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My languishing tune list

Posted by bj on Friday, September 5, 2008

Sometimes it's just so easy. I'll hear a tune, play it through a few times, and it'll make it into my fiddle as if by magic. Well, maybe not in polished form, but at least the melody, so I can work out the drones and the frills and bowing and such.

Then I have a week like this past week. Where nothing sticks.

I'm wondering if I'm on overload from last weekend. Too much info to process.

I've got all these great songs and know now I can learn them in Cross Tuning, since that's the way dang near everyone plays those tunes and I've now got my WMP lists organized in crosstune keys. And certain songs, especially in the key of D, keep buzzing around in my head. But they don't come out my fiddle yet.

Maybe they just haven't cooked in there long enough.



7 comments on “My languishing tune list”

fiddlepogo Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @9:57:17 AM

It can take long time... and I think it takes longer when you're in our age bracket.
I can make my fingers LEARN a tune easy enough, but if I couldn't remember
the tune to save my life, how can I put it on my tune list?

Be picky! Learn only your absolute favorites.

bj Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @11:33:58 AM

Over The Waterfall went into the brainbank very easily. Whereas though I can play Soldier's Joy if I really think about it, I have to really; think about it to play it and then only after hours of practicing it. And then I still don't get it right. I'ts forced, and that sucks. Flop eared Mule is another easy one for me. I dunno. I guess I just have to let the tunes come to me, rather than the other way around.

scrubber Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @11:34:53 AM

"Cooking" is the key! I've found that the only tunes I can really claim to 'know' are the ones I can SING. For me, it's not about getting it 'under the fingers' but in the head!!

bj Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @11:43:51 AM

LOL! Thanks, scrubber! I think maybe you're right. Also, there were some tunes that really attracted me over the weekend. I have to concentrate on those, I think, even though my plan was to work with the D tuning first and most of those were in A tuning.

bj Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @6:31:13 PM

Geez, I just learned a tune! I went into the A crosstuned list and picked one right out, the moody one I remembered from the jam this past weekend, and figured it out by the third round through. I can only play the melody and slowly, but I've already GOT it.

And that was a tune I kept humming bits of, though I didn't have the whole thing in my head. But it was haunting me, for sure.

FiddleJammer Says:
Saturday, September 6, 2008 @2:24:01 PM

I've written a couple of pieces on remembering tunes on my fiddlejammer blog. Over time the tunes will bubble up!

bj Says:
Saturday, September 6, 2008 @2:35:50 PM

Well, I've realized that I can't "work through the list" since it just won't stick that way. I've gotta work on the ones that tantalize me and haunt me, even if they're a bit out of my reach technically. Worst case is I simplify a bit in the beginning, until it starts to come easier. Simply put, now I realize that the tune has to beat me over the head and demand for me to play it, for me to learn it easily. When I make the decision to learn a tune, it just doesn't happen.

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