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Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:05:15 AM »

By the narrowest of margins, this month's winner is the Ash Grove, a traditional tune from Wales, and wonderful in it's simplicity. Here's a lovely version done by our own j.w.forrest as part of the Welsh theme of the month a while back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciQnFrryyLQ (he's playing it on a F#/B/E box, if you're trying to play along!). No doubt we'll get some more friendly keyed versions along in a bit!

Some ABC, and further discussion on the origins of the tune can be found here, on the session.org site: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/997 ... and for simplicity, here's the ABC quoted there:

Code: [Select]
X: 1
T: Ash Grove, The
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Dmaj
|: "A"A2 | "D"d2f2ag | "D"f2d2d2 | "G"e2 gfed | "A"c2A2A2 |
"D"d2fedc | "G"B2G2B2 | "D"A2d2"A7"c2 | "D"d4 :||: e/f/g |
"D"a2fgab | "D"a2g2f2 | "A"g2efga | "A7"g2f2e2 | "D"f2defg |
"Bm"f2e2d2 | "A"c2a2"E"^g2 | "A"a4 A2 | "D"d2f2ag | f2d2d2 |
"G"e2gfed | "A"c2A2A2 | "D"d2fedc | "G"B2G2B2 | "D"A2d2"A"c2 | "D"d4 :||

Have a go and have fun!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 02:17:11 PM »

Yay, great news! So I'll participate this month too! Very nice tune indeed.
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 02:26:28 PM »

Eh? *confused look* last time I checked mr b was in the lead. Ash must have snuck up from behind when I wasn't looking. Its typical...thought I'd get headstart on totm then different once wins. ;)

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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 03:19:08 PM »

Hi

I've just joined the forum so 'The Ash Grove' will be my first tune of the month

Bob
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 03:26:30 PM »

I just learned to play this tune on ukulele. Are there any rules for the TotM that you have to use a melodeon?  :D
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 04:44:29 PM »

Following two days of street party appearances, I promised I'd use my day at home to try and tidy the house today.  Predictably enough, I've ended up messing about on the melodeon and trying to learn The Ash Grove instead.  So, here's what I've managed...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTRhyEbHTHA
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 07:27:17 PM »

GbH, never mind the patriotic stuff, that really was incredibly nicely played!
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 09:03:12 PM »

Hi

I've just joined the forum so 'The Ash Grove' will be my first tune of the month

Bob

Welcome to the forum! I'm looking forward to hearing you play!
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2011, 12:18:25 AM »

Following two days of street party appearances, I promised I'd use my day at home to try and tidy the house today.  Predictably enough, I've ended up messing about on the melodeon and trying to learn The Ash Grove instead.  So, here's what I've managed...

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


Tidy, like!
(in South Wales, this is considered great praise)....
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2011, 11:17:03 AM »

Following two days of street party appearances, I promised I'd use my day at home to try and tidy the house today.  Predictably enough, I've ended up messing about on the melodeon and trying to learn The Ash Grove instead.  So, here's what I've managed...

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


Tidy, like!
(in South Wales, this is considered great praise)....

So, I guess that means I managed to make tidy music rather than a tidy house.  I guess that's a good compromise!  Thanks.
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2011, 03:13:40 PM »

Of course I know that following a Gbh rendition on here can be a bit daunting for some. But I'm old enough not to care.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbpIyz9ihWs

Now I remember singing in assembly at School. "One Black one, one White one .  .  .  ."
I wonder if this wasn't voted as a bit of, "Tongue in the Cheek" for W & K.
Hmm. "And the hairs on her Diddey Dido :  .  . .."
Well this one has a bit of sh**te on it.

Cheers all  :|glug
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2011, 03:17:24 PM »


Now I remember singing in assembly at School. "One Black one, one White one .  .  .  ."


Unfortunately for me I can't hear the tune without hearing those words in my head.  Pity for me because its a pretty tune.
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2011, 03:23:58 PM »


Now I remember singing in assembly at School. "One Black one, one White one .  .  .  ."


Unfortunately for me I can't hear the tune without hearing those words in my head.  Pity for me because its a pretty tune.

I'm with you there Theo. Lovely tune.
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2011, 09:29:20 PM »

Hi

I've just joined the forum so 'The Ash Grove' will be my first tune of the month

Bob

Welcome to the forum! I'm looking forward to hearing you play!

Thanx - I'm working on it
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2011, 12:30:33 PM »

'erm OK - I have had a bit of fun with Ash Grove  :|bl

My full name is Alan Robert Morley - so I did a 'Bob Morley and The Whalers' version for Tune of The Month....

Ash Groove http://www.myspace.com/alanmorleys/music/songs/The-Ash-Groove-81613989

I might do a video - who knows..... >:E

Alan
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2011, 06:41:52 PM »

Here's mine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyE9YYppZPU
In The Salvation Army we sing the following tune (it varies very slightly from the standard) to the words:
HE giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labours increase,
To added afflictions he addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.

2 When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is
half-done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

3 His love has no limits, his grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of his infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)
The Salvation Army Song Book 579


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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2011, 08:12:32 PM »

I am sorry to sound thick but I am very puzzled.  I have been looking at the music for The Ash Grove and cannot find the G# on my standard D/G melodeon.  Am I missing something?

Pam
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2011, 08:16:26 PM »

It should be on the top button of the D row if your box has accidentals.  If not, you can play the tune in G and the G# will become a C# which you have on the D row.
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2011, 08:17:16 PM »

Hi Pammylou - sounds like you may have a DG box with 'low notes' and not acciedentals. On the box with accidentals try pushing on the very first button nearest your chin on the outside row? Failing that then all I can suggest is to 'fudge' it to play it in D ;D
i.e stay on the top A instead of dropping to the G# below?
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Re: Tune of the Month for May 2011: The Ash Grove
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2011, 08:34:22 PM »

A D/G melodeon even with accidentals doesn't have a G# in that octave (unless it's got a half row with lots of accidentals)
Most D/G boxes wouldn't be able to play it an octave lower either, for other reasons like lack of a low G.

The right answer it to play it in G, then the accidental is on the D row and everything is nicely in the middle of the instrument, except you usually don't have a low C, but watch and listen to how GBH fudged that.
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