Member23 June, 2021 at 9:44 am
Let’s talk about the weather for a minute or two.
In Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen.
Nothing to see here, particularly not for a certain couple getting married on the 3rd of July.
Okay, that should be long enough so Christy-Lyn doesn’t see anything interesting in the preview! 😁 (She’s also been warned not to browse through the Discussion Forum before her wedding.)
This is a conspiracy post!
A few of us would like to surprise Christy-Lyn and Donny with a harp video for their wedding!
We’d like to do a collaboration of as many of Christy-Lyn’s harp friends and students as possible, so if you are up for some spontaneous recording, grab your harp and phone and let’s go!
We currently have two ideas for a video, and depending on how many people are interested and up for a challenge, we could do either one of them, or even both.
@lydia.gaertner is preparing a lovely Norwegian bridal march in various levels of difficulty, with sheet music and recordings and videos to help you learn it quickly. Pick the level that seems right for you, play along with Lydia’s recording so the timing is right, and send her a video!
The second idea would be to record a version of Christy-Lyn’s Canon in D. We could use one of the playthroughs included in the course as a reference, but each of us could play different variations depending on our skills, or we could play the early intermediate version as an actual canon, meaning some people could start a bit later and not have to play so many variations. You could even just play the left hand part, if you’ve only just started learning the piece!
I hope tagging works in the Discussion Forum, so I’ll just tag a few people who I think might be interested, because I know not everyone checks the forums for new posts, and we only have about a week to finish this project. I’d like to get the final video done by July 1st.
If you know someone who might be interested and willing to participate, please tag them or tell them about this post! I think it would be a lovely wedding present!
Member23 June, 2021 at 9:51 am
How embarrassing… I mis-spelled Jonny’s name! It was an honest typo, and the site won’t let me edit the post. Sorry, Jonny, if you ever see this!
Member23 June, 2021 at 10:21 am
Hi Katarina, yes, tagging works, so here I am!
What a wonderful idea! My Canon in D is still in progress, but I could try to do a few variations… Unfortunately I just broke a string yesterday, the middle C which is an important one 😨 And I don’t have backup strings… I have to go to buy another. Luckily I can go to Paris today and will replace it tomorrow! I hope I’ll be able to play something correct before the deadline. If not, I could record a right hand only! That would complete with someone who would do only the left one 😅
Please keep me updated!
Have a nice day or evening, depending on who is where in the world 😉
Member23 June, 2021 at 11:05 am
Member23 June, 2021 at 11:46 am
perfect! The sheet music of Norsk Brudmarsch with fingerings and various levels for big and small harps is already available, also an old recording on Soundcloud. I’m still struggling with the video producion (tutorials and playthrough). And since it is the first time I do that, please excuse the quality!
Until Friday (in 2 days) latest there will be a tick track from me. The tutorials will be ready tonight (very late MET).
I’ll create an undergroup at Performing at Weddings, named Norwegian Wedding, where you can find all info and links.
So far you can (should) listen to my recording as often as you can to get the melody in your head (that makes it far easier learning it), read the info in the Norwegian Wedding Group, look through the various sheet music variations
I’ll create an undergroup at Performing at Weddings, named Norwegian Wedding, where you can find all info and links.
Member23 June, 2021 at 11:28 am
Ps: I love the Norwegian idea too, if it’s not too difficult to learn in a few days 🙂
Member23 June, 2021 at 2:24 pm
The first infos to the Norsk Brudmarsch are online – named Norwegian Wedding – like this one a subgroup to Performing at Weddings.
Member23 June, 2021 at 4:55 pm
Hi! Nice to be here! 🙂 I downloaded the Norwegian Wedding March scores and is planning to give it a go today. I can learn the Canon in D if that ended up being the pick; let me know if that’s the case though as I will need to buy the sheet music. Thank you for inviting me to participate, and looking forward to the collaboration! 😀
Member23 June, 2021 at 5:03 pm
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.
Yay! I’m so happy all of you are interested in participating.
A note: EVERYONE is of course welcome to join in, not just the people we mentioned by name! I just tagged a few people whose names popped into my head when thinking about this project, but if I forgot to tag someone or someone I haven’t met yet decides to join in, please join in! We’re glad of every participant. The most important technical requirement is that the recordings match up when it comes to tempo. Apart from that, the most important thing is having fun!
Member24 June, 2021 at 8:53 am
“How Kind Of You To Let Me Come … “
What a fantastic idea and an amazing amount of effort put in by yourself and @lydia.gaertner . I would love to join in if I’m able to make an acceptable recording in time. I’ve printed out the Norwegian Wedding March and will give it a go.
Member24 June, 2021 at 3:17 pm
What versions do you think you can play?
I’m just at checking out which accompaniment fits to which other. Almost everything, like with the Canon in D.
I just don’t want the broken 5ths together with “my Standard Version”, the broken triads which start one quaver later mostly. There will be no disharmony, but then the special character of both styles get lost.
Later I’ll put up a message in the Norwegian Wedding, which accomaniments can be played together.
Member24 June, 2021 at 7:50 pm
Sorry I’m late to this. has there been a decision on which song is chosen and where do we get the resources again and how do we submit the recording? Thanks
Member24 June, 2021 at 10:57 pm
we’ll do both I think. But Katharina has only time from Sunday on.
If you are interested in Canon in D, I think we take Christy-Lyn’s YouTube-Video for intermediate harp as “Master track”, to which we record ourselves. It is even in the counting, so the easiest.
Norsk Brudmarsch resources and infos are at the other discussion at “Performing at Weddings”, called “Norwegian Wedding” https://www.learningtheharp.com/forums/discussion/norwegian-wedding/#post-28470.
Which tune are you interested in and which level are you? (since I’m responsible for Norsk Brudmarsch, I try to get an overview who will play which version, since they can be combined, but not each one with every other.
Katharina promised she’ll put the videos together. So they should be sent to her. But since I put lots of time into creating the material, I’d be thankful also to get your videos.
Member25 June, 2021 at 8:56 am
You wrote your message at the same time than me, so I have my answers, thanks 😉
I’ll precise you today what version I would do.
Have a nice day!
Member24 June, 2021 at 11:07 pm
Hi Katharina, I love your weather intros!
Yesterday I watched some videos about the Icelandic volcano which doesn’t stop to grow since a few months, blowing so much lava, wow, that’s so impressive! (Yes, I’m fascinated by volcanos 🌋)
Anyway, I also wonder about which piece to do, or will we do both? Or a kind of medley? (lol, just joking, that would be a crazy amount of work)
Is it you who will edit the Canon and Lydia would manage the March?
Oh and good news on my side: I replaced my C string today, yay!! I almost turned mad trying to do the knot properly, and wanted to throw my string over the walls or cut it in small pieces, but finally it went fine, pfffew! Now I cross fingers hoping I won’t have to do that again before a loooong time 😅
Member24 June, 2021 at 5:57 am
Thank you for including me in such a special gift. But I have no tick tok and never play the same thing twice. I am a terrible person for a collaboration and I wiggle too much lol. I think it is a wonderful gift, I will be a cheer leader. You guys are great.
Member24 June, 2021 at 10:37 pm
I think i may give it a go, where are the resources, I can’t find a drop box or sheet music. Please help. Katharina, I messaged you.
Member24 June, 2021 at 10:58 pm
Hi Connie, which one are you interested in?
Member25 June, 2021 at 7:22 pm
I was considering the melody for big harps since I’m not familiar with the tune. I have the sheets but unfortunately my timing is never the same two times in a row due to my tremors. I think I will sit this one out and just cheer you on since there is such a short time. But I will continue to practice. Thank You for the invitation to participate. This is so special. Cheer Cheer Cheer!!!
Member24 June, 2021 at 10:59 pm
Infos, resources and anything for Norsk Brudmarsch at “Nordic Wedding”, https://www.learningtheharp.com/forums/discussion/norwegian-wedding/#post-28470
Member26 June, 2021 at 3:51 pm
’twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe…
Sorry everyone, I’m just having a bit of fun with the first line in each post so you can’t see the topic in the preview.
I’ve been really busy these past few days, so I haven’t been as involved as I’d like, but Lydia is doing an amazing job coordinating the Norwegian wedding march!
In case anyone would still rather do the Canon in D: if at least four people want to do it, I’m still open to coordinating that video. I myself haven’t learned enough variations to lead the group though. I would suggest that IF we get enough participants, we record it as an actual canon. I’d use Christy-Lyn’s own video as the reference: https://youtu.be/cKSOJ91Lto0
Christy-Lyn plays 12 variations plus coda. We don’t have to play exactly the version that she plays in her recording! To make recording easier, the first participant would wait out her first variation, and join in with just the bass line when she starts the second variation. The second participant would wait out two variations, the third would wait out three, etc. I’d suggest that everyone start with variations 1 (which is just the bass), 2, and 3, and then pick their favourites after that. (If you haven’t bought Christy-Lyn’s course or sheet music, ANY version of the Canon in D is fine, as long as it’s also in the original D major and played in the correct tempo!) The “leader” would have to record 11 variations and coda, the second participant 10, the third 9, the fourth 8. It would be fine if just the leading player wraps up the recording with the full arpeggio, and the others end on a soft rolled D chord, or just a single D. If more than 4 people are interested, we could also include people who want to play just one or two variations, or just the bass, or just the melody.
If all of that sounds too complicated or too chaotic, because I haven’t had the time to plan it out properly – please join Lydia’s Norwegian project, which she’s been preparing extremely well! 😅
If you’d like to try the Canon, please reply directly to this comment. I’ll add some info tomorrow on how to send me your videos for editing.
Member27 June, 2021 at 1:01 am
Yes! I was thinking it would be great to do something like this for Christy-Lyn, so I’m so glad you said something! I’m not sure I’ll have time to learn something new, so I’ll try to submit for Canon in D!
Member27 June, 2021 at 9:34 am
Hello, regarding Canon in D, I personally just learnt a few variations, but the whole thing is still in progress and I won’t be able to keep a regular tempo to match with an actual multi-players canon. So for this time I will stick with the Norwegian March only.
However, that would be a great thing to do in the future, with more time we could be more people to join, and it would be great to do that kind of big project achieved thanks to one of Christy-Lyn lessons!
Member27 June, 2021 at 10:00 am
Hi Claire, I have also just learned a few variations. However, I’m taking a leaf out of Christy-Lyn’s book and will use repeats! Her early-intermediate version is a perfect example of this. There are only 6 variations in that version, but by repeating four of those, you end up with 10!
My biggest problem might be that I’ve only been practising the viola these past few days, and today when practising the canon it looked like my fourth finger might be starting to blister from playing those bad strings! I’m only going to practise the right hand today, or maybe pluck just the first note of each bass chord with my second finger.
You could also simplify the bass line, or join in with just the melody! But if you don’t feel comfortable doing that, it’s not a problem. 🤗
Member5 August, 2021 at 11:02 am
Hi Katarina, how is the weather in Austria?
(you’re far more creative than me for this kind of intro, haha)
Thank you for the tips (yeah I know your message was 1 month ago^^), yes I should be able to play the early intermediate version, but the most difficult thing would be to play it at a flawless tempo. But I’ll try 💪
The big question for achieving something together is: how to organize the things so that it’s not a nigthmare for the person who will be editing? Would you assume that any variation would match with any other one? We could agree about playing only the early-intermediate version, but I’m sure some people could do more. I personnally tried the reolled chords variation (don’t remember the number) and it sounded nice… But what if it’s mixed with other parts with the regular left hand? Anyway, I’m going to go back to practicing the harp as soon as possible!
(to everyone involved: as it’s highly improbable that CL is reading this topic, what do you think about discussing here instead of in private messages? I find I more readable… At least for the general key information, and so that other members could join. We could switch to PM when it will come to exchanging materials, video links, etc… What do you think about that?)
Member5 August, 2021 at 1:44 pm
O.k., let’s talk about the weather again some time…
It is really awful, but still sometimes quite nice and if someone is ready to take the sudden chance of the sun breaking through, also a recording outside is possible.
Luckily I had some chances recently.
We need to have a mailing group I think. Not every detail we discuss has
to be sent into the whole world through this discussion group. So everybody
who wants to take part in the Canon in D-Project who is not already in
our mailing-group should write to me or Katharina.
We really need to know for sure who will take part and how many rounds each of us wants to play in advance (why? – see below)
Concerning your other thoughts, @Claire :
Every version fits with every other version. As I wrote in the private discussion, I have tried with two musicians who learnt a classical version ages ago, but not together, and we just played together for the 1st time, each of us her own version, and it was beautiful. So it is really o.k. that each of us plays her/his version if we do like Katharina suggested some posts earlier. Like a Canon. One starts, and each after another starts one round later.
So different versions are not the main problem. But all of us who want to give it a try have to practice with CL’s official version and see if it works, as it is played dynamically, not with the metronome. (between approx. 125 and 140 bpm). If we don’t get it right with that recording, we must produce a more metronome-like, maybe slightly slower version. For me CL’s version is still to fast.
It is only important that the tempo is the same, not what version we play. So if we use CL’s video, each participant has to tell at which round she/he starts and really has to start only at that round and not starting earlier and stopping earlier. Otherwise because of the dynamic playing, it will be a mess of tempi which cannot be edited. If we use a metronome tick track it doesn’t matter at what point any of us starts and ends, and it can be put together liberately. But if the tempo is always the same it might sound more boring and mechanically.
Member5 August, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Okay great, that sounds nice!<div>
I think that fitting to a metronome would be more safe than trying to match CL’s dynamics, unless we are sure that everyone follow the same dynamic progression, which can be complicated if we don’t play the same variation? (I hope I’m clear^^)
And yes, a mailing list would be great as soon as we’re sure about who is joining 🙂</div>