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Tune Of The Month, October 2015: Redwing

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You can download a copy of the original score for free from the Lester Levy sheet music collection

 

http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/catalog?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Red+Wing

 

The original is in Eb - not the most Anglo friendly of keys - unless you have an Eb/something that is. OK for other systems, I imagine though my friends who play English system tell me flat keys are not their preferred choices.

 

A self-fulfilling prejudice? If they don't work with those keys, then their fingers won't become used to them. Well, this may have to something do with the sorts of music they play and the keys in which those melodies are usually played, if they don't explore beyond them. Myself, I have no more trouble with flat keys (up to 3 flats) than I do with the sharp ones (up to 4 sharps).

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You can download a copy of the original score for free from the Lester Levy sheet music collection

 

http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/catalog?utf8=✓&q=Red+Wing

 

The original is in Eb - not the most Anglo friendly of keys - unless you have an Eb/something that is. OK for other systems, I imagine though my friends who play English system tell me flat keys are not their preferred choices.

 

A self-fulfilling prejudice? If they don't work with those keys, then their fingers won't become used to them. Well, this may have to something do with the sorts of music they play and the keys in which those melodies are usually played, if they don't explore beyond them. Myself, I have no more trouble with flat keys (up to 3 flats) than I do with the sharp ones (up to 4 sharps).

I actually play in flat keys quite often as I play in a wind band with Bb and Eb instruments so quite a lot of the music is in F, Bb & Eb and occasionally in more flats. The sharp keys have not gone beyond D so far. I'm getting to know my way round the accidental row. Chordal options are more limited when you play away from the "home keys" but I mostly play my Anglo melody only.

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During the bar session last Sunday evening after the (excellent) WCCP Kilve concertina weekend, I suggested to the remaining hangers-on an impromptu Red Wing in honour of CM TotM. I was a fraction late in starting the recording device, and it's totally unrehearsed and definitely live, but the results are on https://soundcloud.com/paul-hardy-42/red-wing-1.

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During the bar session last Sunday evening after the (excellent) WCCP Kilve concertina weekend, I suggested to the remaining hangers-on an impromptu Red Wing in honour of CM TotM. I was a fraction late in starting the recording device, and it's totally unrehearsed and definitely live, but the results are on https://soundcloud.com/paul-hardy-42/red-wing-1.

 

That's totally wonderful. I love these session TOTM contributions!

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