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Fiddle Log Week 36
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November 30, 2014 - 12:10 am
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My teacher had a long talk with me about intonation wherein he's now having me do all of the basic lessons from the book I have (which he told me to skip when I first started) and making recordings for him.  My friend suggested that I might be better for me to play through songs slowly while having my tuner in front of me so i can play the note over until I get it right.  I've done that and its helped a lot.  I've also focused on my bowing with my arm and not my shoulder.  I apologize for filming on my iphone cam which has a smaller range than my ipad does so you can't see things very well.

Please let me know whatever you see/hear me doing wrong!  And thanks again for all y'alls helpl!




December 1, 2014 - 3:26 pm
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Second Fiddle

I have changed from fiddle to mandolin so you can take my words with a grain of salt. I suggest you look at your own video and watch carefully the position of your left hand. To me it looks like it changes between Angeline The Baker and the next tune and again for the last waltz. Even though I have frets to guide my intonation I find the neck of the mandolin has to rest accurately in my left hand or my fingers will miss that exact landing place for a clean note. The neck must land accurately in the same place in your hand every time you pick it up, you may have to shift your hand to reach a note but it should land back there when the reach is done. Feel for any irregularities in the neck and if there are any, memorize where you feel them in your hand, it may just be the bottom corner or edge of the nut but your hand must recognize that as its home position.

Good job by the way, I did not learn that many whole tunes while I fiddled

Octave Ray

December 3, 2014 - 4:10 pm
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Thanks for pointing that out!  When I practiced today I figured out a way of holding it where I played in tune nearly perfectly most of the time and paid attention so i didnt accidentally shift from it.

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