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WANTED: Fiddler and Pianist to record original tune for $$

Posted by Roger Aldridge on Monday, April 25, 2011

Fiddle Friends,

I have an original tune that I'd like to have recorded as a tune demo.  It's a slow Strathspey.  Since I don't play violin, I'm looking a fiddle player and piano player who read music, have a good feel for Scottish fiddle styles, enjoy playing new fiddle tunes (especially, ones with some modern touches), and have recording equipment to produce an MP3 file.

Here are the details:

*  The title of the tune is "South Mountain Sunrise".  A copy of the sheet music is found on my page at the American Music Center.  Here's a link --   At the AMC page, click on the Compositions tab and scroll to the bottom of the music list.   Finally, click on the South Mountain Sunrise PDF icon and print a copy of the sheet music.

*  $150 for making the demo recording.

*  My preference is for the recording to be done at a musician's house, rather than a studio, to enable the musicians to have all of the money.  

*  Only two choruses of the tune are needed for the demo.

*  I need to receive the recording as a MP3.

*  The recording will be used strictly as a non-commercial tune demo and be posted on several of my online music sites including Fiddle Hangout, American Music Center, Reverbnation, Facebook, and Myspace.

*  Your names will be listed as the performers.

*  I need to have your permission to use the recording as I've described.

*  Please contact me and tell me that you're interested in doing this BEFORE making the recording.   It would not be a good thing for several people to make recordings and I can only pay for one of them!

Let me know if you're interested in doing this or if there are any questions.

Thanks, Roger








11 comments on “WANTED: Fiddler and Pianist to record original tune for $$”

mudbug Says:
Friday, April 29, 2011 @3:16:50 AM

Sorry, Roger. Wish I was good enough to accomadate you.

Roger Aldridge Says:
Friday, April 29, 2011 @4:51:52 AM

Regardless, thank you for leaving a comment. You're the first!

fiddleiphile Says:
Friday, April 29, 2011 @5:33:03 AM

Roger, this appears to be a very simple straight foward tune at the tempo you are requesting. I'll try it on the fiddle this weekend and see if I can make it sound good under my fingers. I'm not intrested in any money. If I can play it to my and your satisfaction you are welcome to it.

Roger Aldridge Says:
Friday, April 29, 2011 @1:33:06 PM

Much appreciated!!! Do you know a piano player who could play with you on this? Having the chords is important to the sound of the tune.

fiddleiphile Says:
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @5:23:04 AM

I may be up to the piano part as well. I have yard and garden work to attend to today but it's supposed to rain tomorrow so hopefully I can take it for a spin and see if I can get a grasp on what you are looking for.

fiddleiphile Says:
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @6:18:04 AM

Roger, I just stole a moment and played through the piece. Do you want this played note for note the way it is written or is there any room for adlib? The fiddler in me wants to through a few drones and double stops in. For instance the first bar is crying out for an open A drone below the whole phrase. However I don't want to get in the way of any other insruments you have in mind.

Roger Aldridge Says:
Saturday, April 30, 2011 @9:07:39 AM

Jerry, I always consider what I've written to be a point of departure for however a player or ensemble envisions the music. Go for it! I really appreciate you taking the time to work with this tune.

fiddleiphile Says:
Sunday, May 1, 2011 @6:13:00 AM

Thanks for the leeway Roger, I'm working on your piece this morning. I'm glad you wrote this at about 2/3 normal speed, the whole Scottish-snap rhythm thing is new to me. Thanks for the learning oppertunity. I like the transition from the A part to the Maj7 B part. You can feel the sun just breaking over the mountain. By the way, how many repeats of the first 4 bars building crescendo before B part? One or more?

Roger Aldridge Says:
Sunday, May 1, 2011 @8:30:22 AM

Jerry, You have the concept of the B part exactly right. Just one repeat for the A part. Thanks!

fiddleiphile Says:
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 @5:39:09 AM

Roger, I think I have a handle on the rhythm. (tricky for me) I will record sometime this week so I can start work on piano part. Once I get both parts on tape so I can play with them I'll start to polish it up. Hope you are not on a tight time schedule. I'm enjoying having a project to work on. Thanks!

Roger Aldridge Says:
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 @6:32:03 AM

Thanks so much Jerry. There's no time schedule for this. Please take whatever time you need and especially have FUN with it.

The next batch of recordings of my tunes are being done tomorrow by my music friends in Philadelphia. They will include several new tunes and a redoing of the tangos that were recorded in the last batch. For this session a quartet with violin, keyboards, guitar, and bass will be used. No drums or sax. Violin will have the lead on the melody. I hope that this will enable the tangos to sound more like they are being played by a tango band. I'll post a note to let folks know when the new recordings have been added to my page.

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