Friday, 15 June 2018

Jonny's Polska

Hello!
This week we have a polska that Jonny wrote. It's part of a whole suite of tunes. Rather than film lots of me I was lucky enough to be playing with some colleagues, so I asked them to sight read and film the polska for me.
Enjoy
:))
Vicki

Friday, 8 June 2018

Marsch efter Calle Svankvist

Hello!
It's another Calle Svankvist tune this week. Marsch efter Calle Svankvist. A great tune for travelling up the A string and crabbing. Play it with your little finger on G as a drone or an open C string to get that lovely gammalharpa feel to it.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 1 June 2018

String Crossing Tune

Hello!
This week I've been teaching at Halsway Manor and I decided to focus on different technical aspects of playing the nyckelharpa. One of these was string crossing. So I wrote a string crossing exercise and then a tune to go on top of it and then finally words to go with it. This is the result!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 25 May 2018

Lightening the Load

Hello!
Another contra reel by Jonny Dyer this week! It's a good work out for the bow with string crossing and choice of bow direction. You need to be light and bouncy to get round this one!
I've included a link to one of the first times we took this tune out into a dance.
It's a 48 bar reel, the teaching version is correct. The dance version was altered to try to make it fit a 32 bar. We decided in the end that we didn't really like that way of playing it, but I thought I'd put the version up for the blog so you can see it in context! (The video is unlisted, because it's not perfect!)
Enjoy
:))
Vicki


Friday, 18 May 2018

Dancing Shoes

Hello!
Another dance jig today. We play this on stage and for dance, so I'm including several videos for this entry! It's a new tune/song and we love doing it!!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki



Friday, 11 May 2018

The Little Pard

Hello!
Today's #tunefriday is a tune I wrote, one of the first in fact that I ever wrote for the nyckelharpa. I wrote it to go with a song that I was putting together. The words were from a poem that my great great Grandad wrote about my Grandad when he was a little lad. I put the poem to music and wrote this tune. Plenty of lovely lush double stopping required for this one!
:)
Vicki



Friday, 4 May 2018

Lybeus Distonys

Hello!
It's been a few months since I did a Moraharpa post. I've also just added a new instrument to my collection, so it seemed appropriate to celebrate with this tune. Lybeus Distonys from the Gresley manuscript. The video shows both it played in a nice key on the nyckelharpa and then a different nice key on the Moraharpa. Then we have a second video of my playing it on a replica of the keyed fiddle found on a church frieze in Sienna in Italy. (This is the same key as the nyckelharpa version).
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki


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Moraharpa Key: