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what do you think of this?

The Sandman 15 Oct 09 - 04:27 PM
GUEST,leeneia 15 Oct 09 - 05:01 PM
GUEST,Gerry 15 Oct 09 - 10:25 PM
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Subject: what do you think of this?
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 04:27 PM

The word "version" is more often than not used as a poncy excuse for learning a tune wrong. What's wrong with the word wrong anyway? If more people were able to hold their hands up and say, "yes, I think I have the tune wrong, how should it go?" rather than the pretence of "my version goes like this", then all the music would be better.[Quote]
I wondered what peoples views were?
my opinion is that different versions of tunes are a result of the oral process, and help to make traditional music interesting,I also think there is no such thing as wrong version of a tune,unless it is a modern composition,and the composer is present and insists he wants the tune played how he wrote it,and then its more A question of not right or wrong but respect and courtesy to the composer.

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Subject: RE: what do you think of this?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 05:01 PM

I have two thoughts, and they conflict.

1. I was at a concert once, and a member of a famous band said, "You go to the pub and hear a new tune. On the way home, you whistle or sing it. What you remember in the morning is now the way it goes."

There's something to be said for that. It makes possible our culture's immense collection of traditional tunes.

2. However, as a lover of early music, I have noticed that when people learn tunes by ear and play them for a long time, they tend to whittle away the archaic, curious or creative parts of them and end up with a predictable piece. This is not good.

I believe we should keep our minds open and play the version which brings us the most delight.

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Subject: RE: what do you think of this?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 10:25 PM

Running joke in (parts of) Australia, when someone plays/sings the wrong note: "Oh, that's the Queensland version."

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