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I must say I resemble a concertina-playing pixie in amongst the speedwells here haha! This jaunty, puckish tune is one of those that just happened whilst absent mindedly noodling about. Just as the speedwells popped up unexpectedly when I stopped mowing a patch of lawn. It's all based around a repetitive riff or rhythmic figure, if you prefer, which uses notes that occur on both the push and pull. Here it's a D and A alternating with a D and G and then, in the middle section, a B and F# alternating with a B and G. There's something very mesmeric about these sorts of riffs, where you alternate the same note on push and pull. You can get quite a few of them on the 20 button anglo. I might do something on that subject soon. It also makes a change from chordal accompaniment. The melody in the right hand also just happened - I'd recommend anyone having a go and seeing what falls under the fingers and sounds good. What's fascinating is the mode that the piece is in - it's a D-ish kind of tune (like a D major scale but with a C natural on the seventh). D mixolydian mode I do believe! And then in the middle section it goes into what sounds like B minor. But! Very unusually it has a C natural on the second of the scale (B phrygian mode). But actually it's a lot simpler really - these scales are what happens when you try to play D major and B minor on a C/G 20 button anglo! You don't have any C sharps!
There's a fun bit at the end of this one! This is a bit of a spooky sounding tune. I wrote it after coming back from yet another failed drive around tiny rural lanes to get to Woolhope in Herefordshire*. I think it channels the frustration and turned-about feeling we had! Unusually for me this isn't about harmonies but instead about unexpected bellows directions and ambiguity offered by having two B/C buttons on the instrument (one on the left bottom side, the other on the right top) in different directions and playing around with that. Also a bit of pinky finger twisting in the middle section where things are largely on the lower end of the instrument. Ooh, and in the intro bit. It's a nice one to play with others because you can just alternate Em and F chords and it works - that has lead to some jazzy stuff! At the end of the video I get a bit syncopated and enjoy myself! *Now I'm a great navigator usually, but this one beat me (and I am relieved that I'm not alone in finding it hard to find the car-park!) We have been trying to go and walk on the Marcle ridge for a while now, with its gorgeous views east back to the Malvern Hills and views to the west towards Hereford and Wales. Turns out that there was a road signpost that had got turned about! Now, you could say the locals just didn't want any folk from Worcestershire coming over and touristing in their area. But actually the very landscape and underlying geology is well confusing too! Rings of ridges encircle Woolhope, providing a feeling of enclosed protection. There's a direct route in from the west!
Evening all, Zelda- what a fab tune. I have a 20jey cg anglo, have worked out the tune in single notes but struggling to put a decent harmony to it as having to cross row onto the left side. There only one natural F of course on the right side of my instrument which restricts me- any ideas/suggestions- where am I going wrong! perhaps i just need to work harder at figuring a decent accompaniment within the limitation of instrument -that the fun hey? adam notation here http://www.cancoillottefolk.com/partitions/images/zelda.jpg