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  • Lydia Gaertner

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    23 June, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Norsk Brudmarsch

    In Scandinavia, it is customary for a bride and groom to be picked up from home by the village community and musicians with a bridal march and brought to the church.
    I learnt this tune some years ago from a recording and the leadsheet of the swedish harpist and “Rijksspelman” Erik Ask-Upmark and altered the chords and chord patterns to my preferences.

    My old audio on soundcloud, played on a small harp (range AA-g: https://soundcloud.com/lydia-gaertner-722021108/norsk-brudmarsch

    Sheet music available with fingering on the melody and lots of versions of accompaniment in various levels for big and small harps: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eddfu4c0jhuen95/AABmIw6b3pdOaUG2KNTvVoOpa?dl=0

    I planned to do 3 playthroughs, more ore less from the 3 single sheets: Single Note Accompaniment (or optional octaves), then Broken 5th (optional broken 8ths with 5ths which is somehow easier for me), and at last, my slightly changed standard version either with broken triads (or broken full chords).
    The mentioned options should fit to the chosen playthrough.

    One can also choose the option playing only melody or playing only accompaniment without melody.

    If someone is good at improvising, it is worth a try – but then we have to listen through first before we decide if we take it.

    The video tutorials are in the making, links posted later below (don’t expect high quality, it is my first time to produce a tutorial, and I’m not the born teacher 😬- although I want to go on with Swedish and German modern trad. tunes later – if anyone is interested).

    The Master/ Tick Track with which you can record yourself will follow latest on Friday 25th of June Night MET – it depends how often I have to try the recording or how long I need to cut it.

    Read the info carefully, listen to my soundcloud track as often as possible, later then to the actual playthrough, to get the melody and chords intuitively into your head and look through the sheet music which level suits you.

    If you want to be part of the current recording, you should have a video recorded after the Master Track ready latest on July, 1st.

    Hesitant if you’re able to do this? I myself still are not perfect with the tune (I can’t tell you how many cuts I did in the soundcloud audio I recorded some years ago to make it sound smooth – the cutting took more time than the recording) and with this project I do many things the first time. It is a big challenge for me, but I have a lot of fun with it.

    It is a chance to grow beyond yourself

    😘

  • Claire Lécuyer

    Member
    23 June, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Lydia, it’s a beautiful tune, and I’d love to be part of the recording. I’ll choose some easy version (and will try to avoid the middle C as far as I can, because it won’t sound tuned as I have to change the broken string tomorrow), and hopefully I should be able to send you my video on 30th June or 1st July!

    You did a lot of work to write down all these versions, that’s great! And your recorded audio sounds very nice 🎶

    “the cutting took more time than the recording” –> haha, I totally had the same experience with my recording of “May it be”. That gave me motivation, like: let’s play better to avoid hours of editing 😅

    Anyway, I’m going to take a closer look on the several pdf right now!

  • Amanda Barnes

    Member
    23 June, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    23 June, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Yeah! My first bundle of Norsk Brudmarsch melody playthrough and tutorial is online!

    Here are the links:

    I set them as “not listed”, so I’m afraid I have to give you each single link…
    But I still don’t want to set them as “public”.

    Only Melody Playthrough: https://youtu.be/HS4QPyGA3k0

    Melody Tutorial Part A-1: https://youtu.be/9lkCe8BFy8Y

    Melody Tutorial Part A-2: https://youtu.be/SB-tlUBLLSs

    Melody Tutorial Part B-1: https://youtu.be/jfE_DlBwD2A

    Melody Tutorial Part B-2: https://youtu.be/lpNjYd-_Rps

    Later tonight Easy Accompaniment Playthrough and Tutorial will follow.

    • Wil Weten

      Member
      24 June, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Lydia, I’m deeply impressed!

      I think you’d like to know that all these discussion forums, except the Group Forums for paying members, are literally for the whole world to see (as Google and probably other bots do index them and show them in searches, though only members can post in them. And as they can see this posts, they can also see the links to your tutorials…

      Perhaps @kevin.smuts would be willing to make this forum hidden?

      • Lydia Gaertner

        Member
        24 June, 2021 at 10:24 pm

        @wil.weten

        Thanks for the hint. So maybe I’ll take out the links when the task of this is finished. I see no chance to make this discussion hidden, because all of the community should be able to see it until July.

        Let’s see it like this: it is a practice for me to make tutorials. And the now following accompaniment tutorials and also further playthroughs stilll don’t have the quality I’d expect from a teacher I pay for. And on YouTube there are so many free tutorials, and if you have an adblocker the tutor don’t get anything from you…

        • Wil Weten

          Member
          24 June, 2021 at 10:45 pm

          @lydia.gaertner If this forum were ‘hidden’, still any one logged in (so also the free members) could read this thread en comment on it. ‘Hidden’ means in this case that it is not for the whole world to see.

          I think it would be easy for @kevin.smuts to fix this.

          But if, after all, you don’t mind to share the tutorials etc with the whole rest of the world, it’s, of course, fine with me.

          • Lydia Gaertner

            Member
            24 June, 2021 at 11:07 pm

            Thank you, so I’ll ask him to do it, if it is not too complicated. Then I can leave all the rescources where they are…

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    24 June, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Now the next video is online – for today the last one, I hope to finish the rest tomorrow.

    Melody with Simple Accompaniment (single notes and octaves) Playthrough:
    https://youtu.be/vPyeUvZwUJI

    • Pilar Almendros

      Member
      24 June, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Impressive, Lydia! Thanks a lot.

  • Victoria Johnson

    Member
    24 June, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Thank you for this, Lydia!! You’re awesome!

  • Amanda Barnes

    Member
    24 June, 2021 at 4:31 am

    Thank you for this!

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    24 June, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Folks,

    I’d like to know who of you interested will really take part in the recording and on which level and with which accompaniment. Just to get an overview. If you want to, please send me a connecting request, then all can start a mailing group if questions will arise.

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    25 June, 2021 at 2:03 am

    So, there’s one more sheet music in my Dropbox – My Standard Version for Big Harp. Who wants to play this Version – Accompaniment with Broken Triads – for the recording, please download it.

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    25 June, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Today I recorded several playthroughs with 80 beats per minute. That is quite slow. For the video I’d like to have recordings with 100 beats per minute.

    • Claire Lécuyer

      Member
      25 June, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Lydia, I just tried the melody with 90 bpm, I have to practice in order to be able to follow the tempo, but don’t you think that it would be speed enough? I have to say that I’m a little bit afraid by the fact to do it with 100 bpm 😁

      But it would be okay if I play only the melody in one of the playthroughs, and some accompaniments in another one. When playing only the melody, will you prefer that I do it in the upper on lower register? I could also record both versions of the melody (high and low), and you will choose what fits the best with the other contributions?

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    25 June, 2021 at 2:41 am

    As I mentioned above, I want to play 3 times through for the video recording:

    1st Playthrough: Melody with Single Note or Octave Accompaniment. You could also play only Melody or only accompaniment for the recording.
    2nd Playthrough: Melody with Broken 5ths Accompaniment. You could also play Melody with Single Note or Octave Accompaniment, blocked 5ths, only Melody or only Single Note or Octave Accompaniment, but not the Broken Triad of Broken Full Chord Accompaniment.
    3rd Playthrough: Melody with Broken Triad Accompaniment – My Standard Version. You could also play the Broken Full Chord Version, Melody with Single Note or Octave Accompaniment, only Melody or only Single Note or Octave Accompaniment, but not the Broken 5th Accompaniment.

    The sheet music is in the Dropbox mentioned above, the first docs, standard version for bigh harps, LH single notes and LH broken 5ths. Other Accompaniments are in the other docs below them.

    If somebody wants to play with a small harp, just play all an octave
    higher. If you stick to sheet music: there should be all versions
    notated for small harp, too.

    I don’t have a special Intro and Outro, maybe I play alone a last only melody repetition of Part B (only once) as outro.

    And who still needs some tutorial, today I did some more uploads for the accompaniment. Unfortunately except the broken triad accompaniment – I always messed it up.

    • Claire Lécuyer

      Member
      25 June, 2021 at 9:26 am

      Hi Lydia and everyone, as said in private message, I imagine a nice short ending with simple arpeggio would be nice, in kind of Christy’Lyn’s style… I could try to find one. What do you think about it? And as an intro Lydia could play the melody alone? Just giving some personal ideas 🙂

      • Lydia Gaertner

        Member
        25 June, 2021 at 2:13 pm

        Hi Claire, yes, I’m about trying an ending like this. Like in Fields of Gold – playing the last bit in a higher octave with an arpeggio at the end. Or if a small harp wants to do it – fine!
        I wouldn’t do an intro, because 3 times through is quite long, and I plan to talk a little bit before, we should include some wish at the end and then, afterwards, I try to add something which I won’t tell here.

        • Claire Lécuyer

          Member
          25 June, 2021 at 5:32 pm

          Hi Lydia, just one question, looking at the pdf with various options: if I want to do a LH version with rolled chords, for which one of the 3 playthroughs could it be? Thanks!

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    25 June, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Here are the links:

    Melody with Broken 5ths Accomp Playthrough: https://youtu.be/pqTSmLcLdMY

    Tutorial Single Note Accomp: https://youtu.be/iT_5KqKh-aA

    Tutorial Octave Accomp: https://youtu.be/SjIuuQvOobk

    Tutorial 1 Broken 5ths Accomp: https://youtu.be/9CIwB7MvXk4

    Tutorial 2 Broken 5ths Accomp: https://youtu.be/8vz7B8kuEq0

    • Claire Lécuyer

      Member
      25 June, 2021 at 9:27 am

      That’s awesome, thank you!!

  • Lydia Gaertner

    Member
    25 June, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    UPDATE

    Hi fellow harpers,

    is there still anyone who wants to take part in our video project?
    Please send me a connection request and then a private message.

    I decided to coordinate the further steps in a more private mailing list.

    I also removed most of the sheet music from the dropbox, but left there some basic suggestions.

    The videos (which are not high quality in my opinion, more an experiment how to get along to be a tutor – I think I have to learn a lot more for making really good tutorials which I would like to attend myself) will stay.

    You can use the playthroughs to experiment with different chord shapes over the full range of the harp, especially the 2-times playthrough.

    Have fun and be creative!

    • Monique Klabis

      Member
      26 June, 2021 at 12:04 am

      I was hoping to contribute, but my 85 lb 12-year old dog is not fairing very well. It seems I will not have enough time to learn the piece and provide a recording. I still struggle with learning pieces quickly. I’m sure it will be a beautiful gift and look forward to it, @lydia.gaertner All the resources you provided are fantastic. You are a very good instructor. 🙂

      • Lydia Gaertner

        Member
        26 June, 2021 at 12:29 am

        Thanks, @monique.klabis !

        I wish the best for your dog!

        And: I’d like to repeat such a project, I’ve already a very beautiful swedish midsommar-tune for that, and then with much more time. I’ll inform you and anyone who is interested.

        • Wil Weten

          Member
          26 June, 2021 at 8:03 pm

          @lydia.gaertner I’m deeply impressed by all your work. I’ve got no capacity at the moment for recording myself, but please, do keep me informed when you’re ready to repeat such a project, like the swedish midsommar-tune you’ve in mind.

          Everybody, have fun with this great project.

        • Monique Klabis

          Member
          1 July, 2021 at 5:06 am

          Thank you, Lydia. Just trying to keep her comfortable. The other 12-year old isn’t doing too great, either. He needs an operation, but his heart is too weak. The 13-year old Chihuahua will probably live forever. 😉

          This is going to be wonderful. Will everyone be able to view it after you present it to C.L. & J? I would love to see it. Such a thoughtful and beautiful gift.

          The other project sounds lovely. 💗

          • Lydia Gaertner

            Member
            5 July, 2021 at 3:38 pm

            @monique.klabis the video is in the activity feed since saturday. There you can watch it. Hope you’ll take part another time at another project 😘

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