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  1. Bravo Bob, Spot on about the tune and the lyrics. Though I must admit they are better than the singing square dance which includes "Now the first couple out to the right and circle four hand half. And the inside out and the outside under, dip and dive and go by thunder. Dip and dive and dip and dive it's over then below...." Kerry Mills wrote good stuff though...
  2. There's lots of information here that is only sort of correct. Not really wrong, but perhaps insufficient. While you can often decide the mode from the notes used and the final note that is not always easy. Pentatonic and hexatonic tunes can sometimes be placed in a mode by the harmonies implied. Many people, including Jack Campin (hi Jack) prefer to see those tunes as being in separate categories. Jack's fine discussion of modes in Scottish music is exhaustive and well worth the effort to absorb, I see no reason to limit students to major and minor. Modes are all over jazz or classical music and have been used in pop music to by folks like the Beatles. And, of course traditional music is filled with them. Why limit the students' experiences? ABC is, to my way of thinking not greatly limited. Yes it is probably insufficient or cumbersome for scoring large scale works, but the standard for ABC continues to develop and expand to deal with perceived limitations. I would be interested to hear what limitations folks find, though that should properly be discussed in a separate thread.
  3. OK, You finally got me. I started on a similar project for a group of us in 2014. The idea was to start before the war, contrast that with the word songs from England, add the changing attitudes of America to the war, and close with "victory" songs (and perhaps No Man's Land or Christmas in the Trenches along the way. Trained singers who can do the pathos stuff. So, I knew most of these songs, and have been quietly delighting in your versions. This one though, was totally new to me, and is a wonderful example of...well...what it is. Thanks for this project and for the nice job you are doing of realizing it. Chuck Boody
  4. Found the incipit problem. Will try to get those done tomorrow!
  5. Thanks Pete. I'll try to get the indexes made tomorrow. Incipits from EasyABC? I'll.look into shrinking the number of pages. If I have access to putting this on your box pages I'll do that. If not I'll email to you!
  6. Hi Pete, If you send me the ABC files and the format files you used (so I can duplicate your pdfs) I'll add index pages by title for each volume and also an index file for the three volumes collected together.
  7. Nice work folks. If anyone asks I'll put together a pdf with an alphabetical index. BUT I can't do it until after July 20!
  8. Very nice playing Wolf. Sensitive and nice musical shapes. Where did you find the Patzold a scripting? I'm well aware the it might not be J. S. but never saw it assigned to someone else.
  9. Cool stuff, and good for lots of instruments. It does put the tunes in Northumbrian keys (written G major and sounding F major) which means some of the tunes will not be in the "common" key. But really nice looking and sounding stuff! Thanks for this link.
  10. In the spirit of trying to stretch the category a bit here are three sets of waltzes from concerts I've been involved with. https://www.dropbox.com/s/hk9ajzv0jlfan4d/04%20Somewhere%20My%20Love_Bella%20Notte.mp3?dl=0 Somewhere my Love (from Dr. Zhivago, and Belle Notte from Lady and the Tramp. https://www.dropbox.com/s/x21gockptyjl6xp/09%20Two%20Wassails.mp3?dl=0 Two well known Wassails. There's an accordion in here too, but most of the reed melody playing is concertina. https://www.dropbox.com/s/znui0nty5lfr4ja/02%20Northern%20Lights.mp3?dl=0 The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen sung with instrumental interludes of Highland Cradle Song and A Starry Night in Shetland. I think I may have put this one out here before. Sorry if it is a duplication. Edited to add: I just checked these and they all worked fine, but along the way they opened links into other parts of my Public dropbox. If that happens to you feel free to look around.
  11. Well, I was prepared to hate this, but I was wrong. It steps all over Tom Anderson's original idea, but is nicely done and works!
  12. This is a tough question for me. Years of paper training and serious academic study prejudice me into thinking that the composer's intent ishould be seen as the "right way." And years of conducting have made me try to be a servant of the composer. Still even in the classical music world, and perhaps even more so in the traditional music world, interpretation is extremely important. I think I come down here: in performing music, as opposed to playing for dancing, tempo, rubato, and all the other "tricks" of performance should inform the performance and should support the performer's thorough understanding of the work. You don't get that understanding from the dots. You get it from your understanding of the piece, the context of composition, and your understanding of the musical tradition from which it comes. Once you understand that and can do the work as you think it was intended then, particularly in trad. music, almost anything is fair game. Case in point. Eleanor of Usen by Phil Cunningham. They get inside the piece, and play it much differently than on the Transatlantic Session recording where Phil is on piano. You can make a reel out of this tune. But I hope you won't.. Same with Da Slockit Light.. Stepping off soap box.....
  13. Sorry Wolf, I should have removed the 120 marking. The site that came from called it a REEL!!!!! Maybe that also is the reason for the very active harmonies, which I also doubt were in Tom Anderson's mind. But then, who knows. It is an air, and perhaps best thought of as a Lament. Chuck
  14. There's a youtube of Tom Anderson and Aly Bain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4sHjkDDWqE That should settle the question at least of how the composer viewed it. And, There's the Tom Anderson "Hand Me Doon Da Fiddle" on line with lots of info about Shetland Music. http://www.malcolmrutter.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/hmddf.pdf Here's One ABC version X:1 T:Da Slockit Light R:Air C:Tom Anderson M:4/4 L:1/8 Q:120 K:D |:FE|"D"D3F "F#m"A2d2|"Bm"fedc "D"d2A2|"G"B2d2 "D"A2d2|"Em"BAGF "A7"EGFE| "D"D3F "F#m/C#"A2d2|"D6"fedc "D"d2A2|"G"B2G2 "A7"AGFE|"D"D4- D2:| g2|"D"f2a2 "A7"e3c|"G"d3e "A7"dcBA|"D"f2a2 "E7"e2^g2|"A7"a4- a2=g2| "D"f2a2 "A7"e3c|"G"d3e "A7"dcBA|"G"B2G2 "A7"AGFE|"D"D4- D3g| "D"f2a2 "A7"e3c|"G"d3e "A7"dcBA|"G"B2d2 "D"A2d2|"Em"BAGF "A7"EGFE| "D"D3F "F#m/C#"A2d2|"Bb+"fedc "D"d2A2|"G"B2G2 "A7"AGFE|"D"D4- D2|] And here's the Tune as set in a Collection of Slow Tunes I publish. Not so many harmonies... X:19 T:Da Slockit Light C: Tom Anderson M: C| R: reel K: D |:FE| "D"D3F A2d2| fedc d2A2| "G"B2d2 "D/F#"A2d2| "G"BAGF "A"EGFE| "D"D3F A2d2| fedc "Bm"d2A2| "G"B2G2 "A"AGFE| "D"D4- D2:| \ g2| "D"f2a2 "A"e3c| "Bm"d3e "A"dcBA| "D"f2a2 "E"e2^g2| "A"a4- a2=g2| "D"f2a2 "A"e3c| "G"d3e "D/F#"dcBA| "G"B2G2 "A"AGFE| "D"D4- D3g| "D"f2a2 "A"e3c| "Bm"d3e "G"dc"D/F#"BA| "G"B2d2 A2d2| BAGF "A"EGFE| "D"D3F A2d2| "A"fedc "Bm"d2A2| "G"B2G2 "A"AGFE| "D"D4- D2|] W:Used by permission of the Shetland Music Trust W: Finally here's the background from the composer: Here's Tom Anderson's description of why he wrote Da Slockit Light, taken from his book Ringing Strings: "I was coming out of Eshaness in late January, 1969, the time was after 11 pm and as I looked back at the top of the hill leading out of the district I saw so few lights compared to what I remembered when I was young. As I watched, the lights started going out one by one. That, coupled with the recent death of my late wife, made me think of the old word 'Slockit,' meaning, a light that has gone out, and I think that was what inspired the tune." Do you get the idea that I like the tune? Never tried it on the 'tina though. Always on the Hammered Dulcimer....
  15. Dropped a note YouTube, but I'll repeat it here. Nice work Jerone! First the fiddle and then 'tina! You come so very far! As to fingerlings: I don't play Anglo, but you run into similar problems on hammered dulcimer, and on occasion on EC. My sense about the problem is just learn the tune however. What you'll discover along the way is that the common patterns in the tunes will lead to common fingering solutions. Along the way you may have some "wrong," but those patterns will be useful someplace else. There is one other thing with Anglo though, and that is using the bellows change to help articulate the tune. I can't speak well to that, but I hope someone will!
  16. Thanks Pete. I've a collection of most of these and some other things that have showed up on concertina net, but not all of these!
  17. There are settings in ABC2MIDI which allow you to "stress program" by tune type so that tunes sounds less mechanical. They are automatically turned on in EasyABC. You might not like them, though they can be changed if you wish to bother, and the are certainly not as good as listening to live music. But they are considerably less bothersome than some MIDI playbacks.
  18. Has anyone downloaded the collection and dropped things into a pdf file and then would be willing to share the PDF file? I can do it, but am trying to avoid reinventing the wheel. One person mentioned she had done it, but the question is would she, or someone share? And, is that a reasonable request?
  19. A few things from a recent concert. First a couple of Scandinavian tunes "I am so Glad each Christmas Eve" and Now It is Yule Again" https://www.dropbox.com/s/kbs2sj2uypq8hxt/08%20I%20am%20So%20Glad-Now%20it%20is%20Yule.mp3?dl=0 Then Two Wassails https://www.dropbox.com/s/x21gockptyjl6xp/09%20Two%20Wassails.mp3?dl=0 A set of Three Chanukah tunes https://www.dropbox.com/s/xwfi8fp53gqhg70/12%20Hannukah%20Songs.mp3?dl=0 And "Tu Scendi Della Stella" (You Came Down from the Stars) https://www.dropbox.com/s/mky01jqv2idq6sb/05%20Tu%20Scendi%20de%20lle%20Stelle%20.mp3?dl=0 Done on too little rehearsal, but still great fun. I hope you enjoy.
  20. I looked at the Magpie Lane album entitled "Knock at the Knocker..." and there is no such piece on it. I'm trying to find it and the "November Drinking Song" (the dots) and have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions?
  21. Ed Sweeny produced an album called "Inside Fezziwigs" and subtitled "A Dickens Christmas" It is a great album. Here is the track list 1. Gloucestershire Wassail 2. Silent Night 3. Leading of the Star/Snowflake Reel 4. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella/I Saw Three Ships 5. Away in a Manger 6. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 7. Coventry Carol 8. Sussex Carol 9. Ode to Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High 10. O Holy Night 11. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring 12. Christmas Bells 13. Planxty Irwin 14. Good Christian Men, Rejoice 15. Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) 16. Sir Roger de Coverley 17. Good King Wenceslas Sir Roger de Coverly is a great slip jig style piece that should sound wonderful on concertina.
  22. Hi Jerone, Your friendly musicologist from thesession here. I play English, but I know how strong your interest and motivation to play Irish music is, and how hard you have worked at it. Very successfully too! I have little doubt that Anglo should be your choice, that you should have 30 buttons, and that you would be much happier with an older Lachenal or Wheatstone than with a Rochelle. I was going to try Anglo and got a Rochelle. I found the action and tone quality so objectionable that I couldn't bear to play it. In fairness it has been a steppingstone for many players, and a good one...but it didn't work for me and I don't think from you thesession comments that it would for you. That said though, the very best thing you can do is visit Greg J. He is a good player of both, a truly fine repair person, and an all around good guy. His advice will be a useful guide for you and he won't have a vested interest in anything but helping you decide. Make that trip! And, good luck. If you apply yourself a s you have with the fiddle you'll succeed. Chuck Boody
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