Friday, 29 November 2019

The Kindness of Thwaite


Hello!
This is the second pair of the waltzes by Jonny Dyer from the new album. The Kindness of Thwaite, for our friends and old neighbours Ron and Gina. Nothing tricky about this tune at all - just lots of loveliness!
:))
Vicki

Friday, 22 November 2019

Waltz for Shari

Hello!
This week and next week are two waltzes from the album. This week it is a tune we have decided to dedicate to our friend and fellow nyckelharpa player Shari, who sadly left us too soon last month. We hope she would have loved it.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

Friday, 15 November 2019

Caucasia Contra

Hello!
It's another track that we're recording this week. This is Caucasia Contra. Jonny wrote this inspired by the chords and music from the Russian region of Caucasia. It's a great track, but tricky to get up to the speed of 120 beats per minute (contra speed!) So I decided this week was the week to talk about metronome practise. I use this all the time to bring music up to speed. Playing with a metronome can be tricky. It doesn't wait for you at all, so to make it work you have to start playing the piece with the metronome really, really slowly! So there are two videos this week, the usual video where I play the piece slowly  and then sneak out an album clip for you to hear. The second video is where you can come with me on my metronome journey to get this tune up from 88 beats per minute to 120. You can play along with me each step up the metronome. Good luck!
:))
Vicki

Friday, 8 November 2019

Darkside

Hello!
It's the third contra dance tune from the first track of the album this week. This is called Darkside, mostly because it's in the minor key written by Jonny Dyer. It's a great track and really kicks along. As with the other two tunes when this is played for contra it needs to go at a cracking 120 bpm. So it'll need a lot of practise to bring it up to speed!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

Friday, 1 November 2019

Rocking Roquefort

Hello!
This is the second tune from the new album that we're in the middle of recording just now. It's another contra dance tune written by Jonny Dyer. It's a great little groovy tune so enjoy! Again I snuck in a little preview from the album at the end.
:))
Vicki

Friday, 25 October 2019

Marvelous Meg

Hello!
We are in the middle of a month of recording at the moment and we're working very hard to try to get an album out by New Years Eve. It's going to be a tough call and we're not sure we're going to manage it, but we can try! It's an album of dance tunes, specifically contra dance, so it's all quite fast and grooving and everything on it is written by Jonny Dyer.

 For the next little while I'm going to be teaching tunes from this album, so this blog will be a little bit like a sneak preview of the album - but shhhh, it's a secret!! At the end of the track there I've managed to sneak out of the studio a short extract of this tune with (draft) backing.

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

Friday, 18 October 2019

Polkette

Hello!
It's another silverbasharpa tune this week. A polkette. I play it quite steadily in the video. It's quite a jolly little tune, so have fun with it!
:))
Vicki