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AMAZING GRACE.
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gr2boston
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January 25, 2013 - 8:15 pm
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Hi!
I am looking for some help in finding good videos on how to play "Amazing Grace". I would especially like to focus on the finger placement, since I am learning by sound only and no sheet music. Any help would be nice.

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a very nice song that can be played many many ways. try these out : Study them all, if you are playing by ear, you can make slight changes in temp, bowing and sliding your fingers in a roll or trill like motion

 (the first one is our own Fiddlerman. He looks like he's asleep. Ok, he is asleep. I think it's actually KindaScratchy playing and dubbed it in"  ;)

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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Also gr2boston, if you do have a hard time reading music, you could try tablature. It is music written to show what finger goes on which string. It is very easy to follow after about 5 minutes of looking at it. It allows you to play nice pieces without having to read music.

 

here's a link for allot of fiddler "tab" if you are interested. You must promise to give a audio/video of your play. Good luck and keep asking questions. someone here will have an answer.

 

http://www.jaybuckey.com/free_.....lature.htm

 

I use tab when I can when I first start playing a piece to get the feel for it. Sometimes I surprise myself how well i can play a tab song and be completely overwhelmed by the sheet music equivalent of a piece.

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Hi x Tyberius x,
I thank you very much for the information and am eager to get started trying some of the ideas that you shared. It may take some time , but I will give you an update of my progress.
Thanks again for taking your time to help a novice.
Gr2boston

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KindaScratchy
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January 27, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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x_Tyberius_x said

 (the first one is our own Fiddlerman. He looks like he's asleep. Ok, he is asleep. I think it's actually KindaScratchy playing and dubbed it in"  ;)

Don't believe him, gr2boston. Really. However, last night at the SoCal Jam, I got a private lesson from Fiddlerman on Amazing Grace, so you all just wait until my next video rendition of it! It will be identical to FM. (Yeah, right.)
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BTW, welcome to the forum! Being from Massachusetts, I'm curious about the Boston reference in your user name. I'm guessing gr stands for Grand Rapids.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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gr2boston
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January 29, 2013 - 6:48 pm
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Gr does stand for Grand Rapids, and Boston stands for the wholly grail for long distance runners, which is my other hobby. I ran in the Boston marathon in 09 and would love to run in it again some day.

On the violin side, I am looking forward to seeing your rendition of Amazing Grace. This is the first piece that I am learning to play.

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So the third video here, when he does the detailed notes/fingers.  The beginning of the song he goes D, B  and then A      he opts to use 4th finger on D string.

 

So me being a beginner, I have been playing this and lifting my finger from the B string to get the A, instead of switching strings.  Is there really a right or wrong way to do this?

 

Thanks

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Fiddlerman
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February 24, 2013 - 11:04 pm
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Using the forth finger is a way to match the sound of the other fingered notes. There is almost always a better way to do something but it is dependent on string crossings, speed, phrasing (musical expression) and the proceeding notes. Sometimes using the open string will allow you to cross only one string instead of two in which case you would most likely choose the open string. Sometimes using the 4th finger will allow you to cross only one string instead of two which would advocate the use of the 4th finger.

If ever in doubt feel free to post an example and we can help. smile

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