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Author Topic: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Music You Wouldn't Expect on a Melodeon  (Read 20995 times)

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Clive Williams

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Another month, another challenge! This month let's try playing music that *isn't* folk music... erm, no, that definition's that's likely to start a Mudcat style foodfight, isn't it?  ;D

How about this as a definition then - 'music you wouldn't expect to hear played on a melodeon'

Anything goes ... classical, pop, jazz, ... duelling banjos... whatever you wouldn't expect to hear on a melodeon!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Non-Folk Tunes
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 01:18:54 AM »

I see you mention Duelling banjos..... then it would be ok to do a bluegrass tune? Depending on who you ask, bluegrass is often considered as folk. It's good fun to do it on a melodeon though!! I tried last summer at a festival in lack of a mandolin...
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Non-Folk Tunes
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010, 07:27:09 AM »

I don't want to spoil this great challenge, but we might get some copyright issues here...
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Non-Folk Tunes
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 08:39:49 AM »

I expect to hear everything on melodeon. ;)

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Non-Folk Tunes
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 09:02:43 AM »

I see you mention Duelling banjos..... then it would be ok to do a bluegrass tune? Depending on who you ask, bluegrass is often considered as folk. It's good fun to do it on a melodeon though!! I tried last summer at a festival in lack of a mandolin...

Why not? I know what's folk for some people isn't necessarily folk for others, so it's not a very good definition really. I think the 'not expected on a melodeon' definition is better. Hmmm. I may change the thread title. [[[ Yep, changed it. That's better. ]]]

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Non-Folk Tunes
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010, 09:06:35 AM »

I expect to hear everything on melodeon. ;)
Bach's Air on a G string would be pretty boring on a G reed though  ;)
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Re: Theme of the Month for July 2010 - Non-Folk Tunes
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010, 09:17:19 AM »

I don't want to spoil this great challenge, but we might get some copyright issues here...

I think we can safely leave this one up to people's consciences. I personally see nothing wrong with one-off postings for ThOTM of our arrangements of music on youtube etc as long as the composer is acknowledged, and in the unlikely event of the composer wanting the posting to be removed, it is done so quickly. In fact it's not that different from previous themes where recently composed tunes sometimes get used - I personally have done music by John Dipper, Huw Williams, and so on. Heaven knows there are *lots* of covers of, for example, Eleanor Rigby out there already, so one more surely doesn't hurt and is unlikely to cause offence.

TOTM is a different issue - I personally like to contact the copyright holder out of courtesy because there's going to be a lot of discussion, videos, ABC files, etc going on over a month.  The reason for not including (e.g.) pop music in TOTM there is simply the lack of probability that someone in your typical large record company actually say yes to the 'may we discuss and play your music for a month' question - I'm sure in virtually all cases if you could get through to the author they would be happy to give permission, but that's the trouble with record companies - the author isn't the one you need permission from...

So to summarise, I'm happy to let this theme run; I think it'll be a lot of fun! And there's plenty of non-contemporary stuff to try if you don't fancy something recently composed. I think I'll try a bit of Handel...

Cheers,

Clive

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Cool - this will be so much fun!!!!!!!!! I'd better found a bluegrass tune with no "blue" in it... I won't find the blue notes on my box. I was once able to play Old Joe Clark on the organetto, though!
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To me, ragtime music sounds great on a box, and most of that is way out of copyright.
(Apart from the ones I write) One tune which sounds good with a ragtme feel to it is Spootiskerry by the late Ian Burns.

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How about the Flight of the Bumblebee for a challenge?  :Ph
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To me, ragtime music sounds great on a box, and most of that is way out of copyright.
(Apart from the ones I write) One tune which sounds good with a ragtme feel to it is Spootiskerry by the late Ian Burns.

Nigel



Spootiskerry is a commonly heard melodeon tune - certainly in these parts.
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Spootiskerry is a commonly heard melodeon tune - certainly in these parts.

No points for Spootiskerry unless you play it in 3 different keys on a 1 row
(It is possible)
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Spootiskerry is a commonly heard melodeon tune - certainly in these parts.

No points for Spootiskerry unless you play it in 3 different keys on a 1 row
(It is possible)


I'd like to see/hear that.  Can you do it?
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I'd like to see/hear that.  Can you do it?
Not as accurately as I'd like, nor at proper speed...
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I'll go for "Popcorn" by Gershon Kingsley .. I have found a quite simplified version of it in my sheet music collection
which can be played on a two-row+acc  melodeon relatively easy :|||:
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Hmmm...might be a little adventurous but I'm gonna see if I can find the chords on the RH and play a nirvana tune....probably end in disaster and it all depends on me getting my computer power sorted by then.
or I do have this book so maybe.....
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I do have this book so maybe.....
Check the whole song first before spending too much time on learning the A-part. Most Beatles songs change key somewhere.  :-\
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You can play a good Cajun version of Twist and Shout on the one row- it's one of my party tricks when there are no folkies around, but it gets a bit dull without people to sing along!
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