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Tune Of The Month For October, 2014: Crested Hens

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I have now found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZPIulK33GE being played on the instrument, on which it was composed?

 

Very impressive, although that drone really works just with the A-part as for me...

 

 

I have the same issue with hurdy gurdy droning, but in the context of dance music, it offers a rhythmic pulse that's hard to top.

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Here is my version. I worked on trying to play it slowly, simply and steadily and tried to give the piece some space and silence .Easier said than done. A little snippet of an old french Christmas carol popped in my head at the end of the piece.

 

Nice, Daria. I love the idea of giving the tune some mellow musical parentheses

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Wow-- Graham, your fabulous version and that hurdy hurdy show another whole side to this tune! So many possibilities. Thanks!

 

I wonder why the quote thing didn't work on my last post....

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I wonder why the quote thing didn't work on my last post....

Looks as if the closing tag -

was missing from your post.

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I'm not yet convinced by this tune but that went a long way towards making me like it Graham! Whatever it is you're doing (I don't play anglo) keep on doing it because I was almost mesmerised by the end of the video.

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I want to reply individually to every contributor so far, as I have enjoyed all the versions for their individual qualities, but will refrain so as not to over-post. So far, I have a definite preference for the slower version of the tune. Geoff pointed out that the faster tempo somehow seems more natural on the hurdy gurdy than the concertina. I totally agree. There is something about the personality of the slower version that seems to merge more naturally with our instrument of choice. :)

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And here's mine. This is a tune I've never played before today.

 

https://soundcloud.com/dr-sleep-1/the-crested-hen

 

Edited to add: So today I've posted my earliest tune and my most recent. :D

 

Nice.

 

Would you consider this version a mazurka or a waltz? Seems more waltzlike to me.

 

I can't say I know enough about mazurkas to know how to play one. I've certainly never danced a mazurka. Waltzes on the other hand strap...

 

I would think that unless I'm deliberately playing a hambo or a 3/2 Playford tune, pretty much anything I play in 3 is going to come out waltzable.

 

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Thank you Geoff. Still plenty of beginner's warts in there, but if I hold off posting until I'm happy with it, I never get anything posted.

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Here is my version. I worked on trying to play it slowly, simply and steadily and tried to give the piece some space and silence .Easier said than done. A little snippet of an old french Christmas carol popped in my head at the end of the piece.

 

https://soundcloud.com/stream

Daria, there's something wrong with your link. When I try it from your original post, it takes me to my own Soundcloud page. When I try from the reply immediately below, Soundcloud says it can't find the link. Edited by Tootler

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Here is my version. I worked on trying to play it slowly, simply and steadily and tried to give the piece some space and silence .Easier said than done. A little snippet of an old french Christmas carol popped in my head at the end of the piece.

 

https://soundcloud.com/stream

Where's the recording? That link takes me to SoundCloud, but not to your recording.

 

But I see that your post has been edited. Did the edit mess up the link?

 

Edited to add: I see Tootler already noted the problem. And I also tried using the "original" link as quoted below your post, but I also got a not found message. Have you deleted your sound file, or maybe moved it?

Edited by JimLucas

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Sorry for the posting problem. I was tired of being known as a number on Soundcloud so I changed my soundcloud to my name. Hopefully this will work.

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/ariaqueezehammer/crested-hens

That worked fine. Thanks for putting it right. Nice arrangement. I liked the quotation from the French carol at the end.

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