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Finally made it 6 months

Posted by brya31 on Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Well, my goal when I started this adventure was to be able to play some recognizable tunes by the 6 month of learning.  I have to say that I have accomplished that goal.  Some reason I dont feel I am as good as I should be.  I guess as Diane once said, the more you learn the more you will expect from yourself, that holds true in my case.  I still feel I have got to be able to figure out tunes by sound rather than by looking at dots on paper.  I am disappointed that I cant listen to a tune and be able to repeat some of it.  I can quickly figure stuff out by looking at notation though.  I still havent played in front of anyone but my wife kids and the poor ole dogs.  I sure would expect to be playing in front of and along with others in the next 6 months.  I am thinking Thanksgiving will be the prime time to break out a tune in front of different people.  Overall, I would say rignt now I am happy with what I have accomplished, but I am in no way satisfied.  Dad bern it,  I want to be able to pick that fiddle up and play anything that comes to mind, not just Twinkle Twinkle and Oh Susanna!  <---About the only two tunes that seem to come out without even thinking about them.  LOL  Ok,  guess I got that out of my system, I better get to practicing!

7 comments on “Finally made it 6 months”

TimK Says:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @9:54:15 AM

There is much satisfaction to be gained from setting and then reaching a goal. Congrats!! Keep your goals reachable and you will continue to be successful.

bj Says:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @10:27:05 AM

Question-- do you tune with an electric tuner or a pitch pipe? If the answer is the former, try the latter.

If you can get those four notes by ear, then eventually you'll be able to start nailing other notes by ear. And take it one note at a time. it's a building process.

I'm so glad you're sticking with it! You have made progress, you know. I can tell by the questions you're asking.

brya31 Says:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @12:58:05 PM

I use an electronic tuner I always clip it to the music stand in front of me as I practice scales

brya31 Says:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @12:58:33 PM

Thanks for the support guys! This site has kept me goin when I get down.

Rene Says:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @1:44:50 PM

I'm 2 1/2 years into it and barely able to play in front of a crowd. Still not able to take a break on songs like I would have thought I could. Your doing fine. We all think we should be much further advanced then we are. Nothing wrong with having to read the notation. I still have to do that. Most people don't stick with it for 6 months. You'll get it.

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @2:06:40 PM

Be patient, Bryan.

There's so much going on with fiddle.
A LOT to learn!
There are VERY few beginning fiddlers who are ready
for the public at 6 months. I think a year or two is far
more the norm.
A lot depends on your previous musical experience.
SOMETIMES previous experience with another instrument
helps some people-
but other times it gets in the way. (Like mandolinists who
never learn proper intonation on the fiddle because they got so used to frets.)
Be happy ANY TUNE comes out without much thought-
that's a cause for hope- if you've got two, if you practice a certain other tune a lot, you can make it three, then four, then before you know it you'l have several dozen tunes.

Thibodeaux Says:
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @6:59:53 AM

At the year-and-a-half mark myself, I definitely empathize. Nowhere near as far along as I would like -- I can play about 10-15 simple songs from memory, but I'm still dependent on some type of notation when learning them. This week I decided to try and keep my electronic tuner in the case as much as possible, and see if I can depend on an A 440 tuning fork. We'll see how it works.

Hang in there! We're all climbing Fiddle Mountain right alongside ya. :)

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