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LyleA
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This is the theme from the 1994 film "Legends of the Fall."  I've wanted to learn to play it even before I picked up a fiddle.  The sheet music I have is not for solo violin, but rather for a violin, piano duet, so some of the sections are lifted from the piano melody because I don't have a piano partner.  

It's not complete.  I am still learning the rest.

Hope you enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/60493209

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I enjoyed that > it was very clean.

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Really nice!hats_off Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you!

I really wish I could find someone who played piano.  I think it would sound much better in concert.

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You violin production video was awesome just in itesef!! Were you in a studio?

 

Your violin playing is standard... good.... solid... something you would expect to pay someone to play if you wanted it played.  So... good job.  It's a passionate peice for you, yes?  It comes out in your bowing.  You love the song, and the song loves you back.  I'm sure if you practice more and more you will find ways to finesse more mojo out of it.  I'm not sure I know what Mojo means other than the general gestalt of the peice.  

 

Nice bowin and nice left hand work... not a note out of tune I notice.  Your practice is paying off!  Are you ready for Carnegie Hall?

 

Mt. Fiddler

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Thanks, Mt. Fiddler!

I work at a video production company so yes, I was in a studio.  I do like this piece a lot, and I enjoy playing it.  I still have a long way to go with the phrasing and really making the performance of it good.  I wish I had vibrato down, because I think it would open things up for me a great deal.

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Yeah, with vibrato you would put this to another level. pfish has this thread going on that is very informative on vibrato > FM has a vid over there that is SWEET!! on it. Really shows the mechanics of it > and how to make it sing.

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Great mate. thumbs-up Am waiting for more

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Well done. clap

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Thanks everyone.

StoneDog, I'm definitely working on it.  I'll get there one day.

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Very nice Lyle!

Would totally love to have a studio to record in and all the nice equipment to go with it.

Your K550 is sounds nice. I know mine took some time to open up and still find that it is changing a little bit here and there. I've been practicing playing loud and it seems to like it.

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Wow, really great playing after just a year, in my view.  Very clean and well intoned. Outstanding production values in your video, too.

One thing I notice is that the fingers of your bow hand and the the whole hand seem rigid.  Not that it shows up as a defect in your playing.  But something that will change, I believe, if you keep learning, in my inexpert opinion.

Can you tell us something about your musical background and how you have learned?  Other instruments, lessons?  How much and what kind of practice, etc?  Do you mostly read or play by ear, or both?  Given your progress and skill, people should be looking to you for best practices.

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Thanks "peanut gallery."  My 550 is such a huge step up from what I was playing before.  I can't get enough of it.

An thank you too, "RosinedUp."  I agree with you about my bow hand, that has been an issue from day one.  I have no doubt if I can loosen it up, I will start playing better.

I don't really have much of a musical background other than listening to music.  This is my first instrument and no one in my family plays anything as far as I am aware.  I unfortunately can't play by ear exclusively yet.  I always use sheet music until I learn all the notes, and then I ditch the paper and just work on making the notes work together.

As far as practice is concerned, I put in a LOT of hours, but I get so much pleasure out of it that's it not a chore or a burden.  I do it all the time but never at a specific time.  I might play for a half hour before work, on my lunch break, for a couple of hours in the evening.  I have even woke up in the middle of the night once, restless, and started paying until I was sleepy.  If I had to average it out, I would say at least two hours a day.  Sometimes more.  Sometimes a lot more.

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So nice! I was hoping to see more from you after watching your violin review. In that I think I heard you say you've been playing for 10 months, so when I heard how well you played, it really encouraged me. I don't know where you live, but I play piano and have been picking out the melody to this by ear the past couple of weeks. Actually, my brother learned it completely by ear, maybe I can have him teach me and I can do a recording for you to use as a backtrack or something?

"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression."

Algernon Moncrieff (Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest")

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Thank AndieKae,

That sounds like a plan.

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So good - this was the first piece of music I tried to play when I bought my violin, gorgeous melody, you played it great, sounded wonderful! - I have 2 versions of the sheet music for piano - not sure if it was ever published just for violin....

 

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Thank you very kindly, Mimi Aysha.

Here is a link to the where I purchased my copy of the sheet music.  It is a violin and piano duet:  

http://www.pianoplateau.com/co.....mes-horner

 

Also, this video below is me playing Ode to Joy on my third day of practice.  I thought I was amazing back then, haha!

https://vimeo.com/60798056

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Oh cool, yep yours is the real full version! Cool website, thanks, now I'll be looking for all my other fav soundtracks, kinda love the way Cinema Paradisio is sounding right now....I am just playing the piano part on my music, but blasting it out on itunes and playing along is so much fun -

...wow 3 days, I think I was still fumbling around trying to get mine in tune never mind actually finding a note, you are probably a natural!

I have only been at it about 10 months but loving every minute!

Unfortunately I have yet to make a movie, the first few I tried were complete disasters and I was too embarrassed to upload them, but maybe one day!

good luck....

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You shouldn't be embarrassed!  The people on this website are nothing but kind and helpful, and it will help you get better I'm sure, to hear some positive feedback.

 

Good luck to you.

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Man I love the sound of that violin, very nice tone!  Of course the Fiddler/Violinist has a lot to do with that as you make it clear in the video ;) .  Thanks for sharing, really nice job and production in the studio!  The company I work for is unfortunately 'video challenged' lol (no cameras) and only do audio production but you've got the best of both worlds there!  Love seeing videos like yours and others around the same time frame of playing, it's a great inspiration for those of us still just starting out at that 'Ode To Joy' stage haha.

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