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  1. Any thoughts about finding notes for any of these? Falling Polska perhaps? Beethoven's polska?




    The Falling Polska is in the Väsen tune book 2. 20 Euros is a lot to pay for one tune but I'm sure there will be other good content!


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    Did that, there's some rare stuff in there and once again it requires more than a little editing to make any sense of it but some lovely music lurks within! Thanks for the tunes Chuck. You should be aware by the way that in addition to the American usage of Chuck being short for Charles, in northern England chuck is a quite familiar term of endearment, familiar enough in fact to be considered quite racy! :huh:

  3. T:Huhtikuun polkka


    Nice! Any idea what all the V and U notations are meant to be - direction marks on the fiddle bow (which should therefore be lower-case)?


    I know it's not your transcription, but that's my guess & as such they sort-of make sense to my very limited understanding of what Them There Fiddlers get up to ...


    I hadn't spotted them to be honest Steve. I may change all of the the Vs and Us to lower case and run it past my wife who plays violin (note - very much not a fiddle player!). She may deign to play it all in first position to see if the bow marks make sense. ;)

  4. This is the largest abc file you are ever likely to encounter, the tunes came from here. So far I've only scratched the surface but there are some great tunes but be warned that there are anomalies and strange line breaks that need tidying up.

    Big.abc This file is in fact HUGE! A text file of nearly 6Mb

    Dick Atlee's Dance Tunes.abc A few Scandinavian tunes are in this interesting collection.

    Finnish and Eastern European Tunes.abc Here are a few tunes I found by googling "Finnish tunes in abc notation"

  5. A couple of polkas, the second is well known but this is a slightly different version to the one I've heard in the past. The first tune is new to me but well worth a go.


    T:Huhtikuun polkka
    T:April's Polka
    C:Otto Hotakainen
    B:Otto Hotaisen Nuottikirja (Otto Hotakainen's Tunebook)
    N:by permission of Finnish Folkmusic Institute
    "Am"VE2(CE) AAEA|AcAc eece|(agf)(e fed)(c|"E"dcB)(AB4)|\
    V(~E2^D)(E .^G2)EG|(~B2^G)(B .d2)Bd\
    |"Dm"~(f2.e2) "E"(edc)(B|"Am"dB)A^G A4|\
    V(E2C)UE AAEA|(Ac)(Ac) eece|\
    "A"(agf)(e agf)(e|"Dm"gf).f2 (f3e|fed)(e fed)(B|"Am"cBA(^G|\
    "E"E2^G)B (BdcB)| "Am"(cB.A2)A4:|
    |:"C"VG2(GF ECEG) | (c>dc)(B c2e2) |\
    (g2e)(g age)(g | "F"~g2f)(e "Dm"f4) |"G"(BcBA) GGG2 |
    (BcBA) GGG2 | (bag)a (bag)(f | "C"~e2.d2)c4 |\
    VG2(GF ECEG) | (cdc)(B c2e2) |
    (g2e)(g age)(g | "F"~g2f)(e"Dm"f4) |\
    "G".f2G2 (f2gf | "C"edc)(d ed)c2 | "G"(G2B)(d BdB)(d |"C" .c2)B2c4:|]

    T:Nurmisen's Polka
    S:Folkmusic from South-Karelia
    |:G2E2 >c3d| c2B2 B4|d^cde (3 f-g-f d2|cBcd e2c2|G2E2 >c3d|c2B2 B4|\
    d^cde (3 f-g-f d2|c2e2c2 z2:||:(3g-a-ge2 (3e-f-e c2|(3e-f-ed2 dcBA|\
    G2B2 d2f2|a2g2 gfef|(3g-a-ge2 (3e-f-e c2|(3e-f-ed2 dcBA|G2B2 d2de|\
    d2c2c2z2:||:C2E2 GGGG|F2A2 AAAA| G2B2 dddd|c2e2 eeee| C2E2 GGGG|\
    F2A2 AAAA|G2B2 ddde| d2c2 c4:|

  6. Jim is exactly right! You're a good player Wolf, but in this instance the tune is running at a pace you can't cope with. If you want to play it at that tempo then you've got to learn to play it s-l-o-w-l-y then gradually pick up the pace. ;)

  7. This is an interesting tune.


    T:Montague House. Walsh 4 Volume 2.129
    Z:Peter Dunk 2014
    B:Walsh, The Compleat Country Dancing Master Fourth Edition. 1740
    fe|f4F2 F3GA2|B4G2 G3AB2|c4C2 C3DE2|F4F2 F4:|
    |:AB|c4c2 c3dc2|d4d2 d3ef2|g4g2 g3agf|e6 c4a2|
    b3ag2 f3ed2|e3fg2 c3BA2|B3cd2 d2f2c2|A6 F4:|
    W:Each Strain Twice. (repeats added to notation accordingly)

  8. I'd also like to put the collected abc file of all the tunes that have been posted to this thread up there, which currently totals a splendid 145 tunes: is everyone (particularly Peter, as you've done most of the heavy lifting) OK with that? Let me know either on here or by PM.


    I have no problem with that Steve, help yourself.

  9. yeah..i revised the notes. sort of did this on the fly from what I thought I remembered but that wasn't such a good idea. Went back to the music and played it so now my revision may help with any confusion including my own....




    Now I'm mightily intrigued by your right hand 1-3-2-1 fingering and what it may bring to the party. I'll have to give that a try, thanks for starting a very interesting thread!

  10. In one of the tunes my group, the Squeezers, perform, there are a couple of measures with runs of four 16th notes played at about tempo of 110. While normally this shouldn't be an issue in this case the two runs are both on the same hand:

    Left hand: B-G-E-B

    Right Hand: A-F-D-A

    The fingering is the same pattern for each; 2nd-1st-3rd -2nd.


    Sorry but I'm slightly confused by this, assuming that all of the notes are on the stave except the right hand D which is immediately below the stave. Bearing in mind that I am entirely self taught and left handed B-G-E-B (depending on what came next of course!) would probably be 2-1-2-1 and A-F-D-A on the right hand would be 1-2-3-1. I am much better at getting 3 behind 1 on the same row with my right hand than 3 behind 2 on my left, how weird is that?


    What I really can't get to grips with is how you are playing A=440 with your second finger and the F below it with your index finger, that sounds impossible so I must have misunderstood something along the way!


    Let's see you transcribe a few thousand tunes and make them publicly available for free first, as I've done. Then we'll know you've got a clue about what the requirements are *snip*


    I'm a Village Music Project transcriber Jack and although my output isn't as large as yours I thinks it's safe to say that there are a couple of thousand tunes transcribed by me over the last two and a half years freely available to the public. As you are probably aware the specifications laid down by the Village Music Project with regard to ABC syntax doesn't allow me to leave spaces around bar lines or any other redundant spaces however useful.

  12. This is not really Something for the Weekend, more like Something for the Summer! I came across a link to an abc file that is a transcription of a book that is absolutely packed with wonderful tunes. Almost all of the content is entirely new to me and I'm excited by it! Forgive me if everyone else in the world already knows about this little treasure. The link allows you to download the abc file, a PDF or both. I wondered about giving this its' own thread . . .


    Bruce & Emmett's Drummers and Fifers Guide (1862)

  13. All my ABC depends on fixed width so I can align parallel phrases properly.


    That's an OCD thing specific to you Jack and has nothing to do with the rights or wrongs of musical theory or the current specifications for ABC. Your usage is legal but by no means mandatory and unless you are correcting obvious mistakes you should limit yourself to expressing personal preferences not doing down perfectly good Apps because they don't do exactly what you want them to. You seem pretty intelligent, I look forward to buying the perfect ABC App when you've written it. Make it cross platform though because I use both Windows and Mac ;)

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