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Learn a New Way to Play HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
There are MANY variations!
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When June rolls around each year I kick myself, because besides Fiddlerman's Birthday, it's also a big month for Birthdays within my family and circle of friends - BUT, I'm never prepared with anything more than the basic "Happy Birthday" tune! 

Thought I'd get everyone to seriously think about learning a new version to play of "Happy Birthday"... maybe a good Party idea for down the road? 

Don't think there's too many of us ready to tackle the Paganini Version by Rachel Barton Pine, maybe part of it, but there are many other versions that are feasible! 

Each time you learn a new technique, try it out on "Happy Birthday" (Geneviève Salamone)! 

Here's a few ideas for changing keys with a little variation on VIOLA (elliotviola)! 

 

 

 ...let's at least get started on a new "Happy Birthday" now - for next year!

- Emily

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GREAT tutorials for Beginners!

Here's a little "Jazzy Version" tutorial of "Happy Birthday" (EasyViolinLesson)! 

Jazzy Version "Happy Birthday" Play-along Sheet Music

AND the "VIOLA Jazzy Version" tutorial for "Happy Birthday" (EasyViolaLesson)! 

Play-along Sheet Music - Jazzy VIOLA Version "Happy Birthday"

 

 

...make it HOT! 

- Emily

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@Fiddlerman -

Would you consider making a tutorial of your Happy Birthday! Violin Duo - for those of us who need to also see sheet music? 

 

Here's a Fiddlerman video of "Happy Birthday" with Double Stops! 

No, this one's not made for me - few years before before my fiddling days. (lol)  

 

 

Btw, thought I started or added to a thread about "Happy Birthday" variations - anyone remember where? 

- Emily 

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Here's a few violin variations for "Happy Birthday" from Vi Wickam!

 

...earlier version.

 

- Emily

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WOO HOO! 

Sheet music play-along video for Violin, Violo & Cello TANGO variations of "Happy Birthday" (Ajhan Kurtov)! 

 

 

...impress your loved ones - impress yourself! 

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Did you know there was a "Birthday Party Waltz"

It was composed by Horace Weston (1825-1890) -

performed by Adé Williams (Music By Black Composers). 

 

 

Music by Black Composers and Living Black Composers Directory Now Available Online

 

- Emily

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DSharp performs his own rendition of "Birthday" by Katy Perry (IAmDSharp)! 

"Birthday" by Katy Perry - Violin Play-along Sheet Music, arranged By Matthew Pyeon.

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0d/2f/5b/0d2f5b807221dd14e230d606c9fe38f9.jpg

 

 

- Emily

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Nathan Cole's "The Happy Birthday Guide to Violin Phrasing"

 

 

More Emphasis 💥 Phrasing 💥 Thread

 

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2073/7751/products/0_1024x1024.jpg?v=1559797024

 

...ever think about how to make a standing Violin Cake for your next Birthday or occasion?  

Here's a Video Tutorial Preview (Cakerschool)!

- Emily

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How about "Happy Birthday" Bossa Nova Style (Fiddle Quick)?! 

 

 

...a few more 'Birthday' Styles from Perpetual Motion! 

 

"Happy Rockabilly Birthday!" 

"Happy Bluesy Birthday!" 

"Happy Gypsy Birthday!" 

- Emily 

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"Happy Birthday" from Tennessee Borderline Bluegrass Band (Ed Scott). 

 

A Western Style Birthday Musicard from 1958 (robfaught)! 

"Happy Birthday Polka" - The Sons of the Pioneers (did films with Roy Rogers). 

 

 

HEY! 

Try making up your own Birthday Tune! 

- Emily

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Wendy Law does a very inspirational "Happy Birthday" on CELLO! 

Maybe good on Viola, too?  🤔 

 

 

- Emily

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Happy Birthday, tango style!

 

Happy Birthday in the style of Shostakovich:

 

Happy Birthday in the style of Vivaldi:

 

Stravinsky's arrangement of Happy Birthday:

 

Copland's arrangement of Happy Birthday:

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@AndrewH -

Thank you! 

There is play-along sheet music in post #5 for the Tango version. 

Don't you think Geneviève Salamone pretty much covered how to play the versions of your other videos - in my 1st post? 

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Ah, I didn't see the tango version in the big pile of posts.

 

As for the other versions... they're all for ensembles, so not really a solo violin thing at all. I suppose versions featuring solo violin could be written. The last two were arrangements for orchestra by well-known composers.

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A version of Klezmer Fiddle style "Happy Birthday" by the Gypsy Jive Band! 

 

 

 

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For "Happy Birthday" played in the different Styles of Classical Composers, @wtw posted this "Heidrich: Happy Birthday Variations" video in the Happy Birthday Fiddlerman Thread - and it's definitely worth taking a closer look at the phrasing, rhythm and note choices that make them all unique (rashel topaz)! 

 

00:00 Theme

00:27 Haydn

01:37 Beethoven

02:38 Brahms

03:36 Viennese style

04:32 Tango

05:35 Hungarian style 

- Emily

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Thanks Emily, and all who remembered my birthday this year.

Unfortunately, I was with COVID, in bed alone on my birthday. :(

Fortunately, I got over it quite quickly. Tested positive on Friday morning, had a soar throat for 3-4 days, slight fever on and off for 3 days and started regaining strength on the 5th day. Tested negative and feel great now. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Good to hear your better now.

 

Mark

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@Fiddlerman -

Sorry you had such a bummer of a Birthday, but really glad you're better.

Certainly hope the rest of the year is MUCH better for you! 

...looks like we can't escape anything anymore, always somethin' - recently learned a Sister-in-law just recovered from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (not in Michigan)! 😳  

- Emily

 

Anyone learning to play one of these Happy Birthday Variations? 

...I've taken a stab at a couple, but THE FOURTH of JULY IS CLOSE! 

Fourth of July - Independence Day! Thread

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Fiddlerman, sorry for you bout with the Covid, glad you recovered quickly—

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