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STREETJELLY Fiddlefest III
Streetjelly performers ROCKED!
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WOW, what a day at SJ. It was totally awesome... Billy G opened the show and I closed it. Billy filled in with his guitar when sets didn't get filled just to keep the momentum flowing... outstanding job Mr BillyG dancing

So many performers turned out to play and I think it was a total success. Pierre was there (not playing though) as was many of the members from here. Diane and Toni put on killer shows, Ripton was awesome and showed us what practice can give us. Moonlitnight and Feathers were awesome with the bluegrass as always!

 Georgianne didn't show at the final slot probably due to the Alaskan Sled Dog race getting her sidetracked at the last minute and apparently Barry is digging himself out of a snowbank, (figuratively) as he was having some communication problems early on in the day and we never heard anything from him either on SJ, or FB. Hope he's ok. dunno

A big shout out to all the supporters and to Barry for getting this rollin', with help from Pierre and BillyG. Thank you guys... hats_off

Can't wait until the next jam... I heard rumors that maybe a "Ladys' Day Fiddlefest" get-together on the 15th of March... maybe we'll hear more about that in this thread...  cheerleader

 

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Lady's day? Does that mean only the ladies play, or do we need to come up with romance songs?

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Good question, either way... it's a win-win  doublekiss

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I tried to watch some of the performances, but my iphone wouldn't play the video. cry Congrats to everyone who participated.

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It was great. I did not play but I did watch a few. Thank you everyone who made this possible!

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I agree, this was so much fun! Everyone did FANTASTIC!! It was wonderful to put faces to names and hear different songs, even different variations on songs. We also had a great social time going on during each performance in the chat area. 

I hope more opt to join in Fiddlefest IV rumored to occur on March 15th for St Paddys Day! I did request an earlier start time, hopefully more people will be able to take part :)  

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i'm bummed i didn't get to participate this time. but i shall keep a lookout for the next fiddle fest! I had to many complications with moving, school, and family stuff. I'm happy to hear it was a success though!! :D  

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Yep - it was a blast - it really is (largely) just like playing to your friends and family, it really is....  and thanks of course to all the participants - you all ROCK !  Just a shame Barry's internet was down and Georganne was still feeding huskies ( ! )

Bring on the next one !

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That was so very cool!!  I wasn't able to view the whole show but I really enjoyed what I was able to see.

Did anyone else see the mention by Fiddlerman - maybe a St Patrick's Day Show?

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It ROCKed!!!

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sorry guys, my internet was down, but from what Ive heard, ya'll did great. myself, Id be opposed to a ladies only show,(and a mens only show) we dont want to segregate our fiddlers, I started fiddlefest to bring us together. The St paddys day sounds like a plan  :)   we are also talking about an alien day, everyone, not just fiddlers..as Merv thought I may had been abducted  ;)

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I think the 15th was for a Paddy's day  show.

bravo Den for posting here!!!! It was a five hour show and you performed at the end!! Good job.

Barry we missed you so much.  It was a great show but I personally felt something was missing.  You!   Can't wait for your next show!

I have a question for all ... Performers etc.

Any tips for when you go into a performance with an off day.   Playing-wise.  I had my songs working well for me three days before... Thursday a long practice but it was not so great.   Then Friday a run through of the songs.  Show day... Songs had glitches... I went in knowing there were some glitches...  I played through everything.. Just wondering if there are tips or suggestions.. Or this is just part of the whole thing.

I developed nerves watching three hours of the show....I found before each song I had to pause .. Breath and hear inside my head the first bits of the song.  My hands shake the whole time.

I had a great time.. I don't know if I can have anything ready for the March 15th.

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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when you play, its just you and the violin Toni, put everything else away, forget about the audience and do what you love

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@coolpinkone  I think it might just be the way things are.  You were great!!

What you are describing sounds like the same type of nerves I get at jam.  I play all my songs great at home!!  No mistakes- believe it or not!!

I get to jam and half way through some of the songs my mind goes blank!! Absolutely blank!!  I don't even know my name!!

The couple of lessons with Jam Teach helped my confidence grow.  People at the shop where we jam started complimenting me.  Confidence has grown a bit.  I understand it will take time.  I will not be defeated by myself!!

I started to notice I am not the only one who has difficulties everyone else does too!! Maybe not as much as me but for goodness sakes they have been playing for 15-20 years!!!

I forgot a song last week and one of the old guys who kept talking about how old he was, really old songs and asked my how old some of the songs were that I was playing said - "Don't worry you will get it."  Before I knew it out of my mouth came with a bit of disgust of myself came- "Hopefully before you die."

Well the place went into hysterics!!  In my mind I was thinking - well even though he is old he has a lot of live left in him.  BUT no one was able to read my mind!!

Any way after we laughed hysterically I played Ashokan Farewell was able to pass it off, accept it back AND finish it including the high D!!

So I have just decided to use comedy to help me get over my nerves!!  

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coolpinkone said
I have a question for all ... Performers etc.

Any tips for when you go into a performance with an off day.   Playing-wise.  I had my songs working well for me three days before... Thursday a long practice but it was not so great.   Then Friday a run through of the songs.  Show day... Songs had glitches... I went in knowing there were some glitches...  I played through everything.. Just wondering if there are tips or suggestions.. Or this is just part of the whole thing.

I developed nerves watching three hours of the show....I found before each song I had to pause .. Breath and hear inside my head the first bits of the song.  My hands shake the whole time.

I had a great time.. I don't know if I can have anything ready for the March 15th.

This is all normal. Toni it'd probably be beneficial for you to participate in the next show with the same material if only for the performance experience. The more you do it the faster you'll get comfortable doing so - I find the nerves will never go away (I am notorious for my nerves - butterflies in the tummy, sweaty palms, shaky hands), but you'll "settle in" faster and start enjoying the experience more. 

I try to focus on the music and my playing, and I try to start off with songs I know best as that's when my nerves are typically worse. Don't get ahead of yourself, don't wonder about the audience, just enjoy your music. Anytime I had "off" moments (and there were off moments) I was too in my head, or thinking of something else. I try to remember that your typical audience has NO idea you've made a mistake most of the time, and those that do really don't care. 

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@coolpinkone:

I hooked up with Bill G and Barry the Monday before for a practice session (on SJ). Pretty much did my same set. I felt more nervous as my instructor was live online with us.

I forgot who mentioned it, but did you not notice my "Bow Vibrato" through out most of my set? I also seemed to either get tired or the cold in my workshop loosened the bow hairs as I couldn't stop hitting all those double stops towards the end of my set. If playing music is anything like boxing, then we are never really at 100% when we enter the "ring"...

I really don't  know to honestly answer your question. Just my observations and 2 cents worth...

You did great (unless you've been playing as long as Pierre, then MAYBE... just maybe....)

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Great show, everyone! It was a blast, as usual! So nice to see and hear everyone play. As I've said before, the only thing better would be to be able to jam together in person.

@coolpinkone Toni: In my limited experience, my best advice is to just keep going. My playing definitely wasn't my best last night. I hadn't played fiddle much in the past few weeks because I've been devoting more time to bluegrass mandolin. And, I was distracted by the peg slippage problem I've been having this winter.

But, I had committed to doing a show and, as they say, the show must go on. I think I had some good moments and I know I had some bad moments. I tried to just play through the bad ones and hope that folks didn't notice too much.

If you were having a bad night, I, for one, certainly didn't notice. I thought you played great! I was impressed at how much progress you've made. Just keep doing what you're doing. I think you did an excellent job just playing through your nervousness.

Way to go Toni and everyone who played!

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You should all be SUPER proud. I was!!!

Thanks for all the great performances. Sorry for the ones I missed.

Let's shoot for March 15th. What's next? Barry, you have been great at doing the prep, social media, helping with scheduling and all and it would be great if you did it for FiddleFest IV.  Let me know if you aren't up to it and I'll do the best I can or ask for volunteers.

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So sorry I missed it.  I thought I was going to be able to get back in time, and I was.  I got back on Friday, but I forgot about the Finish Banquet on Sat. night.  No way could I miss that!  So, hopefully I can be in the next one and am excited to see one already being planned. 

 

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Fiddlerman said
You should all be SUPER proud. I was!!!

Thanks for all the great performances. Sorry for the ones I missed.

Let's shoot for March 15th. What's next? Barry, you have been great at doing the prep, social media, helping with scheduling and all and it would be great if you did it for FiddleFest IV.  Let me know if you aren't up to it and I'll do the best I can or ask for volunteers.

March 15th would be fine with me, We are working on a St Paddys day theme for street jelly (17th) and also an alien day (That idea got started when I missed fiddlefest and Merv suspected I'd been abducted ,date to be decided), dress up like aliens or play spacey music. I'll promote it in my groups if you want to make a banner.

I hope you guys get in on these other events as well. Streetjelly is a great community and we should support all the events and not just our own. Lots of streetjelly artists support our fiddlers, I encourage everyone to take some time and catch their shows as well.

Image & family put on a great show, Clifton will blow your mind on guitar, Summer & Lana are wonderful singers.

Hope to see more of you there outside of just fiddle events   :)

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