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Tattie Bogle Learning a beautiful tune (20) RE: Learning a beautiful tune 30 Jun 20

I have on occasion been moved to tears by either tunes or songs when other people are playing or singing them, and there are certain songs that I could not sing without choking up and being unable to carry on, especially when it was still very raw and close to the time that I associated these with: e.g. hearing "the Joy of Living" sung when my mother was nearing her last days, and trying to sing "Crossing the Bar" for a couple of years at least after my Dad died (we'd had that song at his funeral). Can't remember having the same experience with playing a tune myself however: probably concentrating so hard on playing the right notes, plus my instrument isn't dependent on my own breathing as with a wind instrument.
As for ornamentation, it can be very instrument-orientated: what works for a fiddler or a pianist may not work for me on a diatonic box, because of the directional considerations, but it is still possible to make it sound nice with what does work for you.

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