Scottish Slant 17
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Scottish Slant 17
The ‘Agnes Waltz’ was composed by the Scottish melodeon player William Hannah. From central Scotland (West Lothian), active in the 1930s, he was a prolific composer. The gentle ‘Agnes Waltz’ was recorded by various players and including, no less, Jimmy Shand and Mantovani. 
It is an interesting tune in rhythm and chord structure and after listening to a number of renditions settled on this arrangement.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ndfw27a6r76gp...4.m4a?dl=0
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#2
Its lovely! Well played and nicely composed in terms of the 2 accordions working together. Smile
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#3
clean as a whistle...very pleasant...i always admire anyone who can play such long arrangements without errors....
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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(09-04-2019, 07:19 AM)losthobos Wrote: clean as a whistle...very pleasant...i always admire anyone who can play such long arrangements without errors....

Sir Jimmy Shands 1951 recording  of the agnes waltz is on youtube both taken from the original 78 anad from a cd.  William Hannas original recording  might be on there somewhere but I havn't found it as yet

george
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#5
Scottish Slant 17
Thanks everybody for their comments.
JerryPH:
I use one accordion with midied bass/chords and Apple’s Garage Band. Your contributions and tips on home recording I find very useful. Thanks. I use mic on stand to Behringer Mixer to Alesis analogue to digital converter to computer. Even using Shure SM58 mic I can’t get the quality you achieve in your recordings so still working on this.
Losthobos:
It would be nice to get a recording done in one ‘take’. However I must admit that in trying to play lead melody, harmony, bass and chords I rely on Garage Band’s editing capabilities to put right parts not quite right on the first take.
George Garside:
I have a CD of some of William Hannah’s recorded music but the ‘Agnes Waltz’ is not included.    
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(11-04-2019, 09:58 AM)boxplayer4000 Wrote: JerryPH:
I use one accordion with midied bass/chords and Apple’s Garage Band. Your contributions and tips on home recording I find very useful. Thanks. I use mic on stand to Behringer Mixer to Alesis acoustic to digital converter to computer. Even using Shure SM58 mic I can’t get the quality you achieve in your recordings so still working on this.
Thank-you for the compliment, I sincerely appreciate it.  Big Grin 
There is nothing secret or special in what I do concerning sound, but I did put in a lot of time studying and testing over the last few years... and I am blessed with having some excellent hardware.  All put together, it comes together wonderfully... finally my video and sound quality are up there.  I just wish I had more time to practice and play.  I'd love to be able to make 1-2 videos a month, but it just seems that the harder I try to work things out, the more challenges life tosses at me.
I get up at 4:00AM, come home at 7:00PM and am so tired that minutes after sitting in the chair to wait for supper, that I crash and fall asleep for a short while.  That sucks, because this is not me, I never used to be so tired or burned out... but this is my life nowadays.
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With a few minor arrangement changes I tried a new recording of the 'Agnes Waltz'.  It's slightly faster and I hope, more relaxed. I'm in a 'William Hannah' mood at the moment and hope to re-work Wee Rab's Waltz and Wee Curly soon.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wxe36b3jgcs11v...3.mp3?dl=0
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#8
Really nice!

I like the slightly faster speed and let me also tell you that I noticed something different between these two because I was able to hear them back to back... in comparison, the 2nd one sounded like it was played with more confidence, and the bellow work was more consistent and slightly stronger. The one thing that came out at me in the first one was like a bellows inconsistency, as if you were playing the accordion on your knees and bouncing the accordion while tapping the foot, this was something that was not prevalent in the 2nd recording and this detracted from the song... again, not there in the second recording and just overall nicer.

Though both were a pleasure, the second one is my choice as the winner. Smile
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