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It's about time I wrote something...

Posted by instrumentality on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Every time I visit my home page, it likes to remind me that I don't have any blog entries. So here we go:

As I write this, I've officially been fiddling for four years, but it's really more like three if you consider that I didn't touch it during a particularly stressful year of grad school. A musical timeline of my life would go something like this:

- A love of music instilled by my mom (who loves the piano), my step dad (who sings and plays guitar), and my step mom (who introduced me to New England folk music and contra dancing)

- Piano lessons starting at age 7 when I came home and taped masking tape to the keys and tried to create my own musical notation system to "teach" myself songs

- Making the music department my home during junior high and high school, teaching myself the baritone horn so I could play in the orchestra, accompanying the chorus on piano, and singing during a cappella pieces

- Concert choir and contra dancing in college, and an attempt at classical violin lessons, only to grow frustrated because my teacher couldn't teach me anything about fiddle music

- Ordered a cheapie ebay fiddle when i graduated and taught myself precisely one tune before it gathered dust for a year while i applied to school and started working...

- Discovered the Irish fiddle lessons at Harvard/BC and finally started learning in earnest (that was 2005)

- Got distracted after a year and a half, trying to finish school, etc.

- Picked it up again when a critical mass of other musicians came out of the woodwork on a retreat, and that was when I really got serious. We played together all summer, and then one of my bandmates asked if I wanted to go to a fiddle and banjo contest in the area.

- That's where I met a bunch of great teachers, got serious about getting a better fiddle and getting more involved (2008)

- Since then I've met many inspiring teachers, players, and luthiers. I've gone to many workshops, classes, and fiddle camp...and I've added another fiddle to my collection, and started playing the mandolin too. I still get together weekly with local friends to play music, if I'm not traveling.

- This past weekend I played a gig with my step dad at a coffee house in my hometown, and tomorrow I have a lesson that I'm very much looking forward to. So I guess things are going ok on the fiddle front...

2 comments on “It's about time I wrote something...”

bj Says:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @3:31:26 PM

You're lucky you got such an early start, and have such great mentors! The only thing anyone in my family could play was the radio, and they did it badly. They had no clue what to do about me and all the noise I was making. Usually they ended up yelling for me to cut it out. :-)

frogeyes Says:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @3:47:28 PM

man what i musical family thats awesome. I am also grateful to a step mum that introduced me to folk music which i love. we play alot together i haven't looked back since. i love hearing of people with similar stories to mine.
But before my dad met her i like bj came from a family that was not even remotely musical and would yell at me and with 4 sisters there was alot of yelling to go around ha ha
It is good to see that music is something people leave for awhile and come back to it with new more passion and a new lease of life however its great to see that it seems that you have always known what type of music that you want to play it helps alot. Have fun

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