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Tune Of The Month For September, 2013: Hop And Skip

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#1 Jim Besser

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 09:04 PM

This month's poll was really close, with all three contenders garnering strong support. But we have a winner: Jody Kruskal's Hop and Skip, a bouncy little tune that's loads of fun to play (and, according to my Northwest clog dancers, even more fun to dance to).

 

Jody describes it as "a  step-hop hornpipe meant for the jaunty lumpiness of English dances. Play it with a bouncy swing for full flavor."   Like this.

 

And here's Jody's notation for the tune, in D; I've also attached the PDF.  In the video, he's playing a G/D Anglo, but it works just as well in G on a C/G.  In the video Jody is playing it in D on a C/G (Thanks for the correction, Blue Eyed Sailor).  I'm eager to hear how English and duet concertinists interpret this dance tune.

 

As usual, feel free to give the tune your own imprint; the goal isn't slavish imitation. And the goal certainly isn't perfection. We're all in this forum to benefit from the discipline of practicing and recording and the helpful feedback we get from others.

 

Have fun!

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Edited by Jim Besser, 01 September 2013 - 05:57 PM.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 12:53 AM

And here's Jody's notation for the tune, in D; I've also attached the PDF.  In the video, he's playing a G/D Anglo, but it works just as well in G on a C/G.

 

It's got a range of only an octave (A to A in D as written), so most instruments should be able to play it in more than one key.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 02:36 PM

So if I wanted to play the tune in G I would bring down each note by four tones? And start the tune on the G note?

Thanks.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:12 PM

So if I wanted to play the tune in G I would bring down each note by four tones? And start the tune on the G note?

Thanks.

Try popping this into the Tune-O-Tron.  ;)

 

X:63
T:Hop and Skip
C:Jody Kruskal
C:Copyright 2008 ©, Jody Kruskal. All rights reserved.
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=140
K:Gmaj
GABc|:"G"d2 dB "C"c3 A|"Em"BAGB "D"A3 F|\
"C"GAGE "G"DEGB|"Am"AGAB "D"A4|
"G"d2 dB "C"c3 A|"Em"BAGB "D"A3 F|\
"C"GAGE "G"DEGB|"D"AGFA "G"G4:|
|:"Em"BA G2 E2 G2|"G" BA G2 "D"D4|\
"Em"BAGB "C"cdcB|"Am"AGFE "D"DFAc|
"Em"BA G2 E2 G2|"G" BA G2 "D"D4|\
"Em"BAGB "C"cdcB|"D"AG F2 "G"G4:|
W:
W:A step-hop hornpipe meant for the jaunty lumpiness of
W:English dances. Play it with a bouncy swing for full flavour


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:21 PM

Thanks, can't quite figure out most tech stuff.

I was just going to write it out on blank staff paper.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:49 PM

Thanks, can't quite figure out most tech stuff.

I was just going to write it out on blank staff paper.

Okay, one day sale. Get the PDF here!

 

Pete.  :D



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:15 PM

Awesome Pete!

I owe you a round.


Edited by maki, 01 September 2013 - 07:16 PM.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:19 PM

Since Jody played it in D, I decided to record it in G on a C/G Lachenal/Dipper Anglo.

 

I play this tune often for a group of Northwest clog Morris ladies, and I didn't realize how much I cue off the dancers when I play it; doing the tune without dancers in front of me felt very different and somewhat awkward.

 

Recorded on a Zoom h2N.

 

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:06 PM

 

So if I wanted to play the tune in G I would bring down each note by four tones? And start the tune on the G note?

Thanks.

Try popping this into the Tune-O-Tron.  ;)

 

X:63
T:Hop and Skip
C:Jody Kruskal
C:Copyright 2008 ©, Jody Kruskal. All rights reserved.
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:1/4=140
K:Gmaj
GABc|:"G"d2 dB "C"c3 A|"Em"BAGB "D"A3 F|\
"C"GAGE "G"DEGB|"Am"AGAB "D"A4|
"G"d2 dB "C"c3 A|"Em"BAGB "D"A3 F|\
"C"GAGE "G"DEGB|"D"AGFA "G"G4:|
|:"Em"BA G2 E2 G2|"G" BA G2 "D"D4|\
"Em"BAGB "C"cdcB|"Am"AGFE "D"DFAc|
"Em"BA G2 E2 G2|"G" BA G2 "D"D4|\
"Em"BAGB "C"cdcB|"D"AG F2 "G"G4:|
W:
W:A step-hop hornpipe meant for the jaunty lumpiness of
W:English dances. Play it with a bouncy swing for full flavour

 

Thanks -- I like having the ABC as well because I save/print the small .jpg that the Convert-O-Matic makes.  I like to print teeny tiny copies and I keep them on a card all on a binder ring.  I seldom need to really read the music but sometimes I totally forget a tune, so I need the reference.  



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:13 PM

Dear TOTM folks, I'm pleased and honored that you chose my tune Hop and Skip. Just to clear up any confusion about keys...

 

In my video example I'm playing it in D on a C/G Anglo. That instrument also can play it nicely in high G (as in Jim's excellent example) or a 5th lower in C. All three of those keys work well on a C/G.

 

Have fun with it!



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:22 PM

It's also really lovely in F on the 30-button C/G! 

 

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 05:28 AM

"It's got a range of only an octave (A to A in D as written), so most instruments should be able to play it in more than one key."

 

 

Yes, it's true, and OK for me : I've checked ... now, I've to try and learn !



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:15 PM

Very few entries this month, and such a fun tune. Maybe folks are inhibited because the composer is among us.
 
So here am I to break the silence, even though my left hand (now a month post-op) is not quite back to fighting form. And just for grins, I tried a few things the composer might not like.
 
As always, 46-key Wheatstone Hayden Duet. And I'm playing it in D. I tried it down a 5th in G, but I like it higher pitched.
 


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:10 PM

 

Very few entries this month, and such a fun tune. Maybe folks are inhibited because the composer is among us.
 
So here am I to break the silence, even though my left hand (now a month post-op) is not quite back to fighting form. And just for grins, I tried a few things the composer might not like.

 

Nice! It's sort of smoothly bouncy; I like it.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:39 PM

Hi all!

 

a test with my Dipper custom duet...

 

http://snd.sc/16fDHKu



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:58 PM

Hi all!

 

a test with my Dipper custom duet...

 

http://snd.sc/16fDHKu

 

The duet  really gives the tune a different texture. I'll be interested in hearing what the English concertina players do with it!


Edited by Jim Besser, 10 September 2013 - 02:59 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:05 AM

With my Dipper baryton duet and an other way to play the left hand. Chords from the score in D...

 

http://snd.sc/14EY19Q



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:34 AM

Very nice Tona !  ( and everyone else too). :)

 

I think your first version (on the Dipper  Custom) sounds more interesting in the accompaniment with some different chords.


Edited by Geoff Wooff, 11 September 2013 - 11:04 AM.






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