Began playing the Fiddle at age 65. I had learned to play the Piano, years earlier, and so I can read music well. But, the Fiddle, well, it's a tough nut. The racket I could make about drove my very tolerant Wife crazy. So, began practicing very early in the morning, out of earshot (outside if the weather would permit, or downstairs behind 3 or 4 shut doors. I get up at 4:30 and practice a couple of hours, every morning, without fail. I think in 4 years I have only missed 4 or 5 practice sessions. I took a couple of lessons from a very good Violinist in town, to get the basics, but have been on my own since. I buy a music book on Amazon, and then learn every tune in it. I have 40 or 50 memorized, but can play all the rest by sight. I own about every Fiddle book there is out there. My intonation has improved a whole bunch over the past 18 months, and my touch has become much lighter. I do believe I'm getting the hang of it! I love playing the Fiddle, it's as much fun as I've ever had, and I intend to keep on practicing for as long as I'm able. Another 7 or 8 years and I'll be a tolerable Fiddle Player. In my opinion, it's never too late to start, and for you older folks out there, What the hell else are you going to be doing?
Monday, July 21, 2014 @5:40:22 AM
I have a friend who just turned 60. He had been dabbling with guitar for the 20 years I've known him, asking for advice and saying things like "after hearing so and so I just want to burn my guitar." You remind me that anyone can play IF they are motivated to PRACTICE. I think my friend will always be just a dabbler without putting more than 15 minutes in the morning before work. And he's single so there is no one to disturb.
I envy your doors. I have to go to the garage to get out of earshot in my tiny house!
Monday, July 21, 2014 @6:40:21 AM
My Banjo picker friend from town has been "noodling" with the Guitar for 50 years now, and all he can play are the same old Kingston Trio tunes and a few from Peter Paul and Mary. He took up Clawhammer Banjo 2 years ago and now, he practices and is getting somewhere. I guess the Guitar just isn't his deal, but the Banjo is. Go figure.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @3:18:36 AM
Sorry to hear about what happened to your friend, Bob.
Friday, August 1, 2014 @2:43:47 PM
Fiddle on...you've got the hard part accomplished "determination"
Monday, November 10, 2014 @4:31:36 PM
Keep posting on the Hangout.. You sound like good company...
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