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Do any of you all fancy collaborating on a book of English Session Tunes for G/D Anglo? 

 

There's been a lot of discussion here lately about preferring G/D Anglo for English sessions, but as you know there are no books out there to help others play along who might have these instruments and are just learning. 

 

I'm thinking G/D Anglo players could submit their favorite session tunes and how they play them, then I'll put the ol' Coover Tab on 'em, give everyone credit (can even plug their local session), and then package it up into paperback and Kindle. And here's the best part - all proceeds would go to CNET. A nice way for all of us to give back and help others at the same time.

 

Arrangements wouldn't need to be fancy, single note melodies would be just fine. You could mark up printed music in whatever notation/tab system you use, or even send an mp3 that I can pick apart. How about photos too? You or your session. Let's make it something like the old "Readers Tapes" from the days of yore, and with luck, we'll get a nice geographic spread from all across the UK and elsewhere. 

 

What say ye? Let's crowdsource this thing!

 

 

Your humble scribe,

 

Gary

 

 

PS - I might even do a follow-up book for the same tunes arranged for C/G...

 

 

 

 

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Hey Gary, I'm in! To get us started here is your tab for a very simple Haughton House.

 

 

 

Haughton House G-D.jpg

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Lovely - that's your first free sample!

 

Ok G/D Anglo players, send your pdfs/mp3s/photos to info@rollstonpress.com and I'll start processing them into tunes for the book.

 

Just make sure they're common English session tunes, and traditional, or if published after 1923 we'll need print permission from the composer.

 

This is going to be great fun!


Gary

 

 

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This is a set of 3 tunes for all instruments. The chords are those generated by the program ABC Explorer. They were called "First practice set" by my music teacher who put together a set of tunes that everyone could play together.

1st practice set.pdf

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Dave Mallinson ('Mally') publishes several English session tunebooks.

 

I say this not to discourage you but to point you at some sources for tunes.

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Gary, this is such a good idea that I hardly know how to respond strongly enough to get you (us) to do it.  With respect to Don (and Mally) what we are talking about is not just tune books as there are already plenty of them.

It's the "how to play them" on GD Anglo that would be SO GREAT; basically an "English Session Tunes for GD Anglo in the Harmonic Style".  Packaged in the usual, terrific Coover style (no lawyers, please).  At least publish in Kindle,  pdf. or other download.

Any of the Playford classics, chestnuts from country dance tunes (anything from "How to Make a Bakewell Tart"), dance call (anything from "Bees on Horseback"), Morris, etc. etc.

Your GD fellow players are CRYING OUT! 

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Yes, let's see how the G/D players out there play the standard English session tunes.

 

And it doesn't have to be beautifully notated like Jody's tune, here's an example of one of the many tunes I worked on with Adrian Brown for "A Garden of Dainty Delights" - pencil scratching is perfectly fine, and you can just send a photo (like Adrian often did). Whatever's easiest for you, and I'll find a way to make it work.

 

Gary

 

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On 8/14/2019 at 2:56 PM, Don Taylor said:

...I say this not to discourage you but to point you at some sources for tunes.

A few more (paper) sources for a plethora of very good tunes:

English Choice, English Selection, Eighty English Dance Tunes (Nick Barber)

English Dance Music Volume 1 & Volume 2 (Dave Townsend)

The Winders of Wyresdale (Andy Hornby)

 

I'm guessing ~1000(?) mostly traditional tunes in that selection of 6, though I don't know what the copyright situation might be...

 

Edit: I should have said, >95% are in G/D or related keys.

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Yes, there are probably a million tunes out there in a lot of different books, but our goal with this book is to help G/D Anglo players join in on the most common English session tunes. 

 

I don't play G/D myself, so I need to rely on the good graces of those who do and who are also willing to share their playing with others.

 

Come on, all ye G/D players - I need dots, tabs, mp3s, photos! (send to info@rollstonpress.com).

 

 

Gary

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I’m quite excited about this book. Will it be just a tune/tab book or something more like Anglo concerting in a harmonic style which progresses so we can learn the notes etc as we go. I play my G/D as though it’s a C/G at the moment so it would be great to play it “properly”!

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45 minutes ago, Marcus said:

I play my G/D as though it’s a C/G at the moment so it would be great to play it “properly”!

 

I tend to object to this notion - lots of players, including advanced or really good ones, approach their different Anglos as transposing instruments (be it „thinking C/G“ or „thinking G/D“, but always including all of them, Bb/F and anything else).

 

Nobody has to, but it is certainly a valid approach, is it not?

 

Best wishes - 🐺

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We can certainly put in some introductory bits for those who may be starting on G/D as their first and only concertina - good suggestion! 

 

Gary

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