New Tunes Proposition

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Hi,

As proposed last evening I would to try to learn some new tunes, specifically from the Islay Inn repertoire. The reason being I think it will improve us as players by stretching us and make any future gigs hopefully better and more interesting for the ‘paying’ customers. There will also be the additional benefit of being able to ‘swagger’ into the Islay of a Monday and belt out some songs with the best of them. You might even be so good; drink will be bought in copious amounts for you.

I’ve already had a go at most of the tunes they play and have found that although there is a lot of good tunes, I wasn’t too enamoured with some of them. So we will come up with a  list of an short list to start with.

I’d then like to use this final list to produce a truncated ‘book’ which people can take and learn at there own leisure, in parallel or in addition with the tunes we agree to learn each week.

My printer at work is groaning every time I go near now! So if you can print your own copy when its made up that would be great, but I can make an exception for anyone who doesn’t have access to a printer and print a copy for them. I can also bind people’s copy into a booklet if they want.

NOTE FROM VALERIE: THESE WILL NOT BE ADDED TO THE USUAL MONDAY NIGHT PRACTICES AS A RULE.  THE PLAN IS TO KEEP THE REGULAR MONDAY NIGHT SESSIONS TO THE USUAL  LIMITED REPERTOIRE ADDING A CONTROLLED NUMBER OF TUNES FROM CLASSES/GROUP WORKSHOPS EACH YEAR.

FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO DO WISH TO TRY THE ADDITIONAL TUNES SOME FOLK ARE EXPERIMENTING WITH SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMAL PRACTICE.  THE FIRST WILL BE FROM C930-1130PM ON MON 6TH FEB AT DRAM, WOODLANDS ROAD.

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4 Responses to “New Tunes Proposition”

  1. Paul Says:

    I like the idea of learning new tunes as sometimes it can get a little stagnant playing the same material over and over. If I can make a couple of comments though:

    Instead of just playing faster, can we have a go at playing at the correct speed for the tune? Reels, hornpipes and jigs can and should go at a fair clip but can we keep waltzes at the speed for dancing and as for slow airs, well the clue is in the category!

    Can we also try to learn sets of tunes and ask the group which sets they would like to have a go at? Some of these sets are pretty straightforward, others less so. I spent weeks just learning the awkward bars of Troy’s Wedding for example and would not inflict it upon anyone else! However, other sets are much, much easier and can help give the group confidence. We’ve already pretty much shown that we can learn sets (Spootiskerry, Willafjord, High Road to Linton for example) and I think the group would be up for more in this vein.

    Anyway, just my tuppence worth. Look forward to similar derision!

    Paul

  2. Maureen Stark Says:

    Hi all,
    Would like to join you Monday night at Stow….maybe even for an hour afterwards at Dram (11:30p.m….. back to Ayr ….working in the morning might be a wee bit too much…we’ll see).
    Anyway, as I’ve never attended Stow, can someone tell where to meet everyone and at what time please?
    Can you tell me what the Islay tunes are please Neil and ofcourse where to find them?
    Thanks Maureen.

    • Valerie Says:

      Hi Maureen,

      Official Scratchy Noises meet is from 7.30-9.15pm in the Enterprise Suite on the ground floor of Stow College. There is a charge of £3 per person and in addition if you are not a GFW member there is a £6 charge for GFW membership to cover the 8 weeks of the first term. For this you can also join the GFW slow session at 7pm (same venue).

      A few of us were discussing which tunes to practice at our wee pub session afterwards but we haven’t reached a definitive list yet so we can presumably share this once we have.

      Lists of the popular session sets can be found on our blog but there is a lot on there and we might not definetly pick from there.

      If you come along and haven’t heard I am happy to share any music I have with you.

      Valerie

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