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Apr 6, 2022 - 8:27:04 PM
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3582 posts since 12/8/2007

I awaken and see:

A 2004 Silver Creek II fiddle hanging on the wall alongside a Fiddlerman bow newly rosened.
A six string lute, also on wall, dating back to 777 Wessex, saved by Pious McStomp, itinerant monk, from the Vikings by cutting out a hidey space in one of the rocks of Stonehenge.
A Fender nylon stringed acoustic on a stand.
A Trinity College Irish bouzouki on the wall.
A Trinity College octave mandolin atop the table.
A 22" bodhran played by Robin of the Hood (Nottingham Forest) in 1327-30, also on the table.
A Mid Misery mandolin with the front plate cracked and sporting a decent, quarter sized hole due to my sitting on it during a campout.
A Bohemian twelve string harp atop the book shelves.
A Taylor steel string guitar in a chair.
A Cache Creek wooden flute purchased at the Cache Creek General Store, British Columbia, in about 1969, stuck betwixt books in book shelf.
A 16" Walton bodhran.
A black tamborine.
A Silver Creek II 2003 fiddle under my bunk a bit, in its case.
A Gliga Wigga Woo fiddle (fairly new) beside the Silver Creek.
An Ibanez electric bass in its stand outside my door.
A Yamaha piano outside my door, in the next room.
A Rover Irish banjo in its stand, past the piano.

I play these instruments all the time, use them to record my hours and hours of compostitions, music which shall never be heard by anyone else assuredly. I write fairly "progressive" stuff, sometimes employing asymetrical meterings but rarely getting overly "jazzy." But it's been a place of respite and sanctuary, my studio, and I've enjoyed my music making heartily.

Anyone else do this sort of thing, compose and record your own music?

Curtis

Apr 6, 2022 - 8:35:22 PM
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2197 posts since 8/27/2008

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Originally posted by Humbled by this instrument

I awaken and see:

A 2004 Silver Creek II fiddle hanging on the wall alongside a Fiddlerman bow newly rosened.
A six string lute, also on wall, dating back to 777 Wessex, saved by Pious McStomp, itinerant monk, from the Vikings by cutting out a hidey space in one of the rocks of Stonehenge.
A Fender nylon stringed acoustic on a stand.
A Trinity College Irish bouzouki on the wall.
A Trinity College octave mandolin atop the table.
A 22" bodhran played by Robin of the Hood (Nottingham Forest) in 1327-30, also on the table.
A Mid Misery mandolin with the front plate cracked and sporting a decent, quarter sized hole due to my sitting on it during a campout.
A Bohemian twelve string harp atop the book shelves.
A Taylor steel string guitar in a chair.
A Cache Creek wooden flute purchased at the Cache Creek General Store, British Columbia, in about 1969, stuck betwixt books in book shelf.
A 16" Walton bodhran.
A black tamborine.
A Silver Creek II 2003 fiddle under my bunk a bit, in its case.
A Gliga Wigga Woo fiddle (fairly new) beside the Silver Creek.
An Ibanez electric bass in its stand outside my door.
A Yamaha piano outside my door, in the next room.
A Rover Irish banjo in its stand, past the piano.

I play these instruments all the time, use them to record my hours and hours of compostitions, music which shall never be heard by anyone else assuredly. I write fairly "progressive" stuff, sometimes employing asymetrical meterings but rarely getting overly "jazzy." But it's been a place of respite and sanctuary, my studio, and I've enjoyed my music making heartily.

Anyone else do this sort of thing, compose and record your own music?

Curtis


 I used to, way back a long time ago, not much now. After seeing your description of your recordings I feel moved to ask if you might not share a couple, despite your reluctance.

Best,

Brian

Apr 7, 2022 - 6:17:59 PM
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13335 posts since 9/23/2009

I'm with Brian...wouldn't mind hearing some of it, Humbled. I've always thought of trying that, but just never got past thinking about it.

Good to hear from you.

Apr 8, 2022 - 6:59:41 AM
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wilford

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309 posts since 6/26/2007

"Anyone else do this sort of thing, compose and record your own music?

Curtis"

I do. I've composed since I was very young. I'm in my early 70's now. I started recording in my own studio in my late 30's. I love composing music in several genres but recording the music can be very trying at times. I used to have a great deal more proficiency when my studio was mostly analog but when I changed to mostly digital, things took a turn for the worse, chiefly because of my lack of computer savvy.

I still busy myself each day working on several projects simultaneously and eventually with a bit of stick-to-it-ive-ness, come up with a "finished" project/product.

Due to several health-related problems requiring extensive and costly surgeries, I've had to sell off much of my studio (oh how I miss my analog equipment and Steinway baby grand "B" 6-ft piano, Martin guitars, Gibson mandolin, you get the picture..) and so now-a-days I continue to struggle with digital workstation technology, a 61-note keyboard, a couple of fiddles and a banjo. But I love just about every minute of it. :)

Apr 8, 2022 - 8:00:10 AM
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2197 posts since 8/27/2008

Since you asked, yes, I have written music most of my life. I don't do it much now, but I occasionally compose music that is not fiddle music. Since getting comfortable with the program MuseScore for transcribing fiddle tunes, I have experimented with other forms and used the program itself for playback. Cheating, really, because I'm not playing. Here are a couple anyway. Don't shoot me - it's not fiddle music (although the first piece was originally written on mandolin a long time ago).
 

Gumpry's Misstep

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Apr 8, 2022 - 9:45:17 AM
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5851 posts since 9/26/2008

My studio is whichever room I can occupy without interruption or too much background noise laugh??????

I use my high power laptop, Audacity and a Focusrite analog to digital interface with a small variety of mics (Shure beta 58, regular 57, a small diaphragm condenser and a large diaphragm condenser) and whatever instrument is required (guitar electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, all of the ukulele sizes, mando, fiddle, flute, whistle, drum-ish items, voice) to make it happen. [very long sentence, that] I rarely use more than 3-5 tracks unless I'm writing and working out parts for something elaborate (which doesn't happen as often as it did 20 years ago).

Good to hear from you Curt! 

Apr 8, 2022 - 9:29:34 PM
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3582 posts since 12/8/2007

So I've been working on this thing in which I take a fiddle tune and add different instruments playing the melody or a harmony. Once I get it somewhat "listenable," I'll post it. But my stuff is never a perfect take. And I generally only play it once or twice, whatever the instrument, and that's what I leave on the track. If I can't play it, I usually just toss the idea.

In this one I'm using Fender nylon, mandolin, lute, flute, bodhrans, tamborine, banjo, bouzouki (the booze), octave mandolin, and bass. Again, I hope to post it soon.

By the way, I had a phone meeting with one of the original doctors who saw me some years back--the one who in fact placed the catheter i me the night I went to emergency---and she said, "Wow, I'm AMAZED that you're alive. I truly didn't think you'd live this long. You're beating the odds...." This can be taken as a good thing...and as a "Wow...I'm way past my expiration date!"

Ack. I take it a day at a time.

Thanks, too, Brian, for sharing those songs/tunes. Gumpry's misstep sounds like you're using some harmonic minors and nice dominant minor key changes? Sounds like I would hear it at a renaissance festival. Far more polished than my stuff.

What say you, Wilford, anything to share? No pressure, 'cause it's kind of a risk putting your own music out for others, I know. As for me, my expectations are quite low for my stuff because my kids and wife have already assured me that I need to keep my day job....

Apr 9, 2022 - 5:17:52 AM

wilford

USA

309 posts since 6/26/2007

Hi Curt. Yes, I'll post some. I'm all over the map with the stuff I compose. I'll put some up today if I get a chance. Good health to you! :)

Apr 9, 2022 - 7:24:05 AM
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wilford

USA

309 posts since 6/26/2007

Curt, below is a sampling of the more "serious" music I have been involved with while working for production companies that use my compositions in film/documentaries:

https://youtu.be/yNHfXTZs-wk

https://youtu.be/vCSn8k4BmpY

https://youtu.be/uhViF91Jh-8

Fiddling and Bluegrass are hobby musics for me. I've played Bluegrass and fiddled since I was a teenager. :)

Apr 9, 2022 - 2:29:38 PM
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3582 posts since 12/8/2007

I gotta go for an appointment (when I get back I'll listen to stuff)but here's a little something I found in the meantime:


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Apr 9, 2022 - 2:46:55 PM
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1882 posts since 4/6/2014

That song builds nicely, i like the backing vocals.
Cheers Pete.

Apr 9, 2022 - 3:56:06 PM
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3582 posts since 12/8/2007

Woohooo. Wilford, thank you soooo much for posting these fine pieces, too. You and Brian have now added to my music which I take on road trips and such. Very cool.

Apr 9, 2022 - 4:41:43 PM
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2197 posts since 8/27/2008

That was great! Glad you posted those.

Apr 9, 2022 - 4:45:38 PM
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13335 posts since 9/23/2009

That's some awesome work, Humbled...nice song, nice singing and playing...really nice fiddling too.

Apr 9, 2022 - 4:46:36 PM
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Fred I remember those wonderful compositions you shared...nice stuff.

Apr 9, 2022 - 5:50:25 PM
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wilford

USA

309 posts since 6/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Humbled by this instrument

I gotta go for an appointment (when I get back I'll listen to stuff)but here's a little something I found in the meantime:


Really nice tune with great singing and playing. The Swallow Tail jig fits perfectly. Thanks for posting. 

Apr 9, 2022 - 7:06:20 PM
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wilford

USA

309 posts since 6/26/2007

Here's one more that I love hearing after having worked on it for so darned long. "The Shores of Elysium".

https://youtu.be/NJjN3gYsSlU

Apr 9, 2022 - 8:37:46 PM

3582 posts since 12/8/2007

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

I'm with Brian...wouldn't mind hearing some of it, Humbled. I've always thought of trying that, but just never got past thinking about it.

Good to hear from you.


GHP, with your lovely vocals and fiddle/guitar skills, ya musta have written something?  Hmmmmmmmm?

Curt

Apr 9, 2022 - 8:46:32 PM

3582 posts since 12/8/2007

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

My studio is whichever room I can occupy without interruption or too much background noise laugh??????

I use my high power laptop, Audacity and a Focusrite analog to digital interface with a small variety of mics (Shure beta 58, regular 57, a small diaphragm condenser and a large diaphragm condenser) and whatever instrument is required (guitar electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, all of the ukulele sizes, mando, fiddle, flute, whistle, drum-ish items, voice) to make it happen. [very long sentence, that] I rarely use more than 3-5 tracks unless I'm writing and working out parts for something elaborate (which doesn't happen as often as it did 20 years ago).

Good to hear from you Curt! 


Billy, I just visited your media page and you've some fine fiddling there.  I'm guessing you've come up with some original stuff o'er the years?

Thanks,

Curt

Apr 9, 2022 - 10:56:12 PM
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Apr 9, 2022 - 10:59:26 PM
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Wilford, how long have you been playing the piano, etc. What schooling? I'm liking a whole lot!

Apr 10, 2022 - 4:33:39 AM
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13335 posts since 9/23/2009

Humbled...very nice...feels so Irish beside the fire!

Apr 10, 2022 - 6:01:59 AM
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408 posts since 7/30/2021

Wow, really creative and skilled music by everybody in this thread! Amazing, guys!

( It's also amazing that Curt has the "22" bodhran played by Robin of the Hood (Nottingham Forest) in 1327-30"?!? Are we hearing that in the last track... :-)

Apr 10, 2022 - 7:17:51 AM
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wilford

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309 posts since 6/26/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Humbled by this instrument

Wilford, how long have you been playing the piano, etc. What schooling? I'm liking a whole lot!


When I was three years of age, my mom would seat me in a highchair and push me up against the piano and I would "noodle" while she busied herself with household chores. This is how, I believe, I got such an interest in music. She, and my aunt (mom's sister who performed professionally) gave me lessons when I was young. Later I attended two schools; one in which I majored in composing music and minoring in piano (Ithaca College in NYS). I'm now 71 years of age and rarely play keyboards but do so once in a while. I mostly play at the fiddle and banjo any more.

Thanks for asking. Fred

Apr 10, 2022 - 8:32:18 AM

2197 posts since 8/27/2008

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Originally posted by Humbled by this instrument

Wife and son have picked this one;

fiddlehangout.com/forum/attach...eID=14241


That's good!

Apr 12, 2022 - 8:20:23 AM

3582 posts since 12/8/2007

Last one from me. This is the one to which I alluded in my first post, a piece in which I take a basic melody and work in variations and different timbres or keys alongside a few runcibles.

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