Saturday, August 29, 2020

Virtual Session in the bar at Halsway Manor - The säckpipa session!

Hello!
I'm pretty sure most people will know I spend most of my time on my nyckelharpa blog. I've been running a virtual session there since the middle of May. This week however, Jonny couldn't be with me and it became a säckpipa friendly session! So join in with me and see what happens when Jonny can't come!

The tune list is as follows:

As we've said before, these sessions take a lot of time to put together and we definitely enjoy doing them. But I am up against a pretty hard deadline with the Virtual Halsway - so there may not be any sessions between now and then as I put together that weekend.

This leads me on to two little adverts!
The Virtual Halsway Weekend. I should have been at Halsway Manor on the 18th and 19th September with many other nyckelharpa players. As we can't do this I'm running some online workshops and session. You'll find all the information on my actual website - Click here! But we have Peter Hedlund, Leif Alpsj¨ø and Thor Pleijel doing some Zoom workshops. I am giving a nyckelharpa focussed Zoom concert in the evening. So check out the website and get yourself booked on!!


My second advert is for a Crowdfunding project I'm doing - an album of Dances from Terpsichore by Praetorius on nyckelharpa quintet. As of today I'm at 50% funded with three weeks to go.  Check it out!


See you at the session on Sunday!
:))
Vicki



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Monday, June 29, 2020

Polska efter Oppigårds Lars

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A really popular polska this week!
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Polska efter Lennart Skoglund

Hello!
A polska today. The full title is really - Polska ur Lennart Skoglunds Notbok. There are some lovely little quirky things in the rhythm in the second half so watch out!
Enjoy!
:)
Vx

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Whist With A Twist

Hello!
It's time for a Scottish small pipe tune that I wrote today. It's a great tune for technique as well as rocking along. It's a four part jig that I wrote when I was playing around with the idea of implying chords within pipe tunes. You need to make sure your fingers are really accurate! Don't be sloppy when it's slow as it'll be impossible to play accurately fast!
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Vicki
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Monday, June 15, 2020

Schottis efter Axel Sjölander

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It's time for a schottis! We've not had one for a while! This is another one from Småland - Tingsås. It was found in the manuscript by Magnus Gustafsson.
Enjoy!
:))
Vx

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Monday, June 08, 2020

Menueto efter Sven Donat

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A really lovely simple little tune from the collection of Sven Donat in Småland.
Enjoy!
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Vx
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Monday, June 01, 2020

Polska efter Rolig Pers Andersson

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Another tune from Dalarna, this time from Gagnef - a most excellent place! Enjoy!
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Vx

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Polska efter Anders Lundin

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A polska from Älvdalen in Dalarna today. A lovely mix of swung dotted quaver/semi-quaver and semi-quavers. Enjoy!
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Vx

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hamburska efter Pehr Ericsson

Hello!
This is the last of my Swedish tunes on the Scottish smallpipes for a while as I switch back to the säckpipa for a while now. This has to be one of my most favourite tunes I play on the pipes. Watch out for the rhythm, let it swing and enjoy!
:))
Vx
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Polska efter Måns Olsson

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Another polska on the säckpipa. Polska efter Måns Olsson from Jämtland.
Enjoy!
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Vix

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hambo Polska efter Theodor Freyland


Hello!
This is a hambo polska. The hambo is a great little dance and this fits perfectly on the Scottish smallpipes! Enjoy.
:))
Vx

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Polska efter Per Gustaf Florell

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Today we have an 8-note polska. It's a great little polska on the säckpipa. Enjoy!
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Vx

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Thursday, May 07, 2020

Polska från Gladhammar

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This is really a slängpolska, so slightly slower than an eight note polska and we have three distinct beats to the bar, rather than the one-three-one that happens in the eight note. It's a great tune that I have done before on this blog - but it's worth coming back to!
Enjoy!
:))
Vx

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Monday, May 04, 2020

Polska efter Andreas Dahlgren (Nummer 87)

Hello!
Säckpipa tune time! A tune from Småland. Pollonesse efter Andreas Dahlgren, number 87.
Enjoy
:)
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Polska efter Oppigårds Lars

Hello!
This tune is a really great tune from a Swedish piper. The trick with this tune is the staccato, short sharp notes at the beginning, trying to make them sound snappy like they do on the säckpipa.
Enjoy!
:))
Vx
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Monday, April 27, 2020

Säckpipslåt efter Jont Lars Olsson

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A real classic säckpipa tune today, one that is or should be in everyone's repertoire. It's an eight note polska, meaning you swing it!
Enjoy!
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Vx
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Polska efter Lennart Skoglund

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A polska today on the Scottish smallpipes. It's an eight note polska, so that means make sure you swing the dotted quaver/semi quaver figures. Watch out for the sei-quavers in the B part. It also needs a C natural thumb hole for the right hand. It's a great polska though - I love it!
Enjoy!
:))
Vx
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Monday, April 20, 2020

Polska efter Gabriel Fredrik Johansson


Hello!
A polska today from Karlstorp in Småland - after Gabriel Fredrik Johansson. It's a slängpolska, so three distinct beats in the bar. A great tune, fits superbly on the säckpipa.
Enjoy!
:))
Vx
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Schottis efter Axel Sjölander

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Another Swedish tune for the Scottish smallpipes today Schottis efter Axel Sjölander. This tune is from Tingsås in Småland and was found in the manuscript of Magnus Gustafsson. This tune is great for practising repeated notes and it has a lot of repeated notes!
Enjoy!
:)
Vx
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Monday, April 13, 2020

Gammal Schottis efter Bengt Håkansson


Hello!
A schottis on the säckpipa today. This tune needs a thumb hole on the right hand to give you the minor third, the G natural. It was found in August Strömbergs collection in Småland.
It's a great little schottis, so enjoy!
:))
Vx
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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Menueto efter Sven Donat

Hello!
It's time for some Swedish tunes played on the Scottish smallpipes! This is a really pretty simple little tune found in the collection of Sven Donat. This is a tune from Småland - which as you've probably guess is my home area and something that interests me a lot!!
Enjoy!
:))
Vx
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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Min Lilla Lisa

Hello!
A really sweet little tune today. It's from Jät in Småland and was from August Strömbergs collection.
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lästringe Gånglåt

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A tune that I taught at Halsway Manor last year at the säckpipa weekend. This tune was written by Anders Andersson as is at it was heard played by Pontus Estling at the christening of Prince Alexanders Christening on the 9th September 2016. We were all so excited to  hear this at the time!
It's a lovely little tune!
Enjoy!
:))
Vx

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Polska från Säfsnäs

Hello!
I got behind on sharing the videos that I made for the Halsway weekend last year, so here is another of those. Polska från Säfsnäs. I learnt this from the recording by Per Gudmundson and he lists it after Wictor Gustavson.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Don't Drive Tired

Hello!
The third of the set of three 16 bar jig tunes from our new album today. Nothing tricky.
Enjoy!
:))
Vx