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Jul 19, 2019 - 4:08:55 AM
42 posts since 11/24/2018

After a few months of more consistent practise, here is a tune.

"Wow, exactly what we need in this world more medicore fiddling", I hear you say.

This is a record of my progress more than anything else

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Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10:53 AM

42 posts since 11/24/2018

Just for the sake of comparison, here is the original.
Question... How is he playing those "chords"? Which chords are they?

https://youtu.be/IAbrBHLWXNk

Edited by - Hoodoo on 07/19/2019 04:11:12

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:54:33 AM

DougD

USA

9178 posts since 12/2/2007

Hey, that's pretty good! Your intonation is for the most part good, and more important, you make it sound like a tune, not just a string of notes. That's hard for a lot of beginners. Your tone is a little pinched, but that might be a function of your instrument.
As far as the "chords," he's playing double stops - either an open drone string, or two fingered notes (more likely). I don't know exactly what they are, but since you have the slowed down version, you can spend some time listening and watching to find them. Sorry I don't have time right now, but it sounded like it might just be the tonic (I) chord of the key.
Nice little tune. Is he speaking Elbonian?

Edited by - DougD on 07/19/2019 04:56:22

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:59:14 AM
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10324 posts since 9/23/2009

Nice job! Looks like the person in the youtube is playing a C chord double stop...index finger on the 1 space of the D string and second finger on 2 space on the A string...does that sound right?

Jul 19, 2019 - 5:35:54 AM

42 posts since 11/24/2018

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Hey, that's pretty good! Your intonation is for the most part good, and more important, you make it sound like a tune, not just a string of notes. That's hard for a lot of beginners. Your tone is a little pinched, but that might be a function of your instrument.
As far as the "chords," he's playing double stops - either an open drone string, or two fingered notes (more likely). I don't know exactly what they are, but since you have the slowed down version, you can spend some time listening and watching to find them. Sorry I don't have time right now, but it sounded like it might just be the tonic (I) chord of the key.
Nice little tune. Is he speaking Elbonian?


No lol. French with an Acadian accent.

 

I'm wondering what you mean by "pinched tone"? I'm just wanting to learn, so everything little thing that I can work on, I will... But in baby steps

Edited by - Hoodoo on 07/19/2019 05:48:08

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:20:53 AM

DougD

USA

9178 posts since 12/2/2007

I guess by "pinched" I mean "small and thin" as opposed to a "full" tone, which is "round and big." Yours really isn't too bad, but compare it to the source video. It can be limited by the instrument or your recording technique.
I've found creating a good tune to be the hardest thing about playing the fiddle, so don't ask me for advice! We had a member here who had a really lovely tune, but he's gone now and I don't think he ever revealed his secrets.

Jul 19, 2019 - 6:58:27 AM

DougD

USA

9178 posts since 12/2/2007

PS - I just remembered that you're shopping for a new instrument because you're noticing the shortcomings of your current one. You're probably on the right track.
BTW, in my previous post I always meant "tone," not "tune." Touchscreen typos.

Edited by - DougD on 07/19/2019 07:10:38

Jul 19, 2019 - 10:06:22 AM
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4175 posts since 9/26/2008

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Nice job! Looks like the person in the youtube is playing a C chord double stop...index finger on the 1 space of the D string and second finger on 2 space on the A string...does that sound right?


Exactly. To put it another way, play the E note on the D string, and the C note on the A string. 

Jul 19, 2019 - 2:03:41 PM
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77 posts since 3/19/2012

Nice jig. Perhaps in honor of Leonora Beaton? Anyway, your playing seems to be coming along. Look for places in the tune where you can slur the notes. Keep to the middle of the bow and use fairly short bow-strokes. Sometimes you will get caught when you get off the bowing pattern. For players in the Canadian Maritimes, this is usually not a hardship. Just practice accenting the downbeat note on an upbow instead of the down bow that you accidentally blew off. Mind you, the general principle of making the first downbeat note a down bow still applies in most cases.

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