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Now I've been playing 4 months
My how time flies
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Uzi
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Well, fellow fiddlers, not much progress to report I don't think.  Nevertheless, I've been playing for 1/3 of a year now and here's where I am as of today.  Enjoy or run shrieking -- you're call.

https://soundcloud.com/shadow-bear/shenandoah

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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Hey Uzi...not bad at all!  Really quite impressive actually.  Good musical expression in your playing.  Really brought out the character of the song.

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Nice one Uzi :)

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hell man, nothin' wrong with that. would sound great at a campfire with a cold one

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That sounded nice Uzi > I may have asked this before but what violin make are you playing > It truly has a very rich sound. > really sounded very nice for the amount of time you have been playing.

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StoneDog said
That sounded nice Uzi > I may have asked this before but what violin make are you playing > It truly has a very rich sound. > really sounded very nice for the amount of time you have been playing.

I'm sorry, that's one of my pet peeves also.  When people play something I'm always curious about what they are playing and no one ever says.  This is the "new" Fiddlerman Soloist violin.  It's really a very nice instrument and compares very favorably with other instruments I've played in it's price range as well as some that cost considerably more. The strings are Dominants (including the Dominant screechy E string).  

I'm also using the Fiddlerman Pernambuco nickel wound bow, which is very nice with Andrea rosin. 

As a side note I've purchased a set of Obligato strings which I haven't put on yet, as well as several E strings which I'll be auditioning for a spot on this fiddle. Among them are the Hill, Jargar, Kaplan non-whistling (wound) and a Pirastro Gold. 

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Thanks for that Uzi > The Soloist > sure sounds sweet > I'm hoping to swing the Master > hope it sounds half that sweet.

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Good played, Uzi. For the time You play i have nothing to critique - You're doing just fine XD. Keep up that work!

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Very nice, @Uzi. Impressive for just 4 months, and I like the way you expressed it.

Keep up the great work.

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Uzi - Do you have sheet music for this version?

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kylesito said
Uzi - Do you have sheet music for this version?

@kylesito ,

No, sorry.  I was playing from memory after listening to a youtube video of the song sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.  I was playing it in the key of D.  The first note is the A on the G string the others are in the octave between the open D string and the D on the A string.  It's easy to slide it all up an octave as well by playing in the 5th position on the A and E strings. It's a pretty straightforward and easy tune, just listen to some people perform it until you know the melody and then have at it. 

The first version I did was in Eb, which had the advantage of not using the open strings so that you could add vibrato to the end notes easily, but I decided I didn't like the way it sounded when recorded, so I slid the whole thing down a half-step to D and thought it sounded better with the open strings. 

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Great job Uzi. Imagine that you've only been playing for 4 months. :)
Nice piece too. Thanks for the post.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Very nice, @Uzi ! I love Shenandoah. Your intonation sounded great and I'm very impressed that you can do vibrato after only four months.

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