Week 48: And so Christmas Begins!

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Hello!
Christmas is really upon us now! Last year I did an advent calendar and I really wanted to do one this year, but time was against me, but I'm adding a few Christmas items as we go through December. Last years calendar is still there, so if you fancy playing all the tunes, or maybe you didn't get chance last year. So just CLICK HERE to enter the Advent Calendar and start playing! If you want to play along in "real time", this week we have:
Thursday 1st December - The Holly and the Ivy
Friday 2nd December - När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar
Saturday 3rd December - Deck the Halls
Sunday 4th December - Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus
Monday 5th December - Ding Dong Merrily on High
Tuesday 6th December - Nu Är Det Jul Igen
Wednesday 7th December - Down in Yon Forest
Thursday 8th December - Gläns Över Sjö och Strand

You'll get the new tunes a little later in the month! I think I'll add them to Christmas Day and Boxing Day!

Someone commented on my YouTube channel that I'd got the name wrong on a tune and of course they were totally correct! I was so happy to have this correction done because now I know far more about The Flitter Dance than I did before I love the tune even more! So go and take a look!

What's new this week?

For flute this week we have two videos! We've reached J and Jacob Hall's Jig. Because we're now in December I'm pausing the A-Z of dance tunes and will be doing some Christmas tunes instead. This week we have Holly and the Ivy as a flute duet. You can play along.

I'm currently out on the road doing some fun things, some Christmas some not, but more about those next time!
:))
Vicki

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Week 47: Time for Filming!

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Hello!
In the middle of learning christmas words for our December tour I've grabbed the camera out this week. It's going to take a little while to do all the editing - but there might be a bit of Christmas in there!

I added a lovely tune to the site this week Mjölnaren från Ulriksberg by Gene Karlsson. Thank you Gene!

I decided to deconstruct Hamburska efter Pehr Ericsson and talk about different ways of writing out the tune. If this is useful I will do exactly the same thing for other tunes with cool and funky rhythms. Just let me know!

I've started working on some new fiddleharpa resources for beginners, so here is Perry the Partridge for fiddleharpa. It's up on the E string. I'm in the middle of editing together a Nyckelharpa-4-a-Day for Fiddleharpa - Day one is done!

For Säckpipa this week I created a simple beginners tune for playing in D on the E/A chanter. It's not something we do much, but it is possible! It's a nice simple tune: Shepherds Hey.
On the Scottish Smallpipes I've done Hie Mee Stiagh, it goes very nicely!
We're on I for the A-Z of flute tunes and a great little tune called Impertinence.

Enjoy
:))
Vicki

Next Zoom Dance: 7pm UK time: Sunday 27th November
Symmetry Dance: Tuesday 6th and Sunday 11th December
Our Zoom Christmas Concert: Monday 19th December
All Hands In: 1am UK time Wednesday 21st December (it's Tuesday night really!)
http://musicroom.nyckelharpa.me.uk/dance-lists/

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Week 46: November Weather

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Hello!
It's the final two tunes I taught at Fürsteneck this week on the nyckelharpa.
Carolan's Welcome
Hie Mee Stiagh

We're on H for the A-Z of flute tunes and Hyde Park.

I've also made an updated video for setting up the sound on Zoom for Zoom music lessons. There wasn't much change under the bonnet - but original sound is now called Original Sound for Musicians, so I thought it was worth re-filming to include this!
Enjoy
:))
Vicki

Next Zoom Dance: 7pm UK time: Sunday 27th November
Symmetry Dance: Tuesday 6th and Sunday 11th December
Our Zoom Christmas Concert: Monday 19th December
All Hands In: 1am UK time Wednesday 21st December (it's Tuesday night really!)
http://musicroom.nyckelharpa.me.uk/dance-lists/

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Week 45: Remembrance

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Hello!
It's definitely winter now, the rain, the damp, the cold! We're home with a few gigs dotted around, so it's time to light the fire and start brushing up on our Christmas show!

So what's new this week?
Another two tunes from Fürsteneck, this time from Scotland.
The Steamboat (there is also the version for for Scottish Smallpipes)
Champion of the Seas (and also the version for Scottish Smallpipes)
We're up to G in the Flute A-Z and Grimstock.

As it is remembrance this week I recorded and filmed the Last Post.

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

Next Zoom Dance: 7pm UK time: Sunday 27th November
Also: Tuesday 6th and Sunday 11th December
All Hands In: 1am UK time Wednesday 21st December (it's Tuesday night really!)
http://musicroom.nyckelharpa.me.uk/dance-lists/

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Week 44: And breath!

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Hello!
We're finally home from the epicness that was Dracula Returns up at Whitby Abbey. I shared a selection of photographs from the event into our stories on instagram and then saved them into a collection so by clicking on this link you should be able to see them! It was an incredible experience!

So what's new this week? I've added two more lessons from my time at Burg Fürsteneck. Starting in the North East of England:
Rusty Gully
Because He was a Bonnie Lad

I thought it was time for another mini-harpa tune too, so we have Auld Lang Syne. Plenty of time to learn it for New Year's Eve!

We're now up to F on the dance tunes on the flute and The Fairy Prince.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 43: Whitby Abbey

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Hello!
We're still up here at Whitby Abbey preforming Dracula. So I'll be adding to this entry as we go on this week.

So what is new this week? I've caught up with adding the lessons from the weekend at Halsway Manor, so we have:
Polka efter Sixten i Verpeshultaberg
Pollonesse ur Anders Magnus Svenssons Notbok

In the säckpipa course I have added an up close lesson on exactly what all the different holes do.
I've also updated the playing in D on the E/A säckpipa lesson.

We're up to E on the A-Z of dance tunes on the flute and it's Easter Thursday.

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki
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Week 42: Off up to Whitby

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Hello!
This week has been mad preparations to get prepared for 10 days up at Whitby working on the Illuminated Abbey. Jonny has been writing a score for a re-imagining of Dracula, it should be fun! Because we don't know how much internet access we'll have for the next ten days I've made sure that everything I have edited has been uploaded and is ready to put on the site!

So what is new this week?
We have Orange and Blue on the nyckelharpa. Make sure you watch the trio video!
We also have Goddesses played on the mini-nyckelharpa.

I added Orange and Blue to the Scottish Smallpipe course too.
In Folkie Flute we have reached D and De'il Tak the Warr.

More from Whitby next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 41: Post Halsway/Paredes/Fürsteneck Filming!

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Hello!
I'm back from the three different workshop weekends and have had a couple of days to do some filming! So finally I'm catching up with lessons that needed to be caught up with! It's been a wonderful few weeks with all the workshops! All just as amazing as each other!

So what is new on the site this week?

For nyckelharpa we have:
Klas i Kulan Bor i Halvepanan
The Fitter Dance
Olle's Födelsedags Låt has had a new teaching video added to it

For Flute we're onto C and The Chelmsford Assembly
For the Säckpipa we have a little video showing the fingering needed to be able to play in the key of D major on a set of E/A pipes!

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 40: Burg Fürsteneck

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Hello!
It feels like all the nyckelharpa workshops have been piled into a small period of time, so this week I am in Germany teaching at Burg Fürsteneck. This is going to give me a lot of videos to make over the next few weeks. The image below is from my teaching room in the castle! So what's new this week?

We're on B for the flute A-Z of dances - Bellamira
I decided we should have a mini harpa tune this week, so we have the simple bit from Menuet by Bach.
We also have a new säckpipa tune - Pollonesse efter Andreas Dahlgren (Nummer 87)

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 39: Portugal!

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Hola!
This week was teaching in Portugal and it was a lot of fun! A real flying visit though as it was sandwiched in-between other events! Hopefully it will be the start of many visits! Because I've been on the road I've not managed to get the camera out to film the lessons from Halsway. This is in the schedule for tomorrow as I prepare for Burg Fürsteneck!

So what is new this week?

For nyckelharpa we have Diversion Ahead.

I have now started an A-Z of dance music for the flute, so every week now for the next 26 weeks there will be a new flute tune. This week it's A and Auretti's Dutch Skipper.

On the säckpipa we have Lästringe Gånglåt - a great little tune and not too tricky!

Enjoy
:))
Vicki

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