Week 29: News from the Gazebo

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Hello!
It's lovely and warm this week and I'm writing this from the gazebo in the garden! Long may it stay! We had a nice little run of gigs last week culminating in the Zoom dance at Symmetry on Tuesday. I've been busy editing videos - seems I filmed rather a lot the other week and they're taking some time to get through!

So what is new this week?
We have the Symmetry Zoom Dance video ready for watching and playing along with. You'll see the new flute in full swing and me not quite able to find the bottom C on the bottom B foot joint. Interesting to see (if you're a flautist) is that I spent the best part of 35 years on one instrument and now I'm having to get used to the way a new one responds, which includes not making any squeaks on jumps over an octave! More practise required!
On the nyckelharpa we have Barbarini's Tambourine, which is a tune we often play for dance!
On the flute we have Vendelpolskan for simple system flute. (I still don't have any videos of the new flute - that probably won't happen until after September!)
On the moraharpa we have the sweet little tune Mysan.
On the Scottish smallpipes we have the last tune in Chapter 4 - The Damson Tree.

Next week's update should be from the AI! Have a good week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 28: More filming!

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Hello!
It's been a nice week mostly at home with a Symmetry dance this week. So I managed to get the camera out and do quite a lot of filming. This all now needs editing, so it'll come through in the coming weeks. Don't forget you can always request things!

So what's new this week?
We had a Symmetry Dance this week and the video is now editing and uploaded for everyone to play-along with. The next dance is this Tuesday, so see you there! Remember it's in Zoom and it's free to come along to!
On the Flute we have Haste to the Wedding a lovely little jig on the simple system flute.
On the Fiddleharpa we have Björnlåten
On Moraharpa we have an update to the tuning it in DDA: Moraharpa Tuning updated
For pipes this week we have säckpipa and Polska efter Lennart Skoglund.
I have one more catch left that I have filmed, but I will put this up next week - spread out the catch goodness.
For nyckelharpa we have one for the D tuned people, Polska från Mulseryd in the key of D. Enjoy the schwing of pretending to be a silverbas!

More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 27: Back to Rainy Weather!

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Hello!
It's July! How did that happen! This week I've been focussing on the moraharpa, so there's going to be some new moraharpa stuff filtering through now! As usual I'm writing this update in the van. So what's new? I've bought a new tuner for the nyckelharpa that is amazing - video to follow as soon as I get time to "unbox it". I've also bought a new flute mic - this hasn't been tested at all yet. So I'll report back on that as soon as possible!

In Catch Club this week we have another easy Catch - Cal's Song. It's quite a long one, but very simple!
Perry the Partridge on the moraharpa. It's in D, so if you want to join in on any instrument you can. A canon version is included in the lesson. No-one escapes Perry the Partridge!
Josefin's Dopvals on the wooden flute (no keywork needed). It's a popular and very pretty tune!
On the nyckelharpa we have Byss-Calle 45. I loved playing this for World Nyckelharpa Day and here is the lesson to back it up! (I qualified for my 20 BC badge - but have in actual fact done 27. It's time to do some more!)

We have a Symmetry Dance on Tuesday 9th July and the music is up and ready for anyone wanting to come along and play. As usual we will make a video after the event.
A lot of the Symmetry dances are quite tricky and fast paced. So as there is no video to share this week I'm going to feature the Lockdown Halsway Bar Session Zero Part 2. It's nice and easy and at a sedate pace. So enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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Week 26: New Flute News…

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Hello!
It's been a scorching hot week here and we've been not far from home doing medieval work at a local castle. But before that I took a very exciting trip into London to All Flutes Plus to try a new flute. I can now say that I am a proud owner of a wonderful new wooden flute. It's so wonderful that this is now my full time flute and my trusty old Pearl is being retired into being a spare. I'll review the flute as soon as I get a chance, so for now you'll still see videos of the old flute. But it won't be long before the new one comes online in YouTube!
So what's new this week?
The latest Symmetry video from the 18th June is up and ready to watch or play again. The next dance is Tuesday 9th July.
Catch Club on Sunday is another Henry Purcell tune - He That Drinks Is Immortal.
I decided to start going through the shorts hunting out the ones I did for Moraharpa and include the music for them, so here is Colin's Cattle on the Moraharpa. These tunes seem to work really well, so there will be a few of those coming through!
On nyckelharpa we have Polonoise efter Johan Hagelberg.
On the flute we have Michael and Linda by Dave Weisler.
More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 25: Happy Midsummer!

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Hello!
As usual it's been a lot of time on the road, but I've managed to do quite a bit of editing and uploading!
Catch Club this week is Trolllåten. A tune originally conceived to be played by four players and one instrument, it makes a fine catch! Last week we were at an in person Regency Ball and we sat the camera in front of us and captured our music - just like we do for Symmetry. So you can find the final video of the Meryton Mob here! (Playalong music included)
On the nyckelharpa we have Fredagspolska. It's a great 8-note polska, quite similar to Polska efter Båtsman Däck, but it goes nice and high and is just a little bit trickier. I love it!
On the Boehm system flute we have Stenselepolskan.
On Fiddleharpa this week we have Angelina the Baker. A really great jolly tune!
On the Swedish Säckpipa we have Säckpipslåt efter Jont Lars Olsson
More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 24: Regency all the way!

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Hello!
It's been a very dancey week this week with both Symmetry and an in person Regency dance (more about that dance next time). I got very excited when I watched the latest episode of Doctor Who (Ep6: Rogue). It's set in a regency dance with lots of lovely costumes and two real pieces of regency music! The first was easy to identify - The Duke of Kent's Waltz. We play that quite often! The second one took a little bit of detective work. I started to write it out, figured out the style and then hazarded a guess as to which collection of Regency dance music I'd find it in and I turned out to be correct. It was  Paine's 1st Set of Quadrilles: No. 4 La Felecia - so an hour later I'd written it out and created a video with Jonny.

So what else is added to the site this week? We had the Zoom dance at Symmetry on Sunday and that video is now edited, uploaded and ready for people to watch. Enjoy! Our next Symmetry Dance is Tuesday 18th June - next Tuesday. Come along and watch, play or dance! The link is here and the dots are here!

I've been working on the Scottish Smallpipe tutor this week too and I've added Chapter 4 part 2 to that course. Slow and steady progress!

We have Henry Purcell again this week for Catch Club and Once in Our Lives.
On the nyckelharpa we have Polska från Glömminge. A really cool but slightly strange Polska. I love it!

More next week! We're heading off into medieval season, so who knows where this will take us!
:))
Vicki

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Week 23: Flute Filming Week

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Hello!
We've had a couple of days at home this week so I cracked out the camera and did a whole bunch of flute videos. It's a mix of Swedish tunes and dance tunes. So watch for those as they get published over the coming months! I'm hoping to film some more pipe lessons this week, so fingers crossed!

So what's new to the site this week? There's quite a spread, making up for so much time away!
In nyckelharpa news we have a silverbasharpa lesson! I play the tune on both nyckelharpa and silverbasharpa, but it is a silverbas tune. It's Polska från Mulseryd and it's a tune from Småland. Enjoy playing with gusto and as if you were an old style harpa player razzing all the strings!
I added a standalone video to Jonny's New Vals so you can play along with us in the lesson.
It was a request to have a breakdown of the rhythm on the flute version of Tierpspolskan. So I've updated that lesson and it now includes articulations and grace notes for the flute.
On the Scottish Smallpipes I've started adding Chapter 4 of the Scottish Smallpipes tutor to the site. Part 1 is now up!
As this is a non-dance week I am featuring one of our lockdown sessions that we did at Halsway Manor: Lockdown Halsway Bar Session 2
Catch club this week is an easy catch - The Bluebell Line. I love to do this tune with four players and one instrument. But this time you get a minus-1 video!
We have a a Symmetry dance on Sunday and the music is up. So come along live and play-along!
More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 22: Victorian Week

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Hello!
We had a really lovely week on the Isle of Wight this week. Filled with Victorian music and the Maypole. Below is a maypole's eye view! So what is new this week?
We had a Symmetry Dance on Sunday and the video is now edited and ready for playing and or watching along.
Catch Club this week is Cosy Cabin's Four. It's an easy catch written for the four new cabins for people to sleep in at Halsway Manor! We also have Gavells-Ella efter Sigvard Stolt on the nyckelharpa. We also have Gärdsbygubarnas Polska on the Säckpipa.
More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 21: Brief visit home!

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Hello!
We're back home - but only briefly. We got back from The Netherlands on Sunday. Then had a lovely gig down in Dorset for the Ninebarrow walking week. We get to do another two of these in the coming weeks! We also had a lovely dance in Symmetry on Tuesday and that play-along video is now ready! So go along to the page and watch/listen/ playalong!

This week in Catch Club we have I Gave Her Cakes and I Gave Her Ale.

What is new on the site this week? I've added the Playford tune Jamaica and with the adding of this tune and some sums I have this as the 700th different to be added (across all the instruments!)
We also have Hästkuttet, it's a Rejländer. But someone pointed out it was also a Scottish tune, so I did some digging. Visit the lesson to find out more!

On the Säckpipa we have Polska efter Jonas Hansson - I've done this tune on the nyckelharpa on this site, but now the säckpipa version is up!

More next week!
:))
Vicki

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Week 20: Hello from the Road

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Hello!
We're still on the road, but have stopped at my cousin's for a couple of nights breather and the chance to catch up with the admin! Switzerland was amazing, such breathtaking scenery and now we're heading on up to The Netherlands. So what is new on the site this week?

I have made a new lesson for the concert that Jonny and I did for World Nyckelharpa Day and added all the music so you can play along with it! Click here for the concert and music.

We are back at Symmetry for a Zoom dance on Tuesday 21st. The music is up and ready for you to look at!

Before we went away I filmed a little technique video all about bowing. The idea was to try to help people get good tone: Bowing Basics.

One of the tunes we did at Halsway was Pollsa - Ur Sven Lorens Bruuns Notbok. I love this tune, very Byss-Calle like, but it's from Småland!

On the Scottish Smallpipes we have High Over Bunachton by Hamish Moore.

Finally Catch Club is back this week! We have March of the Daffodils - which is a nice and easy beginner Catch. It premieres at 10pm on Sunday as usual.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

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