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'The Wailing Cat Ceilidh Band' Practice

Saturday, March 10, 2012 @7:38:02 AM


We were howling!!!

I think a combination of Irene's Whiskey and my coffee had us in a fine state. For some reason I was playing just a cats whisker off key virtually all evening. That made for some interesting sounds. Perhaps it was that I had practiced for too long during the day and I was physically weary....or maybe it was that my short stubby fingers had got shorter and fatter!!! the rough-farmers-hands look is fine for working with the animals but doesnt help the violin playing

So what can be done about fingers that just wont reach!!  I had wondered about playing with some of those rubber cashier finger tips...the ones they count the money with.  Maybe there will loads on Flea-bay, seeing as how the worlds economies have shrunk and no-one has any money to count any more!!

The rhythm and speed of my playing was better... Hahaha...its like juggling too many balls at once, the accuracy seems to go out the window as the texture and rhythm comes in through the front door. Hey Ho!!

 

Note to self for this week:  Go back to working on basics. Work with some drones in the back ground. Practice the 'homework' before playing around with new tunes. Check on the relaxation, posture, position. work on stretching fingers..

ET x



6 comments on “'The Wailing Cat Ceilidh Band' Practice”

richdissmore Says:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @8:10:06 AM

short fingers keep trying when you say i can,t do this or that keep trying one day you will beable to do what you could not do be for i like jay ungar playing as for rough farmers hands try creams that will work like bag baum for cows that should make them soft i may have spelled that wrong i know that save works use it my self
Rene Says:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @10:19:12 AM

Where there's a will there is a way. I've got the will still looking for the way :)...ooh those horse wrecks do hurt. Wrecked a couple of them several years back. I only broke my shoulder and made sure to break it twice (two seperate wrecks), no need to ruin my good shoulder.
boxbow Says:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @12:55:26 PM

Rollerblades did for my left shoulder. The x-ray tech said they'd been very good for her business. I had to give up fiddling for a few years, but it all worked out. I picked up the mandolin and actually started making something with a strong resemblance to music. I got serious with my fiddle again maybe 4 years ago. The thing about your fingers not being quite right is manageable. It has to do with so very many variables. Stick with it. You'll settle in soon. Well, maybe not real soon, but soon. Not a dairy farmer myself, I always worked construction or factory work. Strong, sturdy working hands have advantages. You know that eventually they'll do what you tell 'em, just not right away. Mine tend to be a little slow, but that's got a lot to do with overgripping my fiddle. When I'm not trying to choke a tune out of my fiddle, I do all right. Relax, and have fun with your jamming partner. By the way, if I don't watch it with the caffeine, my fingers start moving faster than the notes. That ain't good.
doublestop Says:
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @7:04:26 AM

Emma, one of the bands I play in is called the Scalded Cats...based in Fife. I have fairly long fingers, being 6 foot 2, but if you're REALLY struggling to stretch for some notes, you may want to go with a 3/4 size fiddle...when I play my niece's 3/4 size, I notice a big difference in scale.
pikilily Says:
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @8:48:14 AM

Dear Mr Stop,
My short finger problem is compounded by the fact that the said digits are also rather chunky/broad. Not fat i might add...just square at the tips !!! I had wondered about a smaller fiddle but thought there may not be enough space for the sausages to play each note - LOL

thanks for the suggestion... will try that!!
Emma T - hey, we could eventually ( as in give me another decade to practice) have a sound off Wailing Cats versus Scalded Cats!
pikilily Says:
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @8:48:15 AM

Dear Mr Stop,
My short finger problem is compounded by the fact that the said digits are also rather chunky/broad. Not fat i might add...just square at the tips !!! I had wondered about a smaller fiddle but thought there may not be enough space for the sausages to play each note - LOL

thanks for the suggestion... will try that!!
Emma T - hey, we could eventually ( as in give me another decade to practice) have a sound off Wailing Cats versus Scalded Cats!

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