It's nice to be missed!
So, here I am, blogging on FHO again. I still fiddle every day, but not nearly as long as I'd like to. I've had to change my playing position to avoid pain, and though it helps, I still can't play as much as I'd like to. But I won't stop playing. I can't. I'd rather have classical weenies make fun of me when they see me with the fiddle twisted that way and my left arm out there with very little bend in the elbow . . .
Jam is still going fairly strong, though we did have our first ever shutout when our jam's regularly scheduled meetup fell on February 14th. Since most of our jammers are happily married, I kind of expected that. Last thing I need is for our jam to be named in the divorce papers as contributory!
I do have something in the works that I'll be announcing on here, but it's gonna take awhile for me to get there. And I'm making Humbled help me, So there.
I wonder what ancient post will see a comment next . . .
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @1:12:47 PM
Humbled causes a lot of things to happen :)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @1:22:06 PM
Yes. He does. And for a guy, he looks really great in a Long Black Veil . . .
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @2:49:59 PM
I thought the same thing....something about a man in a long black veil, gets my nylons dancing
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @4:23:07 PM
BJ, Its good to see your post, I havent been on here much in a while, I am sorry to hear you are in pain, I hope you heal up soon!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @4:28:36 PM
"gets my nylons dancing" ** rolls on floor laughing! **
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @8:57:11 PM
Yep, train AROUND the pain is what my coaches used to say. But it's hard. I've even had to give up my goal of being the next Mark O'Connor, the next Kenny Baker, the next Stuff Smith, Verch, Birch, Belch, Carter, Venuti, Tutti Fruiti, Buddy Thomas, Liz Carroll, Elmer Klanksdipper, etc. because I can't practice tons and my fingers don't wanna move all over and moreoverly I like to sit back and think more than I used to. Uhm...what's my point? Oh (scans up) your pain. Grow a bunch o' stinging nettle in your backyard. Strip off as much clothing as is acceptable to you and the surroundant critters. Fall backwards into the nettle and flounder around for however long it takes for the hurt and pain to leave (and a new pain to gain a foothold, toehold, armhold, etc. It's a side effect of the process). Works for the Germans and Scandanavians. Your welcome. And I played Long Black Veil a while back and it sounded alright (I s'pose) but it weren't SLOW, so I don' know...if it'll snow...in Idaho...where the taters grow.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 @5:17:27 AM
Thursday, March 8, 2012 @2:47:07 PM
There go the nylons again
Thursday, March 8, 2012 @3:53:58 PM
He does have a way with words and veils, doesn't he?
Thursday, March 8, 2012 @6:24:26 PM
Glad to see you back posting BJ. We've missed your regular appearances. Hope your back to bendin', twistin' and shakin' in no time. The gout hit me hard the last few weeks myself, and knocked me off my fiddle for a bit, but I'm back now. But we're not getting old right?
Friday, March 9, 2012 @6:03:40 AM
In all honesty I love "long black veil" one of the guys we play with sings it...but only after I beg, and plead. Keep on singing it humbled, I'll clap and cheer for ya.
Friday, March 9, 2012 @1:30:28 PM
you guys made my day,, laughing out loud,,,, let me git my veil,,,, i would like to suggest,, violin position without pain,, i suggest to my students, to think of how a baby sleeps, with their beautiful little hands up,, fingers curled,, peaceful,, and quiet,, well that is the position to take,, hold the violin the same way,, just turn the left hand in order to hold it,, and the right one every so gently holds the bow in that curled hand ..and then take a nice deep sleepy breath,, ahhhh ,,, wonderful music!!
Friday, March 9, 2012 @5:37:01 PM
Sophia, that would involve me bending a left elbow that won't bend more than a little without excruciating pain. But I refuse to stop playing so I've learned to work around it.
Friday, March 9, 2012 @5:38:40 PM
Stew, it's good to be back. I forgot how fun you guys are, with the workaholic schedule I've been working (which is why I have the aches and pains I do.)
Friday, March 30, 2012 @8:24:23 PM
sorry that you are in pain... been suffering from acute tennis elbow myself and it has really made stop playing for awhile. Hope you get better
Friday, March 30, 2012 @8:36:20 PM
Thanks, JCB! I've actually figured out a workaround for it. It involves holding the fiddle down along my arm with the fiddle held lower down. If my elbow isn't bent much, it doesn't hurt. I do have to be careful not to pancake my wrist, but it's all do-able. If it's your left elbow, give this a try, maybe it will allow you to get back into things, at least a bit. I still can't play for long stretches, but I can easily play for a half hour or so again, which is nice. I do overdo at our jam, and it does complain some during and afterward, but I'm not getting the pain to anywhere near the degree I was, and I seem to bounce back much more quickly.
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