I'm going to suggest Westphalia Waltz.
There are two versions on jaybuckey...this is the easier version.
I like waltzes...and it's a slower pace than what we've been trying to do.
What do the rest of you like for June?
Let's get the suggestion bit going here.
I'm game. A quick internet search turned up the following link that relates the story of the Westphalia Waltz. Apparently someone made a documentary about the history of the song...
Always interesting to learn a bit of the background of a tune!
Just as a note, I don't have any financial interest in this DVD... I found the page through a link on Wikipedia. Hope I'm not running afoul of any rules!
- G.B. Harris
And....I also would like to throw another tune out here for consideration.
Eleanor Rigby ~ Beatles
I've been wanting to learn it.
Sure, why not the Westphalia Waltz, that is a real beauty Karon. I hope you didn't choose it for the subtitle;
"Pytala Sie Pani" (Why are You Sad, Lady?)
There is some nice options out there as well if anyone wants more of a challenge:
tabs for this version:http://www.mjra.net/WillFly/Westphal...0%28tab%29.pdf
a few more tabs:http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab1/west1.html
I think I'll start with the one you shared Karon and see it as a good chance to practice tremelo in June.
If you're new to the group and wondering what's up here....at the end of the month we throw out suggestions for the next months tune. On the 31st I'll post the 3 or 4 that got the most positive feedback or 'yes I'd like that ones'.
Then we might need to vote on the one we want.
So far they've won readily by popular aclaim and we haven't had to have a vote.
Don't be shy....say which tune/song you'd like to work on in June!
OK...see how this works!
John has already said!
It IS a beautiful tune isn't it.
OK...I see that G.B. Harris has 'liked' Westphalia Waltz also.
I'm hoping we'll have more suggestions to consider....it's fun to know what other's would enjoy working on.
We have three days before we have to make the decision.
How about the Ashokan Waltz. You can find the notation and tabs on the Cafe tab edit or Mandolin tab edit sites. It looks fairly straight forward. I will be continuing my study of the Tennessee Waltz during my lesson today, learning how to use tremolo. My teacher, Don, had suggested that the Ashokan Waltz is a good one too.
Kelly....is Ashokan Waltz the same thing as Ashokan Farewell? Or, are they entirely different tunes?
If it's the same thing as Ashokan Farewell, I like that one a whole lot. It's a haunting melody.
Oops! That is what it is "Ashokan Farewell"! I just caught my error and was about to edit my message.
I'd be fine with either, they are both fairly simple and are good opportunities for us to practice tremelo.
(and I've now started on both of them so I don't mind what the official June song ends up being )
I would be happy with either. I have heard Ashokan Farewell - it's one of the tunes Dennis Vance at The Mandolin Store uses for his demo sound clips. He says its an old Civil War tune.
I may not be posting videos, but I have worked on the tunes for the last couple of months and enjoyed them quite a bit. Part B of Blackberry Blossom really helped with my sense of pick direction control.
Part B of Blackberry Blossom really helped with my sense of when to give up on a song
re: Ashokan Farewell, it is a modern tune written by Jay Ungar to use as an ending song for the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance camps.It's claim to fame was Ken Burns use of a haunting fiddle version to great effect in the acclaimed PBS Civil War series.
Well I could definitely use some improvement on my tremolo. Plus I have a sister-in-law who lives in Westphalia Michigan, so I'm game for the Westphalia Waltz.
Waiting to see if we get any more suggestions that folks will rally around.
So far Westphalia Waltz is leading quite handily. I'll wait and see what happens tonight. If I get no other suggestions that seem really popular then we'll call it tomorrow and I'll post a thread for the June videos by tomorrow night.
We have just splendid weather here today so I'm back out to the patio...maybe I'll take the mando out there and the metronome and work on some timing issues.
I vote for the Westphalia Waltz. Good tune. I played rythem guitar for fiddle players and accordian players on this tune but never tried it on the mandolin. It'll be good for me to learn a waltz other then over the waves.
Westphalia Waltz is fine with me. Thanks Karon!
Hmmmm ... I am from Westphalia, the region in the west of Germany. I didn't know there was a Westphalia "35 miles west of Bremond". I don't know where Bremond is either. And my tremolo is rubbish.
Tremolo *and* triplets breaking the rhythm ... I think this may be another newbie tune that isn't a newbie tune. I abstain.
Throwing this thought out for consideration....
A month is a long time to work on one song for some of us. (Not for me obviously...but some of us can work up a song much more quickly than in four weeks I think.)
How about we have 2 selections for each month and folks can choose to work on one or both of them as they please.
This month we could do
Westphalia Waltz and/or perhaps Ashokan Farewell....or another tune that might be preferred.
Any thoughts on this?
If the idea appeals...any suggestions for the other tune?
I'm happy working on anything.
Karon that is a great idea, at least for me, as I for one have a hard time holding my concentration for a month on one tune. I would support both waltz tunes. They have enough differences to make it different. Just to note, Ashokan Farewell does not have triplets in it (at least the version by Jay Unger from Cafe tab edit.
Sure, let's try both- who will be the first to pull off a medley?
I think this is great idea Karon.
If you enjoy a tune and your not there yet with the tremolos and triplets, leave them out. The tune will still be recognizable. As you improve you can go back and learn those excluded parts. It'll give you something to work at. (just my 2 cents)
Jake...your 2 cents is the same as my take on this.
I'll get the thread posted for the June tunes in a little while here. I don't see anyone coming up with other tunes for consideration besides these, at this point.
Believe me, I'm ready to move on from Blackberry Blossom. It was very hard to get going on. And I have MILES to go on it...but...my 2 cents is that it keeps my skills growing to force myself to try to get some of tunes that are hard for me. Pressing forward even though it can be pretty ugly when first working on a tune is what will help me to grow I think.
I know how much I don't know and that can get discouraging but the only way to learn to play is to just do it...go through with all of it. That's my 2 cents.
And...I really want to learn all genres. I'm intrigued and beguiled by all of it.