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Oct 29, 2017 - 8:40:04 AM
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Here is a little Klezmer tune. This kind of tune is a "Frelekh" (or..freylekh, freylech, fraylich, freilich, frailach...many spellings)...
A Freylekh is kind of a happy "walking dance" kind a tune. (funny how a lot of Klezmer sounds kind of sad and wistful, even when they are happy tunes....to me, anyway.)

Fiselekh, Fiselekh (I think) translates basically as "little feet" or "happy feet"..

This is another tune where I had a lot of fun making the backing track. Dig that crazy Cimbalom track!
A Cimbalom is kind of like a Hammer Dulcimer. Played a lot in Romanian and Hungarian Gypsy or Folk.

This isn't a real Cimbalom (I wish!) but a digitally sampled patch on my Roland JV1010 played with my midi keyboard. Took me awhile and a lot of listening to Cimbalom players to figure this one out.

The percusions are various Wav files I got played with my Korg Nanopad (a little device with drum pads that can trigger synths, or whatever).

anyway, have a listen:


Oct 29, 2017 - 6:43:44 PM
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That sounds so cool, Mojohand! Very nice!

Oct 29, 2017 - 8:26:32 PM
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Nice job! You've even got the whole crying/laughing Yiddish sound thing going.

My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the fiddle sounds processed. I'm a bit biased, of course, but I love the raw sound of an acoustic fiddle.

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:04:55 AM

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Originally posted by amwildman

Nice job! You've even got the whole crying/laughing Yiddish sound thing going.

My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the fiddle sounds processed. I'm a bit biased, of course, but I love the raw sound of an acoustic fiddle.


Yeah, I agree. I'm just lazy sometimes. It's way easier to just plug in the electric Yamaha and put on headphones and record and/or practice with backing tracks then to break out a mic and a stand for an acoustic fiddle.    I think I'll go back to recording with an acoustic violin for the Klezmer stuff, it just sounds more "Authentic".  I do play these tunes on my acoustic, though honestly; not as much as I do with the electric (either plugged in or not).

Glad you liked it, I learned it from Lisa Gutkin's  DVD on Klezmer fiddle from Homespun Tapes.  She uses this tune to show how little variations and ornaments can bring a simple tune like this to life.  It's a good DVD, I'm enjoying slowly working through it.

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:47:29 PM

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Ooh ......you need the wildly wide vibrato thing...it works like this ....hold say your 2nd finger down on a note (any note), and your 3rd finger just above the same string, and a semitone above the note you are holding down with your 2nd finger, (almost touching it )... then do a madly wide  vibrato keeping your 2nd and 3rd fingers set up against each other  but letting your 3rd finger go on and off of the string with the vibrato , like a mad vibrato/trill thing...its great fun

ps: nice job on the recording:

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:18:39 PM
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Here's the sort of thing i mean

Oct 30, 2017 - 3:30:20 PM

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That's awesome! Sort of like a cross between a vibrato and a trill...
I'm definitely going to work on that ornament.  I've been trying to get a good trill and I think the way you described it makes sense.
Thanks!
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Here's the sort of thing i mean


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