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gordon_sc
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Thanks for posting this Mr Barry. 

I am new to playing anything, so I am not up to speed yet.

I once asked a band member about learning how to play the fiddle, and was asked  "how old are you"?   I told him I was over 70 and he told me, I would not live long enough.

Some of the older folks (in WV) told me, don't pay any attention to anybody, if you want to play then have at it.  They played old time stuff.  Here is a link to one, although it was not him that told me to have at it, he is part of those. I do not know how to post those things but I think the link will work.

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I am here now and have met some of you folks and with the lessons I have started and Mr. Pierre's help, I might make it. 

Because of past surgeries in the upper shoulder and shoulder joint I hesitated, but am going for it anyway.  Now back to my studies.

Thank you for the post, I really liked it.

gordon

It ain't gonna learn to play itself.

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Fiddlerman
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November 23, 2011 - 10:13 pm
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Thanks for the links guys.

Niall has nice curved and flexible fingers with the pinky on top. Also he doesn't play on the lower half or close to the frog of the bow here so this suits him fine.

I also like the way he keeps his left hand fingers close to the strings not lifting them too high unnecessarily.

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gordon_sc said:

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I once asked a band member about learning how to play the fiddle, and was asked  "how old are you"?   I told him I was over 70 and he told me, I would not live long enough...

I was told that i can't learn violin when i was 14, then 17, then 25. Everybody said that. Now i'm almost 30 and i learn to play violin! Don't ever care when people say "You can't"  - because YOU CAN!birthday_balloon

 

Good videos, guys, Thank you!!

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Gordon sc, yeah my goal is to play ha Tikvah (The Hope, Israels National Anthem) and the Streets of Gold, in our Synagogue.  That would the be the culmination of my journey.   I figure any thing else is just gravy.  I know I will never be a Pearlman, Stern or a Heifitz, but I will be what I can be, and I enjoy playing scales now, and Mary Had a Little Lamb, and well, just bowing.  It gives me pleasure and reminds me of my dad playing for hours on end at night and entertaining the whole house.  We didn't need to watch TV or listen to the radio, just my old Dad playing his violin.  What sweet memories. 

So when they say you are too old to learn, horse feathers, As soon as you begin to bow, your learning, and proving them all wrong.

Keep on keeping on, Gordon, we are learning and nobody can keep us from doing so! 

 

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gordon_sc
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Hi all, It appears that I hijacked Barry's thread. I will try not to do that any more.

On playing, I am trying and had one lesson to date and have tried to follow FiddlerMans lessons, I am past the notes on the G string.  I can get a nice long and short notes with long and short strokes, and am fingering the G scale.

I think I am doing ok, when leaving my first lesson, my teacher gave me his version of finger positions (tabluture?) for The Tennesse Waltz, but I am not getting it correctly.

I think I have Intonation problems and have been looking at FM's lessons for that.  Also my lack of knowing the songs may be a hinderance. 

Mr Barry, no I have not learned Angelina Baker, I looked at FM's lessons and did not see it, I think that would be a good one to learn.

My practice is when my wife is busy or out,  and I have a large rubber mute on my violin.

After 10 or 15 minutes of practice the violin starts walking about on my shoulder and leaning my head over to the left side results in pain on the right side of the neck, old surgery there.  I have tried getting it lower and it is much better but still walks.

FiddlerMan on one of his videos has a pad on the bottom of the violin but I do not remember where it is, so I hope I will find it in the next couple of days.

Thanks to all for the encouragement, I appreciate that.

Also where should I place my progress or lack of same, this hijacking Mr Barry's thread is not the best place.

 

Thanks gordon

It ain't gonna learn to play itself.

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Thank you Barry, I like that, tomorrow I will make a thread over in the learning to play section, not sure what I will call it.

I found the video from FiddlerMan about shoulder rests, it was in the first lesson, now how could I forget that.

I have eased into his lean to play G scale fast and I like that, it is nice.  I did not use the metronome thing yet.

I found out about your background thing, I will have to take a closer look at that.

On a lesson on Angelina Baker, that is a wonderful offer but I hope you realize that I am not that far along yet.

I am going to close now, the wife has a shopping expedition planned for tomorrow, early.

again thanks to all, gordon

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Fiddlerman
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November 25, 2011 - 7:30 am
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gordon_sc said:

......I am going to close now, the wife has a shopping expedition planned for tomorrow, early.

again thanks to all, gordon

Hope you guys get all the great deals. thumbs-up

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but the one who needs the least."

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gordon_sc said:

Thanks for posting this Mr Barry. 

I am new to playing anything, so I am not up to speed yet.

I once asked a band member about learning how to play the fiddle, and was asked  "how old are you"?   I told him I was over 70 and he told me, I would not live long enough.

Some of the older folks (in WV) told me, don't pay any attention to anybody, if you want to play then have at it.  They played old time stuff.  Here is a link to one, although it was not him that told me to have at it, he is part of those. I do not know how to post those things but I think the link will work.

feature=related

I am here now and have met some of you folks and with the lessons I have started and Mr. Pierre's help, I might make it. 

Because of past surgeries in the upper shoulder and shoulder joint I hesitated, but am going for it anyway.  Now back to my studies.

Thank you for the post, I really liked it.

gordon

I love this! I learn fiddle tunes best by ear, but being able to read opens up those tunes you don't get to hear. Happy fiddling!  

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Gordon, you're never too old to learn!  Like others have said, it's a journey.  The way I looked at it when I started (at 40) was that every little thing I learned was more than I knew before!  Now 14 years later, I'm still no soloist but I have fun playing with other people and haven't regretted it for a second. 

 

I was lucky enough to know the great Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham and he once told me it's what's in your heart that makes the music.   Keep at it! violin-student

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