Friday, 29 May 2020

Stensele Polskan

Hello!
Stensele Polskan is an awesome polska. I love this tune to bits and often put it together with The Presbyterian Hornpipe. You'll find this in the session this Sunday at the Halsway Manor Lockdown Virtual session.
 Enjoy!
:D
Vicki
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Sunday, 24 May 2020

The Lockdown Halsway Bar Nyckelharpa Session - Number 3

Hello!
Welcome to the third session! This week we've got some British session tunes. Put in your request now for what you'd like for next week! There are four tunes in this first session and they are all very well known and generally will be played at any nyckelharpa session in the UK. As usual I have invited Jonny Dyer to join me on the accordion for this session. Again, if you fancy filming yourself playing along to this session and I get enough I will edit it together so that it at least sounds like we're all in the bar together!
The tunes played this week are:
So enjoy this third session, there will be more! If you have a request get in touch! 
See you at the next session - especially if you send me your video file to edit in! (Remember to wear headphones whilst you're listening to us!)
:))
Vicki
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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Cotillion


Hello!
This is the last tune I need to blog for this coming Sunday's Session in the Bar at Halsway Manor. It's British Session tunes this week. (The full list of tunes is on the Session page) This is a great little tune and I love playing it! So do join us in the Bar at Halsway Manor on Sunday at 2pm. (The session stays up after the event, so you can actually join us at any time after that!!
:))
Vicki

Monday, 18 May 2020

The Man in the Moon

Hello!
This week we have a couple of tunes found in the British Session scene to help you get ready for the Halsway Virtual Session in the Bar. This is The Man in the Moon. A really simple but beautiful tune that I would be very surprised not to hear in every session!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki
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Sunday, 17 May 2020

The Lockdown Halsway Bar Nyckelharpa Session - Number 2

Hello!
Welcome to the second session! This week we still have Swedish tunes. This will change for next week - but as yet I haven't decided what I'm going to film - so put in your request now! There are four tunes in this first session and they are all very well known and generally will be played at any nyckelharpa session in the UK. Just like last week I have invited Jonny Dyer to join me on the accordion for this session. Again, if you fancy filming yourself playing along to this session and I get enough I will edit it together so that it at least sounds like we're all in the bar together!
The tunes played this week are:
So enjoy this second session, there will be more! If you have a request get in touch! Next week definitely won't be Swedish.
See you at the next session - especially if you send me your video file to edit in! (Remember to wear headphones whilst you're listening to us!)
:))
Vicki
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Friday, 15 May 2020

The Spring Lockdown Harpas at Halsway

Hello!
At this very moment in time I should have been on the road travelling down to Halsway Manor to teach beginner and intermediate nyckelharpa players from around the UK. As with all other events and gigs it was cancelled. (All our work until September has vanished).
But I really love teaching the nyckelharpa and decided I should do something online. So I have prepared up a digital event. It runs from 2pm on Saturday afternoon for about 1 hour 45 minutes.
You can join with me on the premiers at the times listed below or take part whenever you like! Then on Sunday there is the second session in the Bar.

The warmups are based on the morning warm ups that I do everyday at Halsway (you'll either need bean bags or some balled up socks for the first one).

Then you get the wonderful Kirsty Money, who was supposed to be coming over from Canada to teach. Kirsty will teach a tune. Then I teach a couple of tunes and finally we end up in the bar at Halsway for a session. Because the weekend was geared towards beginners who had started the instrument at the weekend, this is a special session. It consists of a list of my favourite beginner tunes that I teach. If you started off your nyckelharpa life (or indeed yet to come) with me. Then these tunes will be very familiar. So even if you're no longer a beginner, join with me for a bit of a blast from the past!

:))
Vicki
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All times are British Summer Time (GMT+1)
Saturday 16th May
14:00 - Warm Up 1 - rhythm warmup  - you'll need bean bags, or socks balled up!
14:08 - Warm Up 2 - get the feet moving - you'll need your nyckelharpa
14:15 - Warm Up 3 - get the bow arm moving across the strings - you'll need your nyckelharpa!
14:30 - Kirsty Teaching
14:45 - Vicki's Workshop - pdf of the tunes (you don't need to print this until afterwards!)
15:15 - Session zero

Sunday 17th May
14:00 - Halsway Lockdown Session 2

Session Zero is going to consist of the following beginner tunes:
14:00 - Warm Up 1 - Rhythm warmup  - you'll need bean bags, or socks balled up!


14:07 Warm up 2 - get the feet moving - you'll need your nyckelharpa


14:15 Warm Up 3 - get the bow arm moving across the strings - you'll need your nyckelharpa!


14:30 - Workshop with Kirsty Money


14:45 - Workshop with Vicki Swan


15:15 - Session Zero in the Bar at Halsway Manor


Halsway Lockdown Session 1 - this was premiered on the 10th May and is live


Sunday 17th May at 14:00 - 14:00 - Halsway Lockdown Session 2

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Adam's Appleseed - in G major

Hello!
I'm revisiting an old tune today. It's a tune I originally taught as a tune in A major as a five note tune. This time I'm teaching it in G major. Still a five note tune, but down a tone to help getting used to playing G on the C (or D) string.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki