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Addams Family House Music
Not the theme song.
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Here are notes I wrote for the melody played right after the Addams Family theme song in the TV series, at the start when they show a picture of the Addams House.  You can find what it sounds like by listening on youtube after searching for "addams family episode" or similar.  I always liked this tune.  I don't know whether anybody ever won an Emmy for the music in this series, but I think it is outstanding.

On the show, they do it in C, but I think I like it better in E, so I include both.  Of course I have simplified it and reduced it to a solo violin part.  I hope to post audio here if I can play it fairly well. 

Audio posts of performances by one and all members are very welcome!

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Thanks for the notes, RosinedUp! I like this melody too. I'll definitely try it =)

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That seems to be only part of it... seems like it's considerably longer than that and there should be a space (rest) in there for a double hand clap or other signatory noise.dunno

I watched that show for years, I have it practically memorized... now if I could only write music & transpose too...facepalm

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You can do it Den!

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coolpinkone said
You can do it Den!

 

I can try.... but I don't foresee much success.

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Oh I see a ton of success and potential ... What I have seen over 7.5 months is remarkable.. I think you are the perfect unorthodox violinist student Mr. Boring.

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cdennyb said
That seems to be only part of it... seems like it's considerably longer than that and there should be a space (rest) in there for a double hand clap or other signatory noise.dunno

Sure we are talking about the same music?  See the subtitle of my post: NOT the theme song.  On youtube, episodes 6 and 8 (at least) play the music in question when showing the outside of the house, after the theme song.

Yet you may be right that there is some more to the tune I wrote, longer I mean, but no hand claps, unless I am wrong.

The version of the theme song at the end of the show is hilarious with its sound effects.

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cdennyb said 
I watched that show for years, I have it practically memorized... now if I could only write music & transpose too...facepalm

Look Denny, anybody can see from your posts that you are an intelligent man.  I see no reason you can't learn to read and write music.  I can basically read and write, but you might not know that compared to a professional I am reading and writing at say third-grade level so to speak.  I don't expect to be much of a sight reader, but I can already see I am getting better since taking up music again these past months.

MuseScore is the program I use, and it transposes for you when you tell it the key signature that you want to change to.  It is free from musescore.ORG.

There is a repository of free scores at musescore.COM.  When you find a piece you are interested in, you can hear it played and see the Sing-Along-With-Mitch cursor jump through the piece as it is being played.  So you can find something simple like Twinkle to start with and see how the score matches what you hear.

If you read the right web pages for four hours or sat for two hours with somebody who can explain things, you would be pretty quickly starting to read.  Finding that web page or that somebody might take some time looking around.

Would you tell me one thing?  Do you know the letter names of the notes you are playing according to their finger positions?  That would be the first thing to know.  Then you learn the letter names of the lines and spaces on the music sheet and put two and two together.

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Okay I'll go first.  Here is a recording I made of me playing the tune. 

I used some very sophisticated recording technology: I plugged into my laptop a microphone that I got free with a Dell computer ten years ago.  Then I set the microphone on top of the violin and started playing (and recording using Audacity).

Maybe if I can do better later, I will post another take of it.

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The curse of learning tunes by ear is that you get really frustrated trying to read music because it doesn't go quick enough.

I guess I need to just quit playing and start reading and putting the notes on paper to the finger position on the violin.

you got me... I'm apparently intelligent but I run out of hours in the day especially at this time of year.

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cdennyb said
The curse of learning tunes by ear is that you get really frustrated trying to read music because it doesn't go quick enough.

When I learn by ear, I always want to write down the positions that have sharps or flats so that I know the key, so I can practice the scale in that key to get my fingers and ears into the habit of that key.  And I want to know the key anyway, hoping/trusting that it will give some understanding.  One place to write down the sharps and flats is in a score using the music program.

If I don't know what a piece sounds like, I can learn that from the sheet if the piece is not too hard.  For me, reading an unknown piece is slow going because I am not much of a sight reader (yet anyway). Learning from the sheet alone is usually slower than learning it when I already know what it sounds like and I don't have the sheet.

One thing about reading and writing is that you don't have to even though you know how.

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Ok, that song was played in the beginning and all through the show, after the opening theme song...

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Fiddlestix said
Ok, that song was played in the beginning and all through the show, after the opening theme song...

Yes, I think there is more to it than what I played and what they play at the beginning of the two episodes I looked at.  I would like to find the rest of it.

How about you giving it a play, stix?

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Oh, I remember this piece!  In college, we played "The Addam's Family Suite" and it had this part in it!  Although our Bassoon player had the melody in bass clef.  

I'll have to email her and see if she still has the sheet music for it!  We'd have to transpose it, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem! :D  

This song, as well as "March To The Scaffolds" were Halloween favorites!  I actually preferred the theme from The Munster's only because I had the melody on bass guitar! LOL  

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Oh, I remember this piece!  In college, we played "The Addam's Family Suite" and it had this part in it!  Although our Bassoon player had the melody in bass clef. 

You can hear a xylophone in it, and I think I heard an oboe or something in a high part following along with the bassoon.  It is played with a lot of variations, so I think maybe they adapted it to whatever scene it was used in.

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Good job RosinedUp thumbs-up

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Mad_Wed said
Thanks for the notes, RosinedUp! I like this melody too. I'll definitely try it =)

You're welcome.  I'd really like to hear you play it. 

The staccatos make the bowing a challenge, for me anyway.  My first attempt above wasn't really true to the staccatos.  I can play it better now.  My bow tends to bounce.  I think my A and E strings dug into my cheap soft bridge when I was practicing this, so I need to make a new one!

I think you are a pretty serious student, so I will quiz you a little.  What mode would you say this piece is in?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.....cale#Modes

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RosinedUp said 

I think you are a pretty serious student, so I will quiz you a little.  What mode would you say this piece is in?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.....cale#Modes

Ha-ha XD! Thank You kindly for the compliment, but i don't deserve it! =) I'm totally incompetent in solfeggio duncecap So i would say: in....mmm... Ionian confusedduncecapdunnofacepalmdrooling

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Here is what it looks like to me.

The version with the key signature E starts and ends on A.  The piece is at rest and calm when it reaches A, so A is the tonic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.....28music%29

In Ionian mode, the tonic is the same as the key signature, but in this case the tonic (A) is three scale degrees above the key signature (E). 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....ale_degree

That is, the tonic A is a fourth relative to the key signature E. 

Then see the table at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.....cale#Modes and look for the Roman 4: "IV".

So it is in Lydian mode.

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WoW! Cool!

Thanks for explanation, RosinedUp!

But as i told a piece can start and end on dominant or even subdominant (? do You use those terms ?). So how did You know that A is the tonic? Could a piece be at rest when it would reach dominant? confusedduncecap

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