TUNE-A-DAY!

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TUNE-A-DAY!

Post by Brendan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:26 pm

Along with other more conventional New Year Resolutions (like losing weight, stopping drinking for January etc), I decided to upload a fresh music track to a dedicated Tune-a-Day page on my website every day. I think I have enough recorded tracks to last all of 2018; if not, I'll have to record new ones!

The tune/song might be from past albums, or a track that's never come out publicly before. I'll be posting them on Facebook, but here is the direct link:

http://www.brendan-power.com/tuneaday.php

Today's one is #3 in the series: 'Laura's Happy Tune'. This is a song I wrote for my partner Laura, whose birthday it is today :-)

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Re: TUNE-A-DAY!

Post by Paris » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:15 pm

Brendan, love your tune-a-day resolution!

all write-ups are interesting and i particularly enjoyed today's on "Lament for the 21st century"!

I'm curious what this alternate PC tuning you mention is?!?!

Thanks!

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Re: TUNE-A-DAY!

Post by Brendan » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:26 pm

Hi Paris, it's basically PowerChromatic with one note change. If you think of it made from a C chrom in key of G, the A notes in normal PowerChromatic are taken down to G:

CD EF# GA GB | CD EF# GA GB | CD EF# GA GB
(Slider raises all notes a semitone).

The harp on the track is in D, and this gives the big bends on the F# draw note that you hear. I use this tuning in Jig Jazz as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcwi9JSAwLY

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Re: TUNE-A-DAY!

Post by Brendan » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:27 pm

TUNE-A-DAY #22: Tip of the Iceberg Set
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHfJLhBV1e8

PowerBender harp in C half-valved

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Re: TUNE-A-DAY!

Post by Paris » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:45 pm

Wow, thanks for the explanation! I see now that you show this variation in the geek zone:)
that explains why, when i try to play along with jig jazz, my chording always sounds slightly off...haha!
definitely going to try this variation. Thanks Brendan!

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Re: TUNE-A-DAY!

Post by Brendan » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:59 am

TUNE-A-DAY #38: Sally Gardens (Air & Reel)
Two very different but attractive tunes with a similar name, it seemed natural to put them together.

http://www.brendan-power.com/tuneaday.php

Harmonicas: AsiaBend on the air, Slide Diatonic in Paddy Solo Tuning on the reel

From the new album UNADORNED:
http://www.brendan-power.com/UNADORNED.php

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