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Looking at the road.

Posted by john timpany on Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bought just about all the gear I need for going on the road - tent, cooker, gear for onstage etc., so it's getting exciting.And scarey.

I have just seen my old fiddle tutor on Amazon selling at $108 and $143 I think. Gee I wish I could get royalties on second hand sales :)

I have recently signed a copy for a good friend (Vic Longthorn) who runs a few clubs locally - wonder what that's going to be worth later?

I think it's just crazy. The book was no great seller, though most libraries here seemed to acquire a copy & it was fun going to look for it, but I had about as much respect for it as I did my LP's, and I made flowerpots out of those!

 

I am looking in ernest for a low cost decent fiddle now, as the only recordings I have made using my current one sound like Animal Wellfare need to speak to me.

I have a few tunes of English style I would love to post, but they'll have to wait.

 

In the meantime, I need to practice more. I think I may go on a short trip around local (ish) clubs just for an airing, and to try out the tent & cooker before it gets too cold.



6 comments on “Looking at the road.”

cheekee Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @9:01:45 AM

"The book was no great seller, though most libraries here seemed to acquire a copy & it was fun going to look for it, but I had about as much respect for it as I did my LP's, and I made flowerpots out of those!" (i don't know how to make it little and excerpt like the way others do...sorry)

:-) i have a friend who has made a few cd's, and she comments how they make excellent coasters. your comments made me laugh. but truly, its all something to be proud of. most of us will never record anything beyond a youtube upload...and anyone with an index finger can do that ;-]

john timpany Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @9:27:38 AM

Well, thank you cheekee.
I look forward to hearing you music. Most people here are better fiddlers than I am.

cheekee Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @1:09:21 PM

yeah. most people are better fiddlers than me too :) but i'm workin on that. i'm just lucky to have some utterly fabulous players be willing to share little tidbits with me along the way

john timpany Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @4:57:44 PM

cheekee, I think others are what help us decide where we are going, and how we are going to deal with the rocky road in front.
It's so good to listen to players better than ourselves - gives us a touch of humility (except in my case!).
In honesty I listen to superb players - many here too on your side of the pond - and I wish I could be that good, but I never will be. I am just not that determined.
The cake gets cut up by time, and my biggest slice goes to writing and singing.

If you are singleminded about playing fiddle, and you put in 5-10,000 hours of practice, you'll be one of the best around.
Lord help you!

mudbug Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @6:08:09 PM

So you're going on a tent tour. That is cool. One time I had a steady gig at a ski resort, and camped out in the back of my truck with a -20 F sleeping bag. I was the first one in the lift line in the morning, skiied all day, and played music all night. Man. that was heavenly!

john timpany Says:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @6:31:00 PM

Hahahaha what an excentric lot we are huh Mud?

When I was pro I preferred to camp. The hotel rooms had a stomach sickening, lonely similarity and the organisers that offered to put us up were a little too varied in hygene (until we really got to know them).

Now, waking up to a curlew and brewing coffee that is as fresh as the morning, stretching off the bends and buckles in an unforgiving earth matress, looking out of the tent into nothing but freedom, showering in a waterfall or shaving in a freezing mountain brook, what can compare?

Walls have always felt like a trap to me.

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