I thought I'd provide a bit of an update on my Year of Ward Jarvis. With June already a quarter of the way over, I should be well into learning my third Jarvis tune. Sadly, I took about a two-month break trying to learn some old chestnuts out of a book. Instead, I'm only now starting to feel more confident with my second Jarvis tunes, Icy Mountain. I'm working out a few kinks yet, but I'm hoping to get a recording of myself to share here somewhat soon.
I took my first crack at Icy Mountain at the end of April, but I didn't really buckle down on the tune until mid-May. Just this week, I finally had that "a-ha!" moment. I'm mostly working to learn these tunes by ear with slowdown software. However, I have used the Milliner-Koken book as a crutch to get some of the notes I can't quite catch, and I found a good video of David Bragger playing the tune that also helped me with fingering.
There was also an archived discussion here at the FHO that discussed Icy Mountain, which helped me figure things out and which I can no longer find and/or link to, So thank you to whoever talked about how the B part (or parts) fit together.
It's a slow-go. I hope by the end of the year that I'll be picking up these tunes a little faster. Maybe I can catch up and learn all six of the aforementioned tunes.
Anyone else have a hard time learning Icy Mountain? Anyone have pointers on the other remaining tunes on my list? Anyone else a big fan of Ward Jarvis?