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Uzi
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Hello Fiddlers,

While looking for a new viola for my grandson, who has played for about five years, I got detoured by FM's website. I just received my new FM Concert violin late last week.  I'm 64 years old, I live in Georgia, and have played electric and acoustic guitars for about 50 years -- mostly the blues --until recently.  I also make and play Native American style flutes and last year added the Irish tin whistle to the instruments I play -- at least to the point that most of the jigs, reels and hornpipes I play would have recognizable melodies, if not-quite-right rhythms, to an authentic Irish session player.

I've watched FM's videos to educate myself on proper technique (Very nicely done, by the way, and as you all know he's a very accomplished and versatile violinist). 

Like Stephan who introduced himself right before I did, I learned Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (which is the first thing I do on any new instrument with a diatonic or chromatic scale).  Then, a few of the simpler songs that FM published the sheet music for, followed by Down by the Sally Gardens which is an Irish Air that I play on the whistle. I've got a long way to go before things will be easy or sound decent -- but that's 75% of the fun right? It's not the destination that counts -- it's the journey.

Now I still have to get my grandson (9th grade) a new viola that will hopefully get him through college, yet not force me to take out a mortgage -- after that he'll have to buy his own.  Suggestions are welcome.

 

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Welcome, Uzi! Nice introduction.

I'd be interested in learning more about -- and seeing -- your Native America flutes. I hope you post some photos at some point.

I also am learning to play the tin whistle/pennywhistle. I played the recorder, fife and flute when I was a kid, so it's been fairly easy to pick up the tin whistle, but I still have a long way to go on style.

Looking forward to hearing more from you in the forum. -- Diane

 

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Fiddlerman
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January 28, 2014 - 10:46 pm
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Hey Uzi,
Thanks for your nice introduction.
We have quite a few fellow guitar players learning the violin here. We even have some that accompany themselves on videos. :-)
Real cool!!!
Glad you found your way over here. Look forward to your future posts and progress reports. :-)
If you get stuck looking for a good viola, give us a call at Fiddlershop.

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Hi, Uzi! Nice to meet You and welcome!

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Uzi
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KindaScratchy said
Welcome, Uzi! Nice introduction.

I'd be interested in learning more about -- and seeing -- your Native America flutes. I hope you post some photos at some point.

I also am learning to play the tin whistle/pennywhistle. I played the recorder, fife and flute when I was a kid, so it's been fairly easy to pick up the tin whistle, but I still have a long way to go on style.

Looking forward to hearing more from you in the forum. -- Diane

 

I'll take some better photos for you soon Diane (if you like), but this is kind of what they sound like.

 

This is just a short piece I did, so that I could get this simple melody out of my head -- don't you hate it when that happens.  It's just Native American flute and some midi keyboard stuff I recorded to go with it.

This one is from when I just got my new acoustic guitar. I haven't played an acoustic since the 1970's, so I was testing it out and recorded this:

 

This is a penny whistle tune that I recorded when I first started playing the penny whistle about 6 or 8 months ago.  I didn't know anything about Irish music then so I did an improv against a backing track to see how it sounded when recorded.

 

 

I guess I should really wait until I know how to play instruments before I start recording with them eh?

 

Uzi (Shadow Bear when recording NAF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very nice > unfortunately too nice > now I gots to get me a penny whistle.

Have any links that may point me in the right direction for more on this or guess I could just start Google up. It has such a magical sound.

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Uzi:

I guess I should really wait until I know how to play instruments before I start recording with them eh? 

Nope! I like it that way! Mesmerized by your improvisation! 

/bookmarking the page/

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Welcome to the forum, Uzi.

Would love to listen to your Down by the Sally Gardens on whistle, lovely tune.

You play both flute and tin whistle beautifully, very expressively. I really enjoy it.

Thank you for sharing with us, and again, welcome to the forum.

Robert

 

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KindaScratchy
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Wow, those recordings were great, Uzi! The flutes have a very cool sound and you play them and the penny whistle well.

The sound of the Native American flutes reminds me of an Andean group that I used to see playing on the streets of Boston.

I hope you'll incorporate your woodwinds into some of your fiddle videos here. :)

Thanks for posting them!

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@Uzi: Absolutely fantastic. I never realized what a beautiful sound a tin whistle or a flute of that kind could make.

I have checked them out on Amazon and there are several price's. Are your's in the key of D ?

I'm buying one tomorrow.

BTW: those recording's sounded very professional. Thank's for the tune's.

 

Ken.

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@Uzi: Absolutely fantastic. I never realized what a beautiful sound a tin whistle or a flute of that kind could make. I have checked them out on Amazon and there are several price's. Are your's in the key of D ? I'm buying one tomorrow. BTW: those recording's sounded very professional. Thank's for the tune's.   Ken.

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Very cool Uzi.
Thanks

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Awesome!

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