It would be nice to put my own interpretation to a tune but I find that very difficult. I am very much in the learning stage and my goal is to strive for perfection which is, of course impossible. i would love to improvise on a tune but that is completely beyond me at present. I also like to add a harmony or backing track to my music and that also creates problems if you are not playing in time. If you were playing in a band then the harmony would follow the lead but if you are trying to play to a backing track then the backing track actually has the lead. I suppose techincally it is possible to alter the backing music to fit your lead but that opens a whole new set of problems.
I enjoy sitting about playing my harmonica and making dozens of mistakes and altering the tunes as I go but when making a recording if feel that it has to be a piece of music that can be enjoyed by other people so I try to be more precise and accurate.
Here is my entry for the "I tunes". It is called Iko Iko made famous by the Dixie Cups but was also recorded by Natasha England (A Scottish singer with an unfortunate name!) I found the tune to be a bit too fast for me so stumbled over a few notes.
Dezzy, Thanks for you comments. I did not know the song and forgot all about the lyrics so that is probably why they don't fit! The You Tube version I used was the Tex Ritter one.
This one has an insturmental bit in the middle which is what I tried to copy.
i will have to remember about the lyrics next time.
Here is my attempt at "There's a new moon over my shoulder" This was a real challenge as I could not find the music for it anywhere on the net.
Here is the pdf of the tune but there are a lot of mistakes in it and I almost completely made up the verse of the song.
Hi Dezzy, I am afraid I can't find the music for There's a new moon over my shoulder either. You will have to try to learn it by ear. Quite surprising as there are a lot of recordings of the song.
As usual when hearing tunes on this forum I have to find the music for them and on this occasion when searching Google for My Blue Heaven came up with this pdf fake book which I thought some of you might find useful
Ah well! It's not Irish... it definitely isn't Irish... they can't make it Irish! [/quote]
You have to cut them some slack. They are sitting out in the atlantic in the rain
After listening to Eric's playing of Happy Days and lonely nights I did a search on You tube for examples of the song and came across this version by Ruby Murray.
The video consists of a series of sheet music covers. The second one is Happy Days and I noticed the price of one shilling which I think is worth about 5p in new money. The next cover, "If anyone finds this, I love you" is priced at two shillings but also has a modern price sticker at £4 which is 40 times the original price.
I then had a look on ebay and found the sheet music for The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel which originally cost 30p now selling for over £10. I am now hunting around the house for old sheet music to make my fortune!
Could not find the music for this but managed to find the words with chords. The key used here is either A or B. Here is the site