Week 26: Back on the road

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Hello!
We're back home from Sweden and straight back onto the road again. So it's time to bring a couple of lessons over from the old site. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to bring over Mid-Year Spice as it is the middle of the year! Play it with a laid back groove!
Mid-Year Spice

I've also added Gånglåt i Sorg on the English Border Pipes. Very sad tune! (If you'd like to play it on nyckelharpa go to this version!)

I hope you're all having a great midsummer!
:))
Vicki

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Week 25: Midsommar!

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Hello!
It's Midsommar this week and I'm out in Sweden, so here are six tunes one absolutely needs to celebrate!

Små Grodorna (old lesson with a new video added!)
Så Går Vi Runt Om Ett Enerissnår
Karusellen
Björnen Sover
Vi Äro Musikanter
Vi Går Över Daggstänkta Berg

Glad Midsommar!
:))
Vicki

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Week 24: One Week Until Midsommar!

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Hello!
We've been very much away this week, but I did have a question about one of the lessons last night with a D tuning question, so once we'd finished rehearsing I went and filmed a quick video. Speed was of the essence, so I filmed in the spare room! I added that video to the original lesson.
Starter for Two - D tuned

It's fast approaching Midsommar and there are some definite tunes a person needs to learn for midsommar. I am on the road and away from camera for the next week - but I'm going to see if I can put together a Midsommar Tune Survival guide whilst I'm away - I may need to film by stealth! Watch out for next week's blog entry, I'll add it early and keep updating as I go!

This got me thinking about Midsommar 2020. I did some films for a Swedish mosaic, pairing Böl-Olle's Schottis with Äppelbo Gånglåt. So I've added Böl-Olle's Schottis to this site and included the video at the bottom of this page!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 23: Halsway Spring Weekend Videos

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Hello!
I decided it was finally time to complete the Spring Weekend videos! There were three left, so here they are! (I'm just one video behind now from the study week, so watch out for that!)
Imeland och Grimeland
Polka från Finland
Bobby Joe
And finally another tune for the Scottish Smallpipes - Colin's Cattle
I'm off to Sweden to celebrate Midsommar soon - so I'm learning some new tunes for that. They'll end up here in the fullness of time!
On a light hearted note - we bought a train whistle and I decided I absolutely had to unbox it! Video below.
Enjoy
:))
Vicki

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Week 22: The Standing Stones of Stanton Drew

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Hello!
The weather is lovely and we've been on the road pretty much the whole week, Cornwall last weekend and now we're in Wales! So what is new this week?

Oxfolk Two - this is for the Scottish Smallpipes
Olle's Polska - a very old video, one of my originals from when I started my YouTube channel and a lovely tune!
The Devil's Schottis - as we went down to Bude last weekend the traffic was terrible and we ended up taking a bit of a cross country route. As a result we went very close to The Standing Stones of Stanton Drew - this is a story I tell, so I decided it was time to move this tune across from my old website. I've put the story below and also a photograph of the stones themselves.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 21: Some smallpipes, some beginner and the bent thumb!

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Hello!
This week we a couple of tunes suitable for the beginner and some Scottish Smallpipe tunes!
Lavenders Blue
The Shoemaker
Skye Boat Song (on the mini-harpa)
Sevenoaks for Scottish Smallpipes
Røros Pols for Scottish Smallpipes

I also got round to filming the video that I've been wanting to do for a while now - the video showing the thumb from the players perspective and why it should be bent!
I'm starting to have to book some flights to get to the international workshops I'm teaching at, so I've updated my Flying with a Nyckelharpa page on my main website. It's a tricky question and one that I've never found an answer to that isn't stressful! There is a link to a page where I'm going to be writing about all my flying experiences, you'll need to ask me for the password for that.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 20: The Säckpipa Virtual Halsway Session

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Hello!
How did we get to week 20? To be honest my head is still in March 2020, so May 2022 is quite a mystery! But we are going to reach the end of me transferring over the nyckelharpa lessons fro my old blog site soon. This week I decided to finish adding the final two lessons for the Virtual Session in the Bar at Halsway Manor number 15 - säckpipa tunes. I thought it might be nice to re-visit that session. It's the one where "Jonny couldn't make it to the session."
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 19: The Global Vännens Långdans

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Hello!
I finally managed to edit the Global Vännens Långdans and so it is here! I loved every single video that was sent to me. Something I really loved was the range of abilities - from the more experienced player to complete beginners that had only been playing for less than 48 hours. This is exactly what I wanted - something for everyone! Thank you to everyone who sent a video or two in!

Now that World Nyckelharpa Day is done for this year I can work on some new videos! There are some exciting workshops this year as I head off to Italy, Portugal and then Germany to teach nyckelharpa. These are indeed exciting times!

In the meantime I have videos to put out! This week we have:
Shepherd and Shepherdess
Schottis in C

More next week!
:))
Vicki


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Week 18: Dance, dance, dance

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Week 18: Dance, dance, dance

Hello!
It's all been about dance this week, some of it ECD, some of it contra and some of it medieval! We've been on the road for nearly seven weeks and we're looking forward to a bit of time where I can edit the Vännens Långdans and a few other things I haven't had time for! So this week I'm moving new lessons over from the old site. They're all contra dance tunes:
Fiddling About
Pinkie and the Cradle
That Mallet Moment
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 17: Byss-Calle

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Hello!
What a day that was! World Nyckelharpa Day was epic!! Now it's time for everyone to get their Global Vännens Långdanses in. I've had a few already and it's looking great!
I put out the three Byss-Calle tunes for World Nyckelharpa Day and played them as duets. So it was quite easy for me to be able to bounce out a minus-1 version for people to play along with. So go along to their lessons and give them a go!
Byss-Calle 10
Byss-Calle 11
Byss-Calle 19
We didn't managed to complete the playlist this year - but maybe it'll happen next year!
Enjoy
:))
Vicki

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