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BillyG
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May 5, 2019 - 3:51 am
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Here's a sheet arrangement, fairly close to Jay and Molly's original, of their great tune "Lovers' Waltz".   I had been fairly certain there was a scored version somewhere on the forum, but, dashed if I can find it - apologies if there is a version somewhere already...

Suggested chords for guitar (or as a second violin part indication for improvised harmony) are shown as well.

Enjoy...  

oh - I have this on MuseScore, so if anyone wants the .mscz file, or a .musicxml export for other editors, just ask...

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Thank you so much Billy. This tune have been on my bucket list for a long time. thumbs-up

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And here's a take on it, on my fake-viola.... (with an occasional minor excursion from the sheet, but then again, that's fiddling for you)

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Good playing @billyg! I enjoyed this.

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Mark
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BillyG, 

Enjoyed you interpatation of that.

 

Mark

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Absolutely beautiful song, began working on it tonight, thank you for putting it on the forum.

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love, love, love this tune!

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BillyG said
And here's a take on it, on my fake-viola.... (with an occasional minor excursion from the sheet, but then again, that's fiddling for you)..........

Very cool. I too very much like that tune. Cool with your "fake" viola. LOL

Thanks for the share!!!

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BillyG, you have got me hooked on Jay and Molly’s music this week!

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Yup! I agree.  Thanks again BillyG. Yet another tune on the to do list.  🙂

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BillyG
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Thanks for the feedback folks @HP @GregW @Mark @x Coach @Mimi Aysha and @Fiddlerman, glad you like the posted sheet - hope you find it useful.

I've had that tune running around in my head for a good number of weeks now, and I finally got round to an initial play-through (well, with a number of dry runs at it before recording - so better to come as time goes on !) 

It deserves a lot more than I have so far been able to give it, and it really is open to all sorts of subtle embellishments - as the master himself clearly does - I'm sure most of those who are interested will have already found this - if not - here it is anyway

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Yes, same tune re-visited.  This time, played an octave down on D'Addario octave strings.   I have a reason for doing this, which is, I'm using it as a marker, a reference point, for when I replace the current tailpiece (14 grams ) with an ultra light  experimental tailpiece.  It is generally thought that the lower-mass tailpiece may quicken the response time of the much heavier octave strings. [ Basically it is close to impossible to get the lower strings to respond rapidly enough for fast fiddle tunes, so we'll find out over the next few days ].   It should also, in theory, improve the overall bass response on the low G2 and D3 strings as the violin body is "tuned" to resonate in the normal range.... (on the basis that a lot of the string vibrational energy is going into the tailpiece, chin-rest, my teeth LOL)  ahhh...  questions, questions....

I was going to post this in my octave-strings investigation thread, but since it's "Lovers' Waltz" I'll dump it here, and if there is a noticeable tonal difference with the ultra-light tailpiece, I'll update later.

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Sounds good Billy.  Would like to hear this and regular strings recorded together.  Think the octave strings backing or playing with fiddle with standard strings would be interesting.

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BillyG, I like itthumbs-up

 

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Just beautiful @BillyG !!!! And you played it with a lot of feeling!

Jay Unger and Molly Mason have written such gorgeous music...... And I could listen to Jay play all day and not get tired of it. I've actually been thinking about this piece or possibly Ashoken Farewell for my December recital. 

Jay and Molly did a concert close by me last year. I am still bummed that I was not able to attend. I keep hoping that they will come back, but so far no luck. 🙁

They do run some music "camps" up in the Catskills that I'm thinking about doing next year. Sounds kind of cool - each camp has a theme and they bring in guest artists/teachers. There is one on Scottish music that I have my eye on. The guest artists are Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. 

BTW - for anyone who is a fan of Jay and Molly, there is some free sheet music on their site. Pretty limited, but still nice pieces. Here's the link.....

http://jayandmolly.com/fiddler-magazine/

You can also buy inexpensive downloads (usually $2) of their sheet music at this site, but BEWARE.....it is not a secure site. I guess if you are using PayPal you'd be ok, but I wouldn't do a credit card.

Happy Fiddling!

Cyndie

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BillyG
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🙂 Thank you @CyndieZ - I try!  Often these relatively simple tunes just cry out for expression and passion in playing, without the need to try any fancy embellishments or ornamentation.  The tune stands on its own.

And thanks for the link, gonna check it out, cheers ! [ Just done, and a nice arrangement of J. Scott Skinner's "Cradle Song" - beautiful. ]   

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