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