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A milestone

Posted by Andah1andah2 on Saturday, October 22, 2011

Well, today marks 2 years on the fiddle for me.  I was just listening to the music clips I made at 3 weeks and then 1 year later and I have most definitely come a long way.  I have been able to practice most every day, and my new teacher tells me I have good form and playing well for 2 years in.  I can finally answer the question, "How long have you been playing?" in years rather than months (like when someone asks how old your toddler is :)

It has been getting even more satisfying and I've been playing things I never thought I would and sounding not half bad.  I also feel better that I have a teacher to keep me practicing with a purpose, even if the lessons aren't regular.

I am still working on mostly old time stuff with a touch of some northern contradance tunes.  I am also tackling Ian Walsh's bluegrass version of Sally Goodin' which has been a lot of fun and also has taken me into 3rd position for the first time.

I will try and post a tune in my file so I can track my progress from year to year.  Thanks for everyone's help and support!



6 comments on “A milestone”

richdissmore Says:
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @2:34:20 PM

well it all ways a milestone when your able to keep playing for two years. now i,m starting over 71/2 years after my stroke man what a bummer its been relearning stuff i all ready know. i played some gigs with Bsed onfiddle me on guitar he got a job playing squar dance we played that my oun band the still crazy band we played all over some times i,dd play lead or bass and sang. after starting over after my stroke its real hard my hands don,t want to do what they were trained for any way i,m comeing backi can play some guitar and fiddle i,m not as good as i was but i,m better then i was after my stroke nothing moved now i,m able to playsimple tunes. congrads on makeing it two years

bj Says:
Saturday, October 22, 2011 @3:56:37 PM

Isn't it wonderful when you don't suck anymore? :-P

Congrats!!!

mudbug Says:
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @3:06:09 AM

Awright, Stew! I bet you're sounding better than the "not half bad" that modesty forces you to admit to. Looking forward to seeing you at Fiddle Hell. Maybe you can give me some tips.

nickc Says:
Monday, October 24, 2011 @4:34:42 AM

Sounds like your making great progress. I agree about a teacher being important. I have to have someone to try and play better for! Interesting to read how it feels a little further up the road than myself too. Here's to 3 years!

Mandogryl Says:
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @9:33:52 AM


That is great, Stew.
I think Pam was your teacher before. Who do you have now?

Andah1andah2 Says:
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @1:05:54 PM

Hi Stephanie,
His name is John Pranio and he is also a contradance fiddler and Maine fiddle camp instructor. They are a wonderful group, those fiddle teachers!

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