The people have spoken! This month we'll learn, record and post the lovely Finnish waltz Metsakukkia.
Also known as Flower of the Woods, the basic tune is simple, but getting that wonderful Scandi feel takes some work.
This version on “two” accordions" should give you a good idea of what it sounds like and some hints at how to embellish. Here's one with an interesting octave shift and cute hats. Wow: here's a sort of surf guitar version with some wicked bass. And a sung version in a language I can't identify. And a very straightfoward version on chromatic button accordion.
Here's a link to notation in what I believe is the most common key - Gm. Apparently the Boys of the Lough, that famous Finnish band (just joking), did it in Cm. If you want dots for that, let me know.
But there's no reason you have to do it in those keys, which are about as popular as acne with most Anglo players.
Here's a version in Am, and attached is the first version transposed to Em.
The key issue is personal. If you want to play this tune with others at a session, you're probably going to have to learn it in Gm. If not, play it in the key that works best for you and the system you play. For myself, Em on the G/D and Am on the C/G are the ways to go, Your choice entirely.
You can read a lot of chatter about the tune and see some different versions over on thesession.org. Read it all here.
An aside: Metsakukkia bears an interesting resemblance to the tune variously described as Klezmer or Russian called Expectation Waltz or Ozhidanie. I have a hard time keeping the two straight.
As always, notation for tunes in the folk realm gleaned from the Web, and especially from voluminous ABC archives, is more like a general guideline than a precise set of instructions. ABC files often contain errors, and different compilers have different ways of hearing tunes.
Edited by Jim Besser, 01 February 2015 - 04:53 PM.