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Coffee on the Windowsill
« on: Oct 24, 2006, 05:07:55 AM »
Well.  This morning started out as a bright clear fall morning, one of those that feel like anything could happen that day. I set a cup of coffee on the windowsill for my dear, who was still rolling around under the covers, and went off to compose the first fiddle tune of my entire life, the following hornpipe. Copyleft yours truly, all rights reversed and released to the process of the folk. Feel free to use different accompaniment chords. If they turn out to be better, please let me know what they are.

2006 Oct 28 changed E to A chord in 4th measure of 2nd strain or B part, the one that used to go | "E" AF^GA "Bm" B2 de |.  Feel free to ignore the artsy chords anyway.

X:1
T:Coffee on the Windowsill (for Miss Myra)
C:Bill MacLeod
M:C
R:hornpipe
Q:1/4=132
L:1/8
K:D
A | "D" FABA FADF | "F#m" EFBF "E" E2 F^G | "Bm" BcdB fdB^g | "E" ab^gf e2 cB |
"A" ABcd "D" eafd | "A" cdec "Em" B2 =GE | "D" DFBF "A7" ABGF | "Em" EGBA "D" F2 D :|
|: d | "A" cfec "Bm" BcBA | "E" ^GABF E3 d | "A" cfec AdcB | "A" AF^GA "Bm" B2 de |
"Bm" fdBf "A7" ecA=g | "G" fd (3Bcd "Em" e2 "D"f2 | "Em" ge"D"fd "A"(3edc "G"dB | "A"AB (3ABc "D" d2 D :|
« Last Edit: Oct 28, 2006, 03:53:25 PM by beeswing »
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #1 on: Oct 24, 2006, 05:48:03 AM »
Whiskey Before Breakfast, and Coffee on the Windowsill! What the heck kinda house you run over thar' Willy? ;D
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #2 on: Oct 24, 2006, 06:50:06 AM »
Bouncy!  Neat tune, thar, Willard!  Very nice!   ;D

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #3 on: Oct 24, 2006, 07:08:57 AM »
Just plu(n)cked through it (very quietly, husband still asleep) and am crurious how it works out when bowed. I like it so far. In that last bar of the A bit my fingers seem to want to go anywhere but to that F3D. Very curious what happens when I have a proper play through it later today.  :)

Added: John wide awake now, and I've played it a bit, and it has some "awkwardish" bits in it, but after a bit of playing they're starting to seem a lot less awkward :) Very nice tune indeed! A lot of fun to play too.

I'd love to hear how you have it in mind!  :)
« Last Edit: Oct 24, 2006, 10:43:48 AM by zaivanbuijs »

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #4 on: Oct 24, 2006, 10:56:22 AM »
Nice, plucked through it at my teabreak. Has a "clog" feel to it. Play it with a lot of swagger. I will have to play it properly at lunchtime, when, I think I'll play it followed by "Flee as a Bird". Looking forward to that.

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #5 on: Oct 24, 2006, 01:31:22 PM »
Okay, it's not a clog. :embarassed:

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #6 on: Oct 24, 2006, 01:35:22 PM »
Not everything Dutch-girl likes is clog or cheeserelated.... ;)

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #7 on: Oct 24, 2006, 01:46:45 PM »
It could just as easily be a clog, what do I know? I just thought I'd call it a hornpipe, even though I might not know one from my left elbow if it poked me in the nose. Thanks, guys! One of these days I'll see if I can work it into some kind of shape on the fiddle and record it the way I hear it...

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #8 on: Oct 24, 2006, 07:51:26 PM »
Not everything Dutch-girl likes is clog or cheeserelated.... ;)
Cheese will eventually clog your arteries if you don't eat it with enough red, red wine! ;D I figger someone with a handle like "Hypertension Kid" would know that tho... ;)

Where can I find more Dutch girls without going to the Continent or South Africa? :)
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #9 on: Oct 24, 2006, 08:22:00 PM »
Great tune, bee-sie.  It's the bee's knees, it's the caterpillar's eyebrow.

It has a weirdly twisted Scottish feel to it.  I can imagine reeling to it, especially with some Scotch in my coffee.
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #10 on: Oct 28, 2006, 11:21:52 AM »
Hey Bee...A new tune to bring to FiddleHell in Dec?

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #11 on: Oct 28, 2006, 03:48:39 PM »
EEK! the pressure, I can't take the pressure... :D I haven't yet tried it on the viola, but it might work an octave down. Plunked it out on the mando when putting it together. I've run through it a bunch of times on the fiddle, and there is still a place or two where my fingers want to do something else than what's written. What's written is what I want them to do; they're just being stubborn.

Emma, I don't think I'll ever come close to serious competition with JS Skinner, but weirdly twisted Scottish seems about right... thanks for noticing! ;D

Here's a Noteworthy copy of it attached. If you don't have the Boxmarks font, then you'll see an upbow as a lower case "t" and a downbow as a "u" but the bowings are pretty square and boring, just to get downbows on downbeats.

I've changed the suggested chord to an A in the 4th full measure of the B part, just before the B minor. Again, feel free to ignore the artsy chords.

This is fun! I want to do it some more...
« Last Edit: Oct 28, 2006, 03:57:27 PM by beeswing »
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #12 on: Oct 28, 2006, 05:38:18 PM »
Bill, what software do you use for Noteworthy?

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #13 on: Oct 28, 2006, 05:59:46 PM »
http://www.noteworthysoftware.com/

Excellent little score editor, made to be used, does about everything I need (maybe except having two different sized staves in a system, where you need to look at another part to see where to come in, for example.) It's what my son calls "nagware." Free fully-functional evaluation copy that prints out a registration form along with each paper copy of a tune, and limits you to a dozen file saves under any given name, but it all works, and works well. Along with the leatherman tool I use repeatedly every working shift, it's one of the best 40 buxes I ever spent.
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #14 on: Oct 28, 2006, 08:01:04 PM »
Thanks for the link.  I'll check it out when I get a chance.

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #15 on: Oct 29, 2006, 03:05:09 PM »
Sorry to be a budinsky, here...  But nothing is working...  Let me try this...


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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #16 on: Oct 29, 2006, 03:15:43 PM »
Perhaps a kind moderater can split this off into a topic of it's own as it was intended....
I like your composition Diddle. I'd love to hear it played by real people. I guess I'll have to play around with it a bit and with Audicity. Could be fun this afternoon/evening. I can always do my homework some other time.... :)

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #17 on: Oct 29, 2006, 03:32:33 PM »
Thanks, zai!  And thanks for helping me (one way or the other) to allow you to hear the tune!  Thanks beeswing for turning me on to that great program, "NoteWorthy"!  Fun it is!  (A first attempt, and very rough at that...)   ;D

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #18 on: Oct 29, 2006, 03:40:52 PM »
about as rough as a well-powdered baby's butt, but sweeter!

I'm honored to have you join this thread, since now I have no way to claim it as "mine." Do you mind if I print it out all pretty and see if I can persuade some of our local folkie-type musos or other kids to play it here? (If anyone gets paid to do it, we'll be sure to mention your name as the crowd goes wild after... ;D )
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #19 on: Oct 29, 2006, 04:15:30 PM »
Hahahhahaahaha!   ;D  Willard!  You charmer...  But, thank you!  How sweet! 

Sure!  You can print it out and play it!  It's for 3 violins (or... any 3 instruments that are in that range...  I made it for 3 violins in hopes to learn it with my dad and MAYBE another violin dude... a wacky-mad one (who will, of course, be 3rd violin!)  ;)  (I'll be seeing my dad soon...)  warning!  It won't print out too beautifully, because there were a lot of things I couldn't figure out how to do... such as connecting all those eigth-notes, bar-lines, ties, stuff like that...  And, it really is rough...  I haven't proof-read it yet...  Always room for changes!  BUT WOW!  I dig this program!  Thanks so much for turning me onto it!   ;D

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #20 on: Oct 29, 2006, 04:31:40 PM »
to put a Beam on a group of flagged notes, you select them with a wipe of the mouse or <shift>-<sideways-arrows> and do a <ctrl>-B

or, you can have the program do it for you a staff at a time... make sure you have a plain cursor (nothing selected or highlighted) and do an <alt>-T followed by A, to Automatically beam the notes according to the time signature. You can find the same thing in the Tools menu, but I find the keyboard shortcut is faster for me.

If someone wants to start a NoteWorthy support group thread, I'll be happy to chime in if I think I can help.

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #21 on: Oct 29, 2006, 04:50:52 PM »
Here you go, see how you like the way this looks. All I did was do that automatic beam tool, add section-end bar lines with a forced line-break at the end, force system (line) breaks every eight measures, add circled measure numbers (you can ditch those in the File paGe setup menu, options tab; I just used them to get the lines more or less even) and turn off the "give longer notes more space" thingy so the last system would fit on one line. I think that's all I did...

oh, and I made all the staves Orchestral, so the bar lines cover the whole system. And another thing: I made the tempo mark invisible to the printer, and moved it below the top staff. If you select a note or bit of text, or even a fermata for Pete's sake, you can move it up or down with a <shift><ctrl> up or down arrow.
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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #22 on: Oct 29, 2006, 04:54:44 PM »
Ok, here's my best effort in turning diddles dots into abc. Don't know how to make it come out in concertina with the three "voices" grouped like the original, but perhaps someone else can fix that?

I proofread it against the dots and think this is rigth, but it wouldn't hurt if someone else checks it against the noteworthy version, since I am known to miss an e somewhere as likely as the next person.

X:1
T:Waltz for dad - 1st violin or other instrument in that range
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:G
B2f2B2|E2c2E2|B,C DE FA|Bc c2B2|B2 f2A2|E2 c2 D2|AG FE DC|B,C B,A, G,D|
E^G A2 B2|c6 | D2 G3 A|A B B4|C2 c2 G2| FG F2 E2|B,6    | B,2 A,2 D2|
E2 B2 D2| ^A,2 =F2 =A,2|^G,2 =F2 ^D2|A,6  |DA A2 C2 |^A,D D2 c2 |
e=f g^a e'c'| d'6||


X:1
T:Waltz for dad -  2nd violin or other instrument in that range
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:G
AB B4|C2 E2 G2 | FG F2 E2|B,6|B,2 A,2 D2| E2 G2 B2 | B,C DE FA | d6  |e6 |
fe dc BA-|A6 |GA B2 c2 | e6  | df g2 a2 |ba gf ed | eg fe fg-|g4 f2|=f6  |e2 Z4 |e6   |B A G =F E D |D6|D4 D2-|D2 Z4||



X:1
T:Waltz for dad - 3rd violin or other instrument in that range
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:G
B,C B,A, G,D| E^G A2 B2| d6 |D2 G3 A|AB B4|C2 c2 G2|FG F2 A2|Bc de fa |
^g6 |a6 | fe dc BA| G6 | E=F GA eA |d6 | df ga b2-|b4 z2|b4 a2 |a6 | a6|
ba g=f ed |d6|d4 d2-|d2 d4||


It could perhaps be arranged neater on the page as well.

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #23 on: Oct 29, 2006, 06:12:01 PM »
Here you go, see how you like the way this looks.

Absolutely!   ;)  Yes!   :)  That is how it should look!  Thanks for that!  What a guy!

(I haven't gotton onto the (gulp... what do you call it again, zai?)  The transfering of those symbols... yet...)   (sorry, just read the post above... it's called, "ABC" ???  Thanks to (and especially to you) zai for your efforts!  I'll check it out now, that mysterious lingo above!  Wooo Hoooo!  You guys are so nice, thanks.   :)
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 29, 2006, 06:36:35 PM »
I thought I had it "book-marked"   ;D  (Yup... I'm an official bookmarker ...  ;D)  (The site that transfers musical code into notes)  ;D  Where did it go?  I think this mysterious code of transfering those symbols into notes should have a link of it's own with each try...  For convenience sake...

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« Reply #25 on: Oct 29, 2006, 06:45:13 PM »

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Re: Coffee on the Windowsill
« Reply #26 on: Oct 29, 2006, 07:01:49 PM »
Hey cool!   ;D  Yeah, that worked, zai!    Thanks for doing that!   :)   

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« Reply #27 on: Oct 29, 2006, 07:50:13 PM »
My pleasure, thank you for sharing that Walz with us :)

 




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