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In The Zone

Posted by bj on Thursday, October 1, 2009

Playing music one on one with Jane is always a trip and a half. Yesterday was one of those magic days. 

I saw Jose' in the morning, and played a magnificent Albert Durer fiddle that sounded fabulous even with the soundpost glued in, and in the middle an inch behind where it should be. Jose' is doing the work on that and I have to admit to a serious case of fiddle lust on that one, though I can't say it's BETTER than my little frenchie, just . . . different. The voice is different, with some masculine overtones that are very rich.  It'll be interesting to hear that one after a proper setup. Maybe that'll be Rick's next fiddle. And maybe I'll keep asking him if I can try it out.  :-)

I also got to try a bow that sells for a fair chunk of my yearly earnings. It was pretty amazing, though I can't say it was that percentage more amazing than the bow I paid 50 bucks for, at least not at my skill level. It did love to stay on the strings though, and it has a HUGE sweet spot. I could tell a difference. I imagine a classical player would get more out of it than I would though.

The afternoon was spent playing music with Jane. This is always a diversion into "different" since Jane doesn't do anything musically the way anybody else does . I really have to put the blinders on for the first part of any session with her. She makes such goofy faces while she's playing that if I look at her I start laughing really hard, and unless I'm In The Zone, I can't fiddle and laugh at the same time. So I've been really getting into the Zen of Fiddling, so I can get so far Into The Zone that Jane's goofiness and musical highjinks don't throw me. And yesterday I succeeded, even though we weren't busking and I was sitting right across from her and facing her (I don't face her when we're busking, it's too DANGEROUS!)

Yesterday I got deep Into The Zone.

It didn't matter if she was playing inverted jazz chords on an electric guitar while I banged away on Snake River Reel, because I was In The Zone.

It didn't matter if she started getting goofyfaced doing a heavy Reggae Beat behind Angeline the Baker, because I was In The Zone.

It didn't matter if she got out the keyboard and synthed a Lawrence Welk Accordion behind Old Horse And Buggy to the point where I was hallucinating freaking BUBBLES because I was In The Zone.

It didn't matter if she sped up the tempo with each trip through the tune on Bullfrog On A Puncheon Floor because I was In The Zone.

When you're In The Zone, you just play. You play through mistakes, you play through a sneeze, you play through Jane's crazy made up lyrics that make you giggle till your bladder aches, you play through a tornado, a hurricane or any other Act Of God. And you just keep on playing.



8 comments on “In The Zone”

mudbug Says:
Friday, October 2, 2009 @2:07:53 PM

Just don't start wearing a yellow robe and hanging out in airports!

FiddleJammer Says:
Friday, October 2, 2009 @3:06:00 PM

Good post BJ. I was beginning to think you'd crossed over to the Banjo Hangout.

I often think to myself that more folks would play the fiddle if they would just get over themselves. Seems like what you're describing here. Equipment doesn't matter. Rosin doesn't matter. Distractions don't matter. Excuses don't matter. You are playing no matter what. Nice place to be, eh?

bj Says:
Friday, October 2, 2009 @3:12:30 PM

LOL! No, no BHO yet. I think I've picked up the dang thing a half dozen times at the most. Weird thing is I find I can almost play it. Almost. In fact, a friend who walked up to me when I was playing said after I stopped, "Gee, I kept thinking you wanted me to start dancing." If he said that I must have been doing something right.

Yes, In The Zone is a great place to be. I intend to be there both Saturday night and most of the afternoon on Sunday.

N2 Horses Says:
Friday, October 2, 2009 @3:39:52 PM

Wow bj, it sounds like you were deep in the zone. Its nice to have those times when you just play, not worrying about every little detail :) Hope ya get there again this weekend.

Mandogryl Says:
Saturday, October 3, 2009 @6:58:34 PM

Wow, electric guitar using jazz chords, and fiddle, on Snake River Reel.
That must have been a hoot!

bj Says:
Saturday, October 3, 2009 @8:41:15 PM

Everything's a hoot and a half when playing with Jane. I'm a better fiddler for it, too.

Ozarkian DL Says:
Sunday, October 4, 2009 @7:10:33 AM

Like Jane....you paint pretty pics.....when u'r "In Tha Zone".

Lv. her music. Odd, unusual, weired, crooked, ( LOL ). She's gott'a be a "HOOT".

alaskafiddler Says:
Friday, October 16, 2009 @12:55:59 PM

I'm sure if we heard we would all be clapping with one hand.

I think a great read for any musician is "Zen Guitar" which really has nothing to do guitar, just music. No notation or theory. I think it could have been called Zen Banjo.

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