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Midnight on the Water at 20 months
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Way back in September @1stimestar put up a post titled, "I think this will be my winter project." She was referring to the tune, Midnight on the Water.

 

At the time I said to @1stimestar and @StoneDog that I'd give it a go and post the the result.

 

It took a while to get it done with a stay in hospital and relatives staying that just won't go home.

 

But here it is, warts and all (there are mistakes). I would have liked to have done it better but my video camera makes me very nervous. I hate the darn thing.bunny-headbang

 

Being a 'By Ear' player, this is how I hear it. What do ya reckon?

 

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Oh John that was great, just lovely!  I admit to finding some music to it online and messed around with it for about an hour before I got discouraged.  But you have given me incentive to give it another try.  It's just such a pretty tune.  I really want to play it well.  

 

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Hi John!  That was played very well and glad that you are back from

hospital.  Take care.

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John, that's perty.

Duane

 

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suresh said
Hi John!  That was played very well and glad that you are back from

hospital.  Take care.

Thanks Suresh

I'm fairly well recovered from the surgery and the relatives will be leaving in about a week. Then it will be full steam ahead thumbs-up

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A bit of a critique from @Fiddlerman would be more than welcome and helpful for sure. My sometimes teacher hasn't been available for many a month so I'm battling away on my own.

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:-)
Great job John.
I like to keep it to a minimum.
Try bowing with less bow speed and slightly more pressure at times for a more pure tone. Your bow speed causes the bow to slide over the strings at times.

There was an F# that you played on the E string that I think might be intended to be played as an F natural. Then again, I don't know the piece.

Keep up the great work. Glad you are out of the hospital now. :-)

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Welcome back Ferret. Your ear playing is good. Its nice to feel the music like that.

Its good to have you back!!!!!

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Welcome back John.  Wow...sounding good!   I enjoyed it... one of the bests I have heard from you that I recall.  Looking trim and fit also.  Good Health, peace and smiles to you.  Thanks for that performance, you did not seem nervous.  You bow strokes got longer and it sounds good.

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Fiddlerman said
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Great job John.
I like to keep it to a minimum.
Try bowing with less bow speed and slightly more pressure at times for a more pure tone. Your bow speed causes the bow to slide over the strings at times.
There was an F# that you played on the E string that I think might be intended to be played as an F natural. Then again, I don't know the piece.
Keep up the great work. Glad you are out of the hospital now. :-)

Thanks for that Pierre @Fiddlerman 

Will work on the bowing and look into that F. On listening to it again I think you are right.

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Figured I would throw in my 2 cents.

 

Overall It is fairly good. I would suggest the exact same as Pierre, bow a bit slower and try to focus on keeping it where you want to on the strings. Also you are playing ever so slightly sharp, so I would suggest finding a friend who has a piano or something and just letting them play and scale, then you playing it back to them. Otherwise you can use Midi files of scales and play from those.

 

If you decide you want to try using the scales, then send me an email (( on my profile page)) and I can throw together a few and send them to you.

Stop saying you can't do it and actually go try it... Trust me it works.

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@Ferret I think I have the basic melody down but I think I am missing a note or two.  I'll try to post a video tonight when I get home from work (and roller derby).  

 

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Here is the version I fell in love with, along with Jay Ungar's of course.

 

 

 

 

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@1stimestar 

Would love to see it when you have it ready

The fiddler in the video above plays it a lot better than I do. But she has probably been doing it far longer than 'I' have. violin-student

It 'is' a good version.

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That was really nice 1stimestar 

You play it well ferret > you just need to get yourself some backup and it would sound almost as good.

 
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Ferret said
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Would love to see it when you have it ready

The fiddler in the video above plays it a lot better than I do. But she has probably been doing it far longer than 'I' have. violin-student

It 'is' a good version.

Oh yea, far longer then me too bud!  Ugh there is just one or two notes that I just can't find and it's driving me bonkers.  I thought I had it last night but couldn't find it, remember it today.  And now I have to wait for my daughter to go to sleep before trying to find it again.  

 

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Lol John, look what you inspired me to!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v40/1stimestar/midnightonthewater_zps19435fac.jpgImage Enlarger[/URL]

 

I think I have the basic melody down now but for the life of me can't play it through without mistakes while recording!  Arg, it's so frustrating.  

 

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Georganne @1stimestar 

It still happens to me at time even though my fingers have toughened up a bit over 20 months.

I know what you mean about the video camera. I hate mine.

Keep up the hard work thumbs-up

 

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I swear if Jay wasn't already married to the lovely Molly I would track him down and marry him just to listen to his music more often.

 

 

I've got the tune down pretty good now and even added a little ornamentation but of course, not at THAT level.  Lol.  I feel like I have it down good and solid at OUR level though.  Now to just get that on tape.  ARG!

 

 

 

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Don't watch that THEN watch mine!  Hahaha.

 

Ok I got so tired of messing up and recording recording recording I just decided that today, I was not re recording anything and would just post what I did the first time.  So here it is.  Not that good, jerky, several mistakes, bleh.  But recording still messes me up so badly I have to get over my video fear.  

 

http://youtu.be/OYZ13KA3L1k

 

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