"Life is like learning a violin in public and learning as one goes along."
~ ~ Samuel Butler 1835-1902
It's about damn time...
After about a year or so, I knew that I had to take the plunge -I've signed on a private teacher and am just on the cusp of upgrading my instrument (up from the student cheapie Ive been scratching until now). I am 40 years old, and can say that I am not a novice per se' but I am a still newbie as far as Irish fiddle playing is concerned. I played from 4th grade until I gave it up in my senior year in High School. A few years ago my love of Celtic music led me to pick it up again and teach myself Irish fiddle -Ya, you see where that got me! Listen to a couple of the mp3's Ive loaded up here. Pretty bad! But still to be fair they are a good baseline to compare to for when I do hopefully get better. So as tempted as I am to delete those caterwaulings I must force myself to just leave them be -At least as a warning to others who prematurely want to hear me play ! ;)
I have been learning off of the Mel Bay's Irish Complete Fiddle Player by Peter Cooper and I would suggest purchasing the separate audio cd that accompanies it. And I would encourage you to find yourself a good teacher. Your instructor will guide you away from bad habits and give you great insights that would be missed by trying to go it alone. They may even assist you in your purchase of a decent violin. Now, I have never joined a session (yet!) but if you choose that as another option, I am sure that over time as you make friends they can help you along the path.
I will use this blog to keep a sort of journal as I hopefully progress in the mastery of the Irish fiddle. I have always loved the energy of Celtic music and the range of expression of the fiddle. The fun of listening, dancing and playing the fiddle is like none other! I also cannot neglect to mention the extraordinary people that I have met in the Irish music community (festival friends, band members and organizers alike!). Please, if you have a Facebook account and are interested in another forum to give and receive advice (or even rant and complain!) with others learning to play Irish fiddle, I invite you to join my Facebook group called "Learning Irish Fiddle": https://www.facebook.com/groups/LearningIrishFiddle
Its time for me to practice now! I hope to hear from you all and maybe see you around,
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Im a rusty intermediate player but will always be a student of Irish fiddle. I started playing classically when I was in 4th grade, gave it up my senior year in High School. 20 years later, I picked it up again to learn Irish fiddle playing. Tried self teaching myself for a few years, found I didnt have the discipline to keep it up and I am sure I was teaching myself some bad habits (dont we all?), so I have a teacher now and will be upgrading my instrument soon. I have renewed dedication and love of the violin and hope that with proper focus and training I will someday become session-worthy.
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