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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #40 on: March 10, 2015, 10:04:54 PM »

Hopefully something unexpected in here! Maybe if I played the basses or played well, that would be.
 http://youtu.be/KAKgMcoRpn4
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #41 on: March 10, 2015, 11:02:20 PM »

Anyone ready for melodeon karaoke?  :o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wge5r3fBi9c
What a good idea! I love Piazzolo, too.

Piazolla is reaaaally nice to play in melodeon. Calm and thrilling.  :||:
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #42 on: March 11, 2015, 03:19:39 AM »

Clive,
I really really liked that!
It was beautiful, emotional, perfectly executed, and moving. 
Tango, and the music of Astor Piazzolla are things to be explored on melodeon.
I still think Libertango could theoretically be done solo on a melodeon. If it is me who will prove it one day, it will be many, many years from now.
Great, and definately "unexpected!"
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2015, 12:20:17 AM »

Apart from the odd Cajun tune, it occurs to me that I seldom play any music from the U.S.A. on the melodeon. So I decided to make that my foray into the Unexpected this month.

http://youtu.be/r9nMx2F0gT0

"Arkansas Travel(l)er" was an obvious choice, given that it's known to be of American origin (written by Colonel "Sandy" Faulkner), and that it was an also-ran in the polling for this month's Tune. I pair it here with "The Eighth of January" (a.k.a. "Jackson's Victory," a.k.a. "the Battle of New Orleans"), another (apparently) homegrown tune. (Come to think of it, the bicentennial of that renowned if utterly pointless dust-up just slipped quietly by.)

And just in case this pairing of instrument and repertoire doesn't seem particularly unusual, I added a backing track on fiddle, an instrument I've very rarely been heard to play in public. It doesn't get much more Unexpected than that.

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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #44 on: March 13, 2015, 01:45:50 AM »

Funny I was just dubbing around with the Arkansas traveler today.
Good job!
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #45 on: March 13, 2015, 06:43:00 AM »

Nothing crazy here but this unexpected for me.

https://youtu.be/QJE8zIrNFiA
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #46 on: March 13, 2015, 11:29:55 AM »

Hopefully something unexpected in here! Maybe if I played the basses or played well, that would be.
 http://youtu.be/KAKgMcoRpn4

Fun! Also I really like your voice.
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #47 on: March 13, 2015, 04:11:18 PM »


Rainy day doodling. This came about when a Joe public asked was the instrument I was playing a concertina?  I said it was a mouth organ in a box.

https://soundcloud.com/cysgod/moothieinabox
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #48 on: March 13, 2015, 04:15:29 PM »

Hopefully something unexpected in here! Maybe if I played the basses or played well, that would be.
 http://youtu.be/KAKgMcoRpn4

Fun! Also I really like your voice.

Thanks!
funny when one hears their own voice it never sounds good and I don't do much singing, so your words are encouraging.
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #49 on: March 16, 2015, 10:42:49 AM »

This is a recording of "New Land" played in the "Unexpected" keys of E major on a BE Hohner that has just been through a rebuild.

https://soundcloud.com/theboxplace/new-land-e
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #50 on: March 16, 2015, 10:51:09 AM »

Inspired by the idea of doing something unexpected, I decided to throw away my sheet music! Not quite but, I decided that now was the time to play a tune by heart.

All my life, I have played classical music and always used sheet music, of course. I have been teaching myself the melodeon now, for just less than 3 years, always with the sheet music. Then, I had the idea that reading the music was actually holding me back. And I found that it was.
 
This is the very first time that I have played a tune by heart and I feel a huge sense of freedom! Also, I found that I could play the thing faster than when I am reading the music. Strange but I loved learning it and I loved playing it. The way to go, I think!

Here it is, a beautiful French piece called La Mal Aimable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5rQUYaYEgA
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #51 on: March 16, 2015, 11:52:13 AM »

Arty? The chains have gone! Just like Houdini. Excellent stuff.
Not to denigrate those who play from sheet music. But the melodeon just cries out for ear playing.  :D
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #52 on: March 16, 2015, 12:36:43 PM »

a beautiful French piece called La Mal Aimable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5rQUYaYEgA

Beautifully played ... it is a lovely piece, one of my favourites.

Thank you

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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #53 on: March 16, 2015, 01:41:40 PM »

Arty? The chains have gone! Just like Houdini. Excellent stuff.
Not to denigrate those who play from sheet music. But the melodeon just cries out for ear playing.  :D

a beautiful French piece called La Mal Aimable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5rQUYaYEgA

Beautifully played ... it is a lovely piece, one of my



Thank you

Roger

Thank you both for the encouragement! "Playing by ear" always makes me smile Nick, "playing by heart" seems to me, what we should all be trying to do, whether we read music or not.
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #54 on: March 16, 2015, 04:26:43 PM »

This is a recording of "New Land" played in the "Unexpected" keys of E major on a BE Hohner that has just been through a rebuild.

https://soundcloud.com/theboxplace/new-land-e

That instantly takes on a fairly Scandinavian feel to me; sounds great ;D

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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #55 on: March 21, 2015, 01:52:26 PM »

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  A couple of songs, MacCall's Champion at keepin them rollin, and Seven Gypsies
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #56 on: March 21, 2015, 05:05:03 PM »

Here's my version of Osibisa's Woyaya accompanied on my Saltarelle Pastourelle III. 'Fraid the key of G proved a bit high for my voice, hence the rather tortured face (!) but I decided to give it a go anyway.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyO-aOeHzeA
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #57 on: March 21, 2015, 07:26:44 PM »

Here's my version of Osibisa's Woyaya accompanied on my Saltarelle Pastourelle III. 'Fraid the key of G proved a bit high for my voice, hence the rather tortured face (!) but I decided to give it a go anyway.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyO-aOeHzeA

Fantastic! Loved it  (:)
 
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #58 on: March 21, 2015, 07:51:32 PM »

Thank you, Arty and well done you too for setiing sail into no-dots land!
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Re: Theme of the Month for March 2015: Do Something Unexpected!
« Reply #59 on: March 23, 2015, 03:09:26 PM »

Something unexpected.....

I've never managed to play Sportsmans Hornpipe in a session. The B part in particular has me beaten.

This TOTM inspired me to have another go, so here it is, warts and all.

http://youtu.be/vXcCnQr8UG8
« Last Edit: March 23, 2015, 04:02:46 PM by pikey »
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