Thursday, December 21, 2017

Valderrabano - Soneto 2

Painting by Émile Bernard, a friend of Gauguin and Van Gogh.

I devoted a blog entry to a first "soneto" by Valderrabano a few years ago. This is a second soneto and this one works pretty well in both tunings (re-entrant and low 4th).

So, first the TablEdited adaptation for low 4th ukulele.
PDF file.

Then, the tabs for re-entrant tuning.
PDF file.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bésard - Branle gay

Painting by Georges Lacombe.

Here are two versions of this branle by Jean-Baptiste Bésard.

First, for re-entrant tuning:

TablEdited adaptation.
PDF file.

Second, for low 4th tuning:

TablEdited adaptation.
PDF file.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Negri - Villancico

Painting by Berthe Morisot.

First, a low 4th adaptation:

TablEdited adaptation.
PDF file.

The following is basically the original score which is readily playable with a baritone ukulele:

TablEdited version for baritone ukulele.
PDF file.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Arbeau - Bransle des chevaux

Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.

Another branle from Arbeau's Orchésographie. This dance involves tapping (or stomping).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Anon - Saltarello del Re

Painting by Anna Boch, a Belgian artist (1890).

This is a 16th century tune.

Adaptation for low 4th tuning in TablEdit format.
PDF file.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Galilei (Vincenzo) - Dance

Painting and dance tune from the 16th century. The Galilei family: talk about lucky genes!

TablEdited adaptation for low 4th tuning.
PDF file.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Playford - All in a Garden Green

Painting of a columbine by Dürer.

A Renaissance song (Playford's Dancing Master).

TablEdited tabs for low 4th tuning.
PDF file.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gervaise - Gaillarde

Not sure what to make of this painting,  but they seem to have the right idea!

For re-entrant tuning, another tune by Claude Gervaise, light and easy.

TablEdit adaptation.
PDF file.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Janequin - Petite nymphe folastre

Painting by Bartolomeo Veneto.

This piece is titled after one of Pierre de Ronsard's poems (it was initially published as part "Supplément musical" to the 1552 edition of "Les Amours de Pierre de Ronsard").

TablEdited adaptation for low 4th uke.
PDF file.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Praetorius - La Bourrée

A lively dance tune, full of vim and vigor. From Praetorius Terpsichore (1612).

TablEdited adaptation for low 4th tuning.
PDF file.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Couperin - Menuet

Painting by Henri-Edmond Cross.

A little minuet by François Couperin, for re-entrant tuning.

TablEdited adaptation.
PDF file.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Anon - Gavotte

From a 14th century Book of Hours.

Short and sweet, this gavotte dates back to the 16th century.

TablEdit adaptation for re-entrant uke.
PDF file.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Gervaise - Bransle gay

Monkeys in the jungle by le douanier Rousseau.

Gervaise produced a plethora of dance tunes that are nice and easy to play on the ukulele. For this branle gay, the challenge is in the speed.

TablEdited adaptation for re-entrant ukulele.
PDF file.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Attaingnant - Patience

Painting by Caravaggio.

Back in the saddle: let us try a bit more elaborate playing with this piece called "Patience".

TablEdit adaptation in low 4th tuning.
PDF file.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Anon - Le maître de la maison

Yes, four strings! A carving at Beverly Minster in Yorkshire.

"Le maître de la maison" is a traditional song as well as a branle double dating back to medieval times.

TablEdited re-entrant tabs.
PDF format.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Küffner - Andante 2

Painting by Theo van Rysselberghe.

Another andante piece by our dear Küffner. High or low 4th string? Try either one with these tabs: I think it swings both ways.

TablEdit adaptation.
PDF file.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Branle double (Re-entrant)

From a 14th century Book of Hours from Flanders, another wonderfully expressive image of monkeys (apes?).

This is also a very easy piece."Bran(s)le simple" and "bran(s)le double" refer to the pattern of steps in the dance.

TablEdit adaptation for re-entrant uke.
PDF file.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Branle (Re-entrant)

A frog and a snail listening to a monkey playing music. From a fifteenth century Book of hours.

This is a medieval bransle, very simple and easy to play.

TablEdit adaptation. (For newbies: download the free TablEdit player; link in the right column)
PDF file.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Küffner - Andante 1 (Re-entrant)

Painting by Félix Vallotton.

I'm back after a long absence... and re-starting at the beginning with a suitable piece by Küffner.

TablEdit tabs.
PDF version.

And tabs with an alternative fingering, also in PDF version.