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?5 comments
Playing Since: 2010
Experience Level: Novice
Harmonica, guitar, concertina, banjo, mandolin, piano, and just starting on the Fiddle.
Anything "old time" and Cowboy music.
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Last Visit 5/25/2018
Cowboy, Spur Maker. Would sure like to meet folks not too far away down here in south central Utah for jamming.
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