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What else you gonna do?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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?


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Playing Since: 2010
Experience Level: Novice

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Occupation: Retired

Gender: Male
Age: 78

My Instruments:
Harmonica, guitar, concertina, banjo, mandolin, piano, and just starting on the Fiddle.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Anything "old time" and Cowboy music.

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Created 9/19/2010
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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