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Alf Edwards In "moby Dick"

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Here is Alf Edwards in John Huston's Moby Dick supporting "I'll Go No More A-Rovin."

 

BTW. Does anyone know if he perhaps played a mean temperament tuned instrument? I've been trying to match his accompaniment to A.L. Lloyd's "Tiggery Orem" on my Morse Albion (accordion reeds) and I don't seem to find the notes he is playing. I can hum it but not match it. Of course, I have a tin ear, so I am probably just grasping at straws.

 

https://youtu.be/VK0jrn9sGUQ

 

 

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Here is Alf Edwards in John Huston's Moby Dick supporting "I'll Go No More A-Rovin."

 

BTW. Does anyone know if he perhaps played a mean temperament tuned instrument? I've been trying to match his accompaniment to A.L. Lloyd's "Tiggery Orem" on my Morse Albion (accordion reeds) and I don't seem to find the notes he is playing. I can hum it but not match it. Of course, I have a tin ear, so I am probably just grasping at straws.

 

https://youtu.be/VK0jrn9sGUQ

 

 

Perhaps the mismatch is caused by a recording speed anomaly or Alf was playing in a strange key... though it is entirely possible that he was playing a Mean Tone instrument... or one still in pre war pitch .

Edited by Geoff Wooff

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Here is Alf Edwards in John Huston's Moby Dick supporting "I'll Go No More A-Rovin."

 

BTW. Does anyone know if he perhaps played a mean temperament tuned instrument? I've been trying to match his accompaniment to A.L. Lloyd's "Tiggery Orem" on my Morse Albion (accordion reeds) and I don't seem to find the notes he is playing. I can hum it but not match it. Of course, I have a tin ear, so I am probably just grasping at straws.

 

https://youtu.be/VK0jrn9sGUQ

Perhaps the mismatch is caused by a recording speed anomaly or Alf was playing in a strange key... though it is entirely possible that he was playing a Mean Tone instrument... or one still in pre war pitch .

 

But I doubt any of that would make it difficult to play the notes he’s playing if you can sing them. I suspect the “tin ear” and “grasping at straws” imagery is more likely to hold the answer.

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Training one's "Tin Ears" can be of great benefit because the ability to pick up a tune orally is a very useful device for the musician. The recent development of aids for this activity , like slow downer programs for computers and "bracketing" settings for CD players etc., make learning by ear and practicing by playing along with recordings much easier. I recall early attempts at tune learning by jogging the needle backwards and forwards on Vinyl records ... I was going to say 'gramophone' but I'm not quite old enough to have been winding up the spring at the same time.

 

I'm sure there will before long arrive a program that will listen to a recording and write out the score... perhaps there already is .

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I heard that for technical reasons related to film production, although it is Alf Edwards you hear playing, the sound you hear was dubbed on to the film afterwards.

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