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I played for almost 4 hours yesterday, for an audience.

Posted by bj on Sunday, August 3, 2008

And they didn't tell me to put the fiddle down, they didn't come after me with pitchforks and sticks, they didn't throw rotten tomatoes . . .

It was at a picnic at a beautiful converted stone barn/house in the country. And since Suze was playing a lot of new stuff I'd never heard before, music she'd just written that doesn't even have words yet (she does the SuzeScat to it) I was making it up as I went along. Yes there was the odd sour note but much more often than not I did just fine. At least that's what everyone said.

I am so glad she likes the key of D. And her second favorite is A. It makes life much simpler! And yes, I played "drums" on open strings alot, as well as some "bass" lines (well, on the fiddle's bass strings, and as if I was playing a bass, in that sort of style.)

At one point her SuzeScat and my fiddle were talking to each other, cracking jokes and laughing up a storm! At least that's what it sounded like, and everyone commented on it afterward, how much fun we sound like we're having.

We had a small audience of five or six, some of whom ended up dancing around the spiral (there's a place in a grove where Joris formed a spiral in rocks on the ground, which is where we played.) The fact that people danced tells me good things. And there were a couple of drummers there who helped out making sound as well, one of them being our host, Joris.

Oh, and there was one other thing that was absolutely fantastic. Not ONCE all day did I think about how I was holding the dang bow or was my left wrist in position or was my bow parallel to the strings. I just PLAYED.



6 comments on “I played for almost 4 hours yesterday, for an audience.”

John Gent Says:
Sunday, August 3, 2008 @4:08:29 PM

I found that with the Old Time Fiddlers jams 'round these parts, folk love to dance. A bad note here and there is just fine - just play the music, learn and have fun. And the dancers make the playing part all the more enjoyable.

bj Says:
Sunday, August 3, 2008 @5:25:07 PM

I haven't yet made an oldtime jam, John, since most of the ones around here are "closed" for the summer. My first one will come Labor Day Weekend. And now I feel a whole lot more confident about going.

brya31 Says:
Sunday, August 3, 2008 @5:47:16 PM

Wow,  well done bj   I hope I can follow your tracks someday and progress out of the doo doo fiddler zone

bj Says:
Sunday, August 3, 2008 @6:00:34 PM

LOL! doo doo fiddler? And what makes you so sure I'm not still there? Suze and I were the only ones not downing the beers from the cooler . . . I'm sure that helped everyone's perception of my playing!

Well, this was a very nonjudgmental crowd, so it was fine.

brya31 Says:
Monday, August 4, 2008 @6:25:20 PM

Ha Ha,   Thats the key bj!  I will get my family drunk the first time I decide to play in front of them, LOL

bj Says:
Monday, August 4, 2008 @6:31:34 PM

See? A cooler of  (Free) Beer is all you need to raise yourself out of the ranks of doo doo fiddlers!

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