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Jan 10, 2019 - 6:13:55 PM
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276 posts since 8/10/2017

I thought I should post at least one video of me playing the fiddle. I'm pretty mediocre, but I get by and my bird even knew to laugh during Nixon's Farewell. Here you go:

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:19:26 PM

1309 posts since 12/11/2008

Fine back porch fiddlin! You make those tunes your own!

Jan 10, 2019 - 7:52:29 PM

Old Scratch


380 posts since 6/22/2016

Hey, that's not bad! keep at it!

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:02:24 AM



206 posts since 5/24/2016

Great work! Don't be shy. I'd love to play banjo behind your fiddling :)

I wouldn't preface your playing with words like "mediocre". That will affect how you feel about your playing, and thus how you play.

Just tell yourself and believe that you are awesome and I bet you'll feel the difference :)

I was once talking to a good fiddler friend of mine about another fiddler who I thought was good. My friend told me that this other fiddler wasn't actually that good in terms of technique or what he played. What made him sound good was the fact that he was a very confident person. Boisterous would be a good word. I listened to the guy again and realized my friend was right.

Playing with gusto, enthusiasm and confidence makes a huge difference. It's something I really try to work on, too, because I'm actually a pretty shy person by nature.

Videos are tough to do without feeling self-conscious, though. I'm always deleting the videos I make hahaha

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:42:04 AM

134 posts since 11/26/2009

Good job. Seems like your audience the cockatoo enjoyed your playing too. Those are good old tunes.

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:11:12 AM
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276 posts since 8/10/2017

Thank you. My cockatoo is deathly afraid of the fiddle but sitting far enough away she started "talking" and doing her maniacal laughter routine.

In real life I'm not that un-confident. I boss the jam around a bit at times. My playing is better than it used to be, especially since I have a nice fiddle now. I can play the tunes, and as you saw I can even play them without mistakes with the camera rolling and only one take for two songs. So there is that.

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:34:56 AM



552 posts since 5/11/2009

very nice, Diane smiley good intonation, too!

Jan 11, 2019 - 7:45:41 PM



587 posts since 4/20/2008

It seems to me that either your tailpiece or your tuner is touching something and giving you a vibration, I believe, unless it is the bird :-). I would suggest moving the tuner a bit more away from the neck and also check to make sure that your tailpiece is not touching your top (or a fine tuner) or your chinrest. If that does not come up with anything (but I think the tuner is touching) you might do a tap test around the perimeter of the fiddle to see if there is a place where the top is unglued.

And as for mediocre, we were all mediocre somewhere along the line (hoping I am not now!)  Thanks for sharing!

Edited by - gapbob on 01/11/2019 19:48:23

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:48:05 PM

2918 posts since 6/21/2007

Better than I am, for sure!

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:52:10 PM

276 posts since 8/10/2017

Thanks for the kind words.

I am not sure I hear buzzing. I recently put on two of the fine tuners but they aren't touching the body, the tailpiece isn't touching the body, the chinrest seems okay, the body seems well-glued. Perhaps the tuner makes a buzzing but I don't hear it myself. Perhaps the problem is the sound quality of my camera as it sat atop a metal jar full of nuts? Or something about my own skills or lack thereof?

Jan 12, 2019 - 6:42:35 PM

226 posts since 7/18/2014

Sounding good! I think I can hear some slurs, is that right?

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:47:53 AM



587 posts since 4/20/2008

The jar of nuts might be the answer, if you do not hear it, that must be the answer/

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:58:22 AM
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56 posts since 1/30/2018

You are feeling your tunes, and delivering it well - you aren't a frilly player, but be proud of what you're doing. Please do yourself a favor and remove all of your apology / diminishing words in your post. I find them distracting as a viewer, especially in the title. Thank you for sharing your tune, and online for everyone to see - even though I consider myself confident (live), am still working toward having the courage to do that.

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:03:30 PM

276 posts since 8/10/2017

Originally posted by Astrang

Sounding good! I think I can hear some slurs, is that right?

Probably. I really don't pay attention to those things. I don't try to do any particular shuffle, I don't pay attention to which direction the bow goes, none of it. I guess that is one reason I feel self-conscious. I don't know how to control the bow direction or stick to any particular pattern.

Sorry, Earworm, for my egregious self-deprecation. I guess I'll just have to take your word for it that I'm not as bad as I think.

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:36:59 PM

7142 posts since 3/19/2009

That sounds great...

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