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Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:33:36 PM »

Here you go folks; this month's winner, Tripping Upstairs, played here by Sandy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYTDxiAr_ok

A lively jig, often played in D - with frequent use of the B on the push from the G row!

Have fun everyone!

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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2018, 12:05:08 AM »

Alrighty, that's a pretty fast one. I'm looking forward to learning it.  :||:

For everyone else interested in an ABC notation of this tune, I made a quick search for a decent sounding version:
Code: [Select]
X: 320
T:Tripping Upstairs
% Nottingham Music Database
S:Trad, arr Phil Rowe
M:6/8
K:D
A|:"D"FAA "G"GBB|"D"FAd fed|"A7"cBc ABc|"D"dfe "G"dcB|
"D"FAA "G"GBB|"D"FAd fed|"A7"cBc ABc|"D"dfe d3::
"Bm"dBB fBB|dBd fed|"A"cAA eAA|cBc edc|
"Bm"dBB fBB|dBd fed|"A7"cBc ABc|"D"dfe d3:|
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 01:04:08 AM »

This one is a little slower ;)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bRC6Bca_2X4
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 08:55:31 AM »

No offence to anyone, but I was struggling to "get" this tune I don't mean play it, just hear what it was about. All I could hear was a succession of notes. Then I found this, from an Italian group, and thought ah! The playing of it may be beyond me but there's some fun to be had trying.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjkhM6vw_o4
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 09:44:48 AM »

https://youtu.be/Mkg6KELHNyg

4stop D & D/G pokerwork

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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 07:03:18 PM »

Here's one I made (much) earlier for a ThOTM:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJe2zX-OuPM
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2018, 09:36:04 PM »

No offence to anyone, but I was struggling to "get" this tune I don't mean play it, just hear what it was about. All I could hear was a succession of notes. Then I found this, from an Italian group, and thought ah! The playing of it may be beyond me but there's some fun to be had trying.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjkhM6vw_o4
Here's a good / fun version!! Sounds like a melodeon playing it , clack-a de-clack-a de:)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3EbBNL3kxrg
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2018, 10:05:57 PM »

Here's a good / fun version!! Sounds like a melodeon playing it , clack-a de-clack-a de:)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3EbBNL3kxrg

Yep, sounds like a Hohner to me! Nice to see that cartoons are still providing traditional musicians some opportunities. I wonder who the performer was. I just learned the other day that John Kirkpatrick played the concertina heard in the background of the Leaky Cauldron scene of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2018, 01:15:20 AM »

Here's a good / fun version!! Sounds like a melodeon playing it , clack-a de-clack-a de:)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3EbBNL3kxrg

I wonder who the performer was.

I was wondering about that too, I'm not sure but it could be Brian Peters? A search turned up His name as a person that has performed some of the songs/ tunes on the show.
Good job on it I'd say!
http://www.brian-peters.co.uk/petersbio2.html
I believe He's a member of the melnet. Clan
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2018, 03:55:54 AM »

I was wondering about that too, I'm not sure but it could be Brian Peters? A search turned up His name as a person that has performed some of the songs/ tunes on the show.
Good job on it I'd say!
http://www.brian-peters.co.uk/petersbio2.html
I believe He's a member of the melnet. Clan

Ah, I think you're right. He's listed as "composer" on the YouTube video and his bio says he's regularly heard on accordion on the show.

I take back what I said about it sounding like a Hohner; it's not a standard one anyway, because he's got Bm chords or perhaps B5s. That's always the tricky bit with this tune, figuring out what to do with the Bm in the B part (I can't tell if Tony Hall just played basses or if he had Bm chords on his Pokerwork).
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2018, 08:08:35 AM »

...That's always the tricky bit with this tune, figuring out what to do with the Bm in the B part (I can't tell if Tony Hall just played basses or if he had Bm chords on his Pokerwork).
You play a Bm7 chord: push B bass with a push D chord.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2018, 08:29:12 AM »

He's listed as "composer" on the YouTube video and his bio says he's regularly heard on accordion on the show.
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I take back what I said about it sounding like a Hohner

Brian Peters usually plays a Saltarelle.

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That's always the tricky bit with this tune, figuring out what to do with the Bm in the B part (I can't tell if Tony Hall just played basses or if he had Bm chords on his Pokerwork).
Tony Hall definitely has B minor (or the equivalent in some other pitch) on at least one of his boxes. I heard it quite clearly (and used very effectively) in a live performance long ago and it inspired me to ask for my new Oakwood to have a B minor instead of major.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2018, 11:42:03 AM »

I was wondering about that too, I'm not sure but it could be Brian Peters? A search turned up His name as a person that has performed some of the songs/ tunes on the show.
Good job on it I'd say!
http://www.brian-peters.co.uk/petersbio2.html
I believe He's a member of the melnet. Clan

Ah, I think you're right. He's listed as "composer" on the YouTube video and his bio says he's regularly heard on accordion on the show.

Bit of a tangential question...In spite of having 5 grandchildren I have yet to experience this delight...How are the tunes used...as background to some wacky cartoon zaniness, or whilst credits roll. or...

Confused of Mobberley...
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2018, 12:13:03 PM »

He's listed as "composer" on the YouTube video and his bio says he's regularly heard on accordion on the show.
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I take back what I said about it sounding like a Hohner

Brian Peters usually plays a Saltarelle


Yes a very early Saltarelle, and it’s now quite rattly, and is due in my workshop for overhaul and replacement if worn action parts.  So that would explain the rattles.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2018, 12:22:08 PM »

Here's a good / fun version!! Sounds like a melodeon playing it , clack-a de-clack-a de:)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3EbBNL3kxrg

Thanks. I like that. Beautifully clearly played.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2018, 12:37:55 PM »

He's listed as "composer" on the YouTube video and his bio says he's regularly heard on accordion on the show.
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I take back what I said about it sounding like a Hohner

Brian Peters usually plays a Saltarelle.
Yes a very early Saltarelle, and it’s now quite rattly, and is due in my workshop for overhaul and replacement if worn action parts.  So that would explain the rattles.
The instrument being played on the Spongebob Youtube recoding is not Brian Peters' Saltarelle Connemara 3, which I know very well.
You can hear it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwLy_Elj5Yg

Brian also plays a 1930s Hohner Club 2 box in C/F which has a lovely mellow sound, not at all like the instrument being played in the Spongebob recording, which seems to be in the key of D and has a bright modern Hohner-ish sound.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2018, 01:40:32 PM »

...That's always the tricky bit with this tune, figuring out what to do with the Bm in the B part (I can't tell if Tony Hall just played basses or if he had Bm chords on his Pokerwork).
You play a Bm7 chord: push B bass with a push D chord.
Yes, I noticed that's what Sandy did in this part in her videos: just kept going with a B bass and D chord and it sounded fine. I'll give that a try.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2018, 01:46:17 PM »


...Yes, I noticed that's what Sandy did in this part in her videos: just kept going with a B bass and D chord and it sounded fine. I'll give that a try.

It's one of the standard ways of doing it. Same thing applies to Making an Am7 with an A bass and a C chord.
Two alternatives are to tape over the thirds in the A and or B chords or to retune the thirds.
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2018, 01:47:04 PM »

The instrument being played on the Spongebob Youtube recoding is not Brian Peters' Saltarelle Connemara 3

Your're right - it doesn't sound a bit a like a Saltarelle, and I'd say the sound has Hohner written all over it (Pokerwork or Erica).
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Re: Tune of the Month for March 2018: Tripping Upstairs
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2018, 01:52:40 PM »

It's one of the standard ways of doing it. Same thing applies to Making an Am7 with an A bass and a C chord.
Two alternatives are to tape over the thirds in the A and or B chords or to retune the thirds.

Another alternative is to play the bass note and not bother with chords, or find the chord notes in the right hand, though in this case the tune is making a pattern out of a B minor chord anyway, so nothing more is really needed.
You can add interest by punching a nice syncopated rhythm on that B bass note, or holding it down as a drone for as long as the tune will allow. Or both, on different repetitions of that parts of the music. Really, chords are optional - listen to some Irish players!
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