First off. Thank you for all of your insight and assistance on my journey to the Fiddle here on the Fiddle Hangout. I have completely fallen in love with the fiddle and I'm understanding why you all feel the same. I've always loved the sound of it and always respected it but really getting to know this instrument in such a short time makes me feel like I've missed out on a lifetime.
Second. I'm on day 3 and I am going to keep a journal of the journey. Both writing and recording. I've watched about 2000 beginner videos before I even had the instrument. Possibly another 1000 since Sunday...hahah. I think it'll help me see the progress and keep me on track. To really achieve that "sound" no matter what style, you need immerse yourself all the way in. I'm only at the edge, creeping my way into the water. Usually, I jump all the way in and miss so much of the process. This instrument is a whole new ball game. I've never been one to learn things the right way. Once I could strum chords, I was fine. After hearing so much talk about notes and numbers with fingers, I think I'll be able to wrap my head around "music" for the first time. I thought it would be impossible.
I start official lessons on Oct 12th. I delayed them so I could get acquainted with the instrument. Not enough time to develop too many poor habits. I've been able to keep the bow rosined, the fiddle in tune, bowing the 4 and then 7 planes. When I get frustrated or schreechy, I go back and bow smoothly and then I return to what was hanging me up. I am able so far to get through the G and D major scale. I do know that I need a shoulder rest...and need to remember to relax. The day after my first real day with it I was sore. I've addresses that now and reminding myself to RELAX!!!
It seems so redundant starting at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but that's where I'm at...lol. I'm learning this in many keys but started with the key of A. I am recording this every day until it sounds right. I was able to figure out "I'll fly away" but my intonation is horrible. At least I know better. Slow and steady!
Now when I hear someone who is on a professional level, I know they probably spent their entire life dedicated to their instrument. I compare it to a good dog owner. Ex. We are training our Australian Shepperd "Off Leash" and it's a lot more difficult than one would think but with practice and patience, anything is achievable. Meaning, if you see a Dog in Lowes that's not on a leash and is listening to only vocal commands, you know that took a lot to get there and I respect the owner even more for their efforts!
I thank my family every morning for their patience. This fiddle thing is a team effort in our household...lol
And thank you for reading.
Sounds like you are off to a great start, Erock!!
Look forward to hearing about your journey...
( And you are right about the patient family...none of mine is really a fan of Celtic/Irish tunes yet they have to listen to me playing almost daily...same tunes, over and over...audio torture, ha. The only being that likes Irish tunes is my dog...he will creep into the room when I'm playing, and lay down nearby. :-)
Good luck with the journey. Buy a good mute… your family and Shepherd will appreciate it. R/
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