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Clive Williams

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Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« on: December 01, 2019, 07:34:03 AM »

Happy Christmas everyone; it's that time of year again, when we do Christmassy stuff! Anything connected, even (especially) obscurely, to Christmas or winter. Bear in mind that winter in Australia is hot and sunny, so that's it's not all about snow! [Interesting fact: it's statistically more likely in the UK to snow on Easter rather than Christmas!]

Thanks everyone - off to figure out what on earth to play!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2019, 09:14:21 AM »

I guess Christmas carols count then....I might even have one in mind. Just got to get it right(ish) before I profer it.

And now (22-12-19) I've got to find wherever I dumped the phone with the camera......
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 09:55:36 AM »

Of course! There are also lots of previous Christmas ThOTM threads to plunder too (which is what I'm going to do!)

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 04:53:17 PM »

The December theme always presents a challenging selection process. Rummaging among the bookshelves I found 'The Christmas Clog'. It is a long time since I have played for a Lancashire clog dancer. Fairly laid back in the original key of A on an A/D Erica and A four stop (including essential clacks and wheezes).

https://youtu.be/PmSLYd5MhsY

HAve a good one

Bill

PS I have had a request for notation and have attached the original and a transcript in D which is annotated. Hopefully helpful
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 10:17:24 PM »

Here you go. A bit hesitant in places, but at least I have improved the lighting.
https://youtu.be/2MoFFTkOOF4
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 10:39:41 PM »

Too early for Christmas. But very nicely done, and nice sounding box too.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2019, 10:54:34 PM »

Thanks Pete.
It's not that Christmassy!  And to be fair that is the theme.
A friend is a Rat Pack tribute singer and he's trying to get me to accompany him out busking. This was his first suggestion and I rooted out the dots over the weekend.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2019, 12:27:49 AM »

Playing is really secure, and the box - which I assume you made - is lovely too. I'm just a humbug for Christmas. Rat pack is iconic. Good luck with the busking, sounds like a real experience rather than backing track which is my nightmare before Christmas. Of course it's the theme. I'm just holding a one man revolution.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2019, 01:18:57 PM »

have attached the original and a transcript in D which is annotated. Hopefully helpful

Very helpful, thanks (!)
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2019, 11:43:46 PM »

Here you go. A bit hesitant in places, but at least I have improved the lighting.
https://youtu.be/2MoFFTkOOF4

Excellent! Enjoyed the playing and the box is a beauty!
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2019, 11:43:34 AM »

Here's a tune from me; unusually for me, this is a 'learned completely from scratch' job. Learned off Craig Duncan's 'Bluegrass Christmas' album, an Irish Hornpipe in a modal key, Frost and Snow.

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

I was quite surprised that this fits on a normal 2 row 8 bass, but as you see it does. No thirds in the basses though. Played on the G/C Albrecht Liliput.

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2019, 12:22:47 PM »

Here's Drive The Cold Winter Away, a dance tune that appeared in every edition of Playfords Dancing Master from 1652 to 1728, as it says at Early Music Muse (quite an interesting read on the significance of the title.)
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2019, 01:40:38 PM »

Here's Drive The Cold Winter Away, a dance tune that appeared in every edition of Playfords Dancing Master from 1652 to 1728, as it says at Early Music Muse (quite an interesting read on the significance of the title.)

That's me beaten to it,  and much more skillfully done than I am managing, or likely to manage. I'll go for plan B, then.

Very nicely done.  ;D
It's a great tune.

I've been struggling to decide whether to play this 6/4 tune as 3/4, 6/8 or something else.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2019, 09:05:04 PM »

I was quite surprised that this fits on a normal 2 row 8 bass, but as you see it does. No thirds in the basses though.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of Christmas songs you can fit on too. Having trouble with  Julie Andrews’ “my favorite things” though, I think I would need to take out the thirds too.

Great playing a a great song Clive, that box sounds wonderful!
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2019, 09:55:28 PM »

Seeing as I've already visited Hunt the Squirrel, I figured I'd add two the this month's theme :) The first is an old recording, Cold Frosty Morning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO8hmeHBic4

And here's the latest, Snowy Monday by Willy Taylor. Think I've finally managed to put together a system that produces something of far better sound/video quality than the recent videos I've been making!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ao1Kf_mGok
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2019, 11:03:29 PM »

Think I've finally managed to put together a system that produces something of far better sound/video quality than the recent videos I've been making!

Yes, I (think I) can see/hear the improvements, assuming the new workflow is in place here (I certainly feel more like the instrument is in the room with me, anyway, especially when the low reeds come in) & comparing the footage to your back catalogue. The only thing for videos I'd suggest is, I don't know if you've tried them yet, but perhaps consider some kind of studio lights? I do most of my recording in the evenings, and I shine a bright white light, fitted with a large diffuser from a tall tripod aimed up at a 45-60 degree angle onto my ceiling & towards me about 2 meters away. It's taken a while to figure out how to get results I was hoping for, and I imagine there are other/better approaches, but, in any case adding way more light to the room helps decrease the needed ISO & shutter speed on the camera significantly, which reduces both the digital noise you see on eg you background walls, as well as reducing subtle smearing when anything moves, which trounces small details (watch the trim around the front edge of your instrument on the bass end) and is what stops everything looking crisp in motion. Main reason I aim it as the ceiling is, all my instruments are very glossy, and any reflections into the camera would be killer. I also find it gives more natural looking shadows.

Everything you're doing seems pretty top notch, otherwise; really nice playing, and I like that tune a lot.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2019, 08:32:57 AM »

Seeing as I've already visited Hunt the Squirrel, I figured I'd add two the this month's theme :) The first is an old recording, Cold Frosty Morning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO8hmeHBic4

And here's the latest, Snowy Monday by Willy Taylor. Think I've finally managed to put together a system that produces something of far better sound/video quality than the recent videos I've been making!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ao1Kf_mGok
Magnificent, Saul, thank you!
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2019, 09:01:10 AM »

Anahata, thank you for creating yet another ear worm  (:)
Another great tune well played. Thanks for posting it and bringing it to our attention.

Saul, loved 'Snowy Monday', you drive that Mory effortlessly. Lovely playing.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2019, 12:16:46 PM »

Snowy Monday is one of my all time favourite tunes and it was played very well indeed!
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2019: Christmas and Winter
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2019, 03:33:33 PM »

Right, here we go:
I'm a little bit early with this...… The New Year's Gift.
It's a lovely hornpipe just learnt from the great James Hill of Tyneside.

https://soundcloud.com/thrupenny-bit/the-new-years-gift

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