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Weekends are too short...

Posted by Sassafrassa on Monday, September 13, 2010

I had a great weekend of playing.  I wish that I could find the time within my workweek to do the amount of practicing that I do on the weekends.  Saturdays and Sundays give me at least an hour of free time a day to really devote to practice.   I spent about 90 minutes both days and by Sunday evening was really excited about how I (and my fiddle) was sounding.  She just sings after I spend some good time with her.  Or perhaps it's the Fiddle Fairy sprinkling that good sound fairy dust  that Old Time Junky was talking about. ;)

I started learning "Run, Johnny, Run" on Sunday, and I think that it's my favorite song so far!  It's got a little 16th note couplet in there that had/has me a little nervous, but it's so much fun to play! .  According to my "Ignoramus" book, it is a tune from the Civil War era.  I just think it's great!  Never heard it before yesterday, don't know how I missed that one.  I've been working on eight songs in total though I don't always get to each song in every practice session.  They still sound extremely rough, and I can't always hit the correct intonation on all the notes, but that's getting a bit better, too.

Earlier last week there was a thread that talked about why we fiddle.  I was extremely taken by two things:  one, that so many fiddlers want to pass down their knowledge.  I'm very thankful for each and every one of them!  I think that's why I have learned so much already.  The other was that many fiddlers are hesitant to CALL themselves such because they are newbies.  I include myself in that bunch.  I have continued to refer to myself as "learning  the fiddle" rather than a fiddler...I mean, I've only been playing a couple of months!  But after reading that thread, I feel much better about the title and plan on using it...though perhaps I will still use the lower case "fiddler", rather than "Fiddler".  Don't want to get too cocky!! 

Thanks for reading, and for all ya'lls feedback!

Sara



4 comments on “Weekends are too short...”

cheekee Says:
Monday, September 13, 2010 @8:00:54 PM

i always tell people that "i'm trying to be a fiddler now" when they ask if i'm still playing sax. truth is, i'm not actually bad and some people are even impressed. i just know that i don't sound the way i plan to sound...YET...so i'll probably answer that same question with the same answer for about another 2 years. i'll rethink it when i can afford the fiddle of my dreams. :)

bj Says:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @5:42:06 AM

The title "fiddler" is something that will be bestowed upon you, if you do the work. Like when someone says in a public venue "Good fiddling on that tune!" or "Good job, fiddler!" Somehow that's when it becomes your own reality.

Sassafrassa Says:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @9:10:25 AM

It was really difficult to call myself an artist at first. I felt like only other, more accomplished painters and designers could wear that moniker...but others perception had more to making me feel like an artist than my own acceptance of what I could or couldn't do.

I didn't mean to be presumptuous about any of this...just trying to have a bit more confidence about what I am doing and how I perceive myself. I hope that one day, I will have the title bestowed. Until then, guess I'm learnin'!

Once again, thanks for the feedback and all the information. Back to work and to fiddlin'....

tsaimichael Says:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @4:10:05 PM

"Run, Johnny, Run" is a fun song. I learned it at fiddle camp but haven't played it or many other songs in a while, but I can hear it now. For me, learning to play like a fiddler means many things to me. When you hear a fiddler the air is filled with magic. I hope to find that magic someday. Why can't life be one great big long weekend? Thanks for sharing. Happy fiddling!

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