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Practice, Practice, Practice

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I just came up from practicing.  From the basement that is.  That is where I do most of my practicing as I serenade the furnace.  The poor thing works hard this time of year, why not give it a little joy.

I am mostly practicing the following things:

my G major scale

Boil dem Cabbage on the A string while trying to drone the E string

Southwind Waltz

Tennessee Waltz

and now Golden Grahams (ah, Slippers)

Each item is teaching me something different and/or new.  I am finding that Southwind is a very uninteresting song to me.  I am learning from it, in particular left hand fingering and keeping my wrist straight, but I find the song as interesting as rotating tires.

Now Golden Slippers, I am proud of myself on that one.  Again, I picked it out by ear and memory and was able to get through the whole basic tune.  It is all basic squeaky notes but it's another real time fiddle tune that I was able to figure out and can't believe I'm playing it.  I think I might post it, as horrible as it sounds right now, so I can compare later.

I went to our school play last night and there was a student playing violin in the orchestra.  He has been playing for a while and is very good, but the one thing that really struck me was that it must be difficult to play in the dark.  Forget how well he is able to play, but add that the only light he had was a tiny little light on his stand so he could read the music.  Otherwise, he was totally in the dark.   Adds another dimension besides playing in front of 500-600 people.

I just ordered an Intell-600 tuner to replace my old one that doesn't clip on and has trouble tuning when there is other noise in the room, like when the furnace turns on.  Oh, boy...another toy.

Time for dinner







Lesson Finsky

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3 comments

Another tune by ear

Monday, November 16, 2009 1 comment

My first try at MP3

Sunday, November 15, 2009 4 comments

Things I've noticed

Friday, November 13, 2009 4 comments

Lesson Number D, uh 4

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 5 comments

Notes for me

Saturday, November 7, 2009 6 comments

How today went

Friday, November 6, 2009 5 comments

Today's lesson

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 5 comments

Over the Waves

Friday, October 30, 2009 6 comments

Blog blog blog

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 6 comments

Second lesson

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5 comments

First lesson/ first practice

Sunday, October 25, 2009 5 comments

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Playing Since: 2009
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Age: 55

My Instruments:
KC Fiddles - Westport fiddle
Bluestem fiddle
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Recording King RD-10 guitar

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Tommy Jarrell
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