Friday, 16 June 2017

Norrahammarsvägen

Hello!
This week we have another jig - it's #jiggyjune #tunefriday. :)
:))
Vicki

Friday, 9 June 2017

John Ryan's Polka

Hello!
It's polka time. I love dancing the polka and this one is very popular in the UK. We all know this tune, so here it is with some suggested fingerings on the video.
Enjoy.
:)
Vicki


Friday, 2 June 2017

The Japonica Jig

Hello!
This week it's the time for a jig. The Japonica Jig. The name comes from the the plant Kerria Japonica - pretty much the only plant we can identify in the garden (a reflection of our arboreal skills, not the number of plants in the garden).
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 26 May 2017

Tongue in Cheek - A Polka

Hello!
We've just been to Russia and although I wrote this tune before we went it suddenly occurred to me that it has a lot of influence from the music we'd been working on for the trip. So it was the perfect time to use this as my #TuneFriday. The name refers to a certain tongue biting incident that we had recently in Sweden, there was lots of blood and a trip to A&E, but everything is fine now! This tune is best started slowly, get faster and finish with an Oy!
Enjoy.
:)
Vicki






Friday, 19 May 2017

Kontrabasharpa Polska

Hello!
This week I went to the Pitt Rivers Museum to visit the 1898 kontrabasharpa that they have stashed away. It was an amazing visit and I was quite blown away by the instrument. Of course I took along the camera and made a little blog. Although the instrument isn't playable I took along my own kontra and this tune. It's yet another Calle Svankvist, but you can't just go around calling all tunes Polska efter Calle Svankvist, can you? So this one is called Kontrabasharpa Polska to mark the occasion.
Enjoy.
:)
Vicki




Friday, 12 May 2017

Polska efter Calle Svankvist

Hello!
This week it's back to good old safe polskas. A kontrabasharpa tune, so I've recorded it on kontrabasharpa and also on the standard three row. I've played it in two keys. The original and also in a key that you can use the C drone. Of course, if you have a D string, then use the D drone in the kontra key. Or if you have a C string and you're feeling daring, change your C to a D. Or even better - get a kontra, then you can have the A drone. :D
Ensemble version included today too.
Enjoy
:)
Vicki





Friday, 5 May 2017

Election Woes

Hello!
I'm generally not a particularly political type of person, but I always make sure I get out there and vote. Recent political developments though have been really upsetting and today felt like the right day to get this tune out there and into the nyckelharpa world. It wouldn't be my first choice of tune name, but I guess John was even more upset by todays politics than me.

The only political message here is - whoever you vote for, just get out and vote!!

A cracking little tune called "F**k the Tories" written by the wonderful John Spiers.  It could have been written for the nyckelharpa it fitted so well under the fingers! I usually try to stick to traditional or self written tunes, but this one just had to be played.
:)
Vicki