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Neil_M

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Thank you!
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:46:34 PM »

Just wanted to say thank you to this forum for the knowledge I've gained during the last month or so. I've posted a simple version of Princess Royal which I'm quite pleased with, mainly because I find it so hard to perform in front of the camera!

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

Special thanks to the following people:

Clive - especially for your Scottische a Bethany tutorial which kind of got me hooked in the first place. Really good insight for the beginner, you should do more of these.
Theo - for helping to make this forum work!
DTN - what an inspiration, absolutely love your rendition of Tom O' Vickers.
Sandy - thanks for uploading your version of Princess Royal!
Lester - your online collection of morris tunes allowed me to find Shepherd's Hey which I really like and would have struggled to find otherwise.
Steve Freereeder - lots of helpful advice and encouragement.
Almo - mainly for your hairstyle - I've always said that hair is definitely overrated!!! Like your videos too ;)

Also thanks to everyone who's posted a TOTM video, I've probably pinched an idea from you somewhere along the line  :||:
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Re: Thank you!
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 08:14:11 AM »

Just wanted to say thank you to this forum for the knowledge I've gained during the last month or so. I've posted a simple version of Princess Royal which I'm quite pleased with, mainly because I find it so hard to perform in front of the camera!

Solid as a rock! .. nice recording... keep em coming  ,, Thanks!
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Re: Thank you!
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 08:26:41 AM »

You're doing well Neil, it's good to know the forum is helping somewhere along the way.
As for my hair - I'll find a pic and then you'll see why I get rid of it  ;D

Keep squeezing
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Re: Thank you!
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011, 08:35:37 AM »

Excellent! Well done Neil! Nice playing at a good steady tempo.

Also thanks for the thanks - though I'm not sure I actually did anything to help.  ;)

Perhaps you will allow me just one constructive piece of criticism about your playing: It's all a little on the smooth side - all the notes run into each other with no daylight between them. On some of the phrases, try releasing the buttons a fraction before starting the next note, so that there is a tiny silence which separates the notes.

For example, if you think in terms of 'diddle dahs', the start of the A-muisc (as you play it) is a bit like this:
diddle | dah dah dah, diddle | dah dah dah, dah | etc.....

Try playing it like this:
diddle | yup dah dah, diddle | yup dah dah,  etc....
The slight gaps make it instantly more danceable.

You can hear the way I play it here. Listen out for the gaps, in both melody and LH accompaniment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMXURw0Py3c

Obviously this is just my way and others will have different ideas about how to play tunes, and you can take your pick and choose your own style! It'd be a boring old world if we all did everything the same. (:)


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Re: Thank you!
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2011, 09:07:08 AM »

Neil - you're doing amazing to say you have only been playing around a month.
As you get more into tunes and pick up things from listening, you'll find your own style as Steve says.

There are always 'different' ways of playing a tune - Steve's excellent version is great for dancing the morris - steady pace, nice gaps, and played with lift and drive.

On the otherhand, I usually go into 'freefall' and wander around a tune and not usually play it in the same way twice.   ::) Not good for dancing to....
http://www.youtube.com/user/Almo2504?feature=mhum#p/u/3/84UxOFTTH3U

Listen to loads of players, practice and shave ya head are the most important things to remember.... ;D
« Last Edit: February 08, 2011, 10:04:50 AM by Almo2504 »
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Clive Williams

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Re: Thank you!
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2011, 09:57:55 AM »

Thanks Neil - I'm glad my humble videos have been of use to you; you're doing great with your playing! Keep going!

Cheers,

Clive

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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2011, 10:01:48 AM »

Really competent and amazing at a month! The bass is particularly nice.  Next steps?

o As Steve says - separate your notes with 'white space'.  His version is
   particularly 'for morris' but the technique has application in all music

o Try runs of 'cross fingering' - bars 9-12 work well on this tune
    Just pull a D or D chord and let your fingers do the work
    zig zag the falling cadence using both rows VVVVV

o Get those pinkies going (33% more button power)!
    An exercise is to play a tune you know with fingers 3/4/5 only
     Then try same on left end chording (useful but less important)

Be encouraged ....  Chris

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Re: Thank you!
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 10:16:35 PM »

Thanks for the continuing advice, nicely explained too. Now that I know where the notes are it's time to learn to how to 'play'.

Almo - my clippers are always set to 'stun'   ;)
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