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First week down

Posted by brya31 on Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Well, after my very first week of ever pickin up a fiddle, I can say this.  What the heck have I gotten myself into?  Luckily my passion for wanting to learn this darn instrument has kept me coming back.  I have had some ups and downs already.  My first lesson was a bit of a disappointment, but at least it got me going.  Every time I think I am getting the basics right, I screw up.  I have quickly learned if I am getting tired, then its time to put the fiddle down, because I start doing some lazy things and really sounding like a screaming cat.  I am really struggling with the left hand.  Thank heavens for this forum.  The folks here have really kept me going.  I did buy one of those electronic tuning helpers.  Good thing, because right now, my ear just doesnt cut it.  My instructor started me out with bile them cabbage down.  I think there are two verses to this song,  I am not for sure, but every once in a while I do ok with the first verse, but in no time at all I really screw it up.  Latelely, I decided Mary had a little lamb is more appropriate for my skill level.  Im still not too good at it either.  Crazy thing is,  all this scratchin that I have been doin, actually entertains my little ones, LOL

8 comments on “First week down”

tiquose Says:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @8:22:37 PM

Your struggles remind me of how it was in my first weeks of fiddle playing, a couple of years ago. Excruciating, it was! Persistence pays off, I can assure you.

OTJunky Says:
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @9:37:05 PM

Yeah - the first few weeks are just awful.

But if you keep at it a little bit every day, then you'll be able to play something - and it picks up a bit every month after that until, eventually, it's really fun...


TimK Says:
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @8:02:51 AM

Don't Give Up The Ship !

fiddlepogo Says:
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @4:33:26 PM

Hey, that's an idea- you say the little ones are diggin' it? Do more kids stuff! Jack and Jill Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle London Bridges Old McDonald B-I-N-G-O, etc. If it's easy for a child to sing, it's usually easy for a fiddler to play. And if you know them already, they can be your first training in learning to play by ear, which is a useful skill too!