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Salt creek
A bluegrass standard . Done at two speeds. Slower version attempt some second position fingerlings
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This is a fun bluegrass tune. I tried to learn a new variation from how I normally play

It. My second position is a bit out of tune in places so need to practice shifting and getting that spot right on. I often slid into it droning on the E string to get a sense of when I was in tune but I should be able to just hit it. How do you guys practice shifting? The second version was just a tad too fast, once I had all the tracks setup I was to lazy to mess with it all again. 

Anyway let me know your thoughts.

-Mark

 

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Nice work
I wish I had come so far with my fiddle playing
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Strange bow hold. Can be a pinky problem?

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clapWow! Mark - that was super - enjoyed listening.semiquaver-1214

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Wow, that was awesome, Mark.

It's so nice with your camera angle selected to show your fingering so beginners can learn from.

Another great post from you.

Thank you for sharing.

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That was awesome, Mark.

You are right about the second version though,,, just a tad bit to fast. Need some great legs to dance to that, lol.

Excellent playing.

 

Ken.

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Really great mate. Loved it. There ain't nothing there that 'I' could critique thumbs-up

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Lovely piece.  Lovely playing!  Thanks

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Very nice!!  That one is definitely on my list to learn.

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Hey Everyone, thanks for all the kind words. Sorry I haven't replied sooner, I was out participating in a MS Bike ride this weekend and didn't have a computer to use. (I find it really difficult to respond via a phone).

If anyone is interested in a even slower one to learn from I could try and do a even simpler version. If anyone wants backing tracks I used Band-in-the-box to generate them.

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Wow, those backing tracks are impressive, Mark.

The tune is definitely on my list to learn, in the future as it's above my head for now. Will be there some day.

Thank you for posting.

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Missed a lot of posts recently - finally catching up  - yup... nothing to say (i.e. lost for words!) other than Well Done on that Mark - sure got the old feet tapping here - cool work! thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

As for shifting - well - I get there by good luck rather than judgement at the moment...   hmmm... any shifting practice I do tends to be arpeggios or straight scales, so I can "stop" on a note and hopefully compare it against an open string somewhere an octave down or whatever, or a note in 1st position on another string I can still reach and kind of know should be "good" ( LOL ) ....   aye.... 'tis a bit of a learning curve for me breaking out of first pos...  and even 1st pos starts to fail me if it's a fast tempo - so I got a LONG way to go!  ALL I can manage on shifted positions is practice at the moment - any attempt at playing something right through, fails miserably !

Quote: "My second position is a bit out of tune in places so need to practice shifting and getting that spot right on" - it was noticeable (to my ear) - but heck I'm not complaining !!!!!! - I wouldn't worry too much about that, practice and more practice - and you'll be spot on....

I'm just about to go listen to the backing tracks... (and heck if I have a shot at it, that'll make 8 things on the go!   Fun, fun, fun...)

Nice work !  Thanks !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Thanks 

@BillyG  for the thoughts. Yeah lots more practicing. I'm working on another song right now, Working on a building, so it's practicing playing and singing at the same time ... slow going so far.

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I really enjoyed this song. How long have you been sawing these kind of tunes friend?

Good, Better, Best.
Never Rest,
Until your Good is Better and your better is BEST.

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Oh wow. I think you may have just amazed me a bit friend. It is quite humbling to meet people this dedicated and seasoned. Hopefully I will catch up in the next ten years or so.

Good, Better, Best.
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Until your Good is Better and your better is BEST.

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harvestman said
Oh wow. I think you may have just amazed me a bit friend. It is quite humbling to meet people this dedicated and seasoned. Hopefully I will catch up in the next ten years or so.

I second that !  That's the beauty of this site - while the majority of us are beginners like myself, it's great to see folks with experience who are happy to take the time and effort to share their knowledge and technique.

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Hah ... I feel like I squandered many of those years away not practicing. I've always been in various bands, but I've not always had a good practice regimen (or any regimen). I wish I had spent even a quarter of those years practicing everyday. Anyway ... we are where we are.

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