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Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« on: October 31, 2010, 11:21:07 PM »

Here we are, one year in! Hope you've had as much fun as I have; I've learned a lot, and it's great seeing other people develop over time too!

Following a frankly not very exciting poll, this months winner is 'The Steamboat Hornpipe', a classic old and extremely popular English hornpipe.

Courtesy of Lester (thanks Lester!), here's some ABC for it:

Code: [Select]
X:372
T:Steam-boat Hornpipe
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
(3def|g2 b>g d2 g>d|B>cd>B G2A>B|c2 e>c A2 c>A|F>GA>B c>de>f|
g2 b>g d2 g>d|B>cd>B G2 A>B|c>ed>c B>AG>F|A2 G2 G2:|
B>c|d>Bd>B g2 g2|e>ce>c a4|f2f2 g2g2|a>gf>e d2(3def|
g2 b>g d2 g>d|B>cd>B G2 A>B|c>ed>c B>AG>F|A2 G2 G2:|

There are oddly few melodeon based videos of this on youtube for people to listen to/copy, but this fiddle version is nicely paced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkWCHwb6SrU

No doubt we'll get a few melodeon versions before long! Notes on playing it - not a lot to say really; I normally play this in G, and I'd class it as a classic 32 bar hornpipe. It plays nicely on one row, and indeed fits a 1 row melodeon perfectly.

Looking forward to seeing your versions of it!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 01:09:40 AM »

Well beggar me. Good old James Hill, eh? I've known that tune for years as a very popular Irish hornpipe, LOL, with a variety of different names. McMahon's hornpipe, The Good-Natured Man, among them. The Irish squeeze a few more notes into it, to the benefit of the tune. And I think the Scots have a good claim on this tune too, given the composer's origins.  Great tune, anyway, look forward to member's renditions.
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 04:54:28 PM »

Well, I've only ever managed one video, and I found it really quite hard to sit in front of the camera and play the melodeon - although I've worked away at most of the tunes over the past year, I couldn't bring myself to have another go with the camera.

I recently got a Zoom H1 to play with - and, having spent the day nursing a cold, I couldn't think of anything better to do - so here's a somewhat imperfect rendering of Steam-boat Hornpipe from me, played on the recently-acquired Dino Baffetti Binci:

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32473

It seemed slightly easier doing it this way - and it has the added benefit that you don't have to look at me while you listen.

Comments and abuse welcome!

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2010, 09:27:17 AM »

As it happens I've already Youtubed this one - and paired it with my version of the song Lowlands.

http://www.youtube.com/v/CbaKckGKuYY

As usual with me, the box is a Hohner 1140C one-row.

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2010, 11:19:05 AM »

Thanks for that Gavin, really enjoyed it.
Lowlands is my favourite song at the the mo, so that was a great added extra for me (:)

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2010, 06:22:24 PM »

As it happens I've already Youtubed this one - and paired it with my version of the song Lowlands.

I liked that version of the Steamboat, Gavin - nicely done. 

I'm a bit envious of your singing ability, too - I couldn't stay in tune for two lines at a time!

Is that you perched on the bowsprit, then?

Cheers,

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2010, 08:50:48 PM »

I'm sure I'd like to have been in that photo in that nice weather - but if I were I'd be 110 by now!

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2010, 12:19:00 AM »

Here we go folks - an early recording from me too this month. I'm not quite sure what I can do with this tune yet - it doesn't (to my ear anyway) seem to open itself up to much opportunity for musical reworking (prove me wrong!) - so until inspiration strikes, here's a fairly straight version played on my old Hohner 1 row, in G:

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

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010, 12:37:49 AM »

Here we go folks - an early recording from me too this month. I'm not quite sure what I can do with this tune yet - it doesn't (to my ear anyway) seem to open itself up to much opportunity for musical reworking (prove me wrong!) - so until inspiration strikes, here's a fairly straight version played on my old Hohner 1 row, in G:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEDywUQlQvA
Excellent, Clive! I really like this; it definitely suits the Hohner 1R4S in G. Such a consistent tempo throughout, with a hypnotic, almost relentless quality to it; understated, but powerful. Perhaps echoing or mimicking the steady throb of the Steamboat's engine? I can visualise long pistons moving back and forth, turning a big paddle wheel.
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2010, 06:17:27 PM »

Right - here's mine:
http://soundcloud.com/steve_freereeder/steamboat-hornpipe
This is a multi-tracked version played on a Castagnari Lilium 3-voice 2-row melodeon in D/G (using both 2 voices and 3 voices separately), a Hohner one-row four-stop melodeon in G and an anglo concertina in C/G.

Edited to update URL.
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2010, 08:33:43 PM »

Having a session with yourself Steve ?

Cheers mate  :|glug

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2010, 10:32:13 PM »

Right - here's mine:
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32619
This is a multi-tracked version played on a Castagnari Lilium 3-voice 2-row melodeon in D/G (using both 2 voices and 3 voices separately), a Hohner one-row four-stop melodeon in G and an anglo concertina in C/G.

Brilliant! I need to do something like this as I have some new sound recording software* and I need a project like this to learn how to get it to do multitracking. Expect a me-too imitation...

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2010, 07:32:54 AM »

Having a session with yourself Steve ?

Cheers mate  :|glug

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Right - here's mine:
http://soundcloud.com/steve_freereeder/steamboat-hornpipe
This is a multi-tracked version played on a Castagnari Lilium 3-voice 2-row melodeon in D/G (using both 2 voices and 3 voices separately), a Hohner one-row four-stop melodeon in G and an anglo concertina in C/G.

Brilliant! I need to do something like this as I have some new sound recording software* and I need a project like this to learn how to get it to do multitracking. Expect a me-too imitation...


Thanks both!
Anahata - I shall look forward to your multitracking submission!
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2010, 10:16:59 AM »

Have re-submitted my version of Steamboat Hornpipe with slightly tweaked balance settings. The separation between the instruments is clearer now.
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32637 (dead link)

http://soundcloud.com/steve_freereeder/steamboat-hornpipe  (updated URL)
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2010, 10:33:16 AM »

Have re-submitted my version of Steamboat Hornpipe with slightly tweaked balance settings. The separation between the instruments is clearer now.
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32637
That is just lovely. Looking forward to learning this tune and inspired. Might have to wait til after Witney though.

Wonder if multi-tasking tracking will be a trend this month.  ???

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2010, 10:34:19 AM »

Have re-submitted my version of Steamboat Hornpipe with slightly tweaked balance settings. The separation between the instruments is clearer now.
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32637
Cool. I enjoyed that. :)

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2010, 11:54:37 AM »

Wonder if multi-tasking tracking will be a trend this month.  ???

Despite promises of an imitation of Steve's Steamboat recording, I might concentrate the multitracking effort on the "session tunes" theme where it would be more appropriate. Mind you we do Steamboat quite a lot so it would do for either  :-\
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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2010, 03:46:27 PM »

Have re-submitted my version of Steamboat Hornpipe with slightly tweaked balance settings. The separation between the instruments is clearer now.
http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32637

Hey, what a fantastic version.  I love the Steamboat Hornpipe and all the variations in this version are brilliant.  I look forward to the day when I am as competent on the melodeon as this  ;)

I will upload my version next week sometime  :-\

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2010, 04:22:30 PM »

First stab at the ToTM, more of a demo of my handy work on my refurbished Pokerwork. Finally decided it was tuned enough to inflict it on others  ;D The image is the state it was in before I improved it.

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32650

Will do at least one more version with TSMB on dulcimer (if I want to live)

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Re: Tune of the Month for November 2010 - The Steamboat Hornpipe
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2010, 05:06:07 PM »

First stab at the ToTM, more of a demo of my handy work on my refurbished Pokerwork. Finally decided it was tuned enough to inflict it on others  ;D The image is the state it was in before I improved it.

http://www.onmvoice.com/play.php?a=32650

Will do at least one more version with TSMB on dulcimer (if I want to live)

It sounds pretty good to me Lester! I *love* the tiger stripes on the bellows - you must keep them!
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