Carols of December!

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by george garside » Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:45 pm

To me Silent Night should be played fairly slowly and loads with feeling via dynamics and phrasing. It is not a waltz! -and therefore um pa pa has no place in the proceedings. It is a ballad/hymn/slow air or whatever and should be played as sung . I don't apply any bass rhythm whatsoever just some very light held chords using only one button at a time and normally no bass whatsoever for the first time through particularly if it is acting as an introduction.

If accompanying singers I take the timing entirely off the lead singer i.e. I follow they lead!

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by jarvo » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:50 am

[BBvideo 560,340]http://youtu.be/P1lM96rKPkY[/BBvideo]


You won't like this then george .....

played with tongue firmly in cheek....which may explain quite a lot :ch

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by smdc66 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:00 am

george garside wrote: just some very light held chords using only one button
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i would like to hear a good example of this :)

most of the examples i have heards appear to be waltz accompaniment :? :?: :!:
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Re: Carols of December!

Post by jarvo » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:58 pm

[BBvideo 560,340]http://youtu.be/PWLj1HdNhIg[/BBvideo]

...and then the Ukulele-isterplayermolester turned up....... :b


edit is this, as the first effort became unsynchronised In the upload....or I cocked up the "mastering"...(more likely)....

anyhoo, Merry Christmas .....or whatever you do

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by jarvo » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:17 pm

smdc66 wrote:here you go then....

i'll start it off....

'well here it is,merry xmas.' no wrong song.....

here it is :) http://soundcloud.com/smdcloud66/silent-nacht" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

i found this harder than i thought for some reason for a simple tune , perhaps i am not as good as i thought or just need more practice - it was slowing down the waltz i find/found hard (well, as well as hitting the right notes)

constructive criticism, as always, welcomed (privately or publicly) :hb :)
I like this...it appeals to my oompah side.....I do not legislate for how a particular tune should be played ...I like to hear different arrangements ...this is okay :tup:

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by jarvo » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:20 pm

Anyanka wrote:Nice one, Tom!

Here's mine - it's not great - but I felt that it's about time I join in again, seeing as it's my little corner of the forum!

This time of year, I play 'Good King Wenceslas' for the Morris instead of 'Lucy of Lyne', but so far that's been on piano accordion - here's the first public rendition on my new little three-row CBA, the Hohner Amati. It only took me about 28 recordings before I got a take that's nearly right...

https://soundcloud.com/anyankha/wenceslas" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Nicely done ...I think Wenceslas is the one carol that does not mention Christmas but gets a pizza in there..."Deep Pan ,crisp and even"......sounding good ......

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by jarvo » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:36 pm

Tom wrote:
smdc66 wrote:here you go then....

i'll start it off....

'well here it is,merry xmas.' no wrong song.....

here it is :) http://soundcloud.com/smdcloud66/silent-nacht" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:)
I think it sounds really fine, there, Dave, you're too hard on yourself, especially like the voice on the second time through.

Ok, here's my rendition of Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, or as we called it when we were kids, Oh Bambino.....


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WVi_1WrWiuw" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sounds ve5ry nice .....I left a bit more at You Tube...Cheers

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Anyanka » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:53 pm

I like the jazzed up Silent Night... not very christmassy, but that's fine by me. I'm feeling particularly Bah Humbug this year, even more so today as the wind has just taken down half our fence.

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Matt Butcher » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:14 am

I'm late to the party this year due to a messy December, no accordions, not much time to look at computers. Thanks for the recordings, all very enjoyable and on all of them you can tell straight away who recorded it, one of the things I like about the instrument. (Tom - so that's what that's called!) All of them put a smile on my face and I had to laugh out loud at the accordion and the uke fighting to get the last word in Baton Rouge, Northumberland. Season's greetings everybody.

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by smdc66 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:07 am

Matt Butcher wrote:1)I'm late to the party this year
2)recordings, all very enjoyable and on all of them you can tell straight away who recorded it,
1)better late than never
2)interesting ... how/what can you tell?
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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Tom » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:45 pm

Matt Butcher wrote:(Tom - so that's what that's what it's called.)
Just for the record , Matt, I never knew the official name until smdc mentioned it, we always called it "Oh Bambino."

Thanks, Tom

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Matt Butcher » Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:16 pm

Well as David said, better late than never, and it's still December, so here's something that would have been seasonal a week ago, a simple version of Silent Night from secretive accordion forum member Ingrid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-KiFThm ... ata_player" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Happy New Year everybody!

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Matt Butcher » Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:03 am

smdc66 wrote:
Matt Butcher wrote: 2)recordings, all very enjoyable and on all of them you can tell straight away who recorded it,
2)interesting ... how/what can you tell?
I reckon everyone has their individual touch on the accordion, it's an expressive instrument and one of the things I like about it is that everyone comes out sounding a little bit different. It's the same at the clubs I go to. (Obviously my job is made easier because people have different sounding instruments and post recordings with their name on, which gives a bit of a clue...)

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Tom » Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:56 pm

Sounds good, Ingrid!

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Re: Carols of December!

Post by smdc66 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:30 am

Matt Butcher wrote: a simple version of Silent Night from secretive accordion forum member Ingrid.
this is quite a distinctive pleasant sound!

i'd be interested to know what type of accordion this is?

also it sounds like 2 different instruments are being played at the same time as the bass sounds unusual too :)
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Re: Carols of December!

Post by Matt Butcher » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:47 pm

smdc66 wrote: i'd be interested to know what type of accordion this is?

also it sounds like 2 different instruments are being played at the same time as the bass sounds unusual too :)
It's a Bugari Juniorfisa chromatic button accordion, lovely instrument though not the loudest. She was using the freebass setting, hence the different sound on the basses. You could do similar with the normal stradella basses but I'm not sure it could be made to sound identical to that.

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