Monday, 28 December 2015

Nyckelharpa Four a Day - Day Five

Hello!
Time for Day Five. I re-wrote this page originally, but to see the re-write you'll need to visit my website. It uses audio rather than youtube videos.
:)
Vicki

Updated Day Five - today we are adding the dotted crotchet and the tie. A tie is where two notes are 'tied' together, you don't play a new note, just keep the bow moving the same way.  In line one we have a bar of half count notes, bar two has a one crotchet and two quavers. Bar three 'ties together the crotchet and the quaver. Bar four uses a dotted crotchet - this is exactly the same as tieing together the crotchet and the quaver. So bars 3 and 4 sound exactly the same.


Day Five - today we are adding the dotted crotchet.  This is a one and a half beat note. Day5

Friday, 25 December 2015

Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus
One of my favourite Swedish Christmas songs.

It's Christmas, so I thought I'd do a quick Swedish Christmas arrangement for you. (I should be writing piano parts or learning carols, but I really wanted to post something Christmassy on here! It's a really simple tune and fits well in G.
juleljus-G


However I wanted to write a full ensemble arrangement and I needed to be able to play lower in the accompaniment, so here it is as a full arrangement in C. Pick whichever line you'd like to play and play along with the SoundCloud audio below.


Monday, 21 December 2015

Nyckelharpa Four a Day - Day Four

Hello!
Time for Day Four.
:)
Vicki

Day Four - today we are only adding faster notes. The quaver or half count note. Don't rush them. They're not as fast as you might think. Just squeeze one extra note in between the main counts. Quavers can be written beamed together or not. When they're not they have wiggly tails, like in line one bar two. It's easier to read them when they're beamed together. Day4v2

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Halsway Parade

Hello!
It's Tune Friday. So today it's The Halsway Parade. A tune I wrote for all the participants at the Nyckelharpa weekend at Halsway Manor to process to. It can be hard to find a tune that everyone knows that is easy enough for beginners to learn quickly, so it's my intention to teach this tune to everyone!
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki


Monday, 14 December 2015

Nyckelharpa Four a Day - Day Three

Hello!
Time for Day Three.
:)
Vicki

Day Three - today we are adding fourth gold note, fourth finger E. We are also adding the three counts in  a bar 3/4 time signature. Make sure each bar only has three counts and there isn't a stray fourth beat sneaking in.

Day3

Friday, 11 December 2015

Piggelunkschottisen

Hello!
It's Tune Friday!! We've been in the studio recording a new album and one of the tunes is a säckpipa (Swedish bagpipes) tune. I've taught this one a few times. So it's time to share it here! Piggelunk is a dialect word from Jönköping meaning hedgehog, so it's the Hedgehog Schottis. Below the dots is it played on säckpipa. :D
Enjoy
:)
Vicki



Monday, 7 December 2015

Nyckelharpa Four a Day - Day Two

Hello!
Time for day two!
:)
Vicki

Day Two - today we are adding third gold note, third finger D. We are also adding the two count note. Make sure you hold it for a full two counts and make sure that it is the most beautiful long note you have ever heard.
Day2

Friday, 4 December 2015

Hunt the Hog

Hello!
It's Tune Friday!! I do love a good hornpipe, so today's tune is a hornpipe, Hunt the Hog.
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

Monday, 30 November 2015

Nyckelharpa Four a Day - Day One

Hello!
So my third blog entry. :D
I have a website where I have teaching resources. I have recently opened up some of the resources and thought I'd share them on this blog. I have been writing daily exercises, slowly working through different things. It is a work in progress! The idea of these exercises is that you do one day at a time, moving from one day to the next. They are exercises and it's all about playing beautiful notes and working on technique. It's not about playing faster, it's about playing beautifully and accurately. It was originally devised with no tunes, but I'm going to add some in as I go along! The title is taking the idea of having five pieces of fruit a day - this is your four a day - four lines, each with four bars on. Maybe I should get out more!
:)
Vicki

Enjoy, I hope it helps!

Day One - today we are going to start with three notes. Open top string A, first gold key, first finger  B and second gold note, second finger C. Play each note with a steady even pulse.  The most important thing is to keep the bow on the string at all times, don't stab at the string with it. Every note needs to be more beautiful than the last. Play these slowly and beautifully until you can imagine that you are moving into a nice meditative head space.

Day1-1

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Burning of the Pipers Hut

Hello,
A tune today, tune Friday. :D  I thought I should mix things up on the blog, going through some teaching videos and also some tunes. I'm going to post up a couple of blogs a week, so keep checking back! So today it's a pipe tune, The Burning of the Pipers Hut. I'm a piper, so I like to play pipe tunes on the nyckelharpa too. I hope you like this one!
:)
Vicki


Monday, 23 November 2015

Nyckelharpa Basics Part 2

Hello!
It's time for me to share my next video, "how to hold the nyckelharpa bow". Of course a bow hold can be subjective. I don't play the violin, I'm a double bass player, so obviously I'm influenced by what I'm used to. When I teach violinists though I generally find that I'm usually encouraging them to have a more positive and harder bow hold.
I hope it helps!
:)
Vicki

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Halsway Schottische at Halsway Manor

Hello!
Nigel Eaton wrote the wonderful Halsway Schottische and it went round the internet with lots of people recording their versions of the tune. So I wrote a version for nyckelharpa that I recorded with myself playing all the parts. This year as part of the Nyckelharpa Festival at Halsway Manor I absolutely had to get this piece performed there! So here are the results!
Enjoy!
:)
Vicki

Monday, 16 November 2015

Nyckelharpa Basics Part 1

Hello!
I've had this blog for a while now but haven't done anything with it. That's about to change. I have a plan for this blog to use it for some teaching of the nyckelharpa. I've been busy teaching and building and planning and sorting out. I'm a musician, I'm a teacher, I'm a performer. I'm also a bit of a nerd that worked in an online learning community. So here I am sharing some of the things that I've done over the years. I thought I'd start with sharing my "how to hold the nyckelharpa" video. It's quite an old video and for some reason it came out quite red, but it does the trick. It shows the standard hold and how to tune with C tuning. I hope it helps a bit! (I've since got some better lighting so it's the only red video I have!)
:)
Vicki