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Viper

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06/15/2017 08:30:50 View Viper's MP3 Archive View Viper's Photo Albums View Viper's Blog Reply with Quote

"Icy Mountain" is the second tune I have learned as part of my "Year of Ward Jarvis." This was recorded yesterday in my very hot attic as my fingers were sweaty, but here it is warts and all. 

I learned this tune from the playing of Ward Jarvis on the Field Recorders' Collective release and from the recordings of David Brose, with some help from the notation in the "Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes" and this recent YouTube video of David Bragger.

I'm still trying to get the B part(s) down, but it's coming along. I appreciate any comments or constructive criticism. Thank you for listening. 

EDITED TO ADD: Scroll down to hear my second take. 



Icy Mountain

   

Edited by - Viper on 06/19/2017 09:54:50

Chops Chomper

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06/15/2017 13:49:25View Chops Chomper's MP3 Archive View Chops Chomper's Classified Ads View Chops Chomper's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Well, Either your fiddle is out of tune or your intonation is off. But it sounded good..keep working on it. Jerry

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boxbowPlayers Union Member

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06/15/2017 14:08:01 View boxbow's Photo Albums View boxbow's Blog Reply with Quote

The first couple times through were rough,no doubt.  The last couple of times through rocked.  Maybe go with a bare bones version to just start?  Intonation was rough at first, sure, and it was still a little dodgy at the end but much, much better and that includes the double stops.  The tempo pulsed a very little bit through the first half and then settled in at the end.  It sounds to me like you fought your way through it at first and then relaxed, got in the groove, and nailed it.  That's when the syncopation really stood out. 


Edited by - boxbow on 06/15/2017 14:10:59

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Viper

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121 posts since 1/6/11

06/16/2017 07:22:12View Viper's MP3 Archive View Viper's Photo Albums View Viper's Blog Reply with Quote

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. Recording always puts me on edge, but I definitely need to work on my intonation. Part of the problem, I think, was before recording myself, I was playing along with the Ward Jarvis recordings I have, and I heard a new wrinkle I'm still trying to figure out. I should have recorded myself first. Probably would have been smoother. More work to do! Thanks again for listening and commenting. 

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Viper

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06/19/2017 09:53:54View Viper's MP3 Archive View Viper's Photo Albums View Viper's Blog Reply with Quote

Well, I worked on my intonation, and I think I got the B parts figured out. Here's another crack at it. Still more work to do, but I'm happy with the improvement. 



Icy Mountain (#2)

   
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Chops Chomper

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I think it sounded better than the last one. Keep working on it..it'll get there. Jerry

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Cyndy

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06/21/2017 19:50:52View Cyndy's MP3 Archive View Cyndy's Photo Albums View Cyndy's Blog Reply with Quote

First of all, I think it's very cool that you are working through the Ward Jarvis recordings. I admire you for that!

Intonation--speaking in general terms from my own experience which may or may not apply to you or to others--I'd say, it comes. And goes. And comes back better. And it seems to be an upward cycle that happens over a long time. So, think about it, but maybe don't worry about it. I actually like some of the places in your recording where you're probably not quite on the pitches that would make your tuner flash green. :)

When I listen to your B part, I like the groove. It works for me.

When I listen to the A part, I think I hear a lot of sawing. That works and if you're choosing that on purpose, fiddler's choice, right?! But, if you're not, I think it would be worth the time to listen to the recording and experiment with other approaches. And, if you need ideas, maybe slow David's recording down and take a look at what he's doing?

I haven't listened to the field recording enought to be able to give you more specific feedback but I play this tune and I'm in review mode right now so I need to get back to it!

 

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