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I mainly practice easy stuff so I do not feel too miserable, lol! Still, tunes have to be fun or pretty. Here's one of them... La valse des bois or The Forest Waltz
Once on the page, just clic on the little sheet thumbnail on the page so you
can get the song.
Or if you prefer a PDF format sheet with MP3, go here
Songs are listed alphabetically so go down towards the end of page
you will find the song .PDF and the MP3.
Now if you ever feel for something more cheerful, here's a reel that I like a lot. I don't play it yet but I wish I will one day. Le Reel Du Pendu or The Hangman's Reel played by Nicolas Babineau.
To get the free copyright music sheet
Have fun! ('‿')
@Cajun Fiddle -
Don't think I've heard "La valse des bois" before, but I have heard "Le Reel Du Pendu" - almost getting to where I might think about trying some of that plucking!
Love Canadian music - Québécois, Contra Dance, Andy Dejarlis, Don Messer, Cape Breton, etc... I've scattered threads & posts around here, probably mostly in "Genres", Country and Irish/Cape Breton, when we probably should have a "Canadian Music" spot.
The 1st tune that was a gateway into this music for me, was a mazurka, "La Gueussinette" - this was pretty early in my fiddling. In my search to find a good version to learn from, came upon a great CD - "Tidal Wave/Raz-de-Marée", which I love. Btw, I found "La Gueussinette" easier to play in Am (sheet music at thesession.org).
André Brunet, Mitch Reed and several others taught workshops at the April Fiddle Hell Festival - it was fabulous! Another is coming up in November - you might be interested, if you haven't already attended.
If you'd like to join our Waltz Party in the "Party Room", just record yourself playing "La valse des bois" (or any other waltz) and post it there. All Parties in the "Party Room" are ongoing. Found these 'Parties' great help for recording jitters. (lol)
Thanks for sharing these!
I'll definitely be looking into more Richard Forest tunes!
There are so many songs, airs, reels and jigs, one cannot keep track of them all but I welcome the diversity. Le reel du pendu was composed by Jean Carignan. He did many tunes but I would not be surprise that you already knew him. Hahaha the plucking was fun but it must be hard too do it with the speed of the music, the foot tapping and the few guys bugging him behind his back. Still, I think he did great.
I agree, it is not easy to categorize them all but maybe a thread of French Canadian and Cajun music for they both have all the same roots. Or a Canadian spot like you said. Oh! I do have a few links of French Canadian websites with plenty of tunes to play, I will have to dig in my bookmarks and post them when time allows.
I did not know about the tune "La Gueussinette" I will have to look it up. The session has a great choice, more that I can play. Was the festival in Massachusett or somewhere in the East?
Hahaha me? Thank you for this but I still have to practice. I just just got a little recorder but the sound is not great and myself isn't a great player either but I'm still trying to sound "decent" (lol). Maybe one day I'll post just a sound track or mp3 with a short tune.
Glad you like Richard Forest!
@Cajun Fiddle -
April's Fiddle Hell was Virtual - so will the upcoming Festival in November. Think in 2022 they said they'd alternate Live and Virtual. You can follow the thread here:
Down the road, if you wish to join one of our ongoing Parties or start your own, read more here:
I'll start a thread for French/Canadian, Québécois... somewhere (lol) & Contra-Dance music under 'Country' Genre, while I'm breaking in some new strings - at least for now.
I'm sure other's have favorites in these categories too. 😊
Oh ok my bad. Thank You I will have a look at April's Fiddle Hell.
I saw that thread title "The Party" the other day and was wondering what was it about. I will have a peek next week and see if I have anything to add to it, thx!
Excellent, I already gathered a few links of Quebecker fiddle music and have also a a few French ones from France to add. Oh I was wondering, how do I contact or pm people here when I have a question about the forum or is there a free forum area to ask question?