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Ever got the Christmas Blues....

Posted by eerohero on Friday, December 3, 2010


Christmas may get very Bluesy in so many ways, the most odd gathering took place last week, when the local Jazz club invited me? to play blues fiddle ,a whole new  experience for them (for me too), so far I can only improvise in the key of A in this style.I was somewhat chocked about the invitation and shakin` all over, nearly dropped the Bow to the

we played some of Charlie Parker jazz, Johnny Gimble Be-bop, and even Chuck Berry .very "Rocky" blues style.  I throwed in a lick ,here and there, I received some real "Blocks" with my playing nerves occasionally, these guys went on like nothing had ever happened.

They laughed with me, not "At Me", and I felt so proud.just for being able to be there.  I will be the one awaiting at this Jazz Clubs doorway next month.

Learning to improvise in this jazzy, bluesy style and make improvements daily on it,keeps me inspired on other styles of fiddlings as well. One can throw in these sweet jazzy licks on any style of Music.You dont need to take whole entire breaks, few licks here and there,makes things work.Think Christmas Carrols in Blues/Swing style, a whole new experience for me

Most of the times, while in gatherings, its very important to know, when to play and even more important, when not to play ! Let the other guys shine, and watch, whats happening, they are listening to your own playings, even if its just few licks ....

8 comments on “Ever got the Christmas Blues....”

mudbug Says:
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @1:48:13 AM

Wow! Jazz on the fiddle (including Texas Swing) is a whole nother ball o' wax. My hats off to you, Eero. Go get 'em!

harwilli55 Says:
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @4:22:15 AM

Sounds like you are having too much fun Eero !! And you are right, the really GOOD musicians listen to what others are playing and find ways to highlight, support, and spotlight the other guys.

bj Says:
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @5:34:07 AM

If they have one of these shindigs before Christmas, why don't you work on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for it? I think you can find the sheet music for it for the other players if they need. Great tune and perfect for the season and the venue. Harry Connick Jr and Lee Ann Womack's version is my favorite of this tune (though the Homer and Jethro version done with June Carter is a lotta fun too!)

BC Says:
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @6:06:30 AM

That sounds like a blast! And it's even more fun when you are playing with an awesome group. Have fun.

Bart Says:
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @7:08:33 AM

That does sound like a blast! That's exactly the kind of playing with others I hope I am able to do someday. Thanks for this post!

richdissmore Says:
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @8:53:31 AM

hello my firend to chase away the blues and cure a cold try dragon milk good for every thing . you say whats dragon milk and were can you get it from cows with very short legs i hope this cheers you up tell your friends shair this joke a cure for ever thing keep fiddleing things are never as bad as they seem

eerohero Says:
Sunday, December 5, 2010 @12:11:16 AM

Thanxs for the Joke, Rich,always appreciated.
heres one more, from my own last nights nightmare
I was playing at the next gathering on this jazz club, and all the sudden, I had a Bow, 2 inches long in my hands,so the rest of the Band requested:

"Eero, lets hear a Long Bow to this Johnny Gimble Be-bop number !"
how hard can it get....I woke up bathing in Sweat.

eerohero Says:
Monday, December 6, 2010 @6:10:34 PM

Thanxs all of Ya for your comments,I will have a look for "Baby,its cold outside",bj, thanxs for info, its probably at Youtube.

Stevie, its not so hard to play Jazz on the fiddle,I found that easier to play than most of the other stuff Ive tried, and its far more inspiring being able to improvise to any song than just using sheetmusic to different styles.

We can play all styles of Music, after discovery for being able to improvise
yes,Harlan, this is just too much Fun ! Thanxs Bart and Bc, yes, this is a blast !

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