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YAAF (Yet Another Ashokan Farewell)
AF on electric violin, a little reverb added for more fullness of sound
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BillyG
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An attempt at Ashokan Farewell. 

Essentially ad-lib, played without metronome, without backing track, and without sheet - I played it "from the heart, and how I felt I wanted it to sound" with a couple of very minor interpretations.  I guess it is intended to be 3/4 time, but I doubt you'll be able to Waltz to it...

I'll never be a Jay Ungar !

My own observations:  Intonation - getting better - but still room for improvement.  Fingering and bowing - the occasional finger touching an adjacent string and being accidentally bowed.  Practiced with a couple of double stops - but needs more work as well.  "Expression" - I tried - but I feel the pp - mf - ff variations could be more exaggerated.  What else - oh - any vibrato there was, was probably too little....  

Oh well, that's my own analyses - hit me !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

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

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Uzi
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Really nice tone Bill.  I liked it. 

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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There will never be too many!!!  Nice work!

I have been practicing this and realized just yesterday that I can play the first part without reading the music!!  YEAH!!

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Fiddlerman
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June 14, 2014 - 3:28 pm
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I really enjoyed it. Nice sound and feel.
The one thing that bothers me is the rhythm. I realize that you already know this and mentioned it above. While I believe strongly in taking time, moving forward, back.... etc..., I encourage a basic understanding of the correct rhythm.
I would recommend you practice this piece either counting 3 in your head or using a metronome that emphasizes the first beat of a time signature.
After you get the understanding of the basic rhythm you can deviate from the strict timing and make it your own, using your own interpretation, phrasing etc.

Thanks for your post.

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but the one who needs the least."

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BillyG
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Thank you @all for comments - glad you enjoyed my attempt and its limitations, and, tyvm also @Fiddlerman  - glad you liked the "feel" - I really did try....

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...... The one thing that bothers me is the rhythm. ....

  Oh yes indeed, I see what you say Pierre - there "has to be a limit" as to what one can "feel free to do" ( especially when soloing and there's no-one to "cover" for yah LOLOLOL ) ...  very well pointed out, and thank you.    

  Because I "free-formed" it - I had almost thought about laying down a click-track first for my "slightly adapted" version - maybe I should have - and let the "head" have some control over the "heart"...  right... good point...

.....  ok - self-analyses - yes - always a good thing - Bill plays it back and pretends it wasn't me playing.....     right - how do I say this - I don't know - it can "kind of run-on" maybe - no obvious "stress" points / rhythm - I kind of know what I'm getting at... no - you couldn't really fit in a waltz to it overall....   OK...  yes... I'm  getting it... RIGHT -  I'll pay much more attention to timing / rhythm in future (slaps fiddle and says "get it right next time!")

   That was very helpful feedback Pierre, and much appreciated!  Thank you very much !  It's such a nice tune it is worth the extra effort to make it better !   Thanks again !

  Cheers, 

         Bill

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Fiddlerman
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June 14, 2014 - 11:23 pm
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Look forward to hearing it again. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Very nice, MadBill. Keep on going then you won't be mad anymore.

Love the double stop ending, harmonics.

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MadBill

As a member of the loyal opposition I have to observe that your lack of strict tempo added significantly to the emotion of the piece.  The tempo variations almost acted as  a "vocalization" for the mood.

I guess this sort of finesse is a bit advanced for younger members right now.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Fiddlerman
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June 15, 2014 - 8:23 pm
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Oliver said
MadBill

As a member of the loyal opposition I have to observe that your lack of strict tempo added significantly to the emotion of the piece.  The tempo variations almost acted as  a "vocalization" for the mood.

I guess this sort of finesse is a bit advanced for younger members right now.

ROFL Oliver.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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