Announcing a new concertina.net feature: the Tune of the Month.
Over at the excellent Melodeon.Net Web site, the Tune of the Month remains a popular feature – and a great tool for improving skills and sharing musical ideas. So why not something similar for concertinists?
The rules are simple.
There will be one tune per month. After the first tune, I'll conduct a poll offering several choices for the next month.
Concertina.net members are encouraged to record and post their versions of the selected tunes. Recordings can be video (posted on YouTube or Vimeo, with links in your C.net posting) or audio (posted on soundcloud.com or similar services.) Tag your posts with " cnet TOTM " ('tune of the month') to make it easier for people searching YouTube or Soundcloud.)
Since C.net participants play in a wonderful variety of styles and genres, I will attempt to include tunes from as many genres as possible – English, Irish, Scandinavian, E. European, Klezmer, Oldtime, contra dance, jazz...you name it, we'll try it.
And I'll be looking for tunes that will hopefully be appealing even to those players who are unfamiliar with the particular genre selected. Getting outside one's musical comfort zone can be a real spur to learning.
Each month, along with the name of the tune selected, I'll post the ABCs, links to notation and - when possible - PDFs so you can print notation. I'll also post a link or two to already-recorded versions of the tune.
Feel free to message me with suggestions for new tunes and ideas about how to make the c.net TOTM better.
One of the great joys of the Mel.net Tune of the Month is the active participation of players of every level of experience and skill. Perfection is not expected; we can all learn from the playing of others, from respectful, helpful comments about ours and from our own mistakes.
It's a great spur to learning, and recording and posting your playing is an effective, if initially intimidating, skill-building exercise. And it's a lot of fun hearing the very different approaches to any given tune.
This will only work if lots of us participate. So jump right in, the water's fine.
Edited by Jim Besser, 29 June 2013 - 10:10 PM.