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tonyelder - Posted - 01/12/2023:  21:31:49


I consider myself to be very fortunate - and rich beyond measure...



There are times when I play the fiddle and think to myself - "Man, I love playing the fiddle!"  ...not for any other reason - except I love playing the fiddle.



Don't get me wrong... I'm not saying I'm this really great fiddler - or that you would be impressed with my playing.



But - on the tunes I love - that I can play - and know well enough to let loose --- I don't just love the fiddle; I love being able to play the fiddle.



It's those tunes - you know well enough that you don't have to give much thought to what you are doing - you just do it, without any struggle and enjoy the ride. It is especially rewarding when it is a tune you haven't played in a while. And things click - like they are supposed to.



I know I am not unique in my abilities, but I wonder how unique I am in the pleasure I get from playing. Do you appreciate the gift you have been given?



Sorry. I had a good time tonight.  I got to play with some friends (a guitar and a banjo). It was a good session.  smiley


Edited by - tonyelder on 01/12/2023 21:33:51

Erockin - Posted - 01/13/2023:  05:03:32


Tony, I'm right there with ya! I'm 45 and just starting but man, that's all I think about anymore these days...



We had our bluegrass jam (Now it's a sort of a rehearsal) last night and when it ended, I broke it out!

I finally did it...lol. I had no business playing fiddle with these professionals but a few more sips from the jar and said...screw it...lol.

It's kind of the best feeling. I can't imagine the excitement at super high levels but I agree with you!



Great topic...let's light it up!


Edited by - Erockin on 01/13/2023 05:06:58

carlb - Posted - 01/13/2023:  05:05:50


quote:

Originally posted by tonyelder

I had a good time tonight.  I got to play with some friends (a guitar and a banjo). It was a good session.  smiley






That's the best. When I play with others and it clicks, that's a wonderful high.

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 01/13/2023:  05:33:43


Wow...sounds like a great Friday the 3th! Happy for you Tony. Sounds like you had a great time too, Eric. Fiddling is in and of itself and awesome experience.

UsuallyPickin - Posted - 01/13/2023:  06:47:11


I get that. When the music flows out from your playing without all the covered mistakes, or your covered mistake is too cool, it is a joy. When I hear music in my head it is most often a fiddle playing. It is odd that it took me fifty-one years to pick one up. But now it's just too much fun. R/

RichJ - Posted - 01/13/2023:  08:16:14


When I started learning to play one of my objectives was to hope I could get as comfortable scratchin' out tunes as whistling. Ten years in I can say I've partially achieved this goal. The feeling Tony talks about above has occasionally gone through my head when playing a familiar tune. After after 5-10 minutes of playing I sorta' slip into a kind of self induced trance. When this happens I start wondering who's doing the playing. Looking down at my hands there's a kind of disconnect which makes it hard for me to believe I'm the one. Fiddle Magic??

NCnotes - Posted - 01/13/2023:  10:38:31


For me, it's just all music in general...
when I'm happy, I play music out of sheer energy and joy. When I'm sad and down, I play music and it makes me feel better inside. Music helps me to feel connected to other people, especially when we are all "in the groove" together and we all kind of sigh and smile when we finish.

Sometimes I do wish I had a more "useful" knack/hobby (heart surgery? teaching? gourmet cooking? or even, financial investment, so I could help my family with big bucks) but instead they are stuck with a Mom who fiddles and plays guitar a lot... :-)

TuneWeaver - Posted - 01/13/2023:  11:42:33


Daily, I give thanks that I can play a fiddle..It has always been something that I thought I was MEANT to do.

doryman - Posted - 01/13/2023:  11:52:29


I'm glad to play music in general and it's been a part of my life for almost my entire life. I'm very late to the fiddle, but it's been the funnest instrument so far. Add on top of that, playing with others and, well, it can't too much better than that.

I don't mean to be or sound condescending when I say this, but I often wonder how a person can go through life and not make music of some kind.

Brian Wood - Posted - 01/13/2023:  12:50:54


I get good feelings playing the fiddle when I am playing well with another. Not so much playing by myself. I can get satisfaction just practicing, but not feelings of awesomeness.

pete_fiddle - Posted - 01/13/2023:  12:51:30


Honestly? ...Hate to be a downer but, fiddling Guitar-ing, and singing was Just something i used to do in the Pub along with other folk ...When there where Pubs.



And the ability to use a Chainsaw without getting shaky arms afterwards would be more useful than a fiddle nowadays. But now I've invested too much time to give it up...



Plus the fact that i love it so much. And with each musical revelation, i'm like a kid with a new toy.

 

tonyelder - Posted - 01/13/2023:  12:52:14


quote:

Originally posted by doryman

I'm glad to play music in general and it's been a part of my life for almost my entire life. I'm very late to the fiddle, but it's been the funnest instrument so far. Add on top of that, playing with others and, well, it can't too much better than that.



I don't mean to be or sound condescending when I say this, but I often wonder how a person can go through life and not make music of some kind.






At every opportunity, I suggest to young folks, or parents - learn to play a musical instrument. Preferably one that you can carry with you - where ever you go. 



You'll never regret it.

tonyelder - Posted - 01/13/2023:  13:05:41


quote:

Originally posted by Brian Wood

I get good feelings playing the fiddle when I am playing well with another. Not so much playing by myself. I can get satisfaction just practicing, but not feelings of awesomeness.






There has been a number of times - I have said to my wife "Man, I love playing the fiddle." after practicing.



Not always... but it always easy for me to remember how much it means to me, even when I don't get that "feeling".

Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 01/13/2023:  13:29:39


quote:

Originally posted by doryman

I'm glad to play music in general and it's been a part of my life for almost my entire life. I'm very late to the fiddle, but it's been the funnest instrument so far. Add on top of that, playing with others and, well, it can't too much better than that.



I don't mean to be or sound condescending when I say this, but I often wonder how a person can go through life and not make music of some kind.






The rest of my immediate blood relations have/had a definite artistic bent but no talent and little interest in making music. Choose your poison...

groundhogpeggy - Posted - 01/13/2023:  13:46:57


NC, I think heart surgery sounds like a wonderful hobby to take up...lol.

tonyelder - Posted - 01/13/2023:  13:47:02


quote:

Originally posted by pete_fiddle

Honestly? ...Hate to be a downer but, fiddling Guitar-ing, and singing was Just something i used to do in the Pub along with other folk ...When there where Pubs.



And the ability to use a Chainsaw without getting shaky arms afterwards would be more useful than a fiddle nowadays. But now I've invested too much time to give it up...



Plus the fact that i love it so much. And with each musical revelation, i'm like a kid with a new toy.

 






Been there.  I started playing and singing in the 60's. It was not a decision I made because of a perceived need to develop a sense of art or achieve some level of accomplishment. For me , it was a convenient vehicle used for meeting people and having fun. And "bars" were the common meeting places. I learned what I need to know in order to play in a band. That was my only musical goal back then. 



But... I've never had any ambitions to be much more than a good amateur musician.



I managed to develop other useful, practical skills in my life - based on a set of goals and the disciple it took to reach them. I have enjoyed a very rewarding career.  



But those are 2 different things - no real comparison for me.

NCnotes - Posted - 01/13/2023:  13:53:04


@Lonesome Fiddler "The rest of my immediate blood relations have/had a definite artistic bent but no talent and little interest in making music. "



Ditto here...not a musical bone in the rest of the family. We're talking', 8 hour road trip and nobody wants to turn on the radio...

I think maybe that's where I got a little attitude that music is frivolous/waste of time, etc. But I stubbornly just keep on with it! :-).



My mom has the Cooking gift. Our house always has people who have invited themselves over to lurk hopefully around the kitchen...I always wanted her Cooking gift but sadly, it passed me by (I make bad coffee, too, as I have mentioned.) I can play you a decent song though, to go with your slightly burnt food...


Edited by - NCnotes on 01/13/2023 13:55:38

doryman - Posted - 01/13/2023:  14:55:25


quote:

Originally posted by tonyelder

I learned what I need to know in order to play in a band. That was my only musical goal back then. 


 






Around here, we call those kind of folks, "Drummers."

doryman - Posted - 01/13/2023:  14:57:07


quote:

Originally posted by NCnotes





My mom has the Cooking gift. Our house always has people who have invited themselves over to lurk hopefully around the kitchen...I always wanted her Cooking gift but sadly, it passed me by (I make bad coffee, too, as I have mentioned.) I can play you a decent song though, to go with your slightly burnt food...






Don't be so hard on yourself with regards to cooking.  Start by learning how to make ice cubes then, when you've got that down, try toast.  Once you've learned how to freeze water and burn bread, everything else is simply something in the middle of that.


Edited by - doryman on 01/13/2023 14:59:31

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/13/2023:  17:19:57


When I met my future wife, I told her music is a must in my world and sometimes it will get priority. She's still with me; it will be 30 years this year. The reason I said that to her is because, for me, music is life. Nothing short of tear inducing belly laughs makes me as happy as creating music. The fiddle has been a godsend since arthritis sidelined my guitar playing (after about 40 years) and I always say I wish I would have started playing it back when I started playing guitar.

ChickenMan - Posted - 01/13/2023:  17:24:13


Addendum

I come from a very musical German / Irish family on my dad's side - everyone plays guitar. Weekends filled with family and friends jamming, going to see uncle Mike playing in a rock roll band at the Bobcat Lounge when I was in my preteens, learning Jackson Five songs with my cousins before we played guitars... ~sigh~

farmerjones - Posted - 01/13/2023:  17:29:12


3-4 hours driving home in the early morning, with this ear to ear grin. Sometimes chuckling to myself. A good jam is so ridiculously good, i feel sad for them that have never felt it.
I play a bunch of instruments, but they always ask where's the fiddle. Mind you I'm not great shakes. It still amazes me how folk really, really, really love live music. I never trusted myself on my ability. I hate the way I sound. I hate listening to a recording or video of myself. All I can do is notice how other's react. This self-hate, has made me continually strive for improvement. Even so I haven't sold everyone on myself. This makes me try all kinds of tactics. At the end of the day, 40 years down the line, you can't please everyone. I was in a band, where I never could see eye to eye with one of the other five. Oh well. I know for a fact, fiddle grates on the ear of some folks. No matter how or what you play. Oh well.

old cowboy - Posted - 01/13/2023:  17:35:52


When I set out to play the fiddle I was 75 yrs. old. I said if I could play Old Joe Clark and Cotton Eyed Joe I would be happy! More than anything I wanted to be able to say I'm a fiddle player. Well I think I can safely say I am a fiddle player. Maybe not a great one, but not bad. I can indeed play old Joe Clark and cotton eyed Joe and a few others. I ,like chicken man wish I had started when I started the guitar at age 16 instead of 75!

ShadeTree - Posted - 01/13/2023:  19:26:42


Like many others, I can easily relate. I am not a high-caliber fiddle player, but I get high-caliber enjoyment from playing the fiddle. Part of the enjoyment comes from the challenge. Most of the enjoyment comes from the pleasing sounds. Sometimes I look at my fiddle with wonder at how such amazing sounds can come from four strings on a wooden box. When I put my fiddle away for the evening, I often think, "Thank You, Friend" and then quietly thank the Good Lord for giving me the opportunity to play. Yes, there have been times when playing the fiddle almost became a religious experience. How can one not like that!

Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 01/13/2023:  23:33:52


I might have posted this eons ago, but I did have an actual professional fiddler in the family. A distant relative, he came over to the house, one afternoon, and played the fiddle in the living room, accompanying his lp that my dad put on the stereo. I actually think I have his LP on the record shelf. I'll search it down tomorrow. Pre-stereophonic, of course.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 01/14/2023:  06:08:13


quote:

Originally posted by NCnotes

For me, it's just all music in general...

when I'm happy, I play music out of sheer energy and joy. When I'm sad and down, I play music and it makes me feel better inside. Music helps me to feel connected to other people, especially when we are all "in the groove" together and we all kind of sigh and smile when we finish.



Sometimes I do wish I had a more "useful" knack/hobby (heart surgery? teaching? gourmet cooking? or even, financial investment, so I could help my family with big bucks) but instead they are stuck with a Mom who fiddles and plays guitar a lot... :-)






"fiddles and plays guitar a lot.."  Sounds like a good mom.

NCnotes - Posted - 01/14/2023:  09:10:19


doryman - LOL thank you for the guide to cooking! that is encouraging!

TuneWeaver - Aw thanks, I hope they appreciate my obsession, but sometimes I suspect they would all still probably prefer a sparkling clean home and four course meals LOL!

It's been nice to read this thread and hear about how happy fiddling makes everybody! When I had the hand injury (due to trying to play hard reachy stuff on classical guitar) and couldn't play any instruments for a year, that was depressing. Life just felt drab and grey and monotonous...that's when I realized how much music adds to life.

Old Scratch - Posted - 01/14/2023:  09:27:05


"Music helps me to feel connected to other people" .... Music helps me feel alienated from other people ....

"But now I've invested too much time to give it up..." ... Or as Macbeth put it: "I'm steeped in blood so far, Go back is tedious as go o'er." Or words to that effect.

Yeah, I know: a real ray of sunshine.

But here's an easy cooking tip: just melt some cheese - lotsa cheese - on top, and it'll be great ... !

NCnotes - Posted - 01/14/2023:  10:38:51


We need a LAUGH reaction button on this forum!

Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 01/14/2023:  12:20:31


laughFor several years my sister brought in more money as an artist/sculptor than did her husband, a lawyer. I can't be sure, though, who that reflects upon -- my sister or my bro-in-law.

Earworm - Posted - 01/14/2023:  15:03:59


I make the music and the music makes me. So goes art, and also life.

I am also in favor of cheese.

old cowboy - Posted - 01/14/2023:  19:24:31


Make mine bleu cheese! With a glass of red wine!

tonyelder - Posted - 01/14/2023:  20:14:19


quote:

Originally posted by old cowboy

Make mine bleu cheese! With a glass of red wine!






...given enough of that and everything starts becoming "awesume".  yes

tonyelder - Posted - 01/14/2023:  20:20:10


quote:

Originally posted by Old Scratch

"Music helps me to feel connected to other people" .... Music helps me feel alienated from other people ....



"But now I've invested too much time to give it up..." ... Or as Macbeth put it: "I'm steeped in blood so far, Go back is tedious as go o'er." Or words to that effect.



Yeah, I know: a real ray of sunshine.



But here's an easy cooking tip: just melt some cheese - lotsa cheese - on top, and it'll be great ... !






or bacon    ...or butter



anything that good, can't be bad.



and if you still think it tastes bad, drink some more wine...  it's gonna be "awesume".



 

Old Scratch - Posted - 01/14/2023:  20:25:13


Yeah, I though about bacon too - but I didn't want to make it too complicated ... !

tonyelder - Posted - 01/14/2023:  20:26:27


A friend's daughter had her 50th birthday today. Our friend thought it would be appropriate to invite all of his friends over to jam and have a party - to celebrate.



I had so much fun. This is my "folky friends" - so I played guitar and sang a bunch of songs. I think we are starting to realize just how old we are getting - and how we need to hug each others neck and enjoy each others company, like there is no tomorrow.



These are some very talented folks. And I appreciate them so much.



The guitar is "awesume". Friends are awesome.



 



edit to add - you know that you are old when you attend your friend's daughter's 50th birthday, and the daughter brings her grand kids to the party.  surprise


Edited by - tonyelder on 01/14/2023 20:28:43

old cowboy - Posted - 01/15/2023:  06:10:56


Amen to the phrase " you know you are getting old when" Tony! At this point in my life I am beginning to feel like Johnny Paychecks song "The Old Violin" .

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