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HatefulPain
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So this christmas I apparently get a french girl as guest, and I have no idea if she speaks english at all. My french is terrible as well, so it isnt to much help If I even can tell that I speak french. dunnoJust some few words and expressions, not enough to communicate well with. So I thought about learning some few french tunes, since I don't have any plans for practice before May anyway. Easy tunes which is also are well known other places (Like Frère Jacques and Alouette.) maybe a little more christmas-ish then the two. Any suggestions? 

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wow, did santa fill your christmas list or what!?cheers

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I dunno what to say about that. It just got to be like it. LOL. I know nothing about her, so its exiting. I know she is french and a girl, and that's about it.

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french folk song

 

its an easy piece and can be quite beautiful

 

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Guess I'm late to this conversation, but if you're still interested in French music, I'd also recommend some modern ones, much of which makes prominent use of violins. My favorite band uses one as a primary instrument. Here's an example of a song (first half is instrumental) with a relatively simple violin tune (behind the clarinet):

Something a little more upbeat and jazzy, not strictly violin, but the main melody is easy to play on the violin. I like to use pizzicato for the first part:

I live in the U.S., so I had to import their book of sheet music from France via their website, but you might have an easier time finding it in Europe.

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I'm still interested in french music (or I'm interested in any kind of music.). Thank you for your recommendation, I haven't heard about them before. Like the sound of that. I don't think its possible to get their sheet music here. 

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If you are able to order from a European Amazon site, the Debout sur le Zinc songbook is there: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Debout.....038;sr=1-1

That being said, they're very eclectic, and I would listen to more of their stuff on YouTube beforehand to be sure you like what you hear! In addition to the ones I posted up there, here are the ones that use violin that can be found in the book:

La déclaration

Les mots d'amour

Elle m'ennuie

Des larmes sur ma manche

Aller simple

Anita

Elle

Poil aux yeux

La pantomime 2

 

Though not all of them have the specific violin notes transcribed.

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Well, I went ahead and recorded myself playing "Les tontons". There are a few mistakes, and I kind of did the vibrato a little too fast for my taste, but...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYu6Plp06NM

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You express yourself well. How long have you been playing? Where are you from?

Duane

 

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Thanks for sharing this music with us Johannes. Do you pick this up after listening by ear directly or do you need to play it over and over? Playing by ear is great for jamming and improvising.

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@Duane: Thank you! I've been playing for about a year and four months now. I'm from California (currently in Berkeley, hence the shirt), but fluent in France French (québécois confuses moi).

@fiddlerguy: Definitely have to read it and play it over a few times. I'm not yet capable of clearly identifying tones by ear, and jamming with others is still a major weakness as a result of both that and my lack of development in the harmony and theory departments. Working on it; I was a little pleased and surprised that I could recognize when a part of "Les tontons" was incorrectly transcribed in the book. Other songs whose violin parts I routinely play, like "Des larmes sur ma manche", didn't have the solo notes written down, so I had to pull it out from the generalized cacophony that was transcribed.

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