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Author Topic: Tune of the Month for October 2010 - Canal in October / Le Canal en Octobre  (Read 40093 times)

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Here is a calendar of French dance events throughout the UK from Les Panards Dansants  There are various workshops, courses, bals where you can learn and enjoy schottiches and more

Superb thank you.
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I see that Grand Bal de Bath 23 – 24 Oct 2010 has Maxu Heintzen there and it'd be a good opprtunity to meet him. He has good English and is a lovely chap with wicked humour.

But any event in Theo's calendar will learn you the scottiche. With an even vaguely useful male partner  - a lady can pick up the steps in a simple 5-6 times though. Mazurka's a bit of a bugger (but worth the effort).
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Of course that only helps slightly with the music, because not everybody does it at the same speed.

Unlike playing for Morris where you follow the dancers. (Or do you ? )

I know in my Swedish dance group they dance to our (musicians) tempo.
Sometimes they'll say it was too fast or to slow. Especially the new dances we are trying out. Mostly we get it right.

All Swedish dance sides have their own tempo, I guess. And their own variations of the dance. Where they show off. Bit like all dance sides.

Chas  :|glug
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Here is a calendar of French dance events throughout the UK from Les Panards Dansants  There are various workshops, courses, bals where you can learn and enjoy schottiches and more

Superb thank you.
Cheers
Sandy
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Hey I liked that site Theo thanks  :|glug Chas and one for you  :|glug
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my query about whether Frédéric Paris's version seemed fast perhaps because that's the way they do it in that region of France.
There's probably regional differences, but they're usually pretty fast in France. Try searching for some random Fest Noz scottisches on youtube like this one.
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Hi.  I have been playing the melodeon for about 15 months.  I have been a member of Melnet since November 2009 but so far have just been lurking in the forums to see what is going on.

I really liked Le Canal en Octobre when I saw that it had been nominated for October's TOTM (although I voted for the Steamboat Hornpipe). So, I have tried to learn it and have posted it to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvRCbbyWkG4

This is the first time I have posted here, the first time I have recorded myself playing the melodeon and the first time I have ever put anything on YouTube - therefore a triple whammy  ;D

I would be most grateful for any constructive feedback  (:)

Pam


 
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Hi.  I have been playing the melodeon for about 15 months.  I have been a member of Melnet since November 2009 but so far have just been lurking in the forums to see what is going on.

I really liked Le Canal en Octobre when I saw that it had been nominated for October's TOTM (although I voted for the Steamboat Hornpipe). So, I have tried to learn it and have posted it to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvRCbbyWkG4

This is the first time I have posted here, the first time I have recorded myself playing the melodeon and the first time I have ever put anything on YouTube - therefore a triple whammy  ;D

I would be most grateful for any constructive feedback  (:)

Pam

Very impressive Pam  -   a hit on all three of your triple whammy points!
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Well done. Keep that up and you will show us all up. :|bl

Wish I could do basses like that.
Although some will say you have a couple of other fingers you should be using. I was told it was a bad habit to just use two. So get that third finger on the left hand doing what the second one is doing now.

Cheers Chas  :|glug
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Thank you Summerstars and Chas for your kind comments.  It is great to get some feedback  (:)

I have tried using my third finger on the left hand - George Garside gave some good advice in his beginner's workshop in Whitby this year.  However, my third finger seems very weak, so I have got into the bad habit of moving my first and second fingers around the basses.  I will have to try and strengthen the finger and break the habit  (:)

Pam
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Thank you Summerstars and Chas for your kind comments.  It is great to get some feedback  (:)

I have tried using my third finger on the left hand - George Garside gave some good advice in his beginner's workshop in Whitby this year.  However, my third finger seems very weak, so I have got into the bad habit of moving my first and second fingers around the basses.  I will have to try and strengthen the finger and break the habit  (:)

Pam

although I am a four finger bass man, you will see that many professional players actually manage with only 2, so don't hit yourself too hard about it. 
You have nice rhythm and your "rollover" action on the E from the D row gives some nice effects. 
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Many thanks for your constructive comments and encouragement, Brian.

I must say that having now posted to YouTube and to this forum I find that the encouragement is brilliant. 

Thanks to everyone   :|||:
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although I am a four finger bass man, you will see that many professional players actually manage with only 2, so don't hit yourself too hard about it.  
You have nice rhythm and your "rollover" action on the E from the D row gives some nice effects.  

Very nice playing Pam ... I routinely only use 2 fingers on my bass playing occasionally 3 .. never did me any harm!  ;D ;D
Keep up the good work and we'll see your next one soon!

Derek
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Hi.  I have been playing the melodeon for about 15 months. 

I would be most grateful for any constructive feedback  (:)

Pam
Fine playing for a relative newby.

I would worry though that there seems to be a sniper in your house with one of those sniper laser things, and it's targeted on your melodeon  ;D

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This is the first time I have posted here, the first time I have recorded myself playing the melodeon and the first time I have ever put anything on YouTube - therefore a triple whammy  ;D

I would be most grateful for any constructive feedback  (:)

Pam

Well played Pam, very clear with steady basses indeed. Well done too for getting it on you tube and mel.net. Looking forward to the next one!

cheers
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I'm back after a several-month absence!  The tune ended up perkier than I originally imagined it to be, but it's fun with some bounce.  Haven't watched many others' yet so hopefully this version is fairly plagiarism-free!  I always end up stealing bits of others' songs that I like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSsGnRiNzTY
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« Reply #95 on: October 19, 2010, 02:18:26 AM »

Here's my attempt.  It's a little warty, but as it is my first attempt at getting this done,  I need to get the process out of the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emdsxX4k_Ik

Played on my Castagnari Sander, which sounds a whole lot better in person!!

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I would worry though that there seems to be a sniper in your house with one of those sniper laser things, and it's targeted on your melodeon  ;D

Yes, it's my little Flip video camera  ;D
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although I am a four finger bass man, you will see that many professional players actually manage with only 2, so don't hit yourself too hard about it. 
You have nice rhythm and your "rollover" action on the E from the D row gives some nice effects. 


Very nice playing Pam ... I routinely only use 2 fingers on my bass playing occasionally 3 .. never did me any harm!   
Keep up the good work and we'll see your next one soon!

Derek

Yes, I think there's no great problem with 2-finger basses, with the occasional 3rd or 4th thrown in where necessary.  It helps with steady rhythm to use just the 1st and 2nd, I find, and it's pretty easy to reach all the buttons.  A great bit of playing, Pam.
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Thank you Chris, and everyone else for their encouragement.

What will be the tune of the month for November, I wonder?  (:)  Can't wait to get stuck in!

Pam
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Thank you Chris, and everyone else for their encouragement.

What will be the tune of the month for November, I wonder?  (:)  Can't wait to get stuck in!

Pam

You can try your hand at all the previous ones. We've been going for a twelve month.

Chas :Ph
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