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21 tunes in 21 weeks......Week #11(all contributors)

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Very nice George.. Good to hear the first time round played so settled... I always associate this tune with Leon Sash..and he really cooked this number...
 

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Very nice George.. Good to hear the first time round played so settled... I always associate this tune with Leon Sash..and he really cooked this number...
Thanks! Yes, I listened to Leon Sash's rendition of this tune and it was awesome. Although to be honest I have been a fan of Art Van Damme since I was in my teens and started playing accordion. I have several of his Albums and a couple of song books. One has 10 songs with his arrangements and I have been unable to play any of them note for note. The 5 finger chords and fast runs are a real challenge.
 

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Come, let us be glad or Hava Nagila. So here is that simple little tune to mark the 73rd anniversary of the birth of Israel and to show my support for the Jewish nation in these troubled times.
I got the first version from www.goldaccordion.com but I think in all honesty it was just a bridge too far. Nevertheless I had an excuse to play it slow and speed up on the more commonly used version starting on D.
 

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Come, let us be glad or Hava Nagila. So here is that simple little tune to mark the 73rd anniversary of the birth of Israel and to show my support for the Jewish nation in these troubled times.
I got the first version from www.goldaccordion.com but I think in all honesty it was just a bridge too far. Nevertheless I had an excuse to play it slow and speed up on the more commonly used version starting on D.
Good seeing you here Philip. Keep up the good work!
 

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Good try, Philip, just need to tidy up giving all the notes full time values: try counting!🙂👍
 
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Playing catch up as I didn't send in anything for week 1 so here it is. An old Gershwin tune which I heard on a TV show and dug out the music from an old fake book I had. Tried to go easy on improvisations as the song has a nice melody and chords. Also nice to have instrument with 5 sets of reeds to get a lot of different sounds. Only a few accordion versions on youtube so I put it out there.
Very well done George.
 

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I am going to have to sit this week out. I had something come up and I will be out of town for a few days. I'll jump back in next week with my Bolognese polka.
 

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Likewise Nick... Rushing through this week to get out into the wild countryside too... Rushed this tune but never mind... Shout louder...
Mercy, mercy, mercy.... Shout gospel...
Nicely done Terry! I always enjoy your use of big chords and active bass lines but sometimes want more space between the notes. This has it!
 

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Great tune and interpretation, Terry.
 

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I did make a recording of my progress on Wed. I'll post it here, but for some reason the camcorder ran out of tape at the end and got cut off..... ;) ;)
Well, that would have been a good excuse a few years ago. I will learn the ending when I get back.

 

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Here's "Running Down a Dream" by Tom Petty, using two fun features of my new Roland. :D
This was one of a dozen rock songs I took busking with a guitar player two years ago, but playing a few melody lines is not the same as being able to sing and play at the same time without forgetting a line or missing an entrance! That was my task for this week.
The driving beat does not translate well to accordion, so I used a backing track for drums and bass. Hopefully there's enough else going on to make up for it!
 

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Here's "Running Down a Dream" by Tom Petty, using two fun features of my new Roland. :D
This was one of a dozen rock songs I took busking with a guitar player two years ago, but playing a few melody lines is not the same as being able to sing and play at the same time without forgetting a line or missing an entrance! That was my task for this week.
The driving beat does not translate well to accordion, so I used a backing track for drums and bass. Hopefully there's enough else going on to make up for it!
Nice one Dan, inspiring.
 

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Week 3, Wooden Heart, also known in German as Muss I Denn, another polka, a little stressed, this one tune a week is rough but good! One I've played for a while but added chording and memorized for repertoire.

 
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After watching Philip's rendition of Hava Nagila it got me thinking about Jewish music. I know Hava Nagila by heart, so I decided to try a new tune that I had in my big pile of sheet music. It looked pretty simple, but I played it numerous times before recording. The thing I learned when playing this song was the subtle difference between a sad and joyful passage...all it takes is a few flatted notes and some chord changes but basically the same sounding melody.

 

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Thanks George, kepp 'em coming, great!
 

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Kass's Theme from Legend of Zelda- Breath of the Wild. I'd learned the notes before but not got it up to speed. This is short, so I'll treat it as a belated Week #1 entry, put it in the rotation, and work on something else for Week #4.

Has anyone else played the Nintendo Switch game? It's an important step for accordion representation in popular culture. There's a bird-man who can be found on remote cliffs playing this tune with something that looks like a Chemnitzer concertina (but not enough buttons) and sounds like an accordion. His songs give the hero clues to hidden shrines. Anyway, this tune was a good chance to impress my 13-year old son for what is probably the last time. ;) I also borrowed his hat for the video.

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Sunday is recording and a day for chores, I need to Shoe the Donkey
You go, Jeremy! A little hesitation here and there is ok and the old donkey is ready for another hard day at work.....
 

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