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Gary Chapin

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  1. https://accordeonaire.com/2021/06/16/frlo-scottish-a-catinaux-scottish-du-pere-rouxel/ We were joined by David Barnert for this one and ended up laying down some very danceable scottishes. Consider joining in on the next one! Thank you, Gary
  2. Hey folks,In the past year of pandemic, I developed a virtual squeeze orchestra. I've essentially had to teach myself every aspect of video and audio editing. Folks (mostly friends from mel.net) send me videos of themselves playing the tunes chosen and then I put them together into and "orchestra." I have been very proud of the results and I'd like to send the invitation out to you all on concertina.net. Go here to see what we have done in our seven projects so far! My vision was always that the Free Reed Liberation Orchestra (FRLO) would be open to any squeezer (or friend) who wanted to join. The formal invitation is below. You aren't required to be interested, but if you are you are welcome! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask (garyparkerchapin@gmail.com). Players of wide levels of proficiency do this and have a great time. Thanks very much.Hello, everybody,For this project something more in our wheelhouse, but also ambitious. We're doing two scottishes. They are old old ones, part of le firmament. But we are doing two as a set, and that's new for us. All the materials are at the below link:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kUmWxdTAdLqINwgqAgAZdkdpsXs_S4ag?usp=sharingSo, the two tunes are Scottish à Catinaux and Scottish du Pére Rouxel. The first is trad Auvergne, the second is trad Breton, but they work very well together. We're playing through each three times. There is a guide video for each tune, and I'm asking that you record your contributions as two separate videos. The tempo of Scottish du Pére Rouxel is about 10 bpm faster than the first tune -- this is a common practice in French dance circles, when you're trying to whip people into a frenzy!You do not have to do both tunes! But if you are only going to do one, I would prefer you do Scottish du Pére Rouxel. This is because as we move from the first tune to the second tune, we're looking for a "launch" effect (thus the slight tempo increase), and if some of you only want to play on the second tune, then adding more instruments as we get to that tune will be exciting.Deadline for this one is May 29 -- a week longer than usual, since we're doing two tunes.Please let me know if you are still into this, and if you have any questions! These are both tunes I have been doing since I was a nascent box player. I'm very excited.ThanksGary
  3. I absolutely love the Pink and Blue books. I have many other tune books of tradFrench, but when I'm hungry and want to go hunting for a new one, I still open up the Pink and the Blue. But I can see where Mel is coming from. If I had compiled it, I would be wishing for a second shot. He's bothered, he says, by mistakes in the transcriptions. I don't think there are any substantive mistakes to be found. He's also bothered because he included some tunes that were written by contemporary folks, thinking they were traditional. I think he was pleased to hand it off to Dave Mallinson. He participated in the corrections that followed. And yet ... I will still play from the Pink and Blue books.
  4. I agree. If your wondering if you got it right, ask the dancers.
  5. I will be there on Saturday. I'm playing for a bourree workshop at six thirty.
  6. The subtleties of French dance rhythms can be tricky. Chris Ryall made a collection of video field recordings of different dance types at Embraud last year. I've begun posting these: http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2014/04/french-dance-field-recordings-part-1.html Thanks Gary
  7. October 18 to 27. http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2013/09/breton-music-week.html
  8. How about, "So that must be a concertina!" I play melodeon. But really the best is, "How could you help but be happy."
  9. What's yours? A few days ago I got this: "If that's what they play in France, I'm glad I live here!" http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2013/09/best-gig-comment-ever.html
  10. Back twenty years ago when I played keyless wooden flute, I'd welcome the occasional tune that went beyond my instrument. A chance to hit the head, or get another pint!
  11. Jim, that's great and your chording is really nice. Thanks so much ... would you mind my sharing it on the blog??? You wouldn't be the first to suggest it! Dominique's is linked to in my article.
  12. I would bet that that is simply an ABC error. In the Mally Bal Folk book, those are quarter notes. Here's a link to another rendering: http://www.diatojo.com/tablatures/fichiers/cotillon-vert.pdf I think the appropriate correction for the ABC is to change the L for the B part to 1/4 and to leave it in 3/4. [uPDATE: fixed it on the blog] I could be playing it more quickly than I ought ... the French waltz can be brisk. Do you think Sylvain and Dominique's versions don't sound waltz-like?
  13. I've been obsessing about this tune, and actually went looking for a concertina version. Anyone? http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2013/07/tribute-le-cotillon-vert.html
  14. Thanks. The first scottish is Scottish a Catenaux.
  15. I've just released a new CD (available for download only at this point available as a physical CD or a download), a collection of tunes from centre France, Bretagne, Alsace, and other places ... including a song written by my great grandfather. Available: http://garychapin.bandcamp.com/ I'll ask for your forbearance in advance -- there's no concertina content. I've had good conversations with some on this list who might be interested. Thanks and apologies!
  16. Probably a bit of a haul for most of you, but I've organized a benefit French dance for next Saturday. Two bands playing, one -- mine -- playing French and Breton music. Another playing Franco-Canadian and Quebecois music. Come on up to Augusta, Maine! Details: http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2013/03/french-dance-fundraiser-augusta-me.html Thanks
  17. The interview continues: Part 5, Andy Cutting Talks about Chris Wood. Thanks.
  18. Though the book is titled Accordion in the 19th Century, it's actually a monograph about all metal free reed instruments of the time, but especially accordion, concertina, and harmonium. Very well written, and fascinating stuff. Enjoy. http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2013/03/accordion-in-19th-century-free-download.html
  19. This is a scottish-marche-valse from the band Au Gré des Vent, an Alsatian duo. I've included their version, my version, and the sheet music. http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2013/01/lintermittent.html Thanks
  20. If there were a black friday sale at the Button Box, all of my outrage would evaporate. I also am very grateful to this site. The collaborative effort on the "La Bourree" tune book was really outstanding. Thanks! http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2012/11/gratitude-at-40000-hits.html
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