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#1 VIN

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:46 AM

As a novice i'm hoping that someone may offer a little advice on the way forward with my maccann duet, one of the things i'm unsure of is weather i should try and play the whole of the melody on the right hand side leaving the left side free for any chords etc or should i mix left and right if its easy er to play the melody that way and try to fit anything else around it, or do i try to do both depending on the tune that i'm trying to learn. i dont want to get into bad habits if i can help it. i'm am sorry if this sounds like a silly question to some but as i said i am novice, thank you in advance for any input, Vin.



#2 David Barnert

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 08:46 AM

I don’t play Maccann, but another duet, Hayden. I usually play melody on the right, accompaniment on the left unless I run out of range on one side or the other. Sometimes for a final chord I may play bass note + fifth on the left and melody note + third (lower octave) on the right.

 

Of course, this is just habit I’ve kept to over 30 years of playing, not passed on dogma or wisdom. It has served me well, but other solutions may be just as valid, if not more so.



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:11 PM

Dont' worry about bad habits ... as long as they work for you!  Personally I always play the tune on the right, together with as many extra notes as I feel like dropping in, while the left plays the chords, bass runs etc.  Of course, with the right hand end only going down to middle-C it's occasionally necessary to drop in a note on the left, but I don't like doing it as it tends to get in the way of what the left hand is doing.  In the case of song accompaniment, I will often play an octave higher to avoid this.

 

Others may disagree ... there used to be a contributor on here called Dirge who reckoned to play any note on either end, whichever was most convenient.



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:45 AM

Yes that's  right.... what has happened to Dirge ?  Many of us enjoyed his posts and  musical  offerings.   About  5 years ago  I  swapped  the most beautiful sounding  MacCann  Aeola   to him and he's never posted a recording on it yet !  Think  he got  P'd off with certain  people, which is a great shame.

 

The above mentioned  'beautiful' Aeola's  right hand  keyboard went down  to  G (or perhaps F)  below  middle C and  that was a  bonus  when keeping  all the melody  on the  right hand.... as well as extending the left/right crossover.

 

It does appear  logical  to keep  the separation of  melody on the right  and accompaniment  on the left  and for the most part  it can be a rule  but I see some sense  in trying to  integrate  the  two hands  for complex melodies  if there is enough  'cross over'  range  on the instrument.

 

Why not try listening to  Alexander Prince's  recordings... see if you can figure out  what  his  default  method  was.

 

Good luck.



#5 David Barnert

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 11:32 AM

Yes that's  right.... what has happened to Dirge ?


According to his member page:

 

I've decided (Jan '14) to back away from all this, or perhaps it backed away from me, but if you have a serious duet question feel free to pm me, and I'll reply when I notice it!

 

Apparently he’s been back a few times since, posting a year ago and snooping around six months ago.





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