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Posted by leather Britches on Thursday, August 27, 2009

     It's been a while, since I posted last, but I finally got Jerusalem Ridge to the point were I can work on the Timing and Speed. It is still a work in progress , it sure was a tough one. 

    Angus Campbell was also a little challenging also , for some reason it took me a long time to memorize it. 

    The best thing about posting these Blogs is that it keeps me focused on a goal , and I feel a commitment to them.

I also most put Jerusalem Ridge on the back burner , but I felt like I had to work through it because of the blog.

Hey if is works why not. 


    This week :

    Westphalia Waltz

    Whiskey Before Breakfast


    Thanks for reading. 

    John



7 comments on “New Tunes”

bj Says:
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @10:11:22 AM

I use my blog much the same way, though it's also to document how far I've come.

I find when I'm feeling discouraged or have a crappy day playing and start beating myself up over it, I can read through my oldest blogposts and see how far I've come, and it gives me some perspective, and lets me know that one bad day is just that. One bad day. Tomorrow will be better. I've come a pretty long way, and I'm still Easing on Down The Road . . .

leather Britches Says:
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @10:34:01 AM

Those bad days can hurt, everything seems to not work. I think I'm having one today .
Your recordings sound good , your bad days must be getting rare.

FiddleCat Says:
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @10:51:04 AM

I've been working on Westphalia Waltz now for about 2 months...It's a good one. I hope to have it down well enough to add it to my music file soon.

bj Says:
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @10:53:48 AM

Thanks John, and it's great to hear that someone hears some redeeming quality in my music files, since when I listen to them all I can hear is every wrong note, missed bow or string transition or screwed up double stop!

Good news is that when I have a good day, it's a VERY good day. Yesterday I started learning the Ed Haley version of Boatman, which in general is a fairly simple but elegant little tune. But it does have a challenge-- it's the first time I've tried moving out of first position, which you have to do for that quirky little C part. I can do it. Not always reallyreally accurately, but close enough so I don't cringe when I do it! I've been playing it (slowly) on and off all morning. There is hope!

bj Says:
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @10:54:39 AM

Oops, that's supposed to be Boatsman.

fiddlebarb Says:
Thursday, August 27, 2009 @11:20:42 AM

I find it interesting on how some tunes I can memorize them with very little trouble and the notes just seem to fall under my fingers while others seem to take quite a bit more time. I have been experiencing that myself with Devil's Dream that my instructor had given me to work on. It is starting to come along although all the notes are still not there.

Those bad days do seem to be especially bad, my worst one was when I tried to change my grip to what my instructor wanted me to be using. The next 24 hours where awful, the bow did not want to stay in my hand and I felt as though I lost all control that I was starting to develop. Needless to say I went back to the way I was hold by bow previously, but have been working on bringing the techniques of finger movement and wrist into that grip, much better and I feel that I have been having improvement using my old hold.

jamieholmes Says:
Sunday, September 6, 2009 @5:55:48 AM

I am also working on Jerusalem ridge it is a hard tune I think bt I love.
I am looking forward to being able to playing wel lenough to fool around with the timing etc

Jamie.

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