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#55 Steve Mansfield

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 02:06 AM

I think you mean "Guido of Arezzo or Guido Aretinus or Guido da Arezzo or Guido Monaco or Guido d'Arezzo (991/992 after 1033)" -- that's what Wikipedia calls him.

Who did 'invent' the way music is written and decided on the 'rules'?


OTTOMH


OTTOMH = Off The Top Of My Head - Guido d'Arezzo is the guy, cheers.

#56 PeterT

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:27 AM

Oh..so that's what I'm supposed to be doing. lol!
I'm sure I could arrange the time off.
Why don't you get on the plinth Peter?

What; and photograph everyone milling about near the base of the plinth? The role reversal would be an interesting concept, and is probably not what the organises had in mind! It might result in images like this:

http://www.geograph....k/photo/1400525

I haven't checked on the website, but there's a fair chance that someone else has already thought of the idea!

it would bring a new thought on which is the 'art' and which are the people viewing the art.
'Who watches the watchers?'

you'd get some good pics.

I don't think its that high really
http://www.flickr.co...mps/3713914590/



I've just checked; it's been done:
http://www.amateurph...ews_287049.html

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:29 AM

Oh..so that's what I'm supposed to be doing. lol!
I'm sure I could arrange the time off.
Why don't you get on the plinth Peter?

What; and photograph everyone milling about near the base of the plinth? The role reversal would be an interesting concept, and is probably not what the organises had in mind! It might result in images like this:

http://www.geograph....k/photo/1400525

I haven't checked on the website, but there's a fair chance that someone else has already thought of the idea!

it would bring a new thought on which is the 'art' and which are the people viewing the art.
'Who watches the watchers?'

you'd get some good pics.

I don't think its that high really
http://www.flickr.co...mps/3713914590/



I've just checked; it's been done:
http://www.amateurph...ews_287049.html


there was a guy when I was there with a bottle of wine 'toasting' the buses as they went past. :P

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 08:36 AM

there was a guy when I was there with a bottle of wine 'toasting' the buses as they went past. :P

I think you often get that at street level.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:06 AM

Do you ever get fed up with your progress, particularly when you've listened to someone really good in whatever style/ Or do you get stale?

What are the ways people use to bounce back? Or am I just jaded and waiting to get to Whitby.


I have found three things which have helped me progress:-
1. Play regularly (once a week) with friends who are good musicians.
2. Play your instrument every day (minimum 5 minutes).
3. Play and practice exercises from a tutor book (I love playing exercises - my obsession)

After I had a stroke (4.5 years ago) I had to do a lot of physio exercises (which were exceeding boring) but trained me to do regular exercises. I have used my concertina to help me develop my motor skills and strengthen the muscles in my right hand.

Can anyone suggestion a piece of music to strengthen the third finger of right hand? I play EC.

#60 Larry Stout

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:56 AM

Can anyone suggestion a piece of music to strengthen the third finger of right hand? I play EC.


Sounds like you need pieces in the key of A major (F# c# and g# all use the third finger of the right hand). Some examples I've played from the ECD repertoire include: Long Odds, Lord How's Jig, The Bishop, The Dressed Ship, Elverton Grove, The First of April, Gathering Peascods, Geud Man of Ballangigh, Grimstock, Prince William, The Rakes of Rochester, Sun Assembly. I remember one gig where nearly the whole dance list was in A. There is variety in this list from the fairly straightforward to the finger twisters.

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 06:28 PM

Can anyone suggestion a piece of music to strengthen the third finger of right hand? I play EC.


Sounds like you need pieces in the key of A major (F# c# and g# all use the third finger of the right hand). Some examples I've played from the ECD repertoire include: Long Odds, Lord How's Jig, The Bishop, The Dressed Ship, Elverton Grove, The First of April, Gathering Peascods, Geud Man of Ballangigh, Grimstock, Prince William, The Rakes of Rochester, Sun Assembly. I remember one gig where nearly the whole dance list was in A. There is variety in this list from the fairly straightforward to the finger twisters.



You're right - tunes in A major are good (and any other tunes with 3 sharps or more). Thanks for this list. I have never heard of them - where can I get the sheet music?

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 07:12 PM

All of thew tunes I listed are in Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes, Vol. 1. (self published, I think, by Peter Barnes---it's the main source for ECD tunes for musicians in the USA and it is available from CDSS or from Button Box, though I don't know about sources in Australia). His web site is at http://www.canispublishing.com/

I checked and quite a lot of them can be found using JC's tunefinder at http://trillian.mit....gi/abc/tunefind
Once you've found them there you can download a pdf of the sheetmusic, or you can get the abc source to tweek as you wish. I tend to use abc plus myself, but many here swear by the Tune-P-tron converter here at concertina.net.

Since all of those tunes are from 1800 or before there should be no copyright issues for the tune, though the arrangements are a different story.




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