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Ferret
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This is Waltzing Matilda v1.5 smile

Have been practicing every day. Its slowly getting better???

I've been playing for almost 14 months now

All thoughts welcome. hats_off

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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@Ferret: Most of your intonation is ok, except at 0:07 (camped beside a bil-a-bong) - 0:22 and again at 0:53, it should be a C# but it's a bit flat, not quite a C. @ 0:35 you are trying to play a D, but again it's just a bit #, not quite to the D# but in between.

You are sawing your note's, try to put a little more feeling into this beautifull song. A few slur's would help with that and some bow emphasis.

Express your note's as you would your voice if you were singing it.  dancing

I hope I'm not being too brash, John. It's all constructive critique.

I was sitting in a bar a few year's ago, my friend was next to me, I sang, semiquaver-1214 "Once a jolly Swagman,  camped beside a bil-a-bong", he said, "do you know that song"?, I said, "of course, doesn't everyone" ? He just smiled and took a drink of his beer. cheers 

You've improved a lot since your first run video's.   hats_offKeep it up.

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I really like the angle you got with the vid Ferret > I can really see what it is you are doing. I think it sounds good. I am only still a few months in. It really helps me when I can see such vids and read what other seasoned player comments are. Thanks for that. Hopefully I will have another vid out soon and you can help me with your comments.

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"Express your note's as you would your voice if you were singing it." >> Thats one of the reasons I picked this instrument up. I think this instrument is one of the only instruments that can truly do that.

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@Ferret/John,

Have you seen the photograph of a ferret with a "Saturday Night Special" in its paw, or similar ? I happen to use it for my ebay alias.

Getting back to your rendition of Waltzing Matilda.

Right at the very start, the tip of the little finger of your right hand is touching the bow stick - as it should. But once you start bowing your little finger curls back a bit under the palm of your hand and no longer touches the bow stick.

Keeping the tip of the little finger on the top of the bow helps to maintain a regular pressure on the string (necessary because the weight of the bow at the other end - the tip - is working against you-and-the-string more and more - due to increasing leverage - as the frog gets closer and closer to the string.)

 

You want constant pressure because otherwise the volume and/or timbre (?) and/or harmonics (?) of the note will change during the course of each bow stroke.

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@Fiddlestix 

No, not harsh at all. My A string and I never have been really good friends. Not sure why dunno  I'll post it again soon. Hopefully better. My next post will probably be  'Lilli Marlene'. I've been planing to learn it for some time but haven't got around to it. Your comments are all useful and welcome as always.

 

@StoneDog 

I hope you post a video soon. I'd like to see how you are doing. And you are right about the violin and the voice 

 

@Donald 

Thanks for the feedback. Yes that little finger is a problem. I'm going to have to try 'superglue'roflAnd no, I've not seen that photo. Will have to do a search and have a look.

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Congrats John... Looking good.   I like Fiddlestix comments better than anything I could come up with.  It is just so good to see so many members sticking in it.. and continuing and progressing.  A hundred cheers for you!  Great video also.

Toni

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Thanks Toni

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Congrats, John, very nicely done. I'd buy you a Bud if that were feasible.   :)  

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Steve said
Congrats, John, very nicely done. I'd buy you a Bud if that were feasible.   :)  

@Steve 

Hi Steve. Good to hear from you again

roflActually, I don't usually drink carbonated soft drink. I'm more of a Bourban Whisky kinda guy.

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Love the T-shirt, but not the beer. LOL

Great job John.
Besides the few notes that are off by a bit you need to experiment with bow speed. When you use a lot of bow as you do with too little pressure you'll get that metallic, not really clear, sound that you are getting from time to time.

Would love to hear another version of this with less bow but same pressure.

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but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman

Will do. 

I'll post it in a new thread when I do it 

Thanks for the feedback 

 

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@Fiddlerman thank you.

I have to work on this  too. :)

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