Posted by bj on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It's nice to be missed! Jane just commented on how she's been checking in to this blog and has noticed my lack of posts lately, and been missing my updates. Funny she checks, considering that we catch up on the phone regularly and see each other at least a few times a month. It's not like we don't keep in touch! She's gotta read me here to know what I'm doing? sheesh!
Jane and I played together on Saturday last, had great fun checking out the acoustics in her new digs. And I was determined to really give her cornerless fiddle a good tryout and actually played a tune on it, which was not easy since it's strung lefty. I think I surprised the hell outta her doing that. It was challenging, but I got it more or less okay, by the second time through the tune, with only a few oopses. I played a slower tune, the Tombigbee Waltz, since it was easier to THINK about going the opposite direction on the string changes. The rest of the time I played her balsawood fiddle (which is strung rightie.) Of the two, I like the cornerless better, but they're both great sounding fiddles.
Last night was the Easton OT jam. Missed having Sandy Bender there, our usual banjo. He's taken a new job in DC, and I'm really happy for him, though we'll miss having him at our regular jams. But there was a clawhammerer who just happened to show up to fill in the gaping hole, so . . . it turned into a really nice jam, even if I was the only fiddle! We had a couple guitars, the banjo, mando, washtub bass, and me. We ended up playing from 7 until just shy of 11 and didn't run outta tunes.
On the home front there's been a new development. My little feline girl, named Diva, was aptly named. She's always been a singer, and it's amazing how long she can sustain one note! Girl loves to howl at the moon, no wonder she moved in with me. Lately, once in awhile, she's been singing while I play. Contrasting her attitude with Briggs, who still stares at me disdainfully every time I touch the fiddle, is really amazing. But then Briggsy has lived with me since before I started playing, and he was here for the aurally painful beginner fiddler time. Diva wasn't.
Working on Bunch of Rushes, Nixon's Farewell, Snout's & Ears, and Waiting for Nancy in D, on Birdie, Boston Boy and Farewell to Trion in C, and on Double File, and Lonesome John in A, and I'm reworking June Apple, Kitchen Girl, and Old Bunch of Keys majorly to make the bowing more interesting.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @12:43:20 AM
You're reworking MODAL tunes MAJORLY??? That's... that's...
Make the bowing more interesting???
I feel the pull...
it's drawing me....
"Michael, put down the keyboard and step away from the computer!!!"
I says, talking to myself.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @4:46:01 AM
Holy cow! When do you find time to eat!
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @5:15:42 AM
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @9:16:10 AM
Briggs has a reputation to uphold, otherwise he may be removed from your avatar.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @12:03:30 PM
Thats pretty cool playing a lefty fiddle, upside down. Is this why the fiddle's a lefty in your avatar?
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @3:13:29 PM
LOL! I never noticed that . . . um, I mean OF COURSE that's the reason the fiddle's a lefty!
Briggsy is the master of the "If looks could kill, you'd right now be copiously bleeding to death of a million catclaw wounds" look. But he's also the one who HAS to nap in my lap every single morning, loves to be picked up and cuddled (unlike The Diva) and sleeps on my feet every night.
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @7:44:53 PM
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @7:45:05 PM
Tennessee Tom Says:
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @12:18:49 PM
I have a neighbor's cat who likes to hang-out on a ledge on my porch. I notice the cat is never there when I'm practicing! 8D
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @12:25:48 PM
Cats are MASTERS of the art of nonverbal communication!
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @1:53:04 PM
That's a bucket load of tunes your working on. How long's your list of 'playable' tunes these days?
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 @5:35:48 PM
I can kick off around 50 tunes, and probably play closer to twice that, though many of them are . . . skeletal.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @6:17:28 PM
never think to check out blogs,bj, but i'm glad that i got to yours-
sounds like things are progressing at a fast pace- if you can start 50 tunes in a group, you're a fiddler,for sure.
holler if you'd like to be on my tune distribution list, and tell jane that everybody at the FHO misses her posts!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @6:28:51 PM
Michael, the jam group I started MADE ME KICK OFF TUNES from the beginning. None of 'em would do it for the longest time, no matter how much I begged, pleaded and cajoled. It was torture by jam! So in pure self defense I HAD to grow the list from around ten when I started to something that could sustain a jam for a few hours!
Now it's a game for me, at each jam, to start at least three or four super obscure tunes they've never ever heard before so I can yell at the guitarists for not knowing the chords . . .
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 @6:29:53 PM
Oh and yeah, weather permitting, Jane and I will be playing this weekend, so I will pass on your greetings. She has been making a sly appearance on the forum lately. You must have missed it. Check her rss feed to find her latest posts.
Thursday, February 4, 2010 @2:44:58 PM
roger that, bj- i did see her post a couple days ago, and it was as funny as ever.
i'll back up on my tune distrib. list and send you 3 or 4 that i've been pushing around here.
do you ever get up with claire milliner and walt koken- they're up there in the frozen wastes of PA with you somewhere, kennet square i think.
loveliest of people, and claire is simply a pleasure to play with, walt too.
Thursday, February 4, 2010 @2:58:42 PM
I've met Walt and Claire, but not yet played with them. I'm sure it'll happen eventually. Jane has played with them, I believe. She's a lot closer to where they are, and she's an hour's drive south of me. Walt and Claire regularly compete at Fireback Fiddle Contest, which is run by my ex teacher, Steve Miller, so I've heard them both play, and they're a lot of fun!
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