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G tunes sawstroked . . . I'm exhausted!

Posted by bj on Monday, August 10, 2009

So in an effort to both get my bowing going better and work on my timing and coordination I've decided to go back to a lot of my tunes and sawstroke a lot through them. The idea is to get better at the faster timing and more precise left hand/right hand coordination that speedy sawstrokes force you to do. Boy, is it a lot easier to slur a lot! Tiny little timing issues are much less noticeable when you slur a lot. This was an eye opener. I had to cut back to three quarters of jam speed, and even slower on the notier tunes.

I've had to shorten my strokes considerably to get the timing better. Even more wrist and finger action than normal. I found my left hand is a mess. And here I thought my left hand was getting better! HAH! I betcha I was almost a quarter of a beat behind with my left hand on the faster stuff. That is purely awful.

As if the sawstroke wasn't enough punishment, I was working on G tunes. Cuffy, Lost Girl, Puncheon Floor, Redwing, John Brown's March, Shove that Pig's Foot, Cripple Creek (ouch!) and Nail That Catfish to a Tree. I really worked hard on both Lost Girl and Cuffy. Each wore me right out in a different way. They're both all over the fingerboard, but Lost Girl has LOTS  of pinkie work in it. My pinkie is SORE. And Cuffy is up and down and up and down, and is a fairly notey tune. Add the sawstroke in and it's gonna exhaust you.

I'm glad I'm doing this. But I think I'm going to do it every other day for awhile. And see how it goes. I think every day would dang near kill me. And I only played for around an hour and a half. I usually do over 2 hours. My fingers feel like jellyfish, worse on the left hand, but it's there on the right hand too.

That which doesn't kill me makes me stronger. Yeah. Uh huh . . .


8 comments on “G tunes sawstroked . . . I'm exhausted!”

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, August 10, 2009 @9:33:52 PM

Yeah, but Neitshuuuh (you go look up the spelling) didn't play the fiddle.

M-D Says:
Monday, August 10, 2009 @11:12:17 PM

Keep it up, BJ. You'll be a muchly improved fiddler for this. :o)

Neitzsche didn't play the fiddle, but he'd've sure been better off if he had. ;o)

bj Says:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @2:45:25 AM

Yeah, you're right, Humbled. Nietzsche didn't play the fiddle. If he had, he never would have said that. Look up the spelling? Why would I have to do that?

Thanks for the translation, M-D. Maybe it's because it's BC (before coffee) but I took one look at Humbled's spelling and my brain instantly turned into marshmallow.

jacentaaa Says:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @5:03:52 AM

Keep it up! This will really help you be a better fiddler! :)

bj Says:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 @5:11:12 AM

And I need all the help I can get!!!!

FiddleJammer Says:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @4:24:09 AM

Does the 'G' stand for 'Genero'?


bj Says:
Thursday, August 13, 2009 @3:25:22 AM

With Bells On, Terri! I can't wait!

FiddleJammer Says:
Friday, August 14, 2009 @10:19:04 AM

See you there. Can't wait to hear a year's worth of progress. :-) And, play along.

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