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New Challenge - Tunes featuring woodwind leads

Postby KRUG » 17 Oct 2015 08:35

Brian and I discussed the subject for this next challenge. The last challenge went well with there being a huge choice of music beginning with the letter A. Well this Challenge has an even wider choice. The Challenge is for you to play any piece of your choosing BUT you must arrange it so that the lead voices are members of the woodwind family but not saxophones. We may have a separate Challenge just for saxophones.
Wikipedia has an extensive list which you will find here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_w ... nstruments.

It would be nice if you could tell us what lead instruments were used in your recording.

To get us going here is my recording of “Danny Boy” with flutes and a wood pipe as lead instruments.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 17 Oct 2015 10:25

Hi Keith One of my favourite tunes. Enjoyed your style and choice of instruments. A pleasant easy listen had me singing along. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 17 Oct 2015 14:56

Hi All,

Just got back in so just a quick one from me right now
Composed by the late great Charlie Chaplin its called "Smile"

First verse is just a Clarinet on its own and the 2nd verse is Clarinet + Oboes & Flutes


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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 17 Oct 2015 14:58

Hi Keith,

That was a very pleasant easy to listen to version of Danny Boy, with some good woodwind sounds


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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 17 Oct 2015 15:31

Hi Brian, Welcome back from God's own county. That really is an excellent swing style and the clarinet voicing certainly did it justice. Well played and a very enjoyable listen.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 17 Oct 2015 15:35

I am in a folky mood at the moment so this afternoon I give you the Bob Dylan classic "Blowin' In The Wind," Lead voices are clarinets, bassoon and oboe.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 17 Oct 2015 17:38

Hi Keith,

That was a very plesant and relaxing version of that classic folk song,
I must admit that the woodwind voices are a lot more pleasing that I original thought they would be.


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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 17 Oct 2015 18:46

Hi Brian. Enjoyed the upbeat version of smile. Liked the sounds. A pleasant listen. John


Hi Keith. A nice listen. Woodwind sounds were good. Will try and do a post but running out of time before hols. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 18 Oct 2015 08:38

Thanks to Brian and John for their comments. I am pleased that you found the woodwind sounds good/pleasing. This Challenge is a chance to explore some of the sounds that you have never used before and maybe get a pleasant surprise.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 18 Oct 2015 08:46

Well it is Sunday and even though a church organ has lots of wind and wood it is not really a woodwind instrument for the purposes of this Challenge. Instead my nod to Sunday is to play you this beautiful Pete Seeger song. The words were taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. The opening chorus is a shaka flute followed by an Indian pipe for the first verse. The second chorus is three indian pipes and a Himalaya pipe for the verse with a Shaka flute chorus to end with. I have not knowingly used these instruments before but I think that they certainly do the job.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 18 Oct 2015 09:39

Hi Keith a nice pleasant early morning listen. The sounds are quite different not what you would normally play, but they work well. A long while since I heard it makes it all the more pleasurable. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 18 Oct 2015 09:57

Hi Keith,

Written by Pete Segar and made famous by the Byrds in 1965, a great tune in its day and the voices you used there
really suited the song whcih you played very well, Just goes to show there are voices on these instruments I have never ever heard of :shock:


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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 18 Oct 2015 10:49

Hi All,

Well this has to be the obvious choice for Clarinet once again, " Annie`s Song" , re-recorded on the Tyros 5


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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 18 Oct 2015 18:43

Hi Woodwinders Just thought I would post this one I think by Peter, Paul and Mary and it seemed appropriate. Puff(The Magic Dragon) Done in a Midnight swing. Pan flute to begin followed by a flute and oboe. Hope you enjoy your listen while I get my breath back. John

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 18 Oct 2015 19:05

Hi Brian Yes very appropriate. Nice choice of style. As usual tried to sing along. A relaxing listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 18 Oct 2015 19:32

Hi Brian, A lovely version of your favourite tune "Annie" and the clarinet certainly did her proud.
Hi John, Great to have you aboard before you go on your hols again. A very different but enjoyable version of Puff who certainly who certainly put some puff into those instruments! Oh dear!!

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 18 Oct 2015 19:39

Very pleased with the football today and hope that the Toon can play as well next week. I don't know when "It was A Very Good Year" for either of the Tyne/Wear clubs but I do know that Sinatra had a very good time with this one about fifty years ago. I have used in this order - 2 jazz flutes, soft clarinet, 3 pan pipes, Cor Anglais and wooden pipes with the aforementioned flutes. I have always felt that the song had a mysterious feel to it and I think that particularly the pan pipes reflect this.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 18 Oct 2015 19:54

Hi Keith Sorry I will be supporting the Machems. we was robbed. Never mind a good use of woodwind. Smooth and pleasant listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 19 Oct 2015 07:39

Hi John,

Enjoyed listening to your version of Puff the Magic Dragon, you certainly did it proud
well played John.

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Hi Keith,

Some unusual but very nice combinations of voices you used in that tune, and you played it very well

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 19 Oct 2015 10:31

Hi John and Brian,
Thanks for your comments and contributions. Lets hope that some others find the right buttons to press to select woodwind voices.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 19 Oct 2015 10:35

We will all be familiar with Scarborough Fair as performed by Simon and Garfunkel. You may not all know that it was an old English folk song which they pinched, modified and made their own. This is closer to the original version, if there is such a thing, and is completely different to the more famous version. Voiced for flutes and I think that there is a recorder in there.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby kens » 19 Oct 2015 11:17

Hi! Brian, Keith and John. You got this of to a good start. Enjoyed all so I am joining in with, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, using variously Oboe, Clarinet, Flute And Pan Flute.
Incidently Keith asked about my Autumn Leaves Improvisation. I start reading the normal notes and then make it up from there. Find some tunes adapt more readily than others. Years ago Byron Jones a well known organist told me that the written music should only be used as a guide so I extemporise where I can. Talking about smoke it will soon be Nov the fifth.
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 19 Oct 2015 12:39

Hi Ken. Liked the choice of sounds and style. A lovely relaxing listen. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 19 Oct 2015 12:46

Hi Keith. Yes a different tune to what we know. Some unusual sounds but it worked. Surprising what instruments are out there. Enjoyed it. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 19 Oct 2015 12:50

Hi Keith,

You dead right about total different from Simon and Garfunkel`s version, to be honest If you had not stated what it was I would never have guessed it was Scarborough Fair
that said it was very plesant and relaxing to listen to, with some good voices.

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Hi Ken,

That was a cracking version of that song, and you played and arranged it very well, nice sounds all made for a very plesant listening experience.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby papadeedee » 19 Oct 2015 15:34

Hi All,
A very varied selection so far, I don't there has been a "latin" yet so here is "The Girl from Ipanema" with a flute lead.
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 19 Oct 2015 16:14

Hi Kens, I enjoyed your version of Smoke Gets In You Eyes with your improvisations. I particularly enjoyed the ending.

Hi Brian D, A lovely version of Girl From Ipanema. The middle section was a real surprise for me because I don't think that I have ever heard it before.

Hi Brian007, a good attempt at a Beatles song. Not the easiest one I should imagine so don't run your efforts down.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 19 Oct 2015 18:25

Hi Brian007. Seemed you put a lot effort into it. Nice sounds for the Beatles number. Enjoyed it. John


Hi BrianD. Seemed a lot of intricate parts and as Keith said not heard all of it before, or just can't remember. Enjoyed the sounds. Enjoyed my listen. John.
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby papadeedee » 19 Oct 2015 19:04

Hi John.
re "Ipanema", I am not sure which part you are not familiar with, The tune was played normally up to 1 min 40 secs and then I moved into an improvisation based on the chords which is a fairly common way to perform a tune and then I finished back on the melody. So, as I made the impro up on the spot, then you would not have heard that part before. I was using scales and modes associated with each type of chord and it is a learned skill to drill these modes in so that you don't have to think too hard which notes will fit.
Puff the Magic Dragon had no timing issues and I enjoyed your performance, well played.
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 19 Oct 2015 19:14

Hi Brian D.

The Girl from Ipanema was very good and I did enjoy it all including all the ad libs and impromptu add ons very well played.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 19 Oct 2015 19:32

Hi All,

Something a little brighter and with a bounce from me this time, "Sloop John B" using just a Pan Flute as the main instrument all the way through.

https://app.box.com/s/x6x8b45utraq1m1o2llwn3hm7ef91zyh


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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby KRUG » 20 Oct 2015 08:19

Hi Brian, Certainly a bouncy version of Slop John B. which had me tapping my foot. Some appropriate twiddles - well done. I will leave you all to it for today as I am off to Halifax.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby Brian007 » 20 Oct 2015 12:32

Hi Keith,

Thank you for your kind comments, lets face it could only get better :lol: :lol:
Have a good day out.

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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 20 Oct 2015 14:03

Hi Brian007. Liked the style a nice upbeat. Liked the introduction of the voices and the jingle. An enjoyable listen. John

Hi BrianD. Thanks for the kind comments. I think it's the improvisation which I am not used too. I will have to have a go. John
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Re: New Challenge (Tunes featuring woodwind leads) 17/10/15

Postby JohnT » 20 Oct 2015 19:01

Hi Everyone Thought I would try a bit of classical. Menuett in C, by J S Bach.Played with an orchestral flute and oboe. Hope you enjoy the change. John


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