Just a reminder that there are no lessons this week as it’s half term.
Here is the video for Monday’s tune, Schottische a Virmoux (also listed as ‘Schottische Virmoux’ and ‘Schottische de Virmoux’) by Frederic Paris.
Our variations were pushing the G chord in the second bar, and tying the A over the bar line (there’s a version with these written in here.)
Here are the dots:
If you want to download or print this out, click here.
As promised, here’s a video with the strumming pattern for the chord players:
Serpentiner och Konfetti (Streamers and Confetti) is a fantastic reijländer tune by Swedish melodeon player Mats Edén. We’re not trying to play it in a particularly Swedish way, also I somehow only played the B section once on the video – apologies, it had been a long day!
Here are the dots for the tune:
We varied the rhythm by anticipating (or ‘pushing’) some of the main beats in the melody and also in the chord sequence – dots can be found here.
Picking Up Sticks, or The Picking of Sticks, is a Playford tune and is in the earliest editions of the manucript from 1651, though only the A part is listed. It’s not clear when the B part came along, though it’s in a rough and undated manuscript by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924).
Here is the video for Picking Ups Sticks, with thanks as always to Mary D.
Here are the dots – we learned the tune, and named the melodic figures ‘runs’, ‘hills’ and ‘skips’ before paring the tune back to the bare bones and reordering the figures to create variations.
There is a PDF of the tune and chords here, for those who can’t print the graphics file.
Here’s Kit White’s no. 2, a tune I know from various sessions. I’ve had trouble tracking down who Kit White was or is – it’s not a good phrase to Google, though if you need a teeth whitening kit then I can tell you that have lots of options available, see also the drummer from the White Stripes and white football uniforms – and the Vaughn Williams Library archives (one of my ‘go to’ sources) doesn’t have any records of either the tune or the person. I have however found him listed as performing melodeon on a recording of traditional music from Yorkshire made in 1950, so that’s a start! My version differs slightly from some of the notated versions I’ve found, as so often happens in traditional music. Here’s the video, with a slow version, a faster version with variations and the chord rhythm:
Here are the dots for the standard version of the tune:
The variations we tried involved switching the rhythms around in the A and B parts, and using the chord rhythm:
The notation for the variations is here.
‘The Girl With the Blue Dress On’ is a chirpy polka that turns up in English and American traditions as a ceilidh tune, contra tune and as a North-West Morris tune.
There is a simplified version here, and a more decorated version written out in full with the ‘tumbles’ (embellishments at the end of phrases that connect up the different sections) and the alternative chord sequence here.