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Re: Conkers to conquer
« Reply #25 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:17:38 AM »
Pot-House Jig
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:18:36 AM »
The Rights of Man
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:19:28 AM »
The Road to Lisdoonvarna
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:20:34 AM »
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:21:19 AM »
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« Reply #30 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:22:52 AM »
Sí Bheag, Sí Mór
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:23:34 AM »
Smash the Windows
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« Reply #32 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:24:14 AM »
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:25:27 AM »
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:26:08 AM »
Tobin's Jig
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« Reply #35 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:27:03 AM »
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Re: Conkers to conquer
« Reply #36 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:33:25 AM »
There it is. The following text shows up on the cover of the book we put together. Comb-binding rules.  ;D
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These tunes are mostly old chestnuts, tried and true veterans of the fiddling tradition. They will be familiar at most sessions or jams, certainly in the New England area. Old-timey tunes and bluegrass favorites are under-represented here, merely because we don't know that many of them. Just about every tune in the collection  is a dance tune. Played at the proper lively tempo, they are meant to give lift to the dancers' feet, and mark the figures of the dance. This is why many of them are 32-bar jigs or reels, when played AABB. A good contra-dance caller knows when the dancers have got the feel of any particular dance, and so when to stop hollering at the dancers, to let the music tell them what is going on. A good dance band will use the phrasing of the tune to help the dancers stay aware of where they are in every flying moment. Good dancers may listen to the melody for cues, but they pay more attention to the pulse that drives that melody, so they can fit into each pattern that comes their way.

Please keep in mind that music is pulse and sound, and lines with spots on paper are only inky paper. For now let's call the inky paper "notes," and save the word "music" for what we make with our hands, ears and hearts. The notes are a reminder, a way to remember how a tune goes. Once you can play the tune without looking at the book, and can make it sound interesting, and maybe even notice that other people around you are moving with your sound, then you are making music. Remember that the written notes are only a starting place, a group of ideas for keeping a tune together, and not the only "right way" to play the tune. All the same, if you play a tune exactly as it is written here, very likely someone else will recognize it, maybe even call it a different name, and show you how they play it. Happy listening!

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on the inside cover, there's the following stuff on modes and links:
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By the way, a Mixolydian scale is a Major scale with a flat seventh.
It has one more flat or one less sharp than that Major scale.

A Dorian scale is a minor scale with a sharp sixth.
It has one more sharp or one less flat than that minor scale.

“So many tunes, so little time!” You will find many more tunes in:
The Fiddler’s Fakebook by David Brody, Oak Publications, 1983
New England Fiddler’s Repertoire  by Randy Miller and Jack Perron, Fiddlecase Books, 1983
The Portland Collection by Susan Songer, 1997
or on line at John Chambers’ abc tunefinder: http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/FindTune.html

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Re: Conkers to conquer
« Reply #37 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:50:24 AM »
Billie, what is the best application to run your .nwc files?

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Re: Conkers to conquer
« Reply #38 on: Feb 10, 2006, 04:52:39 AM »
Hehe... it almost looked like a flood in here!

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Re: Conkers to conquer
« Reply #39 on: Feb 10, 2006, 05:05:41 AM »
Sorry about the post-o-rrhea. I could only attach two at a time.

The best application to open them is NoteWorthy Composer. There is a free viewer/printer program downloadable on their site, but I've not tried it. I bet it works fine though, they seem to be a good outfit.

Best thing I can say about NoteWorthy is that it seems to have been built to use, as opposed to having been built to sell. I like it a lot; it does everything I want it to do.


I'm guessing that some of the big score-editing applications might be able to import .nwc files, but I do not know.
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Re: Conkers to conquer
« Reply #40 on: Feb 12, 2006, 04:27:33 PM »
The zip file with all the tunes is now available at the NoteWorthy Scriptorium.
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