Playing for Family
Monday, April 09, 2012 @8:22:00 AM
I played for my husband's family yesterday at our Easter gathering. There were less people than usual, so I figured I would give it a try.
I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be, maybe I'm finally getting comfortable with the fiddle. I've noticed that I don't attack it anymore, I just play -- bow arm relaxed, thumb not gripping the neck. My wrist is much better this year, and my intonation wasn't too bad.
I played a few Irish tunes, which no one knew. Then I had a request for Danny Boy or Irish Eyes are Smiling (I know neither). So I played Ashokan Farewell, very slow, and they were familiar with that one. It put the 2 year old and her Grandmother to sleep. My Sister in Law said I would have to come every day at nap time :o)
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Monday, April 09, 2012 @9:34:58 AM
Sounds like you had a great time. Playing in front of family is a good way to learn to relax and play in front of others. You get to do two things you love, be with family and play the fiddle.
Monday, April 09, 2012 @3:58:12 PM
My hubby always falls asleep when I'm playing..at least I think he's sleeping, maybe it's a stress induced coma
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @9:20:56 AM
When I played for my family the first time, I played Soldiers Joy and Angelina the Baker and of course no one had any clue at all what the heck I was playing. Then of course they ask if I could play Devil Went Down To Georgia, LOL
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 @10:22:23 AM
They ALWAYS ask for Devil Went Down to Georgia!
Friday, April 13, 2012 @1:03:31 PM
That's WONDERFUL!!! Music sure is a gift!! Congrats...I hope it ignites a spark in some of the young ones! My Grands are coming up here this weekend and I'm going to try and teach them how to play the tin whistle...I have one for each. They are 4 and 6...we will see how long this works!! :-) Enjoy!
Friday, April 13, 2012 @5:39:18 PM
I truly think that every child should be required to play an instrument for 1 year. I wish I had grown up with music in our family. I went to a small concert at my bow shop last week, and the accordian player has been playing since he was 6 and he learned from his mother who learned by taking her father's accordian out when he was not at home... that is quite a run on. But, I would have loved to learn to play when I was a child.
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