't require effort then everyone would do it.  Our videos on here that we are so modest about are our first attempts to walk rather than crawl, and there is always going to be a bit of staggering and reaching out for furniture.  Long-term players we are trying to impress are all clustered around us like adult relatives cooing over our progress and how well we are walking at such an early age, while we are frustrated at the fact that we cannot yet run.

I am philosophical today.  I really must go home and just record Princess Royal, one take, warts and all.  Just to see how it goes. 

Al, from the accordion forum, suggests recording your playing, in order to self-critique: I see the benefit of that as well as posting vids for others to view and comment on.
I would also suggest that this is a great way for remembering how you played a tune.  Just video yourself playing it once, then in a few months when you were trying to remember how you did that bass or got that nice little twiddle, there it is.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on June 21, 2012, 09:02:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEfJHiPwnWU

As promised. Me at 8 months of playing. I have a fairly musical background - flute, recorder group, choir etc. at school. I have a good ear for harmony and can arrange a bit. Can sight read as a hint but mainly play by ear.

The video is me playing Princess Royal, Trumpet Hornpipe and The Moon and Seven Stars, backed by football and occasional comments from spouse. At least the cat didn't start rubbing his face on the bass end this time.  They are in descending order of how long I've been playing them for. One take, warts and all. So I'm getting there, but still mucking up a few bits in tunes I've been practicing a while, and stumbling through tunes I don't know so well.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on June 22, 2012, 01:48:04 AM
Well Strig you're a gusty woman - posting "warts & all"!  :o

What I can tell you, is that since I posted my comments I have made further progress & I'm reaching the point where I can play a number of tunes mostly error-free. This is not to say I don't make any mistakes, but they are starting to become few & far between, rather than predictably frequent. The answer remains, as ever -  PRACTICE! I'm almost at a year in & I can say there's a significant difference between 8 months & 12 months (if you're practicing a lot). All the time & experience does add up. It's instructive to have video of earlier efforts in order to put the improvement in clear focus.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on June 22, 2012, 03:03:19 AM
Double post.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on June 22, 2012, 09:13:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEfJHiPwnWU

As promised. Me at 8 months of playing. I have a fairly musical background - flute, recorder group, choir etc. at school. I have a good ear for harmony and can arrange a bit. Can sight read as a hint but mainly play by ear.

The video is me playing Princess Royal, Trumpet Hornpipe and The Moon and Seven Stars, backed by football and occasional comments from spouse. At least the cat didn't start rubbing his face on the bass end this time.  They are in descending order of how long I've been playing them for. One take, warts and all. So I'm getting there, but still mucking up a few bits in tunes I've been practicing a while, and stumbling through tunes I don't know so well.
Your princess royal is coming along really well. :) And I didn't attempt seven stars till quite recently so well done. keep going.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on June 22, 2012, 10:05:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEfJHiPwnWU

As promised. Me at 8 months of playing. I have a fairly musical background - flute, recorder group, choir etc. at school. I have a good ear for harmony and can arrange a bit. Can sight read as a hint but mainly play by ear.

A marathon performance! Your ear for harmony is well apparent from the effort you are making to cross rows in the last tune to get the right chords, no matter how hard it is to do. Fluency will come - it's only a matter of time.

As Sarah says - keep going!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on June 22, 2012, 12:49:36 PM
It's a curse, sometimes.   Things either sound right or they don't.  Some things sound righter than others.  I will try and tangle my fingers into knots to get the sound that is in my head.  It'll stand me in good stead in the long term.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on June 23, 2012, 05:02:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8wpG8JZ-J0&feature=plcp

After 8 weeks on my first Melodeon...a Pre-Pokerwork C/F, bought from Mike Rowbotham in Cornwall.

A rather timid Michael Turner's Waltz, complete with hesitations and a few errors! A lot to learn but I just love this tune and learning the melodeon....what A JOY!!! I should be grateful for any advice and help I can get. Thank you.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on June 23, 2012, 05:23:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8wpG8JZ-J0&feature=plcp

After 8 weeks on my first Melodeon...a Pre-Pokerwork C/F, bought from Mike Rowbotham in Cornwall.

A rather timid Michael Turner's Waltz, complete with hesitations and a few errors! A lot to learn but I just love this tune and learning the melodeon....what A JOY!!! I should be grateful for any advice and help I can get. Thank you.

That is brilliant after only 8 weeks, well done that man   (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on June 23, 2012, 06:07:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8wpG8JZ-J0&feature=plcp

After 8 weeks on my first Melodeon...a Pre-Pokerwork C/F, bought from Mike Rowbotham in Cornwall.

A rather timid Michael Turner's Waltz, complete with hesitations and a few errors! A lot to learn but I just love this tune and learning the melodeon....what A JOY!!! I should be grateful for any advice and help I can get. Thank you.

Really nice.  You're doing really well.  Lovely sounding box btw! (:) (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on June 23, 2012, 07:06:23 PM
There's the great thing about this instrument: even after a few weeks of playing the tune sounds very nice - really enjoyable to listen to! Superb sounding box and ...

you're playing the basses with 4 fingers!  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on June 23, 2012, 11:34:50 PM
OK, here's my one. Yet another version of 'Speed the Plough', not the most original choice, I know.  I will try and be a bit more adventurous next time...maybe.  This is an unedited first take so there are some pretty wobbly bits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A74TlflMy0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A74TlflMy0)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: RobinA on June 29, 2012, 12:40:57 PM
Really enjoying watching all the other videos in the beginner's showcase here. 

Here's mine - sliding in under the wire on the last day with the June 2012 Tune of the Month.  I couldn't get all the way through without making a mistake. As of last night when the video was made, I had been playing for 29 days.  I obviously need a lot more practice with bellows and air button control.  Any constructive comments appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYemy31mGfg

Filmed in the camper on my phone.  Extraneous sounds and distractions include the fan, my husband (who has COPD) holding the phone for the video and me giggling because the dog is licking my arm (sorry)

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on June 29, 2012, 09:37:31 PM
Really enjoying watching all the other videos in the beginner's showcase here. 

Here's mine - sliding in under the wire on the last day with the June 2012 Tune of the Month.  I couldn't get all the way through without making a mistake. As of last night when the video was made, I had been playing for 29 days.  I obviously need a lot more practice with bellows and air button control.  Any constructive comments appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYemy31mGfg

Filmed in the camper on my phone.  Extraneous sounds and distractions include the fan, my husband (who has COPD) holding the phone for the video and me giggling because the dog is licking my arm (sorry)

Robin that is fine playing especially after only 29 days. Hope you post it on the main ToTM thread as it is easily good enough.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on June 30, 2012, 08:19:01 AM
What Lester and Matt said. Looking forward to more!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on June 30, 2012, 08:26:08 AM
I'm not qualified to criticise in any way as I am a beginner too, of just two months. But I thought that was amazing Robin, especially the speed you have attained.....WELL DONE!!!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: RobinA on June 30, 2012, 08:06:37 PM
Thanks.  I really love playing this instrument.  Don't know how everyone gets the air button action so smooth, but guess it takes practice, just like everything else. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on July 01, 2012, 12:18:57 AM
Yes, the air button thing takes practice... But meanwhile you already have a melodic approach to basses of which I thoroughly approve :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on July 04, 2012, 09:17:23 PM
Really enjoying watching all the other videos in the beginner's showcase here. 

Here's mine - sliding in under the wire on the last day with the June 2012 Tune of the Month.  I couldn't get all the way through without making a mistake. As of last night when the video was made, I had been playing for 29 days.  I obviously need a lot more practice with bellows and air button control.  Any constructive comments appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYemy31mGfg

Filmed in the camper on my phone.  Extraneous sounds and distractions include the fan, my husband (who has COPD) holding the phone for the video and me giggling because the dog is licking my arm (sorry)

Robin that is fine playing especially after only 29 days. Hope you post it on the main ToTM thread as it is easily good enough.
Looking good - I couldn't do that at 29 days.  Took me over 18 months to work out how to hold it...
Mike :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Roland OBrien on July 07, 2012, 01:36:23 PM
I've had a melodeon now for exactly a month  (:), so it was time to post a video on the beginners' showcase. I haven't cut out the mistakes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFZ3ohnBxQA

I had been fiddling around to create a tune for the last TOTM and this appeared out of my melodeon. I imagine it is a well-known tune, or bits of tunes, and not original in the slightest. I'd be very interested to know if it is some standard tune, so I can google someone else playing it (I still have to work out how to get enough air into the bellows at a couple of points in it).


This thread is really encouraging for beginners. Thanks Melnet!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on July 14, 2012, 11:57:32 AM
Here is my latest tune that I have been learning. I have had my first melodeon for eleven weeks now and it is just starting to feel enjoyable and comfortable. I have to say that I absolutely love it and wish I had bought it 30 years ago!

The music of Turlough O'Carolan is beautiful isn't it? and some of it is quite simple, so ideal for someone like me still fumbling around on a new instrument. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sISwtpkmjGQ&feature=youtube_gdata

Planxty Irwin complete with a few stumbles! Any help / encouragement / criticism welcomed. Thank you.

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on July 14, 2012, 12:06:53 PM
Here is my latest tune that I have been learning. I have had my first melodeon for eleven weeks now and it is just starting to feel enjoyable and comfortable. I have to say that I absolutely love it and wish I had bought it 30 years ago!

The music of Turlough O'Carolan is beautiful isn't it? and some of it is quite simple, so ideal for someone like me still fumbling around on a new instrument. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sISwtpkmjGQ&feature=youtube_gdata

Planxty Irwin complete with a few stumbles! Any help / encouragement / criticism welcomed. Thank you.

That is really good, is it your first instrument or do you come from a previous musical background?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: FlatNote on July 14, 2012, 12:18:43 PM
The music of Turlough O'Carolan is beautiful isn't it? and some of it is quite simple, so ideal for someone like me still fumbling around on a new instrument.

That's one I'd listen to again.  In fact I did!  Proof that one does not need speed or sophisticated fingering or an expensive instrument to make lovely music on the melodeon. I'll be watching out for more.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on July 14, 2012, 12:29:18 PM


That is really good, is it your first instrument or do you come from a previous musical background?
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Thank you Lester, I do come from a musical background. I played the oboe from the age of 11 for 30 years, not to any high standard but enough to enjoy playing with a small, amateur orchestra. I also played the guitar quite seriously. Then, while living in France for a few years, I was given a Chromatic Button Accordion and tried teaching myself for a couple of years. It was nice but I found it too complex...I mean, 120 bass buttons for goodness sake!
On a recent trip to Cornwall, on the first of May, I met Mike Rowbotham and bought this old but lovely Pokerwork in C/F. The CBA is now at The Music Room being sold and I haven't touched the guitar in ages! Says it all really!!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on July 14, 2012, 12:59:36 PM
Here is my latest tune that I have been learning. I have had my first melodeon for eleven weeks now and it is just starting to feel enjoyable and comfortable. I have to say that I absolutely love it and wish I had bought it 30 years ago!

The music of Turlough O'Carolan is beautiful isn't it? and some of it is quite simple, so ideal for someone like me still fumbling around on a new instrument. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sISwtpkmjGQ&feature=youtube_gdata

Planxty Irwin complete with a few stumbles! Any help / encouragement / criticism welcomed. Thank you.

That's really nice. You're putting me to shame with your four fingers on the bass buttons!  You seem very relaxed when you're playing- that's something I still need to work on.  Thank you for posting this, I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on July 14, 2012, 01:15:10 PM
Thank you FlatNote and Daddy Long Les. As a teacher myself, (I teach painting and drawing to adults) I am constantly told that the most important thing you can give, is encouragement. And that's right....the encouragement becomes the energy to learn more. Princess Royal is next, I want to try to get more rhythm and speed into my playing! Wish me luck....
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on July 14, 2012, 01:22:50 PM
Thank you FlatNote and Daddy Long Les. As a teacher myself, (I teach painting and drawing to adults) I am constantly told that the most important thing you can give, is encouragement. And that's right....the encouragement becomes the energy to learn more. Princess Royal is next, I want to try to get more rhythm and speed into my playing! Wish me luck....
Princess Royal eh?  I found that pretty hard  - see my Blog 14. I'll be very interested to see how you get on with it.  I cheated a bit and used the extra notes on my Saltarelle!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jinkers1 on July 14, 2012, 02:04:10 PM
Princess Royal eh?  I found that pretty hard  - see my Blog 14. I'll be very interested to see how you get on with it.  I cheated a bit and used the extra notes on my Saltarelle!!

Just curious - what were the extra notes you needed for in Princess Royal?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on July 14, 2012, 02:07:19 PM
Princess Royal eh?  I found that pretty hard  - see my Blog 14. I'll be very interested to see how you get on with it.  I cheated a bit and used the extra notes on my Saltarelle!!

Just curious - what were the extra notes you needed for in Princess Royal?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UzSiOdKAV0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UzSiOdKAV0)

Although to me it looks harder than up and down the row  ???
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on July 14, 2012, 02:35:08 PM
Princess Royal eh?  I found that pretty hard  - see my Blog 14. I'll be very interested to see how you get on with it.  I cheated a bit and used the extra notes on my Saltarelle!!

Just curious - what were the extra notes you needed for in Princess Royal?

None -  just a lot less bellows direction changing. Probably wouldn't play it that way now!! ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jinkers1 on July 14, 2012, 02:36:09 PM
Looks like he's using C reversed, handy if available, but certainly not necessary.  I play a three-row in ADG, so I also cross the rows a lot, forgot that some of the half-row buttons were reversals of standard notes!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: RobinA on July 16, 2012, 01:53:22 AM
Arty - Very nice!  I love just about anything by O'Carolan.  You played C chords in some places where I might have played Gs, and I really like the way it sounds.  That's the good thing about getting to see so many different versions of the same song. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: RobinA on July 17, 2012, 02:59:19 AM
Posting my stab at Lemonville Jig from today at about 6 1/2 weeks of playing.  I promise I'm having more fun than it looks like in the video. 

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

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on July 17, 2012, 04:37:12 AM
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Posting my stab at Lemonville Jig from today at about 6 1/2 weeks of playing.  I promise I'm having more fun than it looks like in the video. 

Very nice Robin - impressively fluent playing for such a short time!

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Here is my latest tune that I have been learning. I have had my first melodeon for eleven weeks now and it is just starting to feel enjoyable and comfortable. I have to say that I absolutely love it and wish I had bought it 30 years ago!

Nice job, & that old Hohner sounds wonderful - more Rowbotham magic.

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: RobinA on July 17, 2012, 11:49:23 AM
I agree with Arty that I wish I had taken up this instrument 30 years ago!  Better late than never, I guess. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on July 17, 2012, 01:47:45 PM
Posting my stab at Lemonville Jig from today at about 6 1/2 weeks of playing.  I promise I'm having more fun than it looks like in the video. 

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

That's really good Robin....you really manage to get a speed up don't you! I am learning Princess Royal at the moment and I learnt to play it slowly first and did it quite well, now I have started to speed it up I get my fingers in a tangle every time. So, I decided to go back to playing it slowly.....and now I can't do that either!!!
Keep going - we'll crack it in the end!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on July 27, 2012, 05:40:09 PM
Posting my stab at Lemonville Jig from today at about 6 1/2 weeks of playing.  I promise I'm having more fun than it looks like in the video. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMcUgobjYAE
Lovely - really flows.
Mike (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on October 08, 2012, 04:48:40 PM
http://youtu.be/h6kwRijhHZE (http://youtu.be/h6kwRijhHZE)

First tune of the month submission. Originally posted in the TOTM section but probably more appropriate to post here. I've been playing for almost 4 months. Still need to work on playing with the left hand. The main problem is they don't usually show up in the ABCs
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mystery Jig on December 09, 2012, 03:57:04 AM
http://mysteryjig.com/?p=764

My first video posting here. I've been playing the box every day for about three-and-a-half months now.  :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 09, 2012, 11:42:11 AM
My first video posting here. I've been playing the box every day for about three-and-a-half months now.  :||:

Excellent! The phrasing, embellishments and general musicality of your playing suggest that you were already an accomplished musician before picking up your first box though.  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on December 09, 2012, 12:15:10 PM
http://mysteryjig.com/?p=764

My first video posting here. I've been playing the box every day for about three-and-a-half months now.  :||:

Three and a half months?!!!  Amazing!!  Thank you for posting.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mystery Jig on December 09, 2012, 03:43:10 PM
Thanks folks. Yes, I was (am) a folk musician with many years under my belt before I picked up the melodeon a few months ago. The thing is, I seem to be unable to put it down. I haven't been this obsessed with an instrument since I learned to play the banjo as a teenager. Plus, there are so many fabulous videos out there — thanks to this site's TOTM — to watch and learn from.  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on January 18, 2013, 11:57:50 AM
http://youtu.be/h6kwRijhHZE (http://youtu.be/h6kwRijhHZE)

First tune of the month submission. Originally posted in the TOTM section but probably more appropriate to post here. I've been playing for almost 4 months. Still need to work on playing with the left hand. The main problem is they don't usually show up in the ABCs

I've not seen and heard Weltmeisters much and you seem to be making very good friends with yours. I'm still more or less in the drone/chord stage of left hand work. When I play a polka with the left hand added it is so hard not to sound like my hands are elephant feet. I've made time in my life again for melodeon and melodeon.net and I need to get to know my current beginner peers here. Thanks for posting!

Thanks for the comment! I can't say I knew much about Weltmeisters much before I bought mine either but then again I didn't really know much about melodeons in general  :D

After your comment and seeing more beginners posting has inspired me... only two weeks left in the month but I'll see if I can learn a waltz before then.


EDIT: after looking at the ThOTM it turns out I'm already late on waltz's unless I find one in 5/4...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on February 20, 2013, 04:53:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lqvGBg-y9o

Been playing for a year and a bit.  Spent most of January trying to "crack" waltz time, and here is the result.  Meant that when I finally got back to playing Princess Royal I had to work at it a bit to get OUT of oom-pah-pah...

Every day, it comes a little more fluently.  I'm slightly disappointed that tunes I've been playing for a year still aren't quite there yet, but these things take time, I suppose.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: ladydetemps on February 20, 2013, 05:03:49 PM
From a standing start it takes at least 2 years to start to feel comfortable.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on February 20, 2013, 05:05:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lqvGBg-y9o

Been playing for a year and a bit.  Spent most of January trying to "crack" waltz time, and here is the result.  Meant that when I finally got back to playing Princess Royal I had to work at it a bit to get OUT of oom-pah-pah...

Every day, it comes a little more fluently.  I'm slightly disappointed that tunes I've been playing for a year still aren't quite there yet, but these things take time, I suppose.

Nicely played  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on February 20, 2013, 05:15:04 PM
I do see improvement.  There are fewer "takes" than there used to be.  :)  And I am gratified that, once I remember how a tune goes, I can play a small number from memory.  Well, "play".  :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on February 22, 2013, 07:08:55 PM
Back in early January I rashly made a New Year's 'Boxolution' to post a video in TOTM every month and managed to stick to that resolution for, ooh it must have been a whole month. This month's tune 'In Continental Mood' is clearly beyond me so instead I am posting a tune here - technically this still counts because this thread sits within the TOTM discussion and I am posting a video here  ;)

I really struggle to play when the camera is running so I've been thinking  about just learning a tune and recording it the same day, mistakes and all. This will give me no time to over analyse the thing or procrastinate.

This morning Lester posted 'Three Around Three', a tune which I really like (thanks Lester  (:)) so I downloaded the ABC and twiddled about with the tune today in between the more important but less fun stuff I had to get done.

Here's the result, I'm quite pleased with it overall  :|||:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPFTncoM3UQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPFTncoM3UQ)
 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on February 22, 2013, 07:18:44 PM
I had made a similar "boxolution" but then didn't learn either of the 2013 TOTMs. I have higher hopes for March by looking at the poll but your post of Three Around Three was great to listen to and has inspired me and I will do my best to record something this weekend. Perhaps my rendition of Donkey Riding...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on February 23, 2013, 12:32:11 AM
Here's the result, I'm quite pleased with it overall  :|||:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPFTncoM3UQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPFTncoM3UQ)

Well played that girl  (:)

Like the dutch courage in the video  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on February 23, 2013, 04:07:54 PM
My attempt at playing Donkey Riding on a 1-row 4-stop in C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr48XVNqzoE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr48XVNqzoE)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on February 23, 2013, 05:43:23 PM
My attempt at playing Donkey Riding on a 1-row 4-stop in C.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr48XVNqzoE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr48XVNqzoE)

Very nice it is too for seven months, although you do look a little older than that if I may say so  ;)

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 23, 2013, 11:25:19 PM
Well done both, certainly better than I was at the same stage in my melodeon playing career!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on March 06, 2013, 06:31:32 PM
Today is my first 'melodeon birthday', and also my thirty-eleventh actual birthday so I thought it was a good day to record a video to capture my progress.  Although it is one year since I started playing I didn't really get started until July when I got my pokerwork.


This is my attempt at this month's theme of the month,the first time I have attempted a posting for Theme of the Month.
 
One year in, here is my attempt at 'The Redesdale Hornpipe':http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWeibHUN0Yw&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWeibHUN0Yw&feature=youtu.be)

Cheers!   :|||: :|glug

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on March 06, 2013, 07:47:05 PM
That was really well done! I love playing hornpipes but I think the Redesdale and the closely related Underhand Hornpipe are complete pigs to play and I avoid them like the plague. You'll be playing the Barrington next.  :o
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: bretelles on March 06, 2013, 08:55:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR3AHlKrvPs

...I'm playing the melodeon since august 2012 and I'm still feeling like an absolute beginner,
just haven't got the time to practice... This is called carolans draught (an attempt after about 7 weeks of practice),
it's normally played slower, and it's more suitable for harps or guitars, but I really like this tune... 
anyway, I keep on trying, still not over the "uhm-pah" yet...
thanks so much everyone for the support and inspiration on this site!!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on March 06, 2013, 09:16:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR3AHlKrvPs

...I'm playing the melodeon since august 2012 and I'm still feeling like an absolute beginner,
just haven't got the time to practice... This is called carolans draught (an attempt after about 7 weeks of practice),
it's normally played slower, and it's more suitable for harps or guitars, but I really like this tune... 
anyway, I keep on trying, still not over the "uhm-pah" yet...
thanks so much everyone for the support and inspiration on this site!!!

Wow! Wonderful playing! You sound very far from an absolute beginner...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on March 07, 2013, 02:39:09 AM
Quote
...I'm playing the melodeon since august 2012 and I'm still feeling like an absolute beginner,
just haven't got the time to practice... This is called carolans draught (an attempt after about 7 weeks of practice),
it's normally played slower, and it's more suitable for harps or guitars, but I really like this tune...
anyway, I keep on trying, still not over the "uhm-pah" yet...
thanks so much everyone for the support and inspiration on this site!!!

Sounds pretty good to me!  I think it's easy to be over-critical of one's own playing. I think you'll find that every extra month of playing leads to gradual but consistent progress. I still find that every new tune takes a few weeks to become "camera-ready", but the time frame is slowly shortening.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase! Estrellas - Stephane Delicq
Post by: playandteach on March 10, 2013, 12:46:27 PM
Having plucked up courage to record something, i now notice it isn't actually a tune of the month = hope nobody minds.
I have now been playing exactly one month, and loving it. Here is the link to Estrellas by Stephane Delicq (sorry i didn't edit the walking back to the camera bit off the end):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6qOpYpMEv8
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase! Estrellas - Stephane Delicq
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 10, 2013, 12:55:31 PM
Having plucked up courage to record something, i now notice it isn't actually a tune of the month = hope nobody minds.
I have now been playing exactly one month, and loving it. Here is the link to Estrellas by Stephane Delicq (sorry i didn't edit the walking back to the camera bit off the end):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6qOpYpMEv8
Excellent, breathtaking progress for just one month's playing on the melodeon - well done indeed! Your musicianship and accordion/keyboard skills clearly show through.

Will look forward to more of your offerings....  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on March 10, 2013, 04:31:14 PM
Blimey - next week The Rite of Spring...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Peter Savage on March 10, 2013, 06:05:58 PM
Really excellent, well done.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on March 10, 2013, 06:47:22 PM
I guess it's about time I put something up here. I have discovered a button on my camera that makes by brain turn to mush and my fingers to jelly, but here is what happened when I used it. Eventually.

Highland Mary Bampton (http://youtu.be/MrJmSTrl0CM)


(Had a "mental block" about using basses for a looong time. Mel Biggs (Melodemon) helped me work through it)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on March 10, 2013, 07:55:28 PM
Thanks for those supportive comments, and well done too to Malcolm Bebb - your recording makes me realise that I'm avoiding pieces with frequent changes in bellows direction - or maybe the French stuff I like doesn't do that.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on March 10, 2013, 08:00:31 PM
I guess it's about time I put something up here. I have discovered a button on my camera that makes by brain turn to mush and my fingers to jelly, but here is what happened when I used it. Eventually.

Well done Malcolm, more to follow? 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on March 10, 2013, 09:29:29 PM
I guess it's about time I put something up here. I have discovered a button on my camera that makes by brain turn to mush and my fingers to jelly, but here is what happened when I used it. Eventually.

Well done Malcolm, more to follow?

Brill Malcolm , totally agree with Lester
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on March 10, 2013, 10:34:49 PM
Thanks for the support, guys -appreciated!

@Lester - working on it (might not be wise to hold your breath, though  ;)  )
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on March 12, 2013, 12:46:05 AM
Here's some hornpipes. Still working on transition between tunes and I messed up a bit in the second one but didn't feel like trying another take. Hornpipes are my favorite tunes so perhaps there will be more to come.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5iQAw1kty0
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sten on March 14, 2013, 09:39:31 AM
Playing the diatonic accordion since may 2012, I'd like to present two soundclouded tunes. The first one is written by myself, the second one is an adaption of a famous tv series of the 80s. I'm playing on Hohner Liliput in Bb/Eb.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on March 27, 2013, 11:24:10 PM
Here's my second upload - now playing for seven weeks. This is Delicq's Chevaux de Bois. Please excuse the edit - I had to take out a bellows return as I ended up in the wrong place - hope it's not against the ethics of uploads. I am very lucky to have my hands on a lovely instrument (not mine).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVSBKBIlZsA

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on April 19, 2013, 10:27:30 PM
Thanks for the support, guys -appreciated!

@Lester - working on it (might not be wise to hold your breath, though  ;)  )

Second attempt - good old STP (http://youtu.be/ESts5KLGALU). Getting more comfortable with it, left hand wants to play more often.
Couple of mistakes, but not so bad and it's only about take 4...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Susi on April 30, 2013, 06:22:33 PM
I think it sounds good! You seem much better with the left hand than I am. I'm really having a hard time with managing the basses.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on April 30, 2013, 06:33:40 PM
I think it sounds good! You seem much better with the left hand than I am. I'm really having a hard time with managing the basses.
Thanks Susi!
I didn't think it would ever happen, everyone told me it would eventually, and they were right. Still got a way to go, but it's getting easier now.
I guess I slowed right down and just kept coming back to it, with breaks when I got fed up.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on April 30, 2013, 07:01:37 PM
Hi Malcolm,

I must have missed your video posting on April 19th. Not like me but in my defence I was on a brewery tour and dance out that day  :||: :|glug

Nice playing, it's certainly coming along... nice even tempo too.  Fancy having a crack at TOTM for May?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Susi on April 30, 2013, 07:36:34 PM
Totm for May seems like a killer to me! It's a nice tune but I simply can't find it on the melodeon. At least not in any way that is playable. I love it on the concertina though.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on April 30, 2013, 07:39:21 PM
Totm for May seems like a killer to me! It's a nice tune but I simply can't find it on the melodeon. At least not in any way that is playable. I love it on the concertina though.

Here is me playing it that may (or may not) help

http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tune-149-young-collins-bledington.html (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tune-149-young-collins-bledington.html)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on April 30, 2013, 07:56:25 PM
Hi Malcolm,

I must have missed your video posting on April 19th. Not like me but in my defence I was on a brewery tour and dance out that day  :||: :|glug

Nice playing, it's certainly coming along... nice even tempo too. 

Hmm - brewery tour - read Melnet. Tough, but I understand.  :|glug

Quote
Fancy having a crack at TOTM for May?

Think I'll join Susi and play it on the concertina.  :||:   :|||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on April 30, 2013, 10:05:41 PM
Fancy having a crack at TOTM for May?

Hmm - just had a quick go - it's not ready...  b*ggered me up for playing it on the concertina, though  :(
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Susi on May 01, 2013, 07:07:22 AM
Totm for May seems like a killer to me! It's a nice tune but I simply can't find it on the melodeon. At least not in any way that is playable. I love it on the concertina though.

Here is me playing it that may (or may not) help

http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tune-149-young-collins-bledington.html (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tune-149-young-collins-bledington.html)

Your recording may help, actually it looks very simple and easy. Right now I can't remember what the problem was mainly, but I'll study yours and see what I can do! Thanks  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on May 20, 2013, 11:43:58 PM
My new Serafini R2d2 arrived on Friday - here it is for a couple of Delicq tunes. I am thinking of adding a review of the whole buying experience and of course my thoughts about the instrument if there is an appetite for it. I have now been playing for 3 and a half months, and am still enjoying the process.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUa-akK8bHE
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Peter Savage on May 21, 2013, 06:28:12 AM
Box sounds lovely, and some great playing too. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: goon-heaven on May 21, 2013, 08:28:00 AM
Thanks for your video, playandteach!

I am lurking on the brink of picking up a box and learning to play. I am impressed by the fluency of your playing after just 3 months - encouragement for me to commence.

The Serafini sounds sweet. Good to hear it played by someone other than the video I keep playing on their website. I am very interested to learn more about your thoughts on the box.

I think to start by hiring a Morgane from M. Loffet down the road, until I am happy with the noises I get to produce. Otherwise, if I had to buy, I would be very attracted to the Serafini... I may well still be after a few months of squeezing and looking to acquire.

Thanks
Steve
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 21, 2013, 02:24:55 PM
playandteach:
Wow the box sounds nice! and that's nice playing too after such a little time.
I saw you asked about sheet music in a previous post - where did you get the Delicq tunes music from?
cheers
Q
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on May 21, 2013, 02:31:09 PM
I got some from a French site where members happily shared - I'm not still registered with them as the navigation of the site was too hard for my French.
I'll happily send you what I've got - is conventional notation ok? Some tunes I've notated myself (for example sous les toits de la rue Tiquetonne).
I've got a youtube channel of me learning and sharing the piano accordion and every upload has a link to the sheet music of the relevant song, so that might be a place to start.
http://www.youtube.com/user/playandteach

Otherwise you could email me or PM me with a request and I'll have a look through my slowly growing set of tunes.
Thanks for the supportive feedback.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on May 21, 2013, 03:31:21 PM
Hello Steve the Gooner - you can't go far wrong with a Morgane as a starter box.  Very good value box.  One thing I would say is that you have low notes rather than accidentals, which is okay at first but you will find you will be wanting another box for those strange tunes like Bluebell Polka that go off the beaten track a bit.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: goon-heaven on May 21, 2013, 03:59:45 PM
Thanks for the advice, Strigulino.

Duh, I dont know if I want lows or accidents. I am obsessed with breton dancing and I intend learning to play the Fest-Noz tunes burnt into my duty-neuron within the foreseeable. That would include a few polkas - but I've not heard Bluebell Polka played around these parts, yet.

I will inquire whether I need accidentals, lows, or both boxes. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on May 21, 2013, 04:40:18 PM
You can get boxes with both.  The Morgane's big siblings the Merlin and the Galaad have 2.5 and 3 rows respectively, which gets you more notes.  I think the Merlin basically has low notes in the main rows and a half row of accidentals.

But again, as has been said, you won't know what you need until you've been playing a while.  Most of us end up getting a few boxes because there is no one box that is perfect for everything. 

If you've got your heart set on Breton, I'd advise going off to YouTube for a bit of window shopping.  Find someone playing a tune you like on a box you like the sound of, and ask someone on here what it is.  :D 

Don't know much of Breton myself, but I think boxes like the Morgane/Merlin/Galaad were pretty much designed for that kind of music, hence the French-spelled Arthurian names.  We are off-topic here, so perhaps what will happen is that a mod will come along and split this into some kind of "new player wants advice on which box to buy for Breton" thread.  :D

/edit - I'm wrong, the Merlin is 2 rows with a couple of extra buttons, and the Galaad is more a proper 2.5 row.  But they are certainly instruments designed for French/Breton music, according to Hohner's website anyway.  I'm sure M. Loffet can help you choose.  :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: goon-heaven on May 21, 2013, 04:56:30 PM
Ah, yes, thanks for pointing out Morganes big brothers. I'd forgotten the Arthurian link.

Lately I've been concentrating on listening and identifying the different boxes and playing styles whilst dancing at fest-nozs, a change from the trance I usually drift into.

I liked the sound of playandteach's R2D2 video, so was voicing my appetite to learn more, which I guess brings us back on topic.

Thanks for your input Strig.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 21, 2013, 05:34:25 PM
Quote
My new Serafini R2d2 arrived on Friday - here it is for a couple of Delicq tunes. I am thinking of adding a review of the whole buying experience and of course my thoughts about the instrument if there is an appetite for it. I have now been playing for 3 and a half months, and am still enjoying the process.

The Serafini sounds wonderful & it's inspired me to pick up my GC Morgane & try to learn those Delicq tunes (using your PA tutorial).

I notice very large "feet" on the Serafini! Also, there doesn't seem to be any kind of a logo visible - is there anything identifying it as a Serafini?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on May 21, 2013, 08:37:27 PM
The very large feet are just drawer knobs I had to put on (carefully keeping the same screws and screw depth) because the plastic ones it came with don't touch down astride the thick left hand strap - so it was at risk of toppling off the piano. I could get away with feet 5mm shorter but will eventually get some turned out of walnut.

There is absolutely no logo or maker's mark anywhere - I hadn't thought of that. It is clearly the same grill, buttons etc as on his website. Of course as I bought it directly from him, there's no worry about identity - I'll just make sure to keep the receipt.
I've just emailed a whole bunch of music to Thrupenny Bit (as far as I'm aware these are freely given transcriptions - not photocopies so I'd be happy to pass more on to you if that's helpful). I'd welcome a moderator's input if they think there's any reason not to circulate these - but to me I think they are honestly created and legal.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on May 21, 2013, 09:25:29 PM
Quote
There is absolutely no logo or maker's mark anywhere - I hadn't thought of that. It is clearly the same grill, buttons etc as on his website. Of course as I bought it directly from him, there's no worry about identity

I'm not questioning the provenance! Just though it odd that Serafini wouldn't advertise his product.

Quote
I've just emailed a whole bunch of music to Thrupenny Bit (as far as I'm aware these are freely given transcriptions - not photocopies so I'd be happy to pass more on to you if that's helpful)

I learn completely by ear, I afraid, so the transcripts wouldn't be that useful to me.  :-[
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Susi on May 29, 2013, 08:53:38 AM
Decided to post it here too. TOTM May 2013.

http://youtu.be/8ql6RJFUKIk (http://youtu.be/8ql6RJFUKIk)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: skyflyer on July 26, 2013, 03:08:35 PM
hmmm... I'm sure the intention of this thread was to encourage beginners but I have to be honest and say I find it a little demoralising  (:)

The trouble is, it would seem that many people who have posted videos here, although new to the melodeon are certainly not new to other musical instruments and thus are picking things up much quicker than a complete novice.  Or have I missed something?

Three weeks into learning, having never played any musical instrument (not even the apocryphal school recorder!) and only able to practice maybe 3 or 4 hours a week, I am nowhere near ready to post my efforts on here! In fact I have yet to learn a complete tune  ;D

How about another thread for COMPLETE beginners, rather than those new only to the melodeon?

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on July 26, 2013, 05:22:39 PM
I try not to compare myself to others, but just to measure the amount of progress I've made. My problem with taking up new instruments is getting past the first plateau, and forcing myself to make uploads has been a good discipline. I'm grateful for the beginners' showcase thread as there is a clear understanding that people posting their clips are not trying to impress. On the other hand I expect nobody posts a performance where they haven't tried their best.

I've now moved on to Tune of the Month and feel more hesitant there as I think the aim of that thread is to hear different interpretations, and as yet I'm not able to add much more than a straightforward attempt; I have none of the instincts on the melodeon that would make my version original.

I am guilty of having previously played other instruments, but whilst that makes getting going a lot quicker, it is very possibly more intimidating as I am more alert to my own short-comings. I know the uploads I've done show lack of bellows understanding, and a lack of poise (and rhythmic control).

I'm more than happy to remove previous uploads here, as they have served my purpose and I certainly don't want to put anyone off. I'm sure you'll find encouragement (and advice if wanted) when you do post a piece.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: skyflyer on July 26, 2013, 06:04:00 PM
I try not to compare myself to others, but just to measure the amount of progress I've made. My problem with taking up new instruments is getting past the first plateau, and forcing myself to make uploads has been a good discipline. I'm grateful for the beginners' showcase thread as there is a clear understanding that people posting their clips are not trying to impress. On the other hand I expect nobody posts a performance where they haven't tried their best.

I've now moved on to Tune of the Month and feel more hesitant there as I think the aim of that thread is to hear different interpretations, and as yet I'm not able to add much more than a straightforward attempt; I have none of the instincts on the melodeon that would make my version original.

I am guilty of having previously played other instruments, but whilst that makes getting going a lot quicker, it is very possibly more intimidating as I am more alert to my own short-comings. I know the uploads I've done show lack of bellows understanding, and a lack of poise (and rhythmic control).

I'm more than happy to remove previous uploads here, as they have served my purpose and I certainly don't want to put anyone off. I'm sure you'll find encouragement (and advice if wanted) when you do post a piece.

No No you misunderstand - i don't begrudge anyone posting nor wish to compare myself to people such as your self, but it would be helpful to see clips from others at my basic level to see whether the same issues I have are there for them - I'm sure they are but everyone tends to thing "it's just me"!!  As soon as I can get from the start to the finish of a tune I will post something; I shouldnt criticise anyone else for something I am not prepared to do myself!!
 (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on July 26, 2013, 06:09:42 PM
No No you misunderstand - i don't begrudge anyone posting nor wish to compare myself to people such as your self, but it would be helpful to see clips from others at my basic level to see whether the same issues I have are there for them - I'm sure they are but everyone tends to thing "it's just me"!!  As soon as I can get from the start to the finish of a tune I will post something; I shouldnt criticise anyone else for something I am not prepared to do myself!!
 (:)

May I point you our own LadyDeTemps Shameless Promotion (http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,1666.0.html) Thread that shows her progress from very early on. Some of it is unavailable due to ONMVoice no longer being available but the YouTubes are still there.

ps. Where are you based as I'm sure there will be someone nearby (if you are UK based) who can give you some help if you want it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: skyflyer on July 26, 2013, 07:18:05 PM
Lester

Thanks - I am having tuition and was quite happy with my progress, until I discovered this thread and saw amazing results from people who had been playing 'just a month" etc!

I eventually realised that most of the "miraculous advancement' came from people who were already established musicians, so I calmed down again! 

The point of me posting about this was to raise awareness that for an absolute beginner, discovering this thread is a bit of a hammer blow - until you understand the above points! Still - I got there in the end, I expect others will too :-)

In my humble opinion I think it would be helpful if  we all volunteered our previous musical experience rather than having to have it prised out of us  ;)

To be fair, my tutor is spending some time establishing the fundamentals and basics before launching me into learning a tune, so I am not too bothered about comparative progress. Like anything else in life a sound foundation leads to a better end result!

Cheers



Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Strigulino on July 26, 2013, 07:30:35 PM
Might I take this opportunity to suggest that you come along to Melodeon Playgroup - it's a workshop weekend specifically aimed at those that find those early steps a little daunting.  :)

This year we're having two sections - Playgroup and Big School - Playgroup is for absolute beginners up to "can do a few tunes, not sure about the bass end" and Big School is for people who have been playing a year or two and feel a bit more confident.  At the lovely Fleece Inn near Evesham at the end of November (weekend 23/24th).  Do get in touch via PM or have a look for the Melodeon Playgroup thread in events for more info.

We now return you to normal programming.  :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on July 26, 2013, 08:28:10 PM
I've now moved on to Tune of the Month and feel more hesitant there as I think the aim of that thread is to hear different interpretations

Not necessarily - it's there for anybody to do whatever they can, and always has been, only with the proviso that the tune is specified or fits the theme.

I guess the purpose of this thread is for people who haven't yet got the speed to learn tunes for ToTM, but want to play something (anything) they've learned. Exactly like LadyDeTemps shameless promotion thread, but for anyone.

Perhaps the "beginners" who hit the ground running because they already play other instruments should move to ToTM sooner than some have...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on July 26, 2013, 08:57:13 PM
I'm not sure that being able to play another instrument has any advantage when it comes to the melodeon. Except the Mouthorgan that is. ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Spikey on July 26, 2013, 09:40:34 PM
Crikey, I have to disagree with this, Nick >:E - I think playing the piano made a huge difference to how quickly I initially picked up the melodeon.  Being able to do two different things with R and L hand at the same time and having stronger, more flexible fingers just for starters...

But I think the Beginners Showcase is a great idea - it gave me the impetus to get the hang of recording and actually post something.  And don't be put off by the word 'Showcase'!  I think of it more as Anahata says - just a good opportunity to have a go at any tune for your first recording.

Tune of the Month has been good for me too - I don't feel that I necessarily have to add a different interpretation to anyone else's, and at my level would struggle with this - I just do my best effort.  And being a bit melodeon-isolated geographically it has been a good way to feel involved in a small part of the melodeon playing world (:).
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on July 26, 2013, 09:45:14 PM
Point taken Spikey  ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on July 26, 2013, 09:54:46 PM
I'm not sure that being able to play another instrument has any advantage when it comes to the melodeon.

Look at Daddy Long Les's video made when he'd been playing melodeon for about two weeks.
A Tutorial video, no less, and making it clear that he has a fully formed map in his head of musical scales and chords - from playing guitar. It's not about playing technique, it's about knowing how music is put together, so when you are practising you always know exactly what you are aiming for.

Lots of other examples too - several on Melnet and YouTube. Guitarists often do well, for some reason.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on July 27, 2013, 10:36:07 AM
Re skyflyer's post, I've started a new thread here:-
http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,12778.0.html
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: skyflyer on August 25, 2013, 08:28:29 PM
Well, its taken a while, and there's still plenty of errors, but I have at last  managed to record my effort from end to end!

Never played any instrument in my life and started learning at the beginning of July - so this is 2 month's work I guess  (:)

http://youtu.be/BBrszaWMM8k (http://youtu.be/BBrszaWMM8k)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on August 25, 2013, 08:40:25 PM
Well, its taken a while, and there's still plenty of errors, but I have at last  managed to record my effort from end to end!

Never played any instrument in my life and started learning at the beginning of July - so this is 2 month's work I guess  (:)

http://youtu.be/BBrszaWMM8k (http://youtu.be/BBrszaWMM8k)

That is positively outstanding!  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on August 25, 2013, 10:53:54 PM
That is positively outstanding!  (:)

Wot he said, and the rest! You've had your beginner's luck, now get to the back of the queue!  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: CarolineC on August 26, 2013, 06:58:45 PM
For two month's work that is good going - nice control of the box and good rhythm - well done.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: pammylou on September 10, 2013, 03:40:52 PM
For two month's work that is good going - nice control of the box and good rhythm - well done.

Absolutely - After two months I hadn't even started on the bass buttons.  That was excellent  :D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: skyflyer on September 10, 2013, 07:17:02 PM
 :|bl  credit due to my tutor then, Mel Biggs a.k.a Melodemon!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on September 30, 2013, 09:47:31 PM
I really, really, really wanted to do the tune of the month this time but it was too difficult for my limited 15 months experience. So I chose to learn one of the unsuccessful options for September, "Pixie Wings" by Jody Kruskal.

This is such a beautiful tune and gave me the chance to experiment with cross rowing and finding more interesting basses to go with the treble side. I have worked really hard on this and pleased that I got as far as I have in a month. But it needs polishing up, there are a few hesitant bits (!) and I admit that I didn't do the repeats second time around because I was worried that I would c**k it all up and pleased that I had made it that far!!!

However!!! I have asked about this before - as you will see from the film, I am having a problem in that the box does swing around a lot while I am playing it. I have tried all sorts to stop this, two straps, tighter straps, legs crossed etc., etc., but I can't seem to stop it and I am sure that this causes my playing to stumble sometimes. Looking at my film, I am wondering if I should try tipping the box forward a bit, so that it sits down better on my left thigh and also, maybe I should try to straighten my left arm a bit so that it pushes the bass side further forward.

Any tips  would be very welcome. Thanks. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPLCNK8a79I
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on September 30, 2013, 11:14:24 PM
Nice job arty! It's a lovely tune that I would like to try & you've inspired me to give it a go.  (:)

I hesitate to make a recommendation with regard to "balancing" the box, because I've noticed there are many different ways people accomplish this. My own technique relies on anchoring the treble end against the top/inside of my right thigh, so that when you push with the left hand the treble end does not move. You are balancing the box on top of your left thigh so there is nothing preventing it from moving when you push with the left hand.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: JodyKruskal on October 01, 2013, 04:39:01 AM
I really, really, really wanted to do the tune of the month this time but it was too difficult for my limited 15 months experience. So I chose to learn one of the unsuccessful options for September, "Pixie Wings" by Jody Kruskal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPLCNK8a79I

Wow! Great work Arty. I'm so pleased that you took the time to learn my tune.  :D
If anyone wants to hear me play it (on Anglo concertina, mind you) here's the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMkIhDrb4-c
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on October 01, 2013, 10:58:26 PM
Nice job arty! It's a lovely tune that I would like to try & you've inspired me to give it a go.  (:)

I hesitate to make a recommendation with regard to "balancing" the box, because I've noticed there are many different ways people accomplish this. My own technique relies on anchoring the treble end against the top/inside of my right thigh, so that when you push with the left hand the treble end does not move. You are balancing the box on top of your left thigh so there is nothing preventing it from moving when you push with the left hand.

Thank you AirTime for your help. I have been looking at some You Tube clips of good players and I see what you mean. I shall try this soon and hopefully it will solve the problem.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on October 01, 2013, 11:31:51 PM
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Thank you AirTime for your help. I have been looking at some You Tube clips of good players and I see what you mean. I shall try this soon and hopefully it will solve the problem.

The way different players approach this really is remarkably varied. For example -

Against the inner right thigh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnRkdpe608U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJR1CNpgjdc

Against the outer left thigh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGNVJ61z9Ew

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq_95RiSW8Q&feature=related

On top of the left thigh (which I was suggesting was a bad idea), but seems to work OK for this chap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqi8d2VqiQ

I suspect that very experienced players have such precise bellows control that it doesn't matter so much ...

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on October 02, 2013, 09:40:19 PM
Quote
Thank you AirTime for your help. I have been looking at some You Tube clips of good players and I see what you mean. I shall try this soon and hopefully it will solve the problem.

The way different players approach this really is remarkably varied. For example -



Thanks again AirTime, you have been very generous with your time and a great help. This evening I have been playing with the box against my inner right thigh and yes, it feels good and has helped to make the box more stable. It is even better if I tilt the box slightly forward and  hold it a bit further away from my torso than I had it before. Still feels a bit strange but I think I will get used to it. It is like the players in your first link, 'Naragonia'. That particular video is a great help because both players hold their boxes the same way and in the film, one is in profile, (so you can see the distance between his body and the box), and the girl is almost facing the camera.

I did try holding the box against my left thigh but I found this very uncomfortable indeed. I can imagine some people who play this way a lot getting spinal problems because it puts one in a very unnatural position.

And your last link - Andy Cutting, it is so interesting to watch because he is so economical with all the movements he makes.....Genius!

Once again, thank you very much!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: skyflyer on October 04, 2013, 10:04:35 PM
Speed the Plough - I now know how other's feel when filming themselves or performing; somehow all the 'perfect' rehearsals are to no avail when the record light is flashing!  Ha ha. Sounds so 'stilted'.  Keep practicing, I know, I know!!  Anyway I now have a repertoire of two tunes - so no need to worry just yet Lester :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhTLs16ZV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhTLs16ZV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on October 04, 2013, 11:47:46 PM
Speed the Plough - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhTLs16ZV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/url (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhTLs16ZV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player)

That's that one sorted then, what's next? (you do realise that a repeat performance at that standard elevates you beyond beginner status?)

Agog of Kent ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: suparrott on October 05, 2013, 11:10:44 AM
Speed the Plough - I now know how other's feel when filming themselves or performing; somehow all the 'perfect' rehearsals are to no avail when the record light is flashing!  Ha ha. Sounds so 'stilted'.  Keep practicing, I know, I know!!  Anyway I now have a repertoire of two tunes - so no need to worry just yet Lester :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhTLs16ZV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNhTLs16ZV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player)
Well done!
So far I have failed to get a video of my erratic performances...It doesn't seem to matter how many times you tell yourself that the camera is not transmitting -( so relax and if you make a mistake, so what? )- every time that little recording light goes on, the mind wanders and the fingers fail to work!!!
Still I've had a lot of fun trying to record something and laughing at the results! (Not sure the neighbour is so amused)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Susi on October 08, 2013, 04:03:40 PM
I totally know the pain of making mistakes when recording.. the camera plays tricks with us, I'm sure. I think you're doing great in this video, though.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: bellmartin on October 29, 2013, 07:26:10 PM
Beginners' Showcase! Finally.

This was for the March 2012 Theme of the Month: Film Music. I was far too shy to post it then, but here it is now.

Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuWxBXLpG0c
On the Dino Baffetti Binci 3-voice. Sorry if you need to turn the volume down.

-Rebecca

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: jackson10 on October 29, 2013, 07:57:16 PM
Beginners' Showcase! Finally.
This was for the March 2012 Theme of the Month: Film Music. I was far too shy to post it then, but here it is now.
Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuWxBXLpG0c
On the Dino Baffetti Binci 3-voice. Sorry if you need to turn the volume down.
-Rebecca

This sounds great! Especially the second time through when you added those harmonies.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: AirTime on October 30, 2013, 03:18:27 AM
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Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuWxBXLpG0c

Lovely job - very rhythmic & melodic throughout!  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on October 30, 2013, 07:32:48 AM


Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music:

-Rebecca
[/quote]

That was brilliant, well done!!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Squeezeme Pleaseme on November 07, 2013, 12:52:56 PM
Hello everybody...........

here’s  a couple of tunes for the beginners showcase.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=bH2o47sSV9w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=X09l30uAChE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=qF88TcVUrhk

As you will see this is my first post, although I have been lurking for a while. I began playing in August 2013 after buying my daughter a Scarlatti Nero at Towersey Festival. I picked it up when she wasn’t playing it and fell under its spell. Not wanting to ‘Bogart’ her instrument, I had to buy myself another box and found an old D/G Gremlin which you see in the videos, which has very recently begun making a strange sound on one of the notes.
Having learnt a couple of tunes, I thought I’d attend a local session, just to listen really and join in where I could, so last night I went to the pub with my box...........Great night, really nice people but any talent I had for the Melodeon vanished as other people played along. It was fun though and I will be going again.
Oh and BTW, my musical experience.............I play Bass guitar in a Pub Rock band playing 60’s/70’s/80’s rock covers, but only play by ear or Tab, can’t read music and don’t know the scales.
Regards, Simon.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: EastAnglianTed on November 07, 2013, 01:07:31 PM
    Hi Simon, welcome to the best bloomin' melodeon site on the net  (:)
    Well done to ya, sounding good!
    What do you mean however by: "very recently begun making a strange sound on one of the notes." ?
    Ted
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Squeezeme Pleaseme on November 07, 2013, 01:12:07 PM
Hi Ted, thanks for the welcome,
The really high note on princess royal sounded very odd compared to how it has in the past, so I've just opened the box up and found the problem.
There was a thin plastic strip which had become detached and was fouling one of the reeds, I removed it and re attached it and all seems back to normal.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on January 02, 2014, 06:03:03 PM
I wasn't going to share this because it still needs work and I feel somewhat overwhelmed posting in the Tune of the Month forums proper because you are all so good.   There seem to be few postings from beginner/intermediate players  at the moment - hence I am sticking to the safety of the 'Beginner's Showcase' thread for now.

I have decided to post it because although I am not going to make any formal 'boxolutions' this year I do want to tackle the TOTM tunes more often and I have to get more used to playing in front of others more confidently. 

This was TOTM for October 2012 when I had only had my pokerwork for a few weeks. 

South Downs Jig (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiIspgh0MBI) recorded on a wet New Year's Day.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Squeezeme Pleaseme on January 02, 2014, 07:57:40 PM
I feel somewhat overwhelmed posting in the Tune of the Month forums proper because you are all so good.

No need, that is a great rendition.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: EastAnglianTed on January 02, 2014, 09:28:11 PM
    For what it's worth Helena, a member of my family has been looking for a nice and clear version of the SDJ with some embellishments, I have referred them onto your video and they are very impressed. (:) I like it, should be in a TOTM though  >:E ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on January 02, 2014, 10:00:03 PM
needs more work

I would say it's already had a lot of work done. Beautifully played and a pleasure to listen to!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on January 02, 2014, 10:46:03 PM
Thank you all for your positive feedback, it is genuinely appreciated and will boost my confidence to post in TOTM proper. I do suffer from lack of confidence in my playing so often record stuff but chicken out of sharing it, maybe other new players feel the same?

Two New Year's 'boxolutions' from me after all - one, to have the courage to participate in TOTM more fully and two, to encourage and support other newbies who may be earlier in their melodeon journey than I am.  Onwards and upwards!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on January 02, 2014, 11:01:53 PM
Beautifully played and a pleasure to listen to!

I couldn't agree more, great tempo and phrasing. Like it or not you've left the beginner stage behind, so now it's time to cheer on the young 'uns and join the main stream. They don't bite you know and will always remain supportive, that's what melnet is all about!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: MelonBox on January 03, 2014, 07:05:30 PM
Brilliant. Huge pride in your progress but its all down to you and the time you've dedicated to your instrument!

Great control over the rhythm. So lovely! Well done :D

PS I can't see much that can be improved with this version. Nothing that won't come naturally with time anyway. It's really very good :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on January 21, 2014, 11:35:15 PM
Deep breath ... here goes.

I bought my first melodeon last October (an ex-demo Sandpiper D/G) naively thinking that this melodeon thing couldn't be too difficult.  Boy was I wrong!  However, I wasn't anticipating how addictive it is (sorry to wife, neighbours, dogs etc).

Anyway, this is my first attempt at the Morris tune Monks March:

http://youtu.be/apoMjmhOj1U

The timing is a bit wobbly and it's not the full number of A/B bits - this was the longest I could get through without messing up completely (I think this was take 14!).

Be gentle with me ... (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on January 21, 2014, 11:44:07 PM
Well done! The rhythm wasn't too wobbly at at all, nice and steady and crisp all the way though.
I'd say you're off to a promising start there, and it will get easier.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on January 22, 2014, 12:00:23 PM
Well done! The rhythm wasn't too wobbly at at all, nice and steady and crisp all the way though.
I'd say you're off to a promising start there, and it will get easier.
Many thanks for the feedback - much appreciated (:)  Also, huge thanks to you, Lester and all the others here who post videos for those of us starting out to use as motivation/inspiration.  More practice this evening ...  :D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on January 22, 2014, 12:08:02 PM
Well done! The rhythm wasn't too wobbly at at all, nice and steady and crisp all the way though.
I'd say you're off to a promising start there, and it will get easier.
Many thanks for the feedback - much appreciated (:)  Also, huge thanks to you, Lester and all the others here who post videos for those of us starting out to use as motivation/inspiration.  More practice this evening ...  :D

Just got round to listening, very well played. I especially liked the variations in the bass line, missing bits between parts and bass/chord together, advanced stuff for a beginner.  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on January 22, 2014, 12:19:30 PM
... missing bits between parts ...

I suspect this is luck rather than judgement!  (:)  Many thanks.  N
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on January 22, 2014, 12:36:39 PM
Deep breath ... here goes.

I bought my first melodeon last October (an ex-demo Sandpiper D/G) naively thinking that this melodeon thing couldn't be too difficult.  Boy was I wrong!  However, I wasn't anticipating how addictive it is (sorry to wife, neighbours, dogs etc).

Anyway, this is my first attempt at the Morris tune Monks March:

http://youtu.be/apoMjmhOj1U

The timing is a bit wobbly and it's not the full number of A/B bits - this was the longest I could get through without messing up completely (I think this was take 14!).

Be gentle with me ... (:)
I think you will turn out to be a natural for this instrument as shown by the "feel" and flow of your playing at this stage. Great. 
Mike
P.S.  You think take 14 is a lot...?!...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Dave F on January 22, 2014, 01:40:10 PM
I thought you were great and good choice of tune for your first posting.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: troman on January 22, 2014, 11:55:30 PM
Now been playing for nearly 2 years and finally managed to video something!

http://youtu.be/AMfXIX4T1Gk (http://youtu.be/AMfXIX4T1Gk)

Hopefully will tackle TOTM sometime this year.

Thanks for looking.

Trevor

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on January 23, 2014, 03:56:48 PM
Now been playing for nearly 2 years and finally managed to video something!

http://youtu.be/AMfXIX4T1Gk (http://youtu.be/AMfXIX4T1Gk)

Hopefully will tackle TOTM sometime this year.

Thanks for looking.

Trevor
Very nice. Smoothly played, and nice bellows control.  More than that, I enjoyed it!
Mike  :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: troman on February 04, 2014, 12:18:44 AM
Thanks Mike.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on February 07, 2014, 08:59:14 PM
Anyway, this is my first attempt at the Morris tune Monks March:

Be gentle with me ... (:)

I haven't been paying proper attention to the forum lately and I missed your post at the time Nigel, sorry! Everything that has been said about your recording is spot on and I presume you play/have played other instruments before because if you started music as a new pastime last October then your progress is quite simply staggering! Even if you've played other things for years your melodeon playing remains impressive in such a short period of time, well done! I don't think you'll be allowed to stay in the playpen for too long.  :D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on February 08, 2014, 12:40:02 PM
Thank you all for the great feedback - it has boosted my confidence no end. It is tricky when you're practicing alone to know what sort of progress is being made. Yes, Pete, I learnt the piano as a kid so can read music and have a decent understanding of harmony, so this has helped (:) The best part is , I'm really enjoying music again. Onwards and upwards... N
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: rebecca on February 08, 2014, 09:08:28 PM

I know that tune as Quaker song about George Fo
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: rebecca on February 08, 2014, 09:09:38 PM
there is a letter on my keyboard that does not work....guess which one!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: russell on March 25, 2014, 02:24:50 PM
Ok, here's my first upload! I've been playing for just over 2 months now, and this is my recording of Princess Royal http://youtu.be/e0P54AnSUO0 (http://youtu.be/e0P54AnSUO0)

There are a few mistakes in there, but it's hard to get it right the whole way through when the camera is recording! Why is it so much more difficult??
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: russell on March 25, 2014, 03:07:58 PM
I thought I'd upload another one to get as much advice as possible; here's Speed the Plough http://youtu.be/A9KuOkv1BMI (http://youtu.be/A9KuOkv1BMI)

A few more mistakes in this one than the last, so if anyone's got any pointers for me that'd be much appreciated
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on March 25, 2014, 08:03:59 PM
Ok, here's my first upload! I've been playing for just over 2 months now, and this is my recording of Princess Royal http://youtu.be/e0P54AnSUO0 (http://youtu.be/e0P54AnSUO0)
Well done, russell - very impressed.  I have only been learning a few months more than you so don't feel qualified to offer advice, other than keep on doing what you're doing - it's obviously working!  (:) Cheers. N
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on March 25, 2014, 09:32:49 PM
I thought I'd upload another one to get as much advice as possible; here's Speed the Plough http://youtu.be/A9KuOkv1BMI (http://youtu.be/A9KuOkv1BMI)

A few more mistakes in this one than the last, so if anyone's got any pointers for me that'd be much appreciated

As I have been playing for less than 2 years, I don't feel experienced enough to give you advice but I do feel qualified to give you encouragement. Listening to both your videos, Princess Royal and Speed the Plough, I'd say you are doing amazingly well in such a short time! Yes of course there are the odd bad notes and hesitations - but, after just two months??? bloody good I'd say!!!

One thing you have to be careful of though, is playing these tunes over and over again, making the same mistakes. What you actually do is teach yourself the mistakes and firmly print them in your muscle memory. Then it's twice as hard to put right! My only advice to you, is to practice them  v e r y   s l o w l y and don't get up to full speed until you can play them perfectly at the slow speed. Also, if there are phrases which you find difficult, just practice those sections s l o w l y over and over again until you get them right and then go back to the beginning and play it right through. 

Something I notice, ( and this where I am not qualified to give advice ), is that your right hand looks very cramped. I don't know that this is a good position for your hand but it may be caused by the fact that you are sitting on a chair which has arms. Hopefully someone here, who is more knowledgeable than me, can advise you.

Happy playing!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: russell_w_b on August 29, 2014, 08:21:33 PM
Hello folks,

New boy here...  I've just picked up the melodeon after an interregnum of about fifteen years (and I didn't play it much then) and, now that there's this wonderful resource called t'Internet with fora and feedback and YouTube, I thought I'd have a bash at 'Speed The Plough' - a tune I hadn't heard of until I saw it on here last week.  I'm going to stick at it now my interest has been revived, and I hope I can only get better!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB7gNIakLc

All comments and criticisms appreciated. :)
--

Regds,

R.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on August 30, 2014, 06:34:27 AM
Hi russel_w_b and welcome!

Very nicely done - good steady rhythm. As a relative newbie myself, one thing I have benefitted from is playing staccato and making sure I lift my fingers off the buttons each time rather than holding down a button and dragging the bellows. Just an observation. I think you'll do well. Cheers. N
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on August 30, 2014, 07:40:10 AM
Hello folks,

New boy here...  I've just picked up the melodeon after an interregnum of about fifteen years (and I didn't play it much then) and, now that there's this wonderful resource called t'Internet with fora and feedback and YouTube, I thought I'd have a bash at 'Speed The Plough' - a tune I hadn't heard of until I saw it on here last week.  I'm going to stick at it now my interest has been revived, and I hope I can only get better!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB7gNIakLc

All comments and criticisms appreciated. :)
--

Regds,

R.

That's brilliant! Well, you're not going to have any problem are you -  just practice every day, read melodeon.net every day and you will soon be flying. The melodeon is a wonderful instrument and this whole melodeon.net world is like a big family. You will find this site to be a huge source of learning, support, information and the worst limericks you have ever read in your life! Enjoy....

Sorry to hear about your 'interregnum' - I hope you are over that now  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: russell_w_b on August 30, 2014, 07:52:29 AM



Sorry to hear about your 'interregnum' - I hope you are over that now  ;)

Thanks, Arty: I certainly am!  :D  The instruments got shoved in the boxroom as the kids grew up and other interests took over.  Same with the brass band I play with - I dropped out of that for ten years or so and I'm not long back to it (trombone).  But playing always gives me a lift and I feel better for it.

I'll do as you advise.   (:)

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: russell_w_b on August 30, 2014, 07:57:00 AM
Hi russel_w_b and welcome!

one thing I have benefitted from is playing staccato and making sure I lift my fingers off the buttons each time rather than holding down a button and dragging the bellows.

Thanks, Nigel.

One thing I noticed too was my R/H little finger was curled back.  I use it on some pieces I play to get 'up there', but perhaps I should've had it on standby with the others, to spread the fingering out a bit.  I'll try to develop better finger control rhather than using the bellows, as you suggest.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on August 30, 2014, 09:26:10 AM



Sorry to hear about your 'interregnum' - I hope you are over that now  ;)

Thanks, Arty: I certainly am!  :D  The instruments got shoved in the boxroom as the kids grew up and other interests took over.  Same with the brass band I play with - I dropped out of that for ten years or so and I'm not long back to it (trombone).  But playing always gives me a lift and I feel better for it.

I'll do as you advise.   (:)

Just a little inspiration for you, since you play the melodeon and the saquebout(!)..... Seriously, I love this and thought you would too. A shame you couldn't possibly play both at the same time!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liy9zQS-rxk&list=UUtq4i3K8ZH5wCDOtklRCntg&index=5
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: russell_w_b on August 30, 2014, 10:16:56 AM

Just a little inspiration for you, since you play the melodeon and the saquebout(!)...

Fantastic.   (:)  Thanks for the link.  That sackbuttist seemed to be putting most of the work in towards the end there!  I dabble on the PA too.  Something else I need to practice.  ::)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: heartshaped1 on September 17, 2014, 02:36:55 PM
Hello! Beginner and Newbie alert!

Here is my version of this month's TOTM, William and Nancy. I was going to post it in the TOTM section but everyone seems incredibly good, but then I found this bit, so here I am! Link here:

http://youtu.be/O-I_jKbrG-A

It's my first go at YouTube so apologies for wonkyness.
I've been playing for nine months (eight when I recorded this), and I love it! Still working on less wobble on the r/h end, and as for the melodeon face!  :-[ One wrong note was the least I could get it down to after many takes.  (:) Would love to hear your thoughts, tips etc.

Thanks,
Vicky.

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on September 17, 2014, 02:44:47 PM
Hello! Beginner and Newbie alert!

Here is my version of this month's TOTM, William and Nancy. I was going to post it in the TOTM section but everyone seems incredibly good, but then I found this bit, so here I am! Link here:

http://youtu.be/O-I_jKbrG-A

It's my first go at YouTube so apologies for wonkyness.
I've been playing for nine months (eight when I recorded this), and I love it! Still working on less wobble on the r/h end, and as for the melodeon face!  :-[ One wrong note was the least I could get it down to after many takes.  (:) Would love to hear your thoughts, tips etc.

Thanks,
Vicky.

Post it in the main ToTM thread, there is an awful lot to admire in that for an 8 month old, you are even perfecting the melodeon face  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on September 17, 2014, 03:52:06 PM
Hello! Beginner and Newbie alert!

Here is my version of this month's TOTM, William and Nancy. I was going to post it in the TOTM section but everyone seems incredibly good, but then I found this bit, so here I am! Link here:

http://youtu.be/O-I_jKbrG-A

Very respectable. Only comment is that you look a bit tense, but that's to be expected. Nice work.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 17, 2014, 04:00:27 PM
Hello! Beginner and Newbie alert!

Here is my version of this month's TOTM, William and Nancy. I was going to post it in the TOTM section but everyone seems incredibly good, but then I found this bit, so here I am! Link here:

http://youtu.be/O-I_jKbrG-A

It's my first go at YouTube so apologies for wonkyness.
I've been playing for nine months (eight when I recorded this), and I love it! Still working on less wobble on the r/h end, and as for the melodeon face!  :-[ One wrong note was the least I could get it down to after many takes.  (:) Would love to hear your thoughts, tips etc.

Thanks,
Vicky.

Hi Vicky,

That's excellent progress for eight months! 

Very well done and thank you for posting this, I really enjoyed it!

Les

 (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on September 17, 2014, 05:42:57 PM
Hello! Beginner and Newbie alert!

Here is my version of this month's TOTM, William and Nancy. I was going to post it in the TOTM section but everyone seems incredibly good, but then I found this bit, so here I am! Link here:

http://youtu.be/O-I_jKbrG-A
Well done, Vicky - very nice indeed.  I would say that you could have posted that in the main TOTM without any need to be worried.  I'm only a few months ahead of you in the learning front, so my only observation is that as a Morris tune, I would watch the speed a bit - you were playing a bit fast (IMHO).  Overall, I think you should be very pleased with your progress.  Cheers.  Nigel
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: sqwzboxstudent on September 17, 2014, 06:38:49 PM
Very good !
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Pete Dunk on September 17, 2014, 07:34:41 PM
Well played noob!  ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on September 17, 2014, 07:38:24 PM
What Lester and the others said. Promote yourself to ToTM immediately!

Yes, a bit fast for Morris by the end, but I've seen some Morris teams dance that fast.

Also it speeds up, but given the combination of nerves, excitement and lack of playing experience that's not surprising.
But I speed up too sometimes, and I've got no excuse!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Suppards on September 17, 2014, 08:29:57 PM
This might be a daft question Anahata, but is there an average tempo for a morris tune? 

When I asked someone about the right speed for a tune (I've been learning for 7 months) I was told that the right tempo was the one where I could play it with no mistakes!  But it would be good to know what kind of tempo I should be aiming for.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on September 17, 2014, 08:33:07 PM
This might be a daft question Anahata, but is there an average tempo for a morris tune? 

When I asked someone about the right speed for a tune (I've been learning for 7 months) I was told that the right tempo was the one where I could play it with no mistakes!  But it would be good to know what kind of tempo I should be aiming for.

The answer to your question 'is there an average tempo for a morris tune?' is NO

The speed varies between traditions, the specific morris sides interpretation of the dance and the age of the dancers (spookily the speed seems to increase as the dancers age as it's easier to dance quickly than stay in the air for a long time). So when someone says the speed is not right it is fairly subjective unless it is very fast or very slow.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on September 17, 2014, 08:48:06 PM
This might be a daft question Anahata, but is there an average tempo for a morris tune? 

I'm not sure that "average" is a useful metric for anything in this context, for all the reasons Lester said.

it would be good to know what kind of tempo I should be aiming for.

Watching lots of morris teams dancing (better still, learning to play for dancers alongside someone more experienced) is the best way to find out.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on September 17, 2014, 10:26:05 PM
This might be a daft question Anahata, but is there an average tempo for a morris tune?

quote:

 
If you  play to the feet of the lead dancer/ foreman/ best dancer in the side you go far wrong

george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: heartshaped1 on September 18, 2014, 08:08:08 AM
I'd like to thank Lester, Malcolmbebb, Daddy Long Les, Nigelr, sqwzboxstudent, Pete Dunk and Anahata for all your kind words and advice. I definitely agree with the comments about being tense, hoping this will wear off as time goes on! As a complete beginner I have no idea how fast I should be going, so appreciate all the comments about tempo - have booked on to one of the playing for dance modules at Witney so hopefully this will help. And Anahata, I hadn't even noticed I was speeding up, I'm sure that was just a race to get to the end without slipping up!  (:)

I'm really enjoying learning, and a big part of that is you helpful people and this excellent forum, which has become an indispensible source of supportive shared learning for those of us not brave enough to play in public yet! Cheers!  :D Vicky.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on September 18, 2014, 08:17:45 AM
This might be a daft question Anahata, but is there an average tempo for a morris tune?

quote:

 
If you  play to the feet of the lead dancer/ foreman/ best dancer in the side you go far wrong

george

" Go far wrong " George ?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on September 18, 2014, 08:20:14 AM
This might be a daft question Anahata, but is there an average tempo for a morris tune?



 
If you  play to the feet of the lead dancer/ foreman/ best dancer in the side you go far wrong

george

" Go far wrong " George ?

Perfectly good English, in common usage in Chez Bailey.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on September 18, 2014, 08:45:14 AM
Ah ha,
So George meant what he said then. If so, I don't agree, surely the foreman / Squire sets the tempo and the musician keeps to it.....ish. :D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Clive Williams on September 18, 2014, 09:18:08 AM
I'm guessing George meant...

If you  play to the feet of the lead dancer/ foreman/ best dancer in the side you *won't* go far wrong

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: exiletaff on September 18, 2014, 09:41:33 AM
I joined a Morris side just after I started on the melodeon about 16 months ago and they have been wonderfully supportive. As for speed of playing I watch the dancers and our lead concertina player, If I get 'the look  >:(  ' from her I know I've done something wrong.
Enjoying learning more each day and have signed up for the Basics at Witney (my first tutorials), staying in the premier Inn.
Look forward to learning a lot and meeting people.

Alun
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on September 18, 2014, 12:31:23 PM
I'm guessing George meant...

If you  play to the feet of the lead dancer/ foreman/ best dancer in the side you *won't* go far wrong

 ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Boyen on December 22, 2014, 05:03:27 PM
I'm playing 1 year and a little bit right now, decided to record one of the first tunes I learned, back then it was way too hard for me but I persisted, now... there's room for improvement and feel free to give pointers but I've come a long way that for sure.
http://youtu.be/rF-RyRN4Dck
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: jerfish on December 22, 2014, 05:49:02 PM
I'm playing 1 year and a little bit right now, decided to record one of the first tunes I learned, back then it was way too hard for me but I persisted, now... there's room for improvement and feel free to give pointers but I've come a long way that for sure.
http://youtu.be/rF-RyRN4Dck

Really nice!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: TomBom on December 22, 2014, 08:09:14 PM
I'm playing 1 year and a little bit right now, decided to record one of the first tunes I learned, back then it was way too hard for me but I persisted, now... there's room for improvement and feel free to give pointers but I've come a long way that for sure.
http://youtu.be/rF-RyRN4Dck
Very nice, indeed! I like your Sharon Shannon machine gun triplets!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Grape Ape on December 23, 2014, 12:01:37 AM
I've been playing almost three years and can't play triplets anything close to that fast.  Your bellows control also looks amazing.  Have you started incorporating basses and chords yet?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Boyen on December 23, 2014, 09:28:59 AM
Hey Grape, I think it's safe to say that bellows control has been a focus area for me. Before I even got my melodeon I was watching and analysing Steve's video on it.
My left hand only does the air button right now. I sometimes try (for instance Steve's drowsy Maggie video) but don't feel quite ready. It takes a bit of a different place in Irish music and I can't say that I understand it yet.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: NickF on December 26, 2014, 10:58:06 AM
That was very nice indeed.
I only hope I can someday come close to that!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on January 08, 2015, 05:27:55 PM
I recorded myself playing The Happy Wanderer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4w_Ge3dhhk&feature=youtu.be
Thanks be to the LORD for helping me acquire a Melodeon, and helping me play it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on January 09, 2015, 08:57:42 PM
Got my first melodeon in spring 2013 after much helpful advice here. After some false starts and a lot of uncertainty, I've been making progress and playing every day for the last 6 weeks.  This is me playing the Winster Processional Morris Dance with a left hand arrangement I've bodged together as a proof of concept. No idea if it's "authentic" but it's helped my gain some confidence.

http://youtu.be/24I4je4bNd0 (http://youtu.be/24I4je4bNd0)

Any thoughts, advice or constructive criticism VERY welcome, I'm very much working in the dark with only Mally's book and John Kirkpatrick's DVD to help me...

What's not to like  (:)  Nice steady and consistent pace, good bellows control, good air button use, subtle bit of cross rowing at the end of the B music.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on January 09, 2015, 09:13:55 PM
Wot Lester said - very nicely played.

Not a criticism, but a "next step" if you like - at the start of the B music, play those G and B notes on the G row so you can do a G chord. Then you'll run out of bellows, so do the next bar (F# and A) on pull, still on the G row - you'll get the right chord for free. The switch back to the D row. When you can do that you'll then be well in advance of about half the morris melodeon players I've heard!

I wouldn't say that to everyone, but you've already demonstrated enough competence to be worth pushing a little harder...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: JoeCooley on January 10, 2015, 04:43:49 AM
Got my first melodeon in spring 2013 after much helpful advice here. After some false starts and a lot of uncertainty, I've been making progress and playing every day for the last 6 weeks.  This is me playing the Winster Processional Morris Dance with a left hand arrangement I've bodged together as a proof of concept. No idea if it's "authentic" but it's helped my gain some confidence.

http://youtu.be/24I4je4bNd0 (http://youtu.be/24I4je4bNd0)

Any thoughts, advice or constructive criticism VERY welcome, I'm very much working in the dark with only Mally's book and John Kirkpatrick's DVD to help me...

Very, very nice.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on January 10, 2015, 07:13:56 PM
Quote
I like the Em as a variation but being able to play the B melody over the G / D chords is much prettier...not to mention a good row-crossing exercise.

You really are thinking along the right lines. I'm impressed!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on January 12, 2015, 09:59:56 AM
Just to follow up,  I've had a second go at this tune as per Anahata's suggestions:

http://youtu.be/zxJhvui8Sgw (http://youtu.be/zxJhvui8Sgw)

Seriously messed with my head at first but getting there now! Musically this is much nicer, I reckon.

good stuff!
g
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: JoeCooley on January 12, 2015, 12:47:45 PM
I'm playing 1 year and a little bit right now, decided to record one of the first tunes I learned, back then it was way too hard for me but I persisted, now... there's room for improvement and feel free to give pointers but I've come a long way that for sure.
http://youtu.be/rF-RyRN4Dck

Remarkable progress for a year.
You hit all the notes, your speed is up there, and the oranaments dazzle.
But....
Sometimes, and this may be my personal preference, when
played too fast the tune sounds flat or hurried.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on January 12, 2015, 01:13:26 PM
Having watched all the lovely tunes played on this thread by beginners,it was with great trepidation and after umpteen takes and fumblings, I  managed to play one. I didn't think I would be so nervous. Hope I have not embarrassed myself too much. A few months ago, I wouldn't have left my comfort zone(bedroom)to play for anyone,let alone post one on here,but all the encouragement and help that members of this forum give to each other, changed my mind.
I would most welcome any tips or hints that will help me to improve.


http://youtu.be/ApwMubQptx4

nice to see a trichord on here!.  Perhaps  playing it more as the song is sung  would make it feel a bit less hurried.  Try either singing or 'thinking' the words whilst playing.

It would also be good practice to try it in GDA and F!!

george (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on January 13, 2015, 11:26:42 AM
 There are advantages to learning to play on outside 2 rows for CGDAE   as this enables e flat keys to be played  on the inside 2 rows using the same scales. 5 scales th= 12 keys!  th Whilst doing this familiarise yourself with the 'alternative'  B and E notes.  The push E & B are particularly useful for bellows control when playing in A

Gradually familiarise yourself with  the other alternatives starting with F#  and C# on the inside row  before moving on to others

Keep in mind that you have only one G,D &A and  that the 2 B flats they are both in the same direction. Everything else you have in either .direction
 
There are scale charts on the ( linked to here) Button Box forum which is specifically BCC#

george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Bob Ellis on January 13, 2015, 03:20:25 PM
Well done, Tuechter. It is daunting playing to a video camera and many of us feel that we play less well in such circumstances, but that was a very creditable first recording. There were places where the phrasing and tempo were a bit variable, which may have been due to nerves, but one way of overcoming that is to make sure you can hum or sing the tune. It has been said here before that you need to be able to hum or sing a tune in order to be able to play it well.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on January 20, 2015, 04:35:28 PM
I've done another tune, this time Winster Gallop (I do plan to work on tunes that don't have the word Winster in the title!)

http://youtu.be/iTZHC4W_pYU (http://youtu.be/iTZHC4W_pYU)

Don't feel 100% confident about this yet but wanted to put it up to seek criticism / advice. Oh, and apologies for squeaky bass buttons and my phone going off at the end - oops.
Very nicely done.  For me, it's great to see your left hand position - this is something I continually struggle with and you are going to be well placed for the future.  Don't be disheartened if feedback drops off after your first few postings.  With your standard of playing, I suspect there will be many of us who can't think of much else to add (:)  I think you are doing brilliantly.  N
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase! Orange in Bloom
Post by: simonj on January 21, 2015, 11:58:49 AM
OK first upload, Hohner Pokerwork. Have been playing for about 10 weeks now. I play the guitar also, but very badly.

I have been faffing around trying to get my mic to work with my webcam, but gave up and recorded audio only. This is the second take, this one had only a few mistakes (that I know of!), so it will do. Apologies for the dodgy phrasing, tempo changes and general Hohner clackiness, plus I cut it short and missed the slows whilst the going was good. Any criticism will be gladly appreciated.


Orange in Bloom (https://soundcloud.com/simon-smith-75/orange-in-bloom)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Bob Ellis on January 21, 2015, 03:35:57 PM
Pretty good after only ten weeks' playing, Simon.

I don't know whether you are playing Orange in Bloom just because it is a lovely tune or because you intend to play it for the Morris dance it accompanies. However, here are a couple of suggestions looking at it from the dance perspective, although they might also apply if you are just playing it as a good tune. Firstly, you played the tune in a rather staccato style. Try playing it more legato - it is a gentle lilting dance and tune. You might want to try playing it with that in mind. Secondly, and related to the first point, you cut very short the fourth note in bar 4 of the B music. This note should be twice as long as the other notes in the bar, so try holding it a bit longer. Otherwise, a nice fluent rendition. Well done!

Your Hohner sounds very clacky! It could be that the recording is exaggerating the effect, but you might want to ask your local fettler to have a look at it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: simonj on January 21, 2015, 06:25:48 PM
Thanks Bob.

I like the tune for a start, but am also hoping to join my local morris side when my life calms down a little. Thank you for the suggestion, I realise I do play most things staccato, including the guitar. I will make a conscious effort to smooth things out. I can also hear the too-short note now you mention it.

I wonder if my Hohner is that clacky... I don't know much anything about sound recording, so it could be the mic accentuating those sounds. I do quite like clacking and air button noises from melodeons though, it's part of their charm!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on January 21, 2015, 06:39:15 PM
While Bob has given you really good advice, don't be too hard on yourself, to the point that you enjoy it less. For just 10 weeks, you are doing really, really well!
My only advice to any beginner, would be to play slowly until you can play it comfortably without mistakes. Then, start to speed up the tune a bit at a time. Enjoy and well done!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on January 21, 2015, 07:01:20 PM
Personally I far prefer people playing staccato for dance than, even Sherborne ones, than mushy legato (piano accordion).

ps Extraordinarily good playing for one of so few weeks
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Bob Ellis on January 21, 2015, 07:22:29 PM
Normally, I would agree with you, Lester, but Orange in Bloom is, in my opinion, one of the few exceptions. My Morris side would not be happy if I played it too staccato.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: simonj on January 22, 2015, 06:42:27 PM
Thank you for the kind compliments and advice. I have tried playing it more legato, and tried making a video as well. Unfortunately the stage fright got me and I messed up! I will practice OiB quite a bit more before attempting any recordings.

I have just realised I can switch the camera around on my phone, so here is a quick video of another BS tune (Beginners' Showcase that is), just because. Quite boring, without frills, but I think fairly mistake free (of course it has my trademarks of playing fast and loose with timings).

I will give the uploads a rest after this, promise.

Speed the Plough (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6yOdjMx6xc)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Helena Handcart on January 22, 2015, 06:49:06 PM
Excellent work - good to see you're getting on so well and enjoying your (first) box. 


Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on January 22, 2015, 06:54:11 PM
Nicely played, steady pace, good left hand,  (:)

A couple of observations:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: simonj on January 22, 2015, 07:17:52 PM
Sorry Lester, could you clarify both points please?

When changing the direction of the bellows, do you mean I am rotating vertically, or horizontally (or both)? I haven't had any tuition on bellows control so I've been happily and obliviously heaving them about.

I thought I did play two As and two Bs...  ??? You do mean "twice through the A music and then twice through the B music" right?

Thanks for taking the time to help  :D :|glug


Thanks, Helena. I will make it to a Alton Steady Session one of these days...!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: TomBom on January 22, 2015, 10:29:46 PM
I am not qualified enough to give playing advice, but I learned a lot of this excellent video of Stiamh:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTZjeiqFbAA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTZjeiqFbAA)
That might be what Lester's first observation is about.

Thomas
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on January 23, 2015, 03:47:30 PM
Sorry Lester, could you clarify both points please?

When changing the direction of the bellows, do you mean I am rotating vertically, or horizontally (or both)? I haven't had any tuition on bellows control so I've been happily and obliviously heaving them about.

I thought I did play two As and two Bs...  ??? You do mean "twice through the A music and then twice through the B music" right?

Thanks for taking the time to help  :D :|glug


Thanks, Helena. I will make it to a Alton Steady Session one of these days...!

The rotation I mean is in the vertical plane ie the bass end is at 11 o'clock on the pushes and 12 o'clock on the pulls. On looking again I may have been overstating the effect.  :P

Re 2A's and 2B's you are only playing 1 of each, here is my rendition of how it is normally played  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDWBTJsuBHw)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: simonj on January 23, 2015, 06:08:27 PM
Thanks, those videos have helped. Watching myself again, I can really see what you mean. Must do better!

In my defence, the abc file I learnt StP is from the Alton Steady Session tune list (found here (https://altonsteadysession.wordpress.com/about/tune-of-the-month/our-favourite-tunes/)), and is notated how I played it there. I have watched other videos of this tune, so I should have really picked up on the repetitions though  :P
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on February 05, 2015, 07:05:53 PM
Today, I have recorded some more songs.  ;D

Ennstaler Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RwyEkOb7zI

Tune From CzechoSlovakia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqizzm2jIUw

The Happy Wanderer (Redone)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8VRju58Pkw

Thank you God, for helping me get, and play the Melodeon. Also, thank you for guiding me to Melodeon.net, so that I could meet some very kind people, who are very helpful as well. Please help all of us, and guide us all to do the right thing. Thank you God, Amen.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on February 05, 2015, 09:13:38 PM
The Happy Wanderer.......I don't think I have ever seen anyone smile so much while playing the melodeon. It obviously makes you very happy and it's uplifting to watch! Keep at it!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on February 05, 2015, 09:28:08 PM
Hi, happy Wanderer,

bravo! (http://www.wuerziworld.de/Smilies/mx/mx38.gif)

I like the little embellishments in the melody and the nice endings you give to the tunes. At the end of the Ennstaler Polka it took me completely by surprise and put a happy smile on my face. ;D

I see you press sometimes two buttons simultaniously. That is good. Maybe you want to try to play a tune completely with two voices as for example here in this version of the Ennstaler Polka (http://www.volksmusik.cc/volkstanz/ennstaler_polka_n.htm). (When you try it, it will maybe be sound better with muted L-reed, but you could try different reed-combinations.)

One unrelated question: Why is the cross in the lower left corner of the poster on the wall blue when all others are red?  (http://www.wuerziworld.de/Smilies/mx/mx26.gif)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on February 05, 2015, 09:55:57 PM
The blue is for Mary's halo. I actually painted it. The funny thing is, that painting was an image that just popped into my head one day while reading about Abraham in the bible. I think the idea came somewhat from Pysanka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pysanka) eggs.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on February 16, 2015, 07:36:40 PM
Today, I recorded more!  :||:

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon. I am very grateful you helped me learn to read music. Amen.

Little Brown Jug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onY_leB9ifY
 
Ennstaler Polka ~ Chord Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umuvCWwtrSQ
 
Just Because
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuXj0JdOr0k (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuXj0JdOr0k)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: TomBom on February 17, 2015, 09:25:34 PM
Ennstaler Polka ~ Chord Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umuvCWwtrSQ
I suggest to avoid two-note chords on the pull with buttons 5 & 6 and 9 & 10 as these intervals sound dissonant. You could pull buttons 3 & 6 and 7 & 10 respectively.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Harp2 on February 20, 2015, 06:56:06 PM
Happy Great Job!
Keep playing and posting.
Your Smile has inspired me to do some playing today  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on March 04, 2015, 01:13:49 AM
I recorded three more Melodeon videos today. I hope you like my Melodeon tie too.  ;D

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon, and Harmonica. I am very grateful for you guiding me to learn sheet music too. Amen.

Julida Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHRd1Xazyn4&feature=youtu.be

Ennstaler Polka ~ Chord Version New and Improved Version!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brqtETPACs8

Red River Valley Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf1bo9fCbc4
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on March 04, 2015, 09:34:50 AM
 (:)

Red River Valley Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf1bo9fCbc4
I think the chordal accompaniment on the second long note doesn't sound right to me.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: JoeCooley on March 04, 2015, 02:09:50 PM
Happy Wanderer I really like your playing, it is so full of joy.
BTW, what kind of box is that?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on March 04, 2015, 03:58:33 PM
(:)

Red River Valley Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf1bo9fCbc4
I think the chordal accompaniment on the second long note doesn't sound right to me.

Thank you for pointing out this mistake. At which second in the video does this specific chord play?

Happy Wanderer I really like your playing, it is so full of joy.
BTW, what kind of box is that?

My box is a Weltmeister Cajun, in the key of C, with dry tuning.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on March 17, 2015, 11:50:42 PM
Today, I uploaded more polka videos. I also included the Marine's Hymn. Why? Because it is March, the perfect month for Marching Music! :D

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon, and Harmonica. I also thank you for helping me learn to read sheet music. Amen.

Marine's Hymn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djqhU663NkM

Marmalade Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK5j2mRvk-Y

See Me Dance the Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCc6KG-mYhI

Jenny Lind Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4P6Ka7hhtc
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Harp2 on March 18, 2015, 03:31:12 AM
Happy I always enjoy watching your videos (:)
I especially liked the Marmalade Polka.
Thank you for posting!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on April 02, 2015, 11:32:08 PM
Today, I recorded two more polkas!

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon, and Harmonica. Amen.

Beer Barrel Polka
Melodeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4vVhNdHYHw&feature=youtu.be
Harmonica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94pjdx4F2Ts

Oige ja Vasembra
Melodeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUhmFLnzpkU
Harmonica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQSlEGBQ4KI
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Harp2 on April 03, 2015, 12:09:54 AM
Happy I didn't think the Beer Barrel would really fit on a one row but I have to congratulate you!
You used every available fold on that one row and have inspired me to give it a try.
Nice Job.  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on April 13, 2015, 10:37:36 PM
Today, I recorded four songs! Three waltzes, and one polka! :D

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts. Amen.

Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie57k4u7c6Q

Plon Niesiemy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K40k6UUUMww

Szla Dzieweczka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3EVC4WYiZg

Helena Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-zLupw0H7c
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: brazilian.BOX on April 13, 2015, 10:43:35 PM
Nice Happy Wanderer!

I've just watched the 4. My favorites are the 1st and 4th. In the last (4th), very nice this repeated touch some 6 times the same note.
Congratulations. The work is very nice.  :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on April 14, 2015, 12:38:29 AM
Thank you for your kind compliment!  ;D

The Helena Polka seems to be usually done on the PA and the Chemnitzer Concertina. I couldn't find any other button box versions of it on YouTube.  :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: brazilian.BOX on April 14, 2015, 01:04:45 AM
Nice man. Yeah, another smart also. Play songs that are rare to find another versions in videos, or are rare of inexistent with melodeon playing.
Stay cool!  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on April 29, 2015, 09:15:13 PM
Today, I recorded some more songs! :D

 Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon, and Harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts. Amen

In Heaven There is No Beer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDJ0IMEJwQ0

Jenny Lind Polka Redux
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWq6eX9mSUY
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Harp2 on April 29, 2015, 09:30:55 PM
Your really making that one row sing Happy!
Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on April 29, 2015, 09:38:57 PM
That's FANTASTIC Happy W, really good to listen to!!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on April 29, 2015, 10:11:05 PM
Thanks! I think I did the Jenny Lind right this time (I could be wrong!) Last time I made many mistakes.   :P

Either way, I am glad you enjoyed the tunes!  ;D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on May 18, 2015, 06:09:38 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

I have recorded some more tunes! I have also been recording my tunes on the harmonica, but I won't put the links here, as this is a melodeon forum.

Enjoy!  ;D

Wooden Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec_PoVI83TU

Johnny's Knocking Polka (Puka Jasiu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjFgqSBHapQ
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Harp2 on May 19, 2015, 05:21:40 AM
Excellent Happy! Keep em coming. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on May 19, 2015, 05:51:32 AM
I have recorded some more tunes! I have also been recording my tunes on the harmonica, but I won't put the links here, as this is a melodeon forum.
Maybe you want to try some rhythmic accompaniment on the harmonica too, similar to what you do on the accordion with your left hand. (A small example, played by Mrs. Wache from Kumlau (https://youtu.be/EB9hio8nPhw?t=5m53s).)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on May 19, 2015, 02:36:39 PM
That harmonica thing sounds rather difficult. I wonder how she did it?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on May 19, 2015, 08:28:25 PM
That harmonica thing sounds rather difficult. I wonder how she did it?
Search for "tongue blocking". You put your lips around three holes. With your tongue you block the two on the left and play only the melody through the right hole. Rhythmically you put your tongue back, so that air flows through all three, than put your tongue back.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on June 02, 2015, 07:20:19 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

Today, I have recorded some more tunes! Enjoy!  ;D

Red Wing Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lp0Bh_XsGE

The Happy Wanderer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtEhi_sldso
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on June 21, 2015, 03:02:38 PM
After making a bit of progress last year my practising has been repeatedly put off by real life. I'm trying to get back into a regular playing schedule as I try and get my chops up to a point where I'm ready to play at a slow session. I also planned to put weekly videos up on YouTube but that didn't last long! Anyway, to try and get myself to get a move on, I've finally done a new upload - this is my attempt to play Speed The Plough (in D)

https://youtu.be/wlyVCwKjKCs (https://youtu.be/wlyVCwKjKCs)

Any constructive criticism is very welcome - I need all the help I can get! Thanks.
Great recording all round! Really liked it. And the speed was really solid, start to finish.
Let's have more.
Mike
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: nigelr on June 21, 2015, 04:32:42 PM
... I try and get my chops up to a point where I'm ready to play at a slow session...
I would say you are more than ready to participate in a steady session. I would highly recommend getting to a session as it will do wonders for your playing and confidence (from experience). Keep it up! Nigel
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Roger Howard on June 21, 2015, 05:19:17 PM
Sounds pretty good to me! Well done.  (:)

Roger
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on June 22, 2015, 08:50:37 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

Today, I recorded some more tunes! Enjoy!   ;D

Silk Umbrella Polka (Židana Marela)
Accordion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0ey_ATfOQ

The Sidewalks Of New York (East Side West Side)
Accordion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOmviewtjkc
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: TomBom on June 23, 2015, 11:09:07 AM
Silk Umbrella Polka (Židana Marela)
Accordion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0ey_ATfOQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0ey_ATfOQ)
That's really good, especially how you adapted the second part to the single row. Do you really need another box  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: blue eyed sailor on July 03, 2015, 05:20:49 PM
I've been playing this for ages and I still don't think it's as good as it'll be if I keep at it, but I was worried that if I didn't put something down to show my progress, I'd just get stuck. As always, pointers or constructive criticism are very welcome indeed.

Well, that's pretty good as for me, very steady tempo and pulse, nice lift - and a lovely-sounding instrument too...

Recording and showing progress has proven to be essential for myself as well. Did this with the concertina, and will do it with the melodeon now...

Best wishes - Wolf
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on July 10, 2015, 05:03:49 PM
there is an interesting & very lively vocal rendering of ratlin' bog by a large choir on youtube . Its a good one to try   play along with  . youtube the rattlin bog Mihaael Braz arr

george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 10, 2015, 09:41:24 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

Yesterday, my Mundinger Diaton III arrived. I am not yet used to the club layout.  :P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olLM5wFVRiU&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 17, 2015, 05:03:26 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

Today, I have recorded another tune on my new Mundinger Diaton III. I think I have improved a bit after a week of practice. The tune I recorded is a German Volksmusik tune called the Ennstaler Polka.  ;D

I did some pushing/pulling in the video in the part I added, because at the moment, I am a bit more familiar with the pushing and pulling in that part.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6sNzlAEG6Q
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on July 17, 2015, 05:14:17 PM
Bravo!
You have definitely got the right kind of box to play music like that, and the right box for you!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 17, 2015, 05:15:05 PM
Bravo!
You have definitely got the right kind of box to play music like that, and the right box for you!

Thanks!  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: matt vrs on July 17, 2015, 09:31:27 PM
the Ennstaler Polka.

I really enjoyed that, and the music and the box go just right together, I want to hear more. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 17, 2015, 09:50:55 PM
the Ennstaler Polka.

I really enjoyed that, and the music and the box go just right together, I want to hear more.
Thanks!  ;D

More will be coming in a few weeks. I will need to relearn a few more songs first.  :D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on July 17, 2015, 11:09:52 PM
Bravo!
You have definitely got the right kind of box to play music like that, and the right box for you!
Yes.  (http://wuerziworld.de/Smilies/lol/lol22.gif)

(Most often one starts on the F-row [middle row].)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 17, 2015, 11:15:28 PM
Bravo!
You have definitely got the right kind of box to play music like that, and the right box for you!
Yes.  (http://wuerziworld.de/Smilies/lol/lol22.gif)

(Most often one starts on the F-row [middle row].)

Thanks!  ;D

I did not know that. I am not as familiar with the F-Row at the moment. I guess I should try to play songs on it more.  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on July 18, 2015, 12:36:28 AM
I am not as familiar with the F-Row at the moment. I guess I should try to play songs on it more.  (:)
Well, it isn't a rule one has to adhere to strictly. But the F-row is the heart of the Club accordion. From F you can go up a fifth to C and down a fifth to Bb. If you start in C, you can't go up any more.

Maybe in the beginnig it could be interesting for you to watch someone playing simple arrangements on the Club accordion. You may want to take a look at the Youtube channel of Peter Heumos (https://www.youtube.com/user/heumos1/videos) from Hamburg (where I changed trains today).
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on July 18, 2015, 12:48:01 AM
I am not as familiar with the F-Row at the moment. I guess I should try to play songs on it more.  (:)
Well, it isn't a rule one has to adhere to strictly. But the F-row is the heart of the Club accordion. From F you can go up a fifth to C and down a fifth to Bb. If you start in C, you can't go up any more.

Maybe in the beginnig it could be interesting for you to watch someone playing simple arrangements on the Club accordion. You may want to take a look at the Youtube channel of Peter Heumos (https://www.youtube.com/user/heumos1/videos) from Hamburg (where I changed trains today).
Thanks for the link!  ;D

I didn't know you could play the key of Bb on the Club box. I guess I should figure it out!  :||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on July 18, 2015, 02:03:10 AM
I didn't know you could play the key of Bb on the Club box. I guess I should figure it out!  :||:
The Club accordion is made to play in three major scales + chromatic enrichment. Your Mundinger should be a 4th-button starter. Than the scale of Bb major should start on the 5th button of the F-row on pull. The three left hand chords, you need, are Bb on pull, Eb on push (same buttons as Bb chord) and F on push.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on July 22, 2015, 07:57:46 PM
I decided to try and learn a tune in E, so I learned The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies from Guy Wyatt's old TOTM video (at https://youtu.be/FzQLLMS3Lj0 (https://youtu.be/FzQLLMS3Lj0)) Here's my attempt at it:

https://youtu.be/YCJwojcLbDw (https://youtu.be/YCJwojcLbDw)

Still getting my head around this unholy new key (and fingering, and bellows action) but nice to have made a start. Also trying to break out of sticking to oom-pah patterns on the LH. Criticism and pointers welcome.

Nicely played, not a version I know but an interesting B music.

ps it is in E minor not E
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on August 02, 2015, 10:30:10 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

Today, I have recorded another tune on my Mundinger Diaton III accordion! The song is called Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen, and is a German Volksmusik song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrz1ilc9YhA
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on August 02, 2015, 11:47:57 PM
Hi, Wanderer!

I'm not entirely shure, this is still the right thread for you. ;D

"Du liegst mir am Herzen" is a waltz and would go well as a tune for the actual "Theme of the Month"-thread. I am not happy with your LH chords at 0:18, 0:25 (and 0:47, 0:54). You play the dominant chord (in this case C maj), but I think the subdominant (Bb maj) would sound better. I will try to record an alternative version tomorrow.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: blue eyed sailor on August 02, 2015, 11:56:24 PM
Hi, Wanderer!

I'm not entirely shure, this is still the right thread for you. ;D

"Du liegst mir am Herzen" is a waltz and would go well as a tune for the actual "Theme of the Month"-thread. I am not happy with your LH chords at 0:18, 0:25 (and 0:47, 0:54). You play the dominant chord (in this case C maj), but I think the subdominant (Bb maj) would sound better. I will try to record an alternative version tomorrow.

Seconded, in both respects!

Guess I can sleep with good conscience as to having recommended a Club box... (:)

Best wishes - Wolf
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on August 03, 2015, 12:22:53 AM
Thanks!  ;D

I just tried playing Du Du Liegst Mir am Herzen with the Bb chord on the places you mentioned, and I noticed it sounded much better! I guess I need to work on the basses, as I think I am used to simply bashing them from playing the one row.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on August 03, 2015, 09:21:30 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the melodeon, and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

Today, I have recorded another tune on my Mundinger Diaton III! The tune is Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which is an American waltz.  ;D

Enjoy!  :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aTThBFN84M
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: blue eyed sailor on August 03, 2015, 10:40:51 PM
Bravo! I'd say, this is your apprentice-piece...!

"Theme of the month" is where it belongs!

Best wishes - Wolf
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Archaeobox on February 16, 2016, 01:06:20 PM
Hello All,
I am very new here (as in this is my first post and I can't even play yet). I got my first box off of (German) Ebay a few months back for a grand sum of £45 pounds including posting. It is an A/D little (I think) pre-pokerwork thing. My partner has been tidying the bits of it that needed doing but it was in pretty good nick and I will soon send it off to be tuned. Then I can attempt to learn to play it!  :|||:

Anyway, impatient to get going since this weekend I may finally have some time to try and start learning, I plan to borrow a box off of the other half and attempt to learn something. I've been trawling these threads for easy starter info and tunes (so many tunes!).

So I was wondering, can the beginner showcase be any tune that takes our fancy or only one that has been in TOTM?

Cheers!  :|glug
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on February 16, 2016, 03:20:17 PM
So I was wondering, can the beginner showcase be any tune that takes our fancy or only one that has been in TOTM?

Anything you like, Oh! and welcome (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: malcolmbebb on February 16, 2016, 05:57:35 PM
Yes, welcome! And i'm intrigued by the view in your photo  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Archaeobox on February 16, 2016, 06:21:10 PM
Thank you for your welcomes!

Excellent, I shall find a simple tune that takes my fancy and see what happens.

And i'm intrigued by the view in your photo  (:)

The picture was taken somewhere in the Canon del Atuel in Argentina; stunning place.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Łukasz Potoczny on June 16, 2016, 04:26:10 PM
Hi everyone!

This is my first post here, so I'd like to introduce myself a bit.
I've been playing music for some years now, my main instrument is tenor banjo. Recently got interested in melodeon and this forum was a huge help in choosing the box. First I was thinking about a two row in BC tuning because I didn't want an instrument without the option of chromatic playing. Then I stumbled upon Jack Delaguerre's page about the club system, got interested, and after some careful considerations and comparisons in late March got my hands on a first box - Club III BF. Last month got a nice bargain on a Club X and that's what I'm playing on the video.

Anyway that's my story and here's a bit crude version of one of my favourite scottishes - Mominette. I started to play the box about 2,5 months ago so all technical advice is welcome, especially considering my bass playing. ;)
Hope you enjoy it:
https://youtu.be/smewVz0IPzQ

One more thing:
In the second bar of A part you can hear G minor chord - that's my alteration of the bass mechanism, I've tweaked the rods a little bit and set up Cm/Gm and Am/Em instead of C7/G7 and F7/C7 on the two additional buttons. My main goal with accordion is to play bal folk repertoire, so I figured this is gonna be a useful change without altering the original 8 basses of the club system.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on June 16, 2016, 06:23:18 PM
Nice sounding box. Playing is fluent too. Welcome to the learning zone.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: jorden on June 16, 2016, 07:47:01 PM
Hi Łukasz,

Nice tune, makes me want to play more balfolk (and also the other videos on your channel), but once you start adding the basses the rhythmical clarity of the right hand melody that was there in the first part is lost a bit to my ear/taste.

Greetings,
Jorden
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on June 16, 2016, 08:09:12 PM
Well, Jorden is right, but I have to say that's pretty amazing progress from being a complete beginner in two and a half months.

The best approach to getting the rhythm tight when the basses come in to to practice it slowly enough that you can make it really clockwork-precise (but don't lose the rhythmic accents). That's harder to do than it sounds, but when you have it right, bringing it back up to speed will really make it dance! And actually it doesn't have to go that fast - your video is already a bit quick for dancing a Schottische.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: jorden on June 16, 2016, 09:10:26 PM
For some inspiration on playing scottishes on the melodeon (and something that would go nicely with The Plane Tree?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUU9KSAnDWw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUU9KSAnDWw). Wim Claeys plays a scottische with an onomatopeic name...
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on June 16, 2016, 10:07:27 PM
Very glad to have heard that. And glad that Beginners Showcase is alive and well.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Łukasz Potoczny on June 16, 2016, 10:25:01 PM
Thanks for the replies and kind words!

Jorden: I thought about uploading something onto that channel just today, nothing spectacular there yet.  ;) Tune you posted is really cool! Never heard Wim Claeys before. Seems like a funny guy too, although I can't make a word of what he's saying - is it Dutch? Flemish?

Anahata:
That's really something coming from you, thank you. I am indeed a beginner with the melodeon but - as I mentioned - I've been playing other instruments for some years. I suppose it helps when you know what you're aiming for in terms of pulse and phrasing and are able to visualize it. On the other hand it's been quite a step outside a comfort zone for me to switch from a stringed instrument to playing keyboard PLUS basses PLUS working bellows properly. Trying to work on some independence there but it's still a long way...
Any particular exercises you'd recommend?
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on June 17, 2016, 06:58:26 AM
Yes, welcome! And i'm intrigued by the view in your photo  (:)

So was I Malcolm, I thought it was Swanage. Welcome Archeobox.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: jorden on June 17, 2016, 07:15:14 AM
It's in Flemish/Dutch: 'So we were playing some traditional scottisch in Brittany, all of a sudden some drunk Breton comes and goes 'no no no, that is all wrong, you should play the scottische de pouainouainouain. So the next thing we played, we called the scottische the pouainouainouain.'  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Archaeobox on June 21, 2016, 04:23:03 PM
Hi Chaps,
I am still loitering around here but sadly not had the time to start learning melodeon yet due to work commitments and accidentally acquiring a hurdy-gurdy...  >:E

Slightly further afield than Swanage, though I love the steam railway there!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Anahata on June 21, 2016, 06:11:53 PM
it's been quite a step outside a comfort zone for me to switch from a stringed instrument to playing keyboard PLUS basses PLUS working bellows properly. Trying to work on some independence there but it's still a long way...
Any particular exercises you'd recommend?

That kind of co-ordination comes with time and practice. I don't think there are any exercises that will speed up the process; just keep learning and playing tunes, but I did mention practising it slowly! Also if you can identify short sections of just a bar or two where you're having trouble, just play that short section repeatedly and slowly until it's automatic - the same thing you'd probably do with any other instrument.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Maggie on September 30, 2016, 05:41:01 PM
Aargh - I have been trying to record myself playing for the beginners bit.  Horribly humbling to see myself play!  Hey ho, can only get better. 
Bought my wee diato at the Chateau d'Ars festival last year.  It is a saltarelle elphique and I love it.  Will keep trying until I can manage to play a tune the whole way through without tangling my fingers.  Hopefull will post a video soon(ish)  :|||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on September 30, 2016, 05:51:18 PM
Hi Maggie
I would encourage you to still post anything that starts ok and after a fumble restarts from that point. We all make loads of mistakes when recording, they do get fewer but it is the tension of recording that leads to them. As soon as you turn the recorder off you'll find you do a "perfect" version!
Mike  (:)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on September 30, 2016, 11:55:13 PM
I agree. Don't stop the recording at the first slip, just get it out the way and continue to the end. There'll be lots of good bits. We can see past the imperfections.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Maggie on October 01, 2016, 12:30:22 PM
Thank you both for the encouragement.  I will try again.  Now I have to work out how to post a video clip!   :|||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on October 01, 2016, 12:33:52 PM
Thank you both for the encouragement.  I will try again.  Now I have to work out how to post a video clip!   :|||:

You need to post it first to YouTube (others are available) then post the link on melnet. A YouTube channel is free to set up.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on October 01, 2016, 01:29:13 PM
What I do is record it on a video camera, take the SD card out and slot it into the PC, crop the beginning and end on windows media player on the PC, and upload it to Youtube from there. There are cameras that allow you to upload directly to youtube, but you'll always have the walk to and from the camera on your video.
Sorry if this is teaching you how to suck eggs. A lot of people here (me too from time to time) use a separate device to record the audio and merge them in Media Player, but that may be a step for later.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Maggie on October 01, 2016, 05:03:58 PM
Okay.  I have taken your advice and posted a video on YouTube - complete with a few fumbles.  It is marked as unlisted because would be embarrassed to have it on public view.  The tune is La Valse des Landes.  Played through two times, the first time as I learned it and the second time with an attempt to change the rythme a bit.  Played on a Saltarelle Elphique 19+2 accordéon diatonique in G/C.  I have been learning for a year and very much welcome comments and tips to improve my playing.  I have an excellent teacher, called Anne Rivaud.  My French is not bad, but some of the nuances get a wee bit lost in translation!
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/wdwDgkfL4-E
Really enjoying the Forum, have lots of questions for future posts   :|||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on October 01, 2016, 05:19:44 PM
I'll leave advice to others. But this is very nicely done. Good tempo throughout, good sounding box too, welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on October 01, 2016, 08:38:13 PM
Okay.  I have taken your advice and posted a video on YouTube - complete with a few fumbles.  It is marked as unlisted because would be embarrassed to have it on public view.  The tune is La Valse des Landes.  Played through two times, the first time as I learned it and the second time with an attempt to change the rythme a bit.  Played on a Saltarelle Elphique 19+2 accordéon diatonique in G/C.  I have been learning for a year and very much welcome comments and tips to improve my playing.  I have an excellent teacher, called Anne Rivaud.  My French is not bad, but some of the nuances get a wee bit lost in translation!
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/wdwDgkfL4-E
Really enjoying the Forum, have lots of questions for future posts   :|||:
Great stuff! For one year in that's well ahead. No advice to offer. Your timing is very good indeed and a good indicator for the future...smooth use of cross rowing without rushing of the sequences...nice contrasts of smooth and shortened notes and a good feel for the tune. Plus the flow of the video was ok and the 'fumbles' in my view didn't actually detract.
Look forward to more.
Mike
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Maggie on October 02, 2016, 10:37:00 AM
Thanks for the kind words.  Being retired, I have the luxury of time and aim to practice for at least an hour each day.  The endless repetitions are starting to work.

I am on a high today because last night I played - for the first time - for a Bal Traditionel in La Souterraine.  It was great!  What a speed they play for dancing, especially the bourrées.  For some tunes, I played right hand only to keep up and that worked okay.  It was totally different - couldn't hear my box and needed to keep looking to check that my fingers were on the right buttons.
My next goal is to play faster!
Maggie 😅
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on October 02, 2016, 10:44:18 AM
Well that's more than I've  managed in a longer time scale. I also find it harder without the left hand.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Maggie on October 02, 2016, 11:22:41 AM
I have the good fortune to have met some very generous and encouraging musicians.  It is sure that I made lots of mistakes, but sitting between two excellent accordéonistes, my bum notes were well hidden.

As a left-hander, it took me a long time to reduce my bass domination.  Was very clumsy with the right hand to start with, so resting the left hand seems to allow my right to function better. 
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: lshillman on October 28, 2016, 04:49:44 AM
Greetings from Berkeley, California!

I had been playing anglo concertina for my local morris side for about half a year when I decided I needed something with louder bass notes to make things more danceable in the rare and nerve-wracking event of being the only musician at a gig. So at the end of May this year I got a lightly-used Pokerwork from someone on this very forum (thanks!) and have been noodling around on it since.

I've just posted two non-morris tunes I've been working on:
I realize my tempo is all over the place, which I blame partially on playing in front of the camera, and partially on being momentarily free from the shackles of morris tempos  ;D

Feedback welcome.

Luke
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Theo on October 28, 2016, 08:12:01 AM
Tempo seemed solid to me. The Scottische is very danceable.  You might try playing Lord of the Dance slower if you want more of a hymn like feel to it, but that's a personal preference, not a criticism.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on October 28, 2016, 09:19:22 AM
Well played and welcome to the forum. You may soon find that you have more melodeons than chickens.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Mike Carney on October 28, 2016, 12:29:32 PM
Greetings from Berkeley, California!

I had been playing anglo concertina for my local morris side for about half a year when I decided I needed something with louder bass notes to make things more danceable in the rare and nerve-wracking event of being the only musician at a gig. So at the end of May this year I got a lightly-used Pokerwork from someone on this very forum (thanks!) and have been noodling around on it since.

I've just posted two non-morris tunes I've been working on:
  • Lord of the Dance (https://youtu.be/SJBFqdzzOik), with harmony as close as I could get to what I remember from church
  • The Halsway Schottische (https://youtu.be/Qyk3In7NZ0E), by Nigel Eaton, as arranged by Mcgrooger (whom I've never met, but whose recordings I listen to constantly)
I realize my tempo is all over the place, which I blame partially on playing in front of the camera, and partially on being momentarily free from the shackles of morris tempos  ;D

Feedback welcome.

Luke
I really enjoyed your playing. A great start and I am sure we'll see you go from strength to strength!
Mike
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: lshillman on October 28, 2016, 04:14:51 PM
Tempo seemed solid to me. The Scottische is very danceable.  You might try playing Lord of the Dance slower if you want more of a hymn like feel to it, but that's a personal preference, not a criticism.
Thanks Theo! Next step is singing along.

Well played and welcome to the forum. You may soon find that you have more melodeons than chickens.
You know, I never would have guessed, but chickens apparently find melodeon music quite agreeable:
(http://www.lukehillman.net/images/patricia.jpg)

I really enjoyed your playing. A great start and I am sure we'll see you go from strength to strength!
Mike
Many thanks Mike! Looking forward to learning some great tunes-of-the-month.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Huw Adamson on March 02, 2017, 10:49:54 PM
I have the good fortune to have met some very generous and encouraging musicians.  It is sure that I made lots of mistakes, but sitting between two excellent accordéonistes, my bum notes were well hidden.

As a left-hander, it took me a long time to reduce my bass domination.  Was very clumsy with the right hand to start with, so resting the left hand seems to allow my right to function better.

Slightly off topic, but in my opinion, us left handers, with the melodeon the right way round, are at an advantage. As far as I'm concerned bellows control is the more important that getting all the notes right, and that's controlled with the left hand.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 06, 2017, 02:36:49 PM
Slightly off topic, but in my opinion, us left handers, with the melodeon the right way round, are at an advantage. As far as I'm concerned bellows control is the more important that getting all the notes right, and that's controlled with the left hand.
That's really interesting - I hadn't thought about that before. I am mostly left-handed, particularly in hand-writing, but I play the melodeon the conventional way round and bellows control has just about always come naturally to me.

Also, when playing the anglo concertina sitting down, the bellows action is most comfortable and natural when waggling the LH end and the RH end static across my thigh. This is contrary to most people, I think (judging by my concertina-playing friends and youtube videos). I have always put my preference down to the fact that I play the melodeon and it is the LH end which waggles. But maybe there is an aspect of left-handedness going on too.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 07, 2017, 09:41:53 AM
I think you are right, Huw and Steve. As another person who is predominantly left-handed but plays the melodeon right-handed, I have long been aware that my left-handedness together with the use of four fingers on the basses makes more imaginative bass lines easier to play. It should also help me to refine my bellows control, but I'm not sure that it does. I have been obsessing recently about my over-vigorous use of the bellows, but I saw John Kirkpatrick in concert a few days ago and his use of the bellows is every bit as vigorous as mine, so perhaps those who insist that bellows movements should be minimal are merely advocating one particular style rather than asserting best practice.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Peter Ellison on July 08, 2017, 06:11:12 PM
After a sudden rush of blood to the head I've decided to post my first video. It's The Sussex Cotillion, a tune I've just learnt and I'm planning to pair it with Princess Royal. Typically, I played it perfectly beforehand but as soon as I started recording, I fumbled in the middle. I also rushed a bit in places.

https://youtu.be/BlklrVXj0Dg (https://youtu.be/BlklrVXj0Dg)

Hope you like it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on July 08, 2017, 06:23:27 PM
After a sudden rush of blood to the head I've decided to post my first video. It's The Sussex Cotillion, a tune I've just learnt and I'm planning to pair it with Princess Royal. Typically, I played it perfectly beforehand but as soon as I started recording, I fumbled in the middle. I also rushed a bit in places.

https://youtu.be/BlklrVXj0Dg (https://youtu.be/BlklrVXj0Dg)

Hope you like it.

For a first video that is really good  (:)

Only observation is that you suffer from the standard beginner/first video problem of seeming to be in a rush to get to the end  ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Peter Ellison on July 08, 2017, 06:26:51 PM
Thanks Lester. Yes - I was really nervous and definitely rushed it. I play for a morris side and that usually keeps my tempo steady and under control. I think the absence of bells put me off!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on July 08, 2017, 06:28:10 PM
Thanks Lester. Yes - I was really nervous and definitely rushed it. I play for a morris side and that usually keeps my tempo steady and under control. I think the absence of bells put me off!

 :D
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Amanda on November 21, 2017, 12:49:01 AM
Alright, I'm being brave and most my first video. :) Here is a quick go at Bluemont Waltz, appreciate your feedback.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTyHlSGImAg
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Stiamh on November 21, 2017, 01:30:55 AM
Alright, I'm being brave and most my first video. :) Here is a quick go at Bluemont Waltz, appreciate your feedback.

Very nicely done, bravo.  (:)

A lovely tune but not one to accompany with two basses. I use D, A, E, F#m and Bm chords for it... You could get one of M. Sagné's 12-bass left-hand ends to make it easier though.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Amanda on November 21, 2017, 01:36:26 AM
Alright, I'm being brave and most my first video. :) Here is a quick go at Bluemont Waltz, appreciate your feedback.

Very nicely done, bravo.  (:)

A lovely tune but not one to accompany with two basses. I use D, A, E, F#m and Bm chords for it... You could get one of M. Sagné's 12-bass left-hand ends to make it easier though.

Thank you, I am considering doing so. I played it earlier accompanied with guitar from a family member, and it sounded a lot better with a rhythm, and agree that base would add a lot.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on November 21, 2017, 02:30:50 AM
Nicely played! I quite like the bits of harmony in there. Maybe more of that would help offset the lack of bass chords if you feel it needs it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Amanda on November 21, 2017, 02:43:18 AM
Nicely played! I quite like the bits of harmony in there. Maybe more of that would help offset the lack of bass chords if you feel it needs it.

Thanks Jesse! I might work on doing some more of that then and see how it turns out.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on November 21, 2017, 10:20:57 AM
https://youtu.be/BlklrVXj0Dg (https://youtu.be/BlklrVXj0Dg)
Hope you like it.
I think it is excellent playing. Be nice to see your hands, though!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on November 21, 2017, 10:23:14 AM
Alright, I'm being brave and most my first video. :) Here is a quick go at Bluemont Waltz, appreciate your feedback.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTyHlSGImAg
Very listenable indeed. Articulate. Nice sounding box too.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Eshed on December 04, 2017, 05:55:24 PM
The Sussex Cotillion seemed popular so I've decided to try and murder it in a recording.
https://youtu.be/CM2uaIcZS80

Contains a few fumbles that sound bad, a fumble or two that sound good (e.g., 0:17) and severe air valve neglect.
If you notice more things I'm doing wrong, please share :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: arty on December 04, 2017, 07:29:47 PM
The Sussex Cotillion

I really enjoyed that. I have no criticisms at all, in fact it would be easy to list the good things.

It is nice to see that you are holding the box well, your thumb on the edge of the finger board, (you'll be glad that you learnt to do that later, if you play tunes that require you to push buttons with your thumb), using all four fingers on the basses, (you'll be glad you learnt that if ever you move to a 12 or 18 bass instrument), your fingers are held nice and close to the buttons, ready to play, you have a strong, steady sense of rhythm, your melodeon has a lovely tone.......what's not to like?
Well done....next tune??? !!!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Eshed on December 06, 2017, 10:53:43 AM
Well done....next tune??? !!!
Thanks!
I'm currently working on something simple for the Theme of The Month.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on December 06, 2017, 12:52:01 PM
If you notice more things I'm doing wrong, please share :)
It's not something you are doing wrong, but more a matter of different preferences. If you change the note only by reversing the bellows direction, I would prefer to lift the melody button shortly between the two notes. But you are, of course, free to play, what you pleases the most.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Gwen on January 25, 2018, 11:15:57 AM
What a brilliant idea. Well done. Should encourage a lot of people who are struggling to get to grips with this amazing instrument!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on January 29, 2018, 07:07:15 PM
OK, here's my first attempt at a video. I give you Uncle Bernard's Polka - https://youtu.be/T-QWg86tBuU

This is the first time I've tried to record myself playing a tune and it took about 20 takes to get a complete runthrough without unrecoverable errors. :( The sound is harsh, and my rhythm is nowhere near as solid as I'd like it to be. Camera-induced "stage fright" perhaps. :-[ I am still working on how to consistently get it to sound like a light, bouncy dance tune and not a clumsy lurching thing.

But anyway, this is where I am at after just under three months of playing the melodeon. I have some background in guitar, piano, bass, etc., and I'm pretty familiar with music theory.

I learned the tune out of Mally's absolute beginners book. A few of the row crossings seemed musically unnecessary to me but I learned the fingering as shown. Presumably they are there to provide practice opportunities in crossing to the D row.

Helpful critiques are welcome. Thanks!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Lester on January 29, 2018, 10:09:12 PM
OK, here's my first attempt at a video. I give you Uncle Bernard's Polka - https://youtu.be/ZfPDBLGZZqk

That is pretty fine playing for 3 months in Jessie. Nothing much needs changing other than practice, practice etc.

One small point, it would be better if you did not rotate the bellows when changing from push to pull and vice versa. When you rotate the bellows instead of just changing direction it delays the change in air pressure and thus delays the change of note.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Gena Crisman on January 30, 2018, 10:37:50 AM
I learned the tune out of Mally's absolute beginners book. A few of the row crossings seemed musically unnecessary to me but I learned the fingering as shown. Presumably they are there to provide practice opportunities in crossing to the D row.

I found a lot of the perhaps unnecessary suggestions in the book were really lessons couched under the guise of preference; you'll get better at evening the notes out in those runs as time goes on, and I solve (what I feel are) melody/bass conflicts with tunes using those 'half diamond' runs all the time.

I think you're doing great for 3 months! Do watch that rotation though, like Lester says.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on January 30, 2018, 11:34:48 AM
Well done Jesse!.   To add to Lesters very valid point on bellows reversals it may help if you lengthen the strap so that the body of the box sits on your left knee . That would  bring the bellows clear of your leg so they could be played most of the time in a fan shape i.e. the bottom more closed than the top.  This would help to make the reversals more positive.  It also helps to keep the bellows as 'tight' as possible, depending on the particular part of the particular tune  but  that  will take time   as your skills at using the air button to control the amount of bellows opening  develops
 
george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on January 30, 2018, 02:27:42 PM
Thanks, I will have to work on the bellows rotation. It's certainly not something I'm consciously doing so I think I just need to put some focused attention on it. I remember "Daddy Long Les" mentioning you noted the same thing in his early playing, Lester, so I guess this is a fairly common beginner issue.

I started off with the box on my left leg but found it awkward and not ergonomic with my body twisted to the left and arm away from the body. After watching videos of John Spiers and Anahata, among others, who wedge the box into their right thigh, I decided to give that a try and found it more comfortable. But i know what you mean about the bellows having a clearer path on the left. Maybe I'll try it again now that I'm a bit more experienced.

I just realized the video image cuts out for the last ten seconds. No idea why my editing software did that!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on January 31, 2018, 09:31:23 PM
I uploaded a fixed version without the video cutting out (at least I hope it's fixed; I'm still getting the hang of this recording business) at https://youtu.be/T-QWg86tBuU

What software are folks using to record their TotM videos? I'm currently using OpenShot Video Editor to trim the start and end and add titles but I'm not completely happy with it.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on January 31, 2018, 10:07:03 PM
What software are folks using to record their TotM videos?
Window$ Live Movie Maker. Came with my computer. Does the job.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on January 31, 2018, 11:30:13 PM
Window$ Live Movie Maker. Came with my computer. Does the job.

I've seen a lot of people using that, but I don't think it is available for Windows 10.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on February 01, 2018, 12:25:38 AM
I've seen a lot of people using that, but I don't think it is available for Windows 10.
The software is now part of the "Windows Essentials" pack, which you can download (free of cost) and install (even only selected parts like the Movie Maker) under Windows 10. (But maybe some W10 user here may know about a better alternative.)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on February 01, 2018, 12:41:25 AM
I've seen a lot of people using that, but I don't think it is available for Windows 10.
The software is now part of the "Windows Essentials" pack, which you can download (free of cost) and install (even only selected parts like the Movie Maker) under Windows 10. (But maybe some W10 user here may know about a better alternative.)
I looked for it but: "As of January 10, 2017, Windows Essentials 2012 is no longer supported on Windows 10, and is unavailable for download."
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Fred on February 01, 2018, 12:56:29 AM
Absolutely correct, Windows Essentials has been discontinued for reasons unknown to me.

If you are looking for a free and very potent video editing tool, I would recommend to have a look at https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/ (https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/) . It will most definitely demand a bit of learning the software but it can fulfil just about everything you would want to do when producing a documentation about your melodeon learning process.  ;D :||:

Edit: Oh and I forgot to note that the basic software is free after you register on their website.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Sebastian on February 01, 2018, 09:45:02 AM
I looked for it but: "As of January 10, 2017, Windows Essentials 2012 is no longer supported on Windows 10, and is unavailable for download."
Oh, sorry! Clearly, I wasn't up to date.  :|bl
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on February 01, 2018, 11:20:33 AM
There are some recommendations here. I use Video pad and I used to use VSDC. I get on best with Video pad, if you use the free version, you have to reinstall it every so often. here used to be a work around, but it seems to have gone.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on April 26, 2018, 07:47:45 PM
I was learning the Bampton version of Bonny Green Garters from Mally's book and since May Day is fast approaching, I thought I would learn the Headington version as well and try to get it up to performance standard. I've been playing for almost six months so I'm not sure I'm exactly a beginner anymore, but I didn't really know where else to post this. (Certainly it's not worth it's own thread.)

To follow up on the comments above regarding video editing, I switched to using Kdenlive for this one and it worked quite well.

Bonny Green Garters, constructive critique welcome (I know Lester will be along to tell me not to waggle the bass end again ;D ):
https://youtu.be/psMPbagNqQA
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on April 26, 2018, 08:09:54 PM

... I've been playing for almost six months so I'm not sure I'm exactly a beginner anymore, but I didn't really know where else to post this. (Certainly it's not worth it's own thread.)


This is probably the place you want, if your feeling more confident.

http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/board,9.0.html
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: tiny on April 26, 2018, 08:21:27 PM
I was learning the Bampton version of Bonny Green Garters from Mally's book and since May Day is fast approaching, I thought I would learn the Headington version as well and try to get it up to performance standard. I've been playing for almost six months so I'm not sure I'm exactly a beginner anymore, but I didn't really know where else to post this. (Certainly it's not worth it's own thread.)

To follow up on the comments above regarding video editing, I switched to using Kdenlive for this one and it worked quite well.

Bonny Green Garters, constructive critique welcome (I know George will be along to tell me not to waggle the bass end again ;D ):
https://youtu.be/psMPbagNqQA
[/I was learning the Bampton version of Bonny Green Garters from Mally's book and since May Day is fast approaching, I thought I would learn the Headington versioquote]

I think this is fab for the amount of time you have been playing, good dancing speed and lift  to go with it. :)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: tiny on April 26, 2018, 08:26:01 PM
Shame I can never remember how to use the quote....apologies

I thought your playing was fab, 6 months is a very short time to be playing, and with controlled speed and lift, very danceable I thought.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on April 26, 2018, 08:30:38 PM
Shame I can never remember how to use the quote....apologies

I thought your playing was fab, 6 months is a very short time to be playing, and with controlled speed and lift, very danceable I thought.

Just click on quote and then put your comment right at the bottom

I agree. Jesse is coming on great.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on April 27, 2018, 01:58:42 AM
Thank you Lizzy and Greg, very kind of you to say. "Lift" is still something very nebulous to me, so if I managed to express a little of it, I'm pleased enough! I won't tell you how many takes there were before the one I finally kept (which still has a few flubs that annoy me)!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Eshed on April 27, 2018, 08:05:42 AM
I won't tell you how many takes there were before the one I finally kept (which still has a few flubs that annoy me)!
If you're anything like me, it may be in the dozens, don't worry about that.
Also I will just repeat what everyone has told me - you're the only one who notices your flubs. I still don't believe them when they're talking about me, but the fact that I'm a lost cause doesn't mean that you don't have a chance. :)

And regarding your playing, I really enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Ribs on May 22, 2018, 01:42:18 AM
Hey everyone! I've been playing for a few days past three months now, and I thought it was time that I posted a recording on here for some constructive criticism. This is my attempt at "Blow the Man Down". As a disclaimer, I had a few beers to work up the courage to post this, so that accounts for a bit of the timing and bellows control issues that I had lol. I appreciate any advice you guys might have. I hope you can manage to enjoy it despite my struggles!

[Also, if you'll allow me to shamelessly plug myself here, anyone who might be interested in the banjo might think about giving my video of "Soldier's Joy" a listen  ;D]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FqTtQGSyuw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FqTtQGSyuw)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on May 22, 2018, 09:27:21 AM
Hi Ribs, not bad atall  after only 3 months playing the box.  By way of constructive suggestions I would sugest that:

 1. slow the whole thing down  to either singing speed ( it is after all a song) or as you are playing it as a 3/4 slow it down to waltz speed .
 2. try to get the hang of varying bellows pressure (and pull)  to highlight individual notes here and there .  The only volume (dynamics) control you have is by varying bellows pressure  aand not by how you press the buttons.  Try to play the bulk of a tune at around mid volume (pressure) so that you can go louder or quieter as required.

3. Playing a tune slowly or even very slowly enables details such as dynamics  and phrasing ( leaving gaps between notes like punctuation in the written word)  to be sorted  after which the tune can gradually be brought up to  the desired speed - but never too fast!

hope this helps

george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on May 22, 2018, 03:21:51 PM
That sounds great Ribs! I think that is better than where I was at three months. I agree entirely with George. Try slowing it down a bit and get a bit more variation into how you play the bass rhythm so it's not quite so mechanical sounding.

You might also want to change to the C chord in a few places. That will probably require you to cross over to the C row in order to get the push notes, but I see you're already doing that a little anyway.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on May 22, 2018, 10:18:37 PM
Very secure. Well done for having the courage to get the first one over with, and successfully too.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Ribs on May 23, 2018, 01:29:16 PM
Thanks for the advice, guys. I absolutely see what you mean about playing too fast. This was one of the first tunes I managed to work out, long before I had any real bellows control. As such, I learned it using extremely long pulls and pushes, so not only am I fighting to conserve air, I also have very little opportunity to add any kind of "flavor" to the song. That, coupled with the fact that I was nervous and frustrated by how many takes I had previously done, I think I was trying to hurry through as fast as I could lol. I'll see about changing it up a bit, and I'll post a new version to see if I'm doing any better.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: baz parkes on May 23, 2018, 02:36:58 PM
Hi Ribs, not bad atall  after only 3 months playing the box.  By way of constructive suggestions I would sugest that:


3. Playing a tune slowly or even very slowly enables details such as dynamics  and phrasing ( leaving gaps between notes like punctuation in the written word)  to be sorted 

As a box player and former Head of English can I congratulate George on a top notch definition which has never occurred to me before    :|glug :|glug
















george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Dick Rees on May 23, 2018, 03:26:29 PM
Thanks for the advice, guys. I absolutely see what you mean about playing too fast. This was one of the first tunes I managed to work out, long before I had any real bellows control. As such, I learned it using extremely long pulls and pushes, so not only am I fighting to conserve air, I also have very little opportunity to add any kind of "flavor" to the song. That, coupled with the fact that I was nervous and frustrated by how many takes I had previously done, I think I was trying to hurry through as fast as I could lol. I'll see about changing it up a bit, and I'll post a new version to see if I'm doing any better.

It's a song.  Would you sing it that fast?  Try singing it and play along with your voice rather than playing the box and singing along.  Horse > Cart instead of Cart > Horse, so to speak.

And never under estimate the value of using a good old metronome.  Not only will it show you how much more time you have within the tune, but playing along with another device helps you develop the ability to play in ensemble with others...sort of a faux partner, as it were.

Otherwise, absolutely great, especially considering the amount of time since you started in.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Jesse Smith on May 23, 2018, 04:08:55 PM
And never under estimate the value of using a good old metronome.  Not only will it show you how much more time you have within the tune, but playing along with another device helps you develop the ability to play in ensemble with others...sort of a faux partner, as it were.

I've tried playing with a metronome but my problem is I can't hear the click over the noise of the melodeon, and trying to keep rhythm with just the flashing light is not as easy for me. I suppose like anything else, that just takes practice.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: deltasalmon on May 23, 2018, 04:21:10 PM
I have bad hearing and had this problem too. I couldn't hear the metronome over the melodeon. I ended up buying an old school mechanical metronome and that way I had a visual cue as well as an audible one.

Mine isn't this same shade of electric blue (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HEOKNUG/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i1?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pd_rd_i=B01HEOKNUG&pd_rd_r=b9e7b79c-5e9c-11e8-8a4a-f37621261a75&pd_rd_w=wlLMf&pd_rd_wg=ilmp1&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=3MAA77ZKAXDBF293JVE0&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=4fd06856-8207-40cb-a925-0a3d8b53a8b9&pf_rd_i=desktop) but it's the same idea.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on May 23, 2018, 08:50:45 PM
plenty of youtube vids of groups singing blow the man down  to play along with

george
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Stotty on May 23, 2018, 11:00:04 PM
If you struggle with a metronome it might be worth trying a "counting" metronome if you can play near a computer, and if the rythmn fits. I have used this one and found it much easier to play with than a "pinging" electronic metronome:
 http://www.metronomebot.com/talking-metronome-in-four.html
You can vary the speed and also have 2 & 3 counts as well as 4 counts.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Carole Kenrick on July 31, 2018, 01:07:14 PM
Hello!

I've been playing my G/C box for just over three months now and have been lucky enough to find a local G/C melodeon teacher, who has helped me learn roughly a tune a month :|||: I can now play two tunes with enough confidence to record them and share them here  (:) They would both fit under the "tunes you've just learned" category - and the snippet from Amelie under "tunes you love".

First tune - a French valse of unknown name and provenance that my melodeon teacher taught me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSfHilDzxs

Second tune - a snippet from the Amelie soundtrack, which first made me fall in love with accordions when I was a teenager: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFRCqkVWG9U

Any constructive feedback welcome! And advice as well - for instance, I find it really hard to reach the F bass when the bellows are further out. Should I be putting my left hand in a different position? Or is it just a matter of practice and developing muscles I never knew I had?!

Now to pick a new tune to learn from the TOTM list  (:)

Thanks so much,

Carole
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: folkloristmark on August 01, 2018, 09:57:03 PM
Well done sounds like a tune.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Eshed on August 01, 2018, 11:16:38 PM
Any constructive feedback welcome! And advice as well - for instance, I find it really hard to reach the F bass when the bellows are further out. Should I be putting my left hand in a different position? Or is it just a matter of practice and developing muscles I never knew I had?!
First of all, well done! To me it seems you've been practicing quite hard these past three months.
Since you have a teacher and since I'm a relatively new player as well, I will refrain from saying what you should do. I can tell you that I (and some other people I've seen on youtube) use the ring finger for the F bass when bellows are wide open (short arms, small fingers, it is impossible otherwise) but still use all four fingers whenever possible.

Now to pick a new tune to learn from the TOTM list  (:)
While that is very fun, I would advise to not forget your current tunes. I've messed this up and I didn't work hard enough on some of my earlier tunes, so now I cannot play them. Fortunately, since then I've been more focused.
I learn new tunes for the soul because otherwise I will be sad. I mostly improve, however, by working hard to perfect and polish two or three tunes I can already play.

Anyway, good progress, keep us up to date  :|||:
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Carole Kenrick on August 03, 2018, 05:46:11 PM
Thanks for the feedback! My approach to practicing so far has been "little and often" - 5 or 10 mins max at a time, at least once a day, and on weekends when I'm at home I can practice many times a day. Keeps my brain from overloading and my arms / fingers / shoulders from getting too sore!

Good advice re continuing to practice previous tunes. I don't know them well enough yet for them to be "stuck" forever in my head, and I can certainly still improve. In particular, I find it hard to pick up a tune part-way through if I stumble. It's as though my brain can only deal with it as a whole phrase, so I am definitely not "fluent" in them yet.

Will try using the ring finger for the F bass when the bellows are fully out and see how it feels - I think avoiding strain is definitely more important than following any "rules"!
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: fc diato on August 03, 2018, 06:35:25 PM

First tune - a French valse of unknown name and provenance

Just three months?  Very impressive... 'sounds like a tune' indeed. The F base will resolve itself with a bit more time and practice, I believe. The fingers just get used to it.

The unknown waltz is Valse a Joseph by Marc Peronne.  It's a great tune to go back to later to practice variations. It can be as simple or complex as you wish, and is lovely either way.
Enjoy the journey.

Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Ribs on August 15, 2018, 09:52:01 PM
Hello again everyone. It's now been six months since I first picked up the box, so I thought I'd drop by and upload a quick recording. Since it's one of my favorite tunes, I decided on "Mussels in the Corner". My goal the last few months has been learning to slow down and play at a normal speed without a metronome, so that's what I've attempted to do here. As always, any tips or advice are more than welcome. I'm here to learn, after all.

(Sorry that the basses are a little hard to hear, I recorded this on my phone)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoAmwEleiEM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoAmwEleiEM)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on August 16, 2018, 10:19:53 PM
I've been playing my G/C box for just over three months now and have been lucky enough to find a local G/C melodeon teacher, who has helped me learn roughly a tune a month :|||: I can now play two tunes with enough confidence to record them and share them here  (:) They would both fit under the "tunes you've just learned" category - and the snippet from Amelie under "tunes you love".

Well played, and great progress so far. I love Amelie - film and music, so this is a great treat for me. There is a flawed but utterly charming youtube version of a girl playing this at a family get-together meal. Most are chatting away ignoring her, but there is something so delightful about it. Hope you don't mind that I've linked it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-nKJqFCRT4).
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Ida on December 30, 2018, 11:24:08 PM
Thanks for sharing! This was very helpful for me as a beginner.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Peadar on March 05, 2019, 11:21:44 PM
Current Theme of the month is slow tunes- Melodies  don't come much slower than Birlinn Goraidh Crobhan.

Posting in the hope of encouraging the rest (of the Absolute Begginers at Melodeon Playgroup) , here is my current best attempt at Birlinn Goraidh Craobhan.


https://youtu.be/Uih4_OCnR6w

PS Winster Gallop is still beyond me unless I have sheet music in front of me.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: playandteach on March 05, 2019, 11:43:58 PM
We need to remember what this feels like. Triumph. I once heard someone say that the best lottery investment you can make is to buy one ticket. You've gone from no chance to 1 in 14 million. After that the odds are against you. The early progress you can make on a new skill is just like that. Take it up, and the early gains are great.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Winston Smith on March 06, 2019, 06:37:53 AM
Peader, although I've been trying to play for about 4 years I'm completely unable to sing whilst playing, my fingers just turn to jelly! Very well done, I'm jealous of your ability to do this.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: george garside on March 06, 2019, 08:58:10 AM
don't worry about it Winston. I've been playing for well over ten times as long as you and I can't even speak and play at the same time!

george ;)
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: havaLaff on March 06, 2019, 10:54:56 AM
When I play slow tunes,I sing along with them in my head. Although I could sing along,I don't, as I wouldn't want anyone to go thru' the agony of hearing me.
Peader, tha sinn math. Cum a'dol.
Title: Re: Beginners Showcase!
Post by: Peadar on March 08, 2019, 07:12:20 AM
Quote
When I play slow tunes,I sing along with them in my head. Although I could sing along,I don't, as I wouldn't want anyone to go thru' the agony of hearing me.
Peader, tha sinn math. Cum a'dol.

Go on. You know you want to.
Agus tha sinn airson cluintinn.

If you lock yourself in the bathroom with the melodeon and mobile phone and limit yourself to three takes you will have it finished before the family/flatmates have time to break down the door.