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Oct 18, 2020 - 2:50:03 PM
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WyoBob

USA

152 posts since 5/16/2019

I just got some bluetooth earbuds and have been listening to recordings through them for several days and playing along.   The buds work so much better than listening to an external speaker through my 7 year old hearing aids.   And the buds cost $20.00!  

I like listening through the buds while playing along and only recording what I'm playing (for better or worse).

And, I really like this tune:  https://www.fiddlehangout.com/myhangout/media-player/audio_player2.asp?musicid=14269&archived=

Any feedback for improving my playing would be good.   I'm self teaching so don't get any feedback around here.

Oct 22, 2020 - 5:11:03 AM
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11412 posts since 9/23/2009

Cool, Bob! Sounds very good to me. Thanks, you're a real inspiration!

Oct 22, 2020 - 8:50:45 AM

DougD

USA

9828 posts since 12/2/2007

That may be fun. Bob, but I'm not sure its the best way to learn tunes, because of the isolation between what you're hearing in the earbuds and what you're playing. I don't know what the Croma group is actually playing, but I think most modern versions of this tune go something like this: youtu.be/7JUfOvTgbzU (although its older than that, but the "Dr. Smith's Champion Horse Hair Pullers" recording is in F).
I'd suggest you try playing along with that for awhile, or at least listening to it.
That's such a nice easy tune that I sometimes play it to limber up my fingers, but I've never tried to play it just like JP, although now I think I could.

Oct 22, 2020 - 2:07:03 PM
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WyoBob

USA

152 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Cool, Bob! Sounds very good to me. Thanks, you're a real inspiration!


Likewise, I'm sure.  Thanks, Peggy.

(You were off your pain med's when you posted that, right? wink)

Oct 22, 2020 - 3:00:08 PM

WyoBob

USA

152 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

That may be fun. Bob, but I'm not sure its the best way to learn tunes, because of the isolation between what you're hearing in the earbuds and what you're playing. I don't know what the Croma group is actually playing, but I think most modern versions of this tune go something like this: youtu.be/7JUfOvTgbzU (although its older than that, but the "Dr. Smith's Champion Horse Hair Pullers" recording is in F).
I'd suggest you try playing along with that for awhile, or at least listening to it.
That's such a nice easy tune that I sometimes play it to limber up my fingers, but I've never tried to play it just like JP, although now I think I could.


Doug, Once again, thanks for the thoughtful comments.

The YouTube you posted is the tune that I was trying to play along with.   Here's a link to Tony Holmquist (fiddle) and friends playing it at the CROMA festival a few years ago south of Berthoud, CO (Central Rockies Old-time Music Ass.)   https://www.fiddlehangout.com/myhangout/media-player/audio_player2.asp?musicid=14264&archived=

I first heard Tony play at CROMA the previous year with a tight, closed group of 4 friends.  They played every day and I sat there and listened to them for several hours.  This was several years before I took up the fiddle.   He taught a banjo class one year that I took.   He was just an enjoyable person to be around with a ready smile and great people skills and I thought, a really good fiddler.  (My other favorite is Erynn Marshall who also performed at a CROMA festival).

I looked Tony up on the net and found he was in the "Six Dollar String Band" from Durango, CO.  Here's a link of them playing Jimmy Sutton:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ6whe_tcbY

(Btw, I should have posted my original post in playing advice probably.)

Anyway, I play along with my banjo with recordings mainly from Josh Turknett's site and the ones that I recorded from Lynn's old time jam group.   When I started with Lynn's group, the main reason I recorded was to make sure I didn't "stand out" (in not a good way.)  I didn't want my mistakes to make Lynn sorry he invited me to join.

I know about 70 tunes on the banjo.   Lynn's O.T. group know thousands.   Happily, one day I discovered that, if the tune was in G, A, C or D with 1, 4, 5 chords and not crooked, I could play my banjo along pretty well, up to speed.   It was a real epiphany for me, that's for sure.  My goal with the fiddle is to possibly get to the place where I can "jump in" and play along.   I'm fairly sure I'll ever get to that point with Lynn's group but I can play about 20 tunes on the fiddle while playing along with that group or Josh's mp3's. (but these are tunes mainly knew on the banjo.

So, as experimenting and tinkering is something I enjoy doing, instead of playing along with an external speaker, I used the buds to isolate my playing to see how close I was getting to the "real thing".   IOW, I was listening to the music but only my fiddle playing was being recorded  My answer as to how I was doing on that tune?   Not nearly as well as I'd like.   I found that I could play along with the version of "Going Down the River" that I had in my brain better than I could play along with the recording.  My main take away from the experiment?  I really need to work on my bowing.  Not much of a surprise there!

I don't have high expectations.  A 73 year old former cowboy, no music knowledge, $40,000 repair on my left hand/wrist, 8 years on the banjo, 14 months on the fiddle, hearing aid wearer but, I reached one goal: see if I could actually bow a fiddle and not make horrible sounds.  But, the main goal?  Have fun!   In that regard, I'm a success!

Thanks, Bob

Oct 22, 2020 - 4:11:58 PM

11412 posts since 9/23/2009

That was my drug-free response, Bob...lol.

Oct 22, 2020 - 4:58:48 PM
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WyoBob

USA

152 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

That was my drug-free response, Bob...lol.


smiley  That made me laugh!

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