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Tune Of The Month, April, 2015: Harliquin Air


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#1 Jim Besser

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 06:56 AM

It was close, but we have a winner: Harliquin Air, a sprightly, simple English tune that might just become one of your favorites.

 

Here's some notation to get you started, but don't feel you have to play it exactly as written; find a key that suits you (ask for help if you need help transposing the dots; with ABC files, it's really easy), and find some way to make the tune your own.

 

According to the Traditional Tune Archive, the tune's archaically spelled title may refer "to a melody or one of the songs in Thomas Arne's (1710-1778) pantomime Harlequin Restor'd, or Taste Alamode, written in 1736."

 

As  I mentioned, I learned Harliquin Air at a Northeast Squeeze In a few years back, when it seemed like almost everybody was learning it and playing it in the hallways. Which means it's a fun, accessible concertina tune!

 

Here it is played by Anahata and Mary Humphries with some really nice countermelody.

Or how about Gavin Atkin playing it on melodeon?

And at a big English jam.

 

Enjoy!


Edited by Jim Besser, 31 March 2015 - 08:23 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2015 - 09:16 AM

Backed the right horse for the first time in quite a long while..  :)



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Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:54 PM

Backed the right horse for the first time in quite a long while..  :)

 

Pferdfect, then, Wolf! :D  Me, too. Lovely tune.

 

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 02:35 AM

Backed the right horse for the first time in quite a long while..  :)


I didn't but I'm quite happy with the result

#5 Jim Besser

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 01:21 PM

Someone has to go first, right?

 

https://dl.dropboxus..._Air_besser.MP3

 

Suggestions on how to improve it welcome.

 

Played in D on a 30 button G/D Jeffries Anglo.


Edited by Jim Besser, 02 April 2015 - 10:44 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2015 - 05:07 PM

Here's an attempt.

http://youtu.be/i78pX3y7yE4

I had some multitracking fun with it (as I often do). This time I also replaced my usual sober selfie with some more interesting visuals.

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 06:33 PM

Someone has to go first, right?
 
https://dl.dropboxus..._Air_besser.MP3
 
Suggestions on how to improve it welcome.

  

Here's an attempt.
http://youtu.be/i78pX3y7yE4
I had some multitracking fun with it (as I often do). This time I also replaced my usual sober selfie with some more interesting visuals.
Bob Michel
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Two very nice contrasting starters.

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 08:24 PM

Both of your versions are great

Bob love the visuals too.

I didn't vote for it but am glad it won and am looking forward to learning it.

Edited by Daria, 02 April 2015 - 09:45 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2015 - 10:38 PM

Another fine performance by the Bob Michel One Man Band.

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 03:58 PM

Hurra, a TotM I already know!

Here's my one take attempt with slightly wobbly tempo

 

https://www.flickr.c...tream/lightbox/

 

 

Now to listen to Anahata and all them play it better....



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Posted 10 April 2015 - 04:15 PM

Are you sure a soundfile can be read from flickr? at least not by my iPhone...


Edited by blue eyed sailor, 10 April 2015 - 06:05 PM.


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Posted 10 April 2015 - 05:32 PM

Works on my Android tablet.

And very nice too!

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 05:50 PM

Hurra, a TotM I already know!

Here's my one take attempt with slightly wobbly tempo

 

https://www.flickr.c...tream/lightbox/

 

 

Now to listen to Anahata and all them play it better....

 

Splendid. I meant to start it off at The Horseshoe session, last sunday, so you could have joined in, but I didn't get round to it!

 

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 04:32 AM

Looks like it uses flash, so iphones are out of luck, though they have a special player for the ipad.

I'll look at setting up youtube for the next one

 

Chris---  I was playing it in Sheffield on Sunday :-)



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 09:45 AM

Works OK on iPad and very good it was too.

I'm finding it harder than I expected on my Anglo. There are a couple of places where I keep going wrong even though I've done the slow practice thing to try and educate my fingers, they still persist in disobeying me :)

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:10 AM

It's a lovely tune indeed, one that I should be able to learn. Is D the standard key? I want to learn it in a key that other people usually play it in. 

 

Nice job, everyone who contributed so far!



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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:25 AM

It's a lovely tune indeed, one that I should be able to learn. Is D the standard key? I want to learn it in a key that other people usually play it in. 

 

Nice job, everyone who contributed so far!

I've always heard it in D, and that's the key of most notation I've seen.



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Posted 19 April 2015 - 12:06 PM

Here is my effort. I have just upgraded to a Marcus Music anglo, and this is the first new tune learned on it. I have recorded this in G major rather than D. I need to put in a lot more work on this tune - the B part took a bit of getting right.

 

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https://soundcloud.c...r/harliquin-air






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