Week 12: On Our Way to Halsway!

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Hello!
As I type this I am sitting in the van on the way to Halsway Manor for the Spring Weekend. It's been a long week of being on the road, learning new tunes to teach and thinking hard about World Nyckelharpa Day. We're at Halsway for seven days - three days teaching nyckelharpa and then five days being the band for a dancing and walking week. It's a lot of fun - but also a lot of preparation. 92 dance sets to sort through and practise!

So what's new this week?

I've added Kwirhöken to the site this week. I love this tune with its very jolly second half!

For the flute we have reached T and it's Take a Dance. It feels like we're reaching the end of the flute tunes and I'm going to need to do some more! Any requests? I can do another A-Z, that was fun to put together and I'll happily do another one! Or maybe a shed load of Swedish tunes? Let me know!

On fiddleharpa we have Flagpole Tree. It's another tune I teach everyone! Great for bowing.
On the Scottish smallpipes I was requested to teach The Badger and the Weasel. This was a fascinating tune as it includes a note that I could only get if I stopped up two tone holes with bluetac! Watch the video to see!

It's four weeks until World Nyckelharpa Day - so this is your reminder to film something and send it to me!!

More from the Manor next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 11: Halsway Prep week!

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Hello!
It seems like only yesterday I came back from Halsway and here we are preparing again! Lots of lovely new tunes and lots of lovely new nyckelharpa players! It's St Patrick's Day as I post this, so it's time for my annual posting of Connaught Man's Rambles!

So what's new? We have Höökpers Vals - it's truly gorgeous! I did a bowing exercise this week - Bowing Exercise - The TaDaa. I called it the TaDaa, but you could call it a tachum in Highland Pipe music, or the Scotch snap. I call it all sorts of things as I'm trying to explain it!

I decided to do London's Burning on the FiddleHarpa this week. It might be over played as a recorder tune - but it's really effective!
We've reached S on the flute and Sellenger's Round.
On the Scottish Smallpipes we have Vännens Långdans. This isn't in the same key as the nyckelharpa version. It's a great little tune though whatever key you choose to play it in!

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 10: Norway!

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Hello!
I am about to head off to Norway for the weekend! At the start of lockdown I recorded for a rock opera version of Beowulf. It was a lot of fun and now I'm heading for rehearsals for the live performance. The actual concerts are in September - I hear it's cold in Norway right now! I've embedded the YouTube playlist so that you can listen to the whole thing!

So what's new this week?

On the nyckelharpa we have Kilpolskan - I taught this at Halsway and I love it, very G minor.
In the beginner fiddleharpa course we have Clair de la Lune, I first learnt this on the recorder. Lovely simple tune.
On the flute we've reached R and Red House, I love this tune!
The Scottish Smallpipes has the unpronounceable Theid Mi Dhachaigh.

More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 9: 3 weeks to Halsway!

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Hello!
It's been a week of sorting things out and catching up! It's now only three weeks until the next Halsway Manor course and it's all systems go! So what is new this week?
We have two nyckelharpa tunes. Vev-Lira Ettan. It's in the Halsway Session Pad!
And we also have Cilla's Födelsedags Polskan aka Stadium.

On the fiddleharpa we have the popular Ut I Gröna Lunden - this is in an unusual key, it's perfect for the beginner fiddleharpa player and is mostly on the E string, dipping down to the D.
On the Scottish smallpipes this week we have Where Does Our Guidman Ly
On the flute we've reached Q and The Queen's Jig.

Enjoy! More next week!
:))
Vicki

Next Zoom Dance: 7pm UK time:  Sunday 5th March 2023 and Tuesday 7th March
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Week 8: Home

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Hello!
Back home again with a freshly serviced nyckelharpa. Hurrah and we're straight back into work and preparation. We're reaching the end of the quieter part of the year and it's going to get busy! We had thought this year would be quiet - but we think that this might not be the case! So what's new on the site this week?

We have the very popular tune in the Scandi scene in the UK - Juringius! Following on from the other playalong videos we have a tune that Jonny wrote the night before Halsway and got added to the tunes to be taught. He didn't name it, so it was called Nameless at the time and then over the week it got named Shameless. There's a minus-1 track in the lesson. Enjoy it!

On the flute we have Gladers Polska.
I felt inspired to do Perry the Partridge on the Tagelharpa - no-one escapes Perry the Partridge!
I also did Happy Birthday on the nuvotoot - everyone needs to play Happy Birthday on the nuvotoot!
On the Scottish smallpipes we have The Mill Mill O.

More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 7: Sweden here we come!

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Hello!
Every so often one needs to have a service done on your nyckelharpa, so that's this week's task. Visiting Sören Åhker to give my nyckelharpa some much needed tender loving care!

As part of sorting out a session pad for Halsway I moved across Björnlåten from the old site and made ut into one huge lesson. It was part of World Nyckelharpa Day 2020, so there is a lot going on there!

I have updated the lesson for Emma to include Jonny's ensemble version that we played at Halsway (and embedded it below. It's totally lush!

We have Juringius in B minor on the flute this week.
The Train Journey North on the Scottish Smallpipes is a really fun tune!!
We also have Cockles and Mussels on the nuvotoot!
Enjoy
More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 6: Behind the Camera

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Hello!
Halsway Manor week was awesome! Many, many tunes were played and I've been filming solidly since we got back! I was so happy to finally be able to use my Bal-a-Vis-X balls and do some rhythm training, such fun! There is a tiny YouTube Shorts clip below!

So what is new and featured on the site this week? There will be a steady stream of tunes I taught coming up in the next few weeks!

On nyckelharpa we have Polska efter August Bohlin - August was a really important nyckelharpa player that made the nyckelharpa what it is today! Jonny wrote a lovely little catch called Fångset - so this week I have the minus-1 version, the full version and the polska version! Just choose which you'd like to visit first!
Fångset (polska version)
Fångset (catch version)

We've reached P for the A-Z of flute tunes and Prince Regent. Next week there will be a slight pause on the A-Z for a couple of Swedish tunes. Watch this space! On the Scottish Smallpipes we have The Race for Home a nice little tune.

More soon!
:))
Vicki

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Week 5: from the Manor

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Hello!
I'm at Halsway Manor this week teaching lots of lovely tunes to lots of lovely people.

What's new this week? Well, it was Burns Night last week and we played for a wonderful Burns Night Ceilidh in a pub, so I have brought over from my old blog Ae Fond Kiss to the original tune Rory Dall's Port. Simple and sweet. Enjoy!

For the Scottish Smallpipes it's The Piper's Wedding Jig
On the flute we've reached O and Orleans Baffled
On the Fiddleharpa - it was going to happen sometime. We have Sticky GnT. Everyone gets to play Sticky GnT sometime and this is the turn of the Fiddleharpa!
We even have a tagelharpa tune this week - Nyårsaftonen. I'll be doing this tune some time on the nyckelharpa - but it won't be in this key!

I'm continuing with the shorts and amongst other things have been sneaking in what I'm going to teach at Halsway. Videos below! There are more shorts this week, so go to the shorts page to watch those! When I'm out on the road I do try to make sure the short is filmed on location!
More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 4: Preparing for Halsway

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Hello!
Halsway Manor has come round again and I find myself right in the middle of preparations putting together the music I want to teach, making badges and general getting ready! I've done quite a bit of filming, so there's plenty of videos over the next few weeks!

What's new on the site this week?
On the nyckelharpa we have Tureholms 'Skreken' Schottis (I'll be doing this at Halsway next week!)
We have The Partridge for the Scottish Smallpipes.
We have reached N on the A-Z of dance tunes for flute and Neat Mr John.
For Fiddleharpa we have Femtiöringen.

A lockdown project of mine was learning to play the tagelharpa. It's been recorded on a few projects since then, so I've added a new course for the Tagelharpa. I'll be adding a few bits and pieces, it's mostly there as a good resource. This week I added a help guide video to show people how I hold it.

I've also finally done my unboxing of the Remic V520. I had been hoping for an amazing replacement to my AKG "sticky bug" - you'll have to watch the video to see if it was!
:))
Vicki

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Week 3: World Nyckelharpa Day

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Hello!
I've been gradually making better and better use of the new set up this week and working very hard on World Nyckelharpa Day. I made a little tongue in cheek advert using some of the videos I've had from previous years. Most importantly though I finally chose the tune that we're going to have as our global tune. It's Spikens Vals - it has to be the grooviest tune in the world! I created the arrangement, the lesson and the guide track. You can find them all on the World Nyckelharpa Day website - submissions are open!

So what else is new this week?
I added Skäggigtschottisen on the Moraharpa.
We have The Golden Birch for the Scottish Smallpipes.
The A-Z of dance tunes on the flute is up to M and The Midnight Ramble.
The shorts are going well, I've kept up with them fine this week! They're listed at the bottom of the page as well as on the Short Page itself. More next week!
:))
Vicki

19th January - Italian Rant
18th January - Mid-Year Spice
17th January - The Japonica Jig
16th January - The Flitter Dance
15th January - Spikens Vals
14th February - Horses Bransle
13th January - Dancing Shoes
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