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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #160 on: January 29, 2010, 12:19:44 AM »

Another good point is that I now have four TOTMs that I can play by memory :|||:  :|||:
I find unfortunately that once I get the hang of one, I forget the previous one I've memorised. Seems I've got a one tune limit in my memory.  ::)

Sarah, have you considered installing a larger memory chip?   ;D >:E
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #161 on: January 29, 2010, 04:17:50 PM »

Just in time me thinks. An experimental 'Droney' arrangement as it was Burns night this week. (I was concentrating so much on whether I was pushing or pulling that I think the timing and tune went out at times!)   Pleased to have got something together in the end   :Ph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTF2bUzRWNo

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #162 on: January 29, 2010, 04:26:54 PM »

Just in time me thinks. An experimental 'Droney' arrangement as it was Burns night this week. (I was concentrating so much on whether I was pushing or pulling that I think the timing and tune went out at times!)   Pleased to have got something together in the end   :Ph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTF2bUzRWNo

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That was awesome Sandy ... what a nice way to play it! ... you are the 'Chord Queen' :||: :||:
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #163 on: January 29, 2010, 04:41:08 PM »

Just in time me thinks. An experimental 'Droney' arrangement as it was Burns night this week. (I was concentrating so much on whether I was pushing or pulling that I think the timing and tune went out at times!)   Pleased to have got something together in the end   :Ph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTF2bUzRWNo

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That was awesome Sandy ... what a nice way to play it! ... you are the 'Chord Queen' :||: :||:
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #164 on: January 29, 2010, 04:54:50 PM »

Just in time me thinks. An experimental 'Droney' arrangement as it was Burns night this week. (I was concentrating so much on whether I was pushing or pulling that I think the timing and tune went out at times!)   Pleased to have got something together in the end   :Ph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTF2bUzRWNo

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Nice one Sandy. Understated and expressive - just up my street.
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #165 on: January 29, 2010, 05:48:53 PM »

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Just in time me thinks. An experimental 'Droney' arrangement as it was Burns night this week. (I was concentrating so much on whether I was pushing or pulling that I think the timing and tune went out at times!)   Pleased to have got something together in the end

You are being a little modest, maybe! - I liked this too, some nice 'suspended' chords.  I don't find it easy to get the LH transitions smooth when trying to do a drone, but this really showed how it should be done!

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #166 on: January 29, 2010, 08:05:48 PM »

Love it Sandy ;D
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #167 on: January 29, 2010, 10:38:10 PM »

Really liked your treble interpretation and very different from the way I've been learning the tune. Finding this tune quite frustrating as there seem to be so many possible variations for treble and bass and for me a more conventional version is what I'll manage. But who knows, each time I play it, it seems to be different, depending on what mood I'm in.

Nice one, Sandy. 
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #168 on: January 30, 2010, 03:23:18 PM »

Thank you for the kind comments. I'm really chuffed to bits.  (:)

I'm still not comfortable with this tune for whatever reason. Maybe because I think too much about it. Strange thing is that it all became much easier when I took out the first opening 'lead in' bar.  ???

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #169 on: January 30, 2010, 05:53:31 PM »

Know what you mean. It somehow isn't a 'think about' tune at all. Interestingly Jay Ungar said he didn't think about it either.

   I just started playing, and this tune came out, and it brought me to tears.

I've tried it in D and G, I presently I do it in C. It seems to prefer the inside row on a melodeon. Need to get something on video this weekend - but somehow a month isn't enough to feel comfortable expressing some of these tunes.
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #170 on: January 30, 2010, 06:47:28 PM »

OK, I was determined to get a version uploaded by month end (otherwise I might never do so, and the discipline does me good) so here's my rather-bog-standard version of Ashokan Farewell, played as a waltz - mistakes and all, but I don't think I'd ever get a 'clean' version, what with manipulating the camera as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAFH0GSw_c

Box is new to me, and haven't yet got round to tightening the bass-end strap to suit me. But it'll be nice to show the previous owner that I am already getting some use out of it - and, love that Hohner sound! (jb, note - still on the 'naughty step', but moved up a notch or two to the 2nd tier, whatever that might signify! still the same acoustics in a very high Victorian stairwell). I found it a bit difficult doing the waltz without having a Bmin chord - concentrating so much of my brain on NOT hitting the maj chord button required a great deal of effort and led to other mistakes!

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #171 on: January 30, 2010, 07:48:08 PM »

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 Need to get something on video this weekend - but somehow a month isn't enough to feel comfortable expressing some of these tunes.

Yes - but the rest of us are in the same position too.  Isn't it better that we just go for it and take part anyway, warts-and-all?  After all, if we didn't, the whole TOTM thing would fall on its face.
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #172 on: January 31, 2010, 06:28:32 AM »

OK, I was determined to get a version uploaded by month end (otherwise I might never do so, and the discipline does me good) so here's my rather-bog-standard version of Ashokan Farewell, played as a waltz - mistakes and all, but I don't think I'd ever get a 'clean' version, what with manipulating the camera as well.

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This sounds good to me,  I love it as a waltz :-)
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #173 on: January 31, 2010, 09:40:24 AM »

Need to get something on video this weekend - but somehow a month isn't enough to feel comfortable expressing some of these tunes.

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #174 on: January 31, 2010, 09:55:35 AM »

OK, I was determined to get a version uploaded by month end (otherwise I might never do so, and the discipline does me good) so here's my rather-bog-standard version of Ashokan Farewell, played as a waltz - mistakes and all, but I don't think I'd ever get a 'clean' version, what with manipulating the camera as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAFH0GSw_c


I really like this and thought it WAS clean and crisp. When I tried to play in this style, I ended up giving the tune a heavy 'lilt'  :(.
It struck me also that you made it look easy with little bellows movement. (I'm determined to record a TOTM on the naughty step but my stairs aren't wide enough  (:))

The discipline does me good too. Pressure was on this week and I was lucky enough to have some time to experiment and force myself to produce something with a tune I didn't know. That in itself taught me more about the box capabilities and my own limitations that I need to work on. It's important for me personally to try and come up with something each month whether it's bog standard or not. If I can't, for whatever reason, then I hope melnetters continue to do so as I gain a lot from watching all the videos. Actually. I don't think I would have come up with something this month at all without TOTM. I was really inspired by some of the entries.

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #175 on: January 31, 2010, 05:26:40 PM »

I have been working on a new version of Ashokan Farewell with a different bass line from the um-pah-pah waltz time basses of my earlier recording. I wanted something a bit more in keeping with a lament/slow air and so I have kept away from the waltz rhythm and I have not used any bass fundamentals, constructing a bass line from the chords alone. It is still very much a work in progress, but I have just managed to squeeze it in before the end of the month.  :Ph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu0kC2qTAwc

Now how does Orange in Bloom go?  :M
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #176 on: January 31, 2010, 06:12:47 PM »

Eventually managed to put something together today. Found it difficult to get into AF then enjoyed it once I did. But as usual, frustrating at the end once the recording starts.


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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #177 on: January 31, 2010, 07:07:57 PM »

It's been hailing here in Wirral. Several times! Brrrr. Spurred (ouch) on by Cap'n Hook/GBH I've recorded AK as I presently play it (in C for now) Late again. All my time with the box I've sat on tunes for months - I think they do mellow for that.

http://chrisryall.net/ashokanfarewell.wav.  Apologies for a raw .wav file - loads into quicktime chez moi. YouTube dosn't accept these it would appear. My camera produced such massive video files last time that loading up took hours.  If I can find something to convert it to MP3 I'll tidy up later.

My thanks to Ebor_fiddler who seems to have been the first to promote this lovely tune, and some inspiring music from lots of people, and of course to Lester for his masterly impersonation of Cap'n Hook's crocodile  ;)

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #178 on: January 31, 2010, 07:18:34 PM »

Sounds great, Chris!  (:) Is this the Parigi?
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2010 - Ashokan Farewell
« Reply #179 on: January 31, 2010, 07:33:58 PM »

It wouldn't be as fluid on the Parigi. 2 rows don't have a reversed G button and i use this a lot.. The plan was to post O&B on the 2 row G/C once the ballot is returned .  I only use basic buttons for that so it's a fair demo piece.

And won't require my usual 30 days in the closet - it's a longtime favourite.

Jeez, this forum can be amazing. I've now downloaded a sound editor and mp3 codec save as per instrictions and it all worked first time!  Bit disappointed at only 27% smaller file size, but there you go..

http://www.chrisryall.net/ashokanfarewell.mp3  :Ph
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