Posted by bj on Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So tonight it was POURING rain, kinda cold and raw out, and it's April 14th and taxes are due tomorrow. And we STILL had 13 musicians and 3 or 4 dancers at the jam tonight! Some came from quite a distance too. I love my jammers! What a great group!
Steve, my ex- teacher and luthier came for the first time. He brought his leftie banjo and plunked down a solid rhythm for us. And Carol, with the big double Bass, was our heartbeat. And tonight we had a LOT of fiddles-- seven! That's more than half the jam, and really unusual for us.
I've gotta say, starting this jam was THE BEST THING I EVER DID.
In other good news-- my hurt fiddle isn't as bad as I thought. Steve took it with him to fix. He's also taking the bridge down on my french fiddle. So right now I'm down to one playable fiddle in the house, which makes me a bit antsy, but it's nice to know that I'll be back up to three fiddles not too long from now. YAY!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @12:35:00 AM
I know what you mean by being down to only one fiddle. I had a string break on my one and only, and it was awful not to be able to play. (can I put a mandolin string on a fiddle? Better not.) Today I string up the old German made Strad that is over a hundred years old, and I hope it becomes my #1 violin. Either way, at least I'll have two fiddles. I can understand your anxiety over being down to one.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @4:42:23 AM
I save old strings when I take them off. And I always keep an old set in each case. That way, if a string breaks I have a spare.
Steve just got back from a motorcycle trip with his beater fiddle in the hardshell case. He said even though it was his beater, he was constantly aware that if he had an oops with the bike he'd most likely trash the fiddle. Driving to the jam, I had every one of my fiddles in my truck. I had the bizarre thought that if I got in an accident all my fiddles would get hurt and I wouldn't have a fiddle to play while I was in traction. The traction part didn't bother me nearly as much as the thought of being without a fiddle!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @8:47:37 AM
You can never have enough fiddles, unless, I suppose, you run out of cross tunings you'd like to keep on hand. Lucky rascal that I am, someone gave me -- yes, GAVE me -- not one, but TWO fiddles. Therefore, I too am up to three fiddles, nay, I have a fourth which is a large 3/4 (almost 7/8), as my 1/2-scale is out on loan.
Some day when I once again have sufficient discretionary funds, I'm thinking of getting various sized violas for use as cross-tuned fiddles.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @1:04:33 PM
Congrats on your jam! 7 fiddlers - that's practically an old time orchestra!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @1:48:54 PM
Congrats, I'm tickled that the jam you started is such a big success. That's a nice number of players and hope it continues for a long time.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 @2:04:01 PM
Yeah, I'm on cloud 9 with this jam thing. It's pretty interesting dynamics-wise also. I'm trying to encourage the "we're all leaders" attitude and they will NOT let me off the hook. So I had to give myself a fancy title. I'm the Jam Facilitator. I am NOT the jam LEADER. LOL!
Three of our fiddlers (and I include me in that three!) have less than 2 years in playing. The other 4 are very experienced, so it was a nice mix.
We're also going to be jamming for some of the Art Center's fundraising events, as a quid pro quo for use of the space, so I have a feeling we'll be keeping pretty busy over the summer.
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