Three tunes from the Bal Folk Tune Book Project. I play these on the F row of the Dino Baffetti Tex-Mex accordion because of a provocation from Martin Ellison at melodeon.net, who was curious about the sound of the low F row. This is tuned MM, so it doesn’t sound LOW, but it’s very sweet and comforting. The only really weird thing to get used to was that the F row is second button start on my box, keeps everything else in line across the three rows.
Two Bal Folk Bourrées.
“Bourrée de Chamberat” (#165): This one is played slow because I really heard the melody as a song and dug it at this speed.
“Bourrée Carrée de St. Chartier” (#161): Played at speed. from the Bal Folk Tune Book Project accordeonaire.com
Two Waltzes from the Bal Folk Tune Book (but they are played in Aflat) “Lo Rossinhol” (#118) “Aure Françoise” (#116) If you’d like to support this work or just buy me some coffee Venmo is @Gary-Chapin-7 Thanks!
After too long, the return of the Bal Folk Tune Book project!
(a waltz in 5 by Trevor Upham)
tune # 207
from the Bal Folk Tune Book
played by Gary Chapin
A mazurka (#141) in the Bal Folk Tune Book Project, written by Chris Shaw. The video footage comes from a walk Sunshine and I took on the ice on David Pond, in Fayette, ME. Played in Gm on my Dino Baffetti F/Bb/Eb box.
Three Bal Folk Bourrées “Quinta” (#80) “La Montagnarde” (#84) “Frida” (#73) (that’s the correct order, they are listed in the wrong order in the video, sorry).
The first and the third of these were unnamed in the book, so I named them after two of my cats so I could keep them straight. from The Bal Folk Tune Book Project
Tune 17 in the Bal Folk Tune Book, this scottish has a nice harmonic ambiguity. A lot of different choices could have been made. In the end, for the A section, I went with Amin-F-Dmin-Bb. All the thirds in the chords are off, so the major/minorness is just implied. The B section is Amin and then G (with a smattering of D thrown in).
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Mazurka Auvergne (#134), Mazurka de Samatan (#142), and Mazurka (untitled, #136) played on my Hohner Erica, in A. The unnamed Mazurka is a variation on one that I play a lot, but it’s very similar to a version played by Gentiane, found below. Also includes their version of the amazing Brezon Valse.
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Continuing the Bal Folk Tune Book Project with three 2-beat bourrées — “Les Moutons” #153 “En Passant la Rivière” #144 “Bourrées Dérobée” #148 — done in a fairly straightforward style. The first and third tune are in G, the middle tune is in D. That was a choice I made, since it is a completely diatonic tune, and usually for that sort of thing I would either transpose to a home key for this box (G/C) or get a different box in the right key. I did neither of those things and, because the key is a not-home one for that box, it sounds clunky to me when I get to the C#.
Well, that is why I took up the project — aside from obviating pandemic madness — to push me further in my playing. I’m almost ninety tunes into the Bal Folk Tune Book Project and the low hanging fruit is disappearing.
“Valse à Bonnejoie” is a tune I first heard of Frédéric Paris Carnet de Bal cassette. It’s a standard in the repertoire, and one that I sort of ignored for years and years. Who knows why? (Hint: not me) It’s also #103 in the Bal Folk Tune Book. Even though it is written in D, I am playing it in G. So there. Take that.