Week #560 ~ Crested Hens

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is Crested Hens, which was submitted as a French Waltz. According to The Session, it's also known as Cockscomb Bouree, Como Poden Per Sas Culpas, The Crested Hen, The Crested Hens, Les Poules Huppees, Les Poules Huppés, Poules Huppées.

    Here is a link to seven settings of this tune on The Session.

  2. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    I played the melody on my tenor guitar:
  3. John W.
    John W.
    Really enjoyed the sound and mood you created there, Christian
  4. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Great playing, I like the atmosphere, Christian, and it works well as a waltz.

    [Note: credit to the composer, Gilles Chabenat, and that he named the tune Les Poules Houppées]
  5. Frithjof
    Christian, your tenor delivers such a warm sound in your recording. Very nice!

    I was surprised because I had in mind some faster picking. My false – you can do a lot more with this tune …

    BTW., there were some young ladies and gentlemen who did this tune as SAW #82 in 2010 and the following years.
  6. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Thanks for catching that it had been a SAW already! I TRY not to duplicate them, but, you know, I'm human!
  7. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    When I checked my SAW post from 12 years ago I discovered that the YouTube link was no longer functioning. Here is an updated link:
  8. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Exquisitely played David, really like that rhythm.
  9. John W.
    John W.
    Lovely version, David.
  10. Frithjof
    Thanks for reviving your post, David. Very nice!
  11. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks to Christian for his new tenor guitar lead version and to David for reviving his exquisite old one. I recorded this tune back in 2014, but have yesterday recorded a new version using a quite different arrangement -- I found this one during lockdown and introduced it (to general acclaim) to our group repertoire when we reconvened last summer, but for some reason hadn't yet got around to recording it. This seems a good opportunity.

    I'm playing the tune twice through, with second mandolin harmony by Mike Moroney added the second time, from:


    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin (x2)
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar


    You may also notice that I have changed my camera angle -- I like how clearly the mandolin and the fingering can be seen in Frank's videos for example, so I've moved the camera closer (on my music stand, in fact). This way, my instruments can actually be seen clearly for the first time!

  12. Frithjof
    Good sound from your mandolin, Martin. And nice to get a closer look at your Mid-Missouri and at your finger work.
    I’m looking forward to have a detailed look at all your other fine instruments.
  13. John W.
    John W.
    Nice to have the harmonies added in there, MartinÂ…also nice to have a change of e cording position.
  14. John W.
    John W.

    This is my morning tempo of this tune…I can play the same notes and chords with a glass of red in the evening and create a totally different mood.

    Fylde Signature Touchstone
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  15. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    That sounds great, John -- really good groove and tempo. I also like the Fylde very much. Interesting way to use picture-in-picture which I hadn't come across before but is I think more effective than side-by-side or small inset for an accompanied tune like this. The mandolin gets center stage as it should be but the guitar doesn't just come in off-screen as with my videos.

    Somewhat embarrassingly I have just noticed that my harmony part wasn't actually on mandolin as I had written in my post above, it's on octave mandolin (Mid-Missouri M-111). Memory fail. That wouldn't have happened if I had a video of the accompaniment as well as the lead...

  16. Frithjof
    I like your morning mood, John. The sound of your mandolin is great.

    Good position of the mandolin within your video. It shows how synchro you are with your guitar accompanist.
  17. Simon DS
    Simon DS
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