First: How many of us here are back porch, amateurs. We've mainly played just because we like to. We'd take an opportunity to play for some event or audience, or maybe we wouldn't, because we just play because we like to. We might help somebody we run across because they are curious how we handle thus and such situation, but we aren't music teachers, we just play because we like to.
How many? I'll count myself in, so...so far that comes to 1 in a Row...lol...I just added the "in a row" because I always say "1-in-a-row" when I get the enumerating opportunity, because I just like that too...I mean, not nearly as much as I like fiddling, but you know, I like saying that just a tiny bit.
And Second: I guess there's no second question unless somebody else comes up with it...so second becomes, "What's Second?" Who's on second, so to speak....
I play for my own enjoyment, but also have the opportunity to play with others in a band setting. I find playing with others is more soul feeding than playing solo.
Well, ghp, that would be me except for the part where I'm still waiting for the big bucks to start rolling in.
I don't have a back porch, mine is a concrete/brick house...
I've been playing as a semi-pro ( banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, vocals - paid, professional gigs while still having a part time day job alongside) for years.
But those days have long gone by. Venues have vanished or taken over by most horrible sorts of 'music'.
Young people don't seem wanting to put in the effort to become good Bluegrass musicians anymore. Too bad, but that's life.
My approach always remained: 'Love it like an amateur, then play it like a pro'
My fiddling has a long way to go still, until it will be on par with my other instruments.
A race against time, but a fun one for sure....
Bruno...I hear ya on that...well said. Just gotta keep on fiddling ... I don't really have a back porch either...our front porch is right on the road...actually encroaches on county road property...lol...so they could come and bulldoze our front porch if they got sick of my fiddling...lol. I'll try to play good, my porch might depend on it.
I cant imagine playing fiddle if I didnt like it, and I played in heaps of bands and every gig was a hoot.
The pay was never great but it supplemented my income....
In the 10 years prior to my retirement I was fortunate to find a full-time music teacher position.
Because I dunno what else I could've done....
I play (several instruments) because I just like to plunk (plink?) around on them for my own enjoyment. I used to have a regular jam back in the twenty-oughts and early -teens and really enjoyed "playing nicely with others" until the venue disappeared.
Better that I play for myself lately because I'm not doing too much of it due to other more pressing family matters (and, if I admit it, because I get a little bored with it fairly quickly - I think because of the other things on my mind). But, I've done the same thing over the years several times and always seem to come back to the music.
I play because it's a big part of my work. I enjoy playing, but I don't get enough time to practice otherwise, and playing good fiddles helps them settle in, and I don't know how many instruments have improved subsequent to being played vigorously and adjusted based on that playing. So I always have a few fiddles in my playing rotation, and a good reason to get some practice in and so I sorta get paid for it.
Well I think getting paid for it would sure help...lol. Unless you read that thing Mark Twain wrote about that...but ...
'Gold Rush' 36 min
'Over the Waterfall' 10 hrs
'Playing by yourself' 1 day