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Live Text chat 06/05/2006

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Presenter: Hi John 489
John489: hi
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Presenter: Hi Jenny Mc
jennymc: HelloQ
John489: If you are doing a medly of tunes, and are switching from one tune to another that are different keys, how would you structure a turnaround between them?
Presenter: If you have any questions please forward them here
John489: if it is possible?
Presenter: Is there anythind else you want to ask about this John? Or do you want further demo?
John489: It takes a l ong time to unput questions as my input is lagging tremendously.
John489: input not unput.
Presenter: Dont worry! Is there anything else you need to ask?
John489: I will have to email questions later, or try using a different chat window (skype?)
Presenter: I will get Simon to get in touch. Please forward your email address.
Presenter: Cheerion for now. Keep practising!!
jennymc: Cheers! need to practise alot
John489: With the video over, it is much easire to type.
John489: It may be that I have an older computer, which is slowing things down.
John489: Is anybody still there?
Presenter: yes
jennymc: I don't have a high g# what should I play?
Presenter: You should have. Is it a 48 key you're playing?
Presenter: not that I'm arguing!
jennymc: no, it's just a student one it has 30
Presenter: aha! Do you have a G# down the octave? Otherwise you could play the e below your b
John489: I have never had the problem getting the notes I need on the high register, but when I can't get a low enough note, I either transpose the note by an octave or a fifth or a third.
John489: Sometimes it works nicely. Other times I need to change the tune a bit to make it work.
jennymc: Yes, I have a g# down octave. Thank you
Presenter: 5th are usually a good bet as they don't colour the chord. Have you tried suspended chords - inserting a 2nd or a 4th?
John489: I regularly use suspended chords, becaus I find that the full 1-3-5 doesn't have as clean a sound for some reason.
Presenter: Yes they're a favourite of mine.
John489: I often try and colour the melody by using thirds, or sixths during runs, although they can't be as fast.
John489: I still don't have a clear grasp on when to use augmented or diminished chords. Mostly I just feel around until something sounds subjectively right, then I put it in.
Presenter: Have you tried octaves? I might look at that in the next lesson.
John489: Yes, I use octaves too.
John489: Sometimes I use octaves as grace notes which sounds cool sometimes.
John489: I first saw that in some violin music by Paganini I think.
Presenter: I'm not sure on the technical aspects of diminished etc if it sounds good I use it!
John489: I'll try and write some more substantive questions by email. I suppose that with traditional music, I'm curious how one decides to select tunes to put in a medly. Is there a traditional way of combining jigs, reels, marches etc.?
John489: Where is Jenny writing from? I'm writing from Montréal in Canada.
jennymc: Edinburgh
Presenter: Key changes are always good. Reels out of jigs are always exciting and march, strathspeys and reels are very traditional
jennymc: I'm a complete beginner when it comes to the concertina so will need to look at the lesson a good few more times
Presenter: Jenny is in Edinburgh if she doesn't answer for herself. I've always wanted to visit Montreal. I drove through it in a bus once!
John489: I'm sure that you'll enjoy playing the concertina Jenny.
Presenter: Jenny, there is plenty of time. You can contact me with any questions.
John489: I actually bought my concertina when I was in Glasgow going to school there. It was a chance purchase as I had not seen one before.
jennymc: I think it's great, been having lots of fun learning it since christmas
John489: That's a nice Christmas present to get.
jennymc: Cheers Simon, I need to sit and go over things again....I'm still really slow at picking up things
Presenter: school or university?
John489: I did a semester at the Glasgow school of art.
jennymc: My fiance got it for me, he was sick of the flute!
John489: So it isn't really a school or university. ha ha.
jennymc: Glasgow's a great city, I'm a weegie!
John489: What is a weegie?
jennymc: A glaswegian
John489: For some reason I never heard that expression, although I lived there for three months.
John489: I really enjoyed my time there (outside of school especially)
John489: I would immigrate if I could
jennymc: I think it's originally an edinburgh thing, simon could tell you.
jennymc: I do miss it, although I do love living in Edinburgh.
John489: I never made it to Edinburgh, as all my time was in school, although I made some short weekend trips to the countryside.
jennymc: It's a great city, especially for music and pubs.
John489: I used to go to a pub there, I forget what it was called. It was a session night. It was an old pub that started with a "C".
jennymc: clutha vaults?
John489: It was interesting, because the musicians weren't all playing the same melody at once, but did lots of colour in their arrangements.
John489: I don't think that was the name. What is the name of the oldest pub in Glasgow - it is aronud the corner from that.
Presenter: that's what's great about trad music.
jennymc: Scotia
John489: For some reason the name has slipped out of my head.
jennymc: or Victoria Bar
John489: Yes, it was the Victoria Bar. thanks.
John489: At that time I didn't play, I just watched.
John489: I have never played in a session
jennymc: I find it really interesting hearing different people versions of tunes and where they got them
jennymc: The vicki bar still have sessions, I use to go every Friday when I was in Glasgow
John489: Did you play your flute?
jennymc: I love sessions, unfortunately don't play in them enough now.
John489: I went to see a session here in Montreal which wasn't nearly as good.
Presenter: You should join in John. You'll enjoy it.
jennymc: Yes I play whistle and flute, use to go to loads of sessions (I admitt I watch more than I played)
Presenter: That's the lesson up in the secure area.
John489: I actually don't have a big repertoire of traditional music to play, so I may not fit in.
jennymc: That's great Simon
John489: The session in Montreal was very crowded, with many musicians all playing at the same time fighting to be heard above one another.
jennymc: Have you joined in on the Ayepod sessions
John489: Yes, I did one week. Unfortunately my internet connection at home isn't very stable. Right now I'm in a University library.
John489: So I can't play concertina here.
jennymc: I don't have a huge repertoire of tunes at the moment, but I think it's just a matter of it up steady
jennymc: I don't suppose they would be to happy!
John489: I play other music as well, mostly from sheet music. Even the traditional tunes I know I don't have entirely memorized. I would look silly at a session with sheet music me thinks.
jennymc: The sooner you loose the music, the faster you will learn more tunes
John489: Perhaps
John489: Thanks for the lesson Simon - very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to next week.
John489: I'll think up some questions and email you with them.
jennymc: Yes thanks Simon, I'm off to annoy the neighbours!
John489: I need to get back to work. Very enjoyable talking to you Jenny and 'Presenter'.
John489: bye for now...
jennymc: Nice talking to you John.
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