Posted 14 May 2009 - 05:34 PM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:42 AM
Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:44 AM
Exercises - for me at any rate - come out of the tunes themselves. If I hit a tricky passage or have trouble with phrasing in a tune then those few notes or bars becomes my exercise of the day. The exercise is very tune specific.
Me too. What better practice is there for playing music than playing more music? Furthermore I really enjoy playing music, which means I put my shoulder into it, whereas scales will always be drudgery, to be over with as simply and facilely as possible. Takes all sorts...
Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:37 AM
I've made up my own and used some from books, but these examples should keep you going for a long time.
You probably already vary your phrasing (staccato, legato, dotted rhythm, etc.) when you practice these, which relieves monotony and improves technique.
Edited by Stephen Mills, 15 May 2009 - 10:37 AM.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:30 AM
But it is a case of "whatever floats your boat". I happen to enjoy the feeling of being able to play exercises well and I enjoy even more the feeling I get when I go to play a tune and find that the scale practice has paid off not just for a specific tune but for lots and in looking a those hornpipes, I am reminded that if the scales were mastered that these hornpipes would fall quite handily.And of course, most music is written around scales or arpeggios and if the arpeggio of G for example was mastered then tunes like Kiss Me Kate, I Will If I Can, Thongs By The Fire etc will prove quite easy to play leaving one free to get the lift, the feel of the tune etc sorted. I also acknowledge in saying this that perfection of the scales does not neccessarily leave one able to make Irish traditional tunes sound good, that is another day's work.
However to repeat, whatever works for yea and this is what works for me and I wonder why you say "tunes instead of scales". I don't see any need for an either (i)ther) debate
Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:54 AM
It's very handy sometimes, even though I started on scales first on the concertina.
The beginning of a tune that I used above for an example is called "Colonel Fraser's" or something. I'll try put up a recording on Monday or Tuesday; depending on whether or not I have an cooperation with my microphone.
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