Posted by UsuallyPickin on Thursday, July 13, 2017
2017 is half gone. Light speed Mr. Sulu. As you can tell I am not an inveterate blogger but I do like to sound of now and again.
All is well in the world for this Kentucky fiddler. I am reasonably healthy and happy, able to play daily and have good instruments to pursue my passions with. My fiddling is still not as good as I want it to be yet better than it was a year ago...... the joy here and the challenge is that the more I know and understand the more I hear that I have to learn how to do.
I am thinking about spending some money on a better instrument, I already spent money on better bows. Yet each time I have invested in a different fiddle in the past I wind up going back to my old friend favorite. It is an early 20th century German instrument with the name Ludwig Koschat on an interior tag. I plan on getting out my other fiddles over the next month and giving them a listen and play to ascertain if maybe I have grown into them. I certainly need to send them along to other players for all the good I am getting out of them.
I am excited about Monroe Mandolin Camp in September. There will be a fiddle "track" taught this year by Nashville fiddler Buddy Spicher and Glen Duncan, a veteran 'grass and country fiddler. THere will be a workshop on triple fiddle harmonies included. I expect it will be "wow" experience and to be trying to grab all the tricks and licks I can and make recordings of everything else.
Well fiddle folk off to my daily walk and some "digging the garden doing the weeds". Be well and play on. R/
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Friday, July 14, 2017 @5:00:57 PM
Invertebrate blogger...oh...inveterate blogger. Glad to hear you're enjoying the journey, Rich. And I, too, keep going back to my two Silver Creek fiddles (considerably cheaper than many I've acquired o'er the years due to FAS) much as you seem to gravitate towards your Ludwig Von Koschat. Btw, I lived in Saint Mary, KY, for a spell in the late 1970s, at a "commune" farm. First time I recall seeing fire flies. Took me a few weeks to get used to the humidity. Curt
Friday, July 14, 2017 @6:06:09 PM
I've been here since the late 70's and I am not sure I'm used to the humidity yet. Fireflies are somehow a bit magical on a Summer's eve. The first sighting always makes me smile. R/
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