I woke up this early morning, made myself a cup of coffee, grabbed my fiddle and played the tune, Quail is a Pretty Bird, better than I've ever played it before (admittedly that's a low bar). It was sweet with good intonation and I nailed the B part too, which typically gives me trouble. Other days, I'll wake up, get my coffee, grab my fiddle and, after a few minutes, I come to the only logical conclusion, which is that I must have had a stroke in the middle of the night. I can't get a song or a note right to save my life.
I've always held that violin is the "golf" of the musical world. Just sadistic, and you have to be a freak to do it well. You can look at most pros at their peak, and just a year later, they'll be hacks.
Same with violin. One day I have total command of every part of the bow, and look like Paganini (in my view, LOL). Two hours later, I can't play 'Happy Birthday' without bouncy bow.
BTW, is 'Quail is a Pretty Bird' the same tune as 'The Cuckoo'? (is a pretty bird, she warbles when she flies...)
Well peeps... there are days when I feel like a musician and there are days when my instruments act like I am a total stranger. For some reason my fiddles are more prone to this than my plectrum / fretted instruments. I have asked several fiddlers over the years and they have all more or less said " there are just those days where my fiddle just won't talk to me" . So I quit worrying about it and on those days when I have to play and my instrument friends treat me like a stranger I stick to simple , well known tunes and techniques and hope for the best. Sometimes things come together other times I crash and burn. C'est la Vie. R/
I don't approach my fiddle as an adversary. It's just wood. Some are better than others, but it's 97.657% operator. Oh yeah, the bow is more important than most think. The difference between playing for a half hour and being exhausted, and playing five hours and ready for six hours, is the bow.