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Christmas Project?
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Are we going to do a group project for Christmas this year? 

 

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A group project would be great!

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Sounds like fun, just as long as there is an easy part for us squeakers 🙂

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We could create a poll to see what songs people want to play. I have no idea how to do it though! 

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Usually people chime in with what they want, and once we have a decent set of choices, somebody creates a poll.

I'll vote for "O Holy Night", in D. The violists should be able to to play it in that key also (although there'd be small shift for the highest note).  It's fairly easy to play, from what I just got when I tried to pick it out.

I don't know how to create a poll, myself, but I suspect it's just a matter of typing in the right codes.

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To create a poll, inside you're "New Post" window, down at the bottom of the box, on the row with "Smileys" etc, is the Poll button to create a poll 🙂

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The piano player I play with brought Oh Holy Night to me last week and we practiced it today. In the key of D, it can easily be played in 1st position or for the second refrain you can shift up on the E string to 6th then onto 10th position I believe if you want to go up an octave and let it screamthumbs-up

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I'm cool with that and yes, we must have a project. Can't be the only year without. 🙂
How many votes for "Oh Holy Night"? And what else do you guys have for me?

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I'm cool with Oh Holy Night 🙂

I was thinking that as long as it's not something super simple that has been played far far too many times, like 'We wish you a merry Christmas' or the likes, it's all good and I do think Oh holy night satisfies that quite well.

(For the record I was originally going to suggest Dido - Christmas Day, but didn't post it, because despite it being a lovely song, it's not all that Christmas-y as one might think) 

Oh and we should probably decide as soon as possible, since I'm sure I'm not the only one who's going to have to learn 'how to violin' till then lol.. (might as well practice that one) 

 

Edit: Aaaand.. just for the record... was I supposed to have a say in it to begin with? lol.. you know... new to the whole violin thing.. as well as the forums... you never know  😀 

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I think O Holy Night would be a nice song. 

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To have a poll, we really need at least one more song. 🙂

To save everyone the effort of looking them up, here are the ones that have been done so far, and are therefore ineligible:

2011 What Child Is This/Carol of the Bells
2012 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
2013 Silent Night
2014 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2015 Happy Christmas - The War Is Over
2016 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Hmm.. Charles... we could maybe add 'When a child is born' to the poll and then have it lose to Oh holy night? 😀 Idk.. that's a nice song too and I just remembered it haha.

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I'd never heard of it before this. Not a bad song, although I definitely prefer ones that I know. (I learn to play them right MUCH faster. 🙂 )

I'm inclined to wait another day or two and see if anybody else pops up with one.  I think this is somewhat of a case of "I don't know, what do you want to do?".  I gave a concrete suggestion that wasn't wildly hated, so we're kind of running with it.

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Like I said.. I'm cool with Oh holy night, but you seemed like you're desperately looking for another song so you can have a poll 😀 That's the only reason I mentioned it. In fact I just went on youtube to re-listen to Oh holy night and found a bunch of young guys performing it.. Hometown they're called.. That version has a bunch of harmonies so maybe that's something to play around with on all those violins 🙂 

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Hey, guys!

If you need more suggestions, maybe something like "Hallelujah"? It's not exactly a traditional Christmas carol, but 1.) it's especially relevant around Christmastime, and 2.) some parts aren't too hard for beginners to learn!

I'm cool with contributing my super modest efforts to O' Holy Night, though. 🙂

Excited. I mostly try to pick up stuff through YouTube, so I don't get the opportunity to mingle with musicians often, let alone think about group projects. 

P.S. Silly question, but how do you post YouTube videos? Do you just type in the link? #feels100yearsold

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Other songs... Maybe “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas,” or “Jingle Bells?”

Not sure how feasible any of those would be, but they’re good Christmas songs. 

“In The Bleak Midwinter” is also a nice song in my opinion.. very pretty. 

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swish_and_flick said
Hey, guys!

If you need more suggestions, maybe something like "Hallelujah"? It's not exactly a traditional Christmas carol, but 1.) it's especially relevant around Christmastime, and 2.) some parts aren't too hard for beginners to learn!

P.S. Silly question, but how do you post YouTube videos? Do you just type in the link? #feels100yearsold  

Since there's been a few things done with Hallelujah (although not as a Christmas song), it may get ruled as ineligible.  I like the song, though, I need to learn it for whatever reason.

Youtube videos are easy here. Just post the URL in your text, and it will show up as an embedded video in your post.  Other things, like Vimeo, just show up as links. Youtube is encouraged, because it handles a lot of potential gotchas (like compatible formats) for you. Generally, everybody will be able to see a Youtube video with no  problem.  Don't know whether you care, but a lot of people post it as "Unlisted". It won't show up in a regular Youtube search that way, but anyone who has the URL can see it.

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I’ll vote for O Holy Night. I’m excited. I hope to join the Christmas project for the first time.

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I vote for Oh holy night as well. But I think in the new year we should do Hallelujah, the duet that fiddlerman did with Felix. It is beautiful.

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I like O Holy Night too. But I had a few other ideas, maybe for future Christmas projects if the overwhelming consensus is for O Holy Night:

1) Put together the two best known Praetorius carols: "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" (sung in English as "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming") and "In dulci jubilo" (sung in English as "Good Christian Men, Rejoice")

2) Gloucestershire Wassail

3) Biebl's "Ave Maria" -- this one may be more difficult to pull off, but if we have three especially good players, we can use the SATB choral setting almost exactly as written, with three solo and four "choral" parts. (And the solo parts aren't even that hard, it's just that consistency is more important with them.) It's not really a Christmas song per se, but I hear it performed around Christmas a lot.

I think the Gloucestershire Wassail might be an especially good candidate (and I'd even want to do it this year), because it's reasonably well known, has a nice peppy tempo, and shouldn't be that hard to arrange with some easy parts.

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