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Hi all - this is my first post other than my original "introductory hello". It's hard to put a real "timescale" on my progress - about 4 years ago I picked up an acoustic Skylark fiddle, and played - or - better said - experimented with it - for about 2 months with no real attempt at learning to play properly. The only research I did was into how to hold the bow and what the violin tunings were. Basic fingerings - I just worked out myself and managed to identify scales in G, A, C, D, and E (and their relative minors). In spite of that I managed to scratch out a few old Scottish tunes. These were all played by ear and generally embellished with my own (intentional, but poor) improvisations. Recently - about 3 weeks back - I decided to commit to properly learning a bit more about fiddle playing techniques, the physical basis of music and music structure in general. I also joined the FM community, and purchased a Harley Benton EV. [ I still have the Skylark ]
Anyway, here is an attempt at My Love is like a red red rose on the EV. The HB EV has an inbuilt pre-amp with treble and bass controls - they are set to their "null" point. This is a direct recording onto the laptop, without amplification or effects - and it sounds a bit "sterile" although to my mind there is benefit in that as regards critical examination of intonation.
When played through the amp, it sounds a bit better with the natural room echo, but I've avoided doing that - so it's pretty "plain". Witness the spooky and ethereal sounding last note - an attempt at the natural (open) second-harmonic on G. If the timing, the (intentional) pauses, and the odd crescendo feel a bit unusual, that's just my attempt at providing my own limited "interpretation and expression" to one of Rabbie Burns' best known poems ( the poem itself is just called "A red red rose" )
Any, and all criticism most welcome! Thanks folks!
You'll find it on SoundCloud (or here depending on how embedded links work) at -
[LMAO - just reviewed the Soundcloud post - it's only been there 60 minutes or so -two "likes" already from total strangers - I have NO IDEA WHY ! - oh well - maybe they're beginners like me ]
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
That's pretty good. It was one of the first songs I learned.
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