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Tune Of The Month For July 2013: Roslyn Castle


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I play Maccann. This was a Wheatstone Aeola 57 keys.

 

I´m off for a few holy-days. So I wish everybody some good summertime and I´m looking forward to hear more nice music when I´m back.

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Too many takes, too many mistakes but here it is http://youtu.be/1jeDb3MqIEo Plaved on Wheatstone F/C anglo.

 

Graham

 

I admit defeat as to "Russian" style... :ph34r:

(having recorded another, possibly a bit more occidental version myself in the meantime anyway...)

 

You definitely made something of the tune, and played it nice your way too!

 

Best whishes - Wolf

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Stefan, your example of "tremolo" reminded me of this great song: American Wheeze by 16 Horsepower - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THlgU-8dMYg . I was able to replicate this effect on an anglo, but never came anywhere close on a duet. Thank you for showing me, that this can be done to such extent. Very inspiring!

 

[side note: I've been quiet this month, just lurking and listening only, as I'm still working on my version - not much time on my hands this month. And counter melody playing proved to be a bit of a challenge for me, but hopefully I'll post my version before the end of the month :)]

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Finaly, I've been able to record my attempt. This is still a work in progress, as I have great problems with playing the second part in tempo without messing up the keys...

This is the best take I managed at this point: https://soundcloud.com/martynowi-cz/roslin-castle-wip-1

 

For the final version, I intend to go twice through with increasing tempo, like in this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asdVyUEs4lg

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Finaly, I've been able to record my attempt. This is still a work in progress, as I have great problems with playing the second part in tempo without messing up the keys...

This is the best take I managed at this point: https://soundcloud.com/martynowi-cz/roslin-castle-wip-1

 

For the final version, I intend to go twice through with increasing tempo, like in this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asdVyUEs4lg

 

Sounds wonderful. Would that I could imitate it.

 

I've already spilled over into August, however, so will attach a version from this morning My excuse? I'm been traveling/ working/ teaching so playing time was scarce. The location, however, was heavenly. Indeed, Roslyn Castle sounded pretty terrific on the steps of my digs (photo below). But alas (or hurrah), there was neither phone service nor internet and no way to record, so only the sand hill cranes got to hear it.

https://soundcloud.com/mildredestelle/roslyn-castle-totm

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Sounds wonderful. Would that I could imitate it.

 

I've already spilled over into August, however, so will attach a version from this morning My excuse? I'm been traveling/ working/ teaching so playing time was scarce. The location, however, was heavenly. Indeed, Roslyn Castle sounded pretty terrific on the steps of my digs (photo below). But alas (or hurrah), there was neither phone service nor internet and no way to record, so only the sand hill cranes got to hear it.

https://soundcloud.com/mildredestelle/roslyn-castle-totm

 

 

 

Very nice. And you win the award for the coolest venue of the month for recording!

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I will now go off and listen to the Wallace arrangement with no great expectations at all but if it inspired you it must be worthy of some merit.

 

Oh no, it's merely a transcription. If you don't play the piece that inspired you we will never know what you heard in your mind!

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Stefan, your example of "tremolo" reminded me of this great song: American Wheeze by 16 Horsepower - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THlgU-8dMYg . I was able to replicate this effect on an anglo, but never came anywhere close on a duet. Thank you for showing me, that this can be done to such extent. Very inspiring!

 

[side note: I've been quiet this month, just lurking and listening only, as I'm still working on my version - not much time on my hands this month. And counter melody playing proved to be a bit of a challenge for me, but hopefully I'll post my version before the end of the month :)]

Great performance! Yes, that´s what I meant. I wonder why accordion players (or similar instruments) don´t use it more often. It adds nicely to the rythm and turns the instrument into a kind of comping keyboard.

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That's exactly the point - it's very "native" technique for anglo, but it's difficult to make duet sound similiar (exact copy is IMHO impossible) - and Stefan managed to push this rythm to a point where one can be fooled that he's alternating notes inbetween (near the end of his sample). I can do bellows tremolo, play simple progressions in it, but not in such steady rythm. Stefan did. On anglo there is twice as much time to change finger positions and parts can be played with bellows only - my fingers don't move that fast yet :)

 

As for accordion players not using this technique - mass of an accordion times velocity of a bellows compression/extension makes this a hell of an excercise :D

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That's exactly the point - it's very "native" technique for anglo, but it's difficult to make duet sound similiar (exact copy is IMHO impossible) - and Stefan managed to push this rythm to a point where one can be fooled that he's alternating notes inbetween (near the end of his sample). I can do bellows tremolo, play simple progressions in it, but not in such steady rythm. Stefan did. On anglo there is twice as much time to change finger positions and parts can be played with bellows only - my fingers don't move that fast yet :)

 

As for accordion players not using this technique - mass of an accordion times velocity of a bellows compression/extension makes this a hell of an excercise :D

And a bod job of it ends up as Lady of Spain :)

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A bit late... but here's my version. Inspired by the Wallace arrangement (Victorian!) for piano.

What a wonderful performance and arrangement SqueezeCat. I enjoy hearing your delicate bellows/dynamics and fluid sense of timing and phrasing, both qualities dear to my heart. There are two things that caught my ear though and made me wonder if they were the best choices. Both are a matter of taste and both are in the Wallace score (thanks for including that link).

 

1) The second chord in measure 3 is Ab diminished in your key of D? Every time you play it my ear rebels.

 

2) Your long dramatic pauses at the end... with the sighing concertina gasping for breath. Might they be quite a bit too long? Or is this meant to be funny? A theatrical touch perhaps? Even though there are indeed rests in the Wallace score, there are also pedal markings that would fill in the sound. Would it possible to get that effect with a sustained low note in the rests?

 

These are just my thoughts and I respectfully offer them for your consideration.

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