mardi 17 mars 2020

King of the Fairies + Alister McAlister + Cup of Tea ~ Celtic Fiddle Tun...

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Happy St. Paddy's Day!! I hope you are healthy and well during these turbulent times. Here are three fun Celtic tunes: King of the Fairies (hornpipe), Alister McAlister (strathspey), and Cup of Tea (3-part reel). I believe King of the Fairies and Cup of Tea are Irish tunes, and Alister McAlister is a Scottish tune. Alister McAlister is usually played in B minor, but I think it sounds pretty good after King of the Fairies if it's played in E minor! =) Not everyone likes the idea of playing with the key signatures like that, but I like how tunes sound on the lower strings of the violin a little more than on the higher strings. King of the Fairies is a common dance tune. I've played it for Irish dancers, and, not going to lie, but it starts to get old after you play it for what seems like 500 times at slightly different tempos, lol....This version's tempo is at 130 bpm, which is much faster than most competition dance speeds, but it's a tempo that's fairly common at a session. I really like how strange of a tune it sounds -- the d and c sharps add quite a lot of mysteriousness to it. Cup of Tea has a really catchy beginning. It's definitely a tune that easily gets stuck in my head. I find the middle part of the tune to be the hardest -- there are a lot of notes to try to squeeze in there. To me, it sounds like the tea cup fell over in that part, but maybe that's just my imagination. "Tea" seems to have a different meaning for 2020 (meaning, "gossip"), and considering how the melody bounces between major and minor parts, I think it somewhat fits that newer definition, too... I hope everyone is safe from the Coronavirus.. =( I think it took people a little too long to realize what a problem it was going to be over here in the USA, but we're starting to take it seriously in

Colorado. I'm staying inside as much as possible. I've always been a bit of a homebody, but now's the time to really keep away from other people. I had just gotten into the habit of going to the gym to workout, too.. Oh well, such is life -- I guess I can try to workout in my apartment..? It really scares me that this thing is just getting started, and so much stuff seems to have happened already. I don't see an end in sight quite yet, but time will tell. Perhaps this virus will die off with heat? That would be nice, wouldn't it?! Lots of Irish parades and bar gigs for St. Paddy's Day have been cancelled this year. It's sad, but I see it as a necessary thing to do. I'm staying away from going to sessions, too -- the majority of the people who play this music are older and in the higher-risk demographic... All of this staying-in means that there will be LOTS of time to PRACTICE!!! :D Now I can finally sit down and try to learn Ragtime Annie -- that tune has been requested so many times! :o BTW, it wasn't cold when I filmed this. It snowed the day before, but then was 54 degrees Fahrenheit the day I filmed...Colorado has weird weather. :o Thank you for watching, and I hope you have a good rest of the week! Stay safe!! ~ Katy ------------ A big "Thank you" to all of my supporters on Patreon!! =)  Music store website: Artist portfolio website:

dimanche 8 mars 2020

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Si Bheag Si Mhor - Celtic Fiddle Tune

Here is a pretty Celtic tune called Si Bheag Si Mhor! I've been told that this tune was one of the first tunes that Turlough O'Carolan wrote. I believe it was originally written for the harp, and it sounds so gorgeous when played on the harp! I think the title means "Little Hill, Big Hill," and I've heard that it was written more in the context of a mythical fairy battle on the two hills.. (??) to me, that sounds really interesting, and if anyone has more information about what the inspiration behind the tune was, please let me know! Since the title of the tune seems to involve hills, I climbed up to the tallest hill I could find that had a pretty outlook to irrigated farmland. Colorado is typically very dry, and it is definitely a rare site to see anything that green around here! I think it is a beautiful tune! I hope you enjoy the video! Thank you for watching!
I think, you asked me something through the violin. and my answer is "Yes I Will" :) anyway your smile is so pure. thanks for your exist. 


Seo Uileo Thoil - Gaelic Lullaby | Katy Adelson

Seo Uileo Thoil - gaelic lullaby _ Katy Adelson
Here is a really pretty Irish air called, "Seo Uileo Thoil." Some people refer to this song as, "Irish Lullaby" or, "Gaelic Lullaby." I'm not really sure if it actually is a lullaby, but I think it sounds peaceful and pretty enough to be one. "" mentions a possible translation could be, "Knowing this grief," with the word "Uileo" meaning grief or mourning. I don't speak Irish, so I really have no idea. :o It's a pretty simple tune that is fun to create little harmonies to! I'd say this could be considered a good tune for beginners to learn. It mainly consists of arpeggios and scales played at a moderate tempo. I wrote out free sheet music with all the melodies and harmonies used in this video here:
I mainly had the two harmonies, but decided to play one version an octave lower to create another variation. I wrote out the octave lower versions to make them easier to learn and play for those who read sheet music. December is coming! I can't believe it! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and November! The year is almost over -- time flies! :o Thank you for watching, and I hope you have a good rest of the week! =) ~ Katy