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Memorizing music
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Mimi Aysha
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So Lorna and I happened on a fiddle camp and jam over the weekend (the violin store we had visited called and gave us all the info, sweet!) - and it was an absolute blast!

But....we were not allowed music, and they ran through each song real quick note by note, then everyone played, sounded awesome...but after the 2nd song I had forgotten the first one! - Luckily a couple of 8 year olds and one of the guitarists buddied up with me, and in-between fits of giggles they helped me fumble through.

I learnt to chunk, not sure if thats right word, snapped a couple of hairs off my bow, which made me look real pro!...NOT!

As an adult, I felt kinda lame not knowing how to pick up on what they were playing, and join in, but I can't seem to remember the notes to songs so quickly, and I'm not sure I could tell the songs apart, I was so lost without sheet music. 

Maybe its just a fiddle thing, maybe just start with no sheet music then I wouldn't rely on it....but then do you play by ear first? I'm not sure, but I want to be ready for the big camp in summer...

PS. Wore my new fidderman hat and quite a few peeps commented on the awesome vids and website!

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I would be in the same boat as you.

I have seen several over the years on the forum keep going to these functions and start getting the hang of it.

Good Job and keep trying.  I am sure you'll be there soon. 

Toni

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What my teacher tells me is to memorize what I can and not bring sheet music (not that I've really truly sat in on a jam like this, I have attempted, haha, and my goal is going to one in July, so I'm working on learning a bunch of tunes to be ready). 

Maybe they could give you the name of a few tunes they play the most, and you could work on memorizing them?

However, chopping along is good, you get to be the rhythm section (that's what I did my one and only time sitting in with a group). 

My teacher also said watching peoples fingers to see what notes they are playing, and just attempting to play it softly is ok, and also just trying to play a note here and there is ok, too. I saw fiddlers hold theirs guitar style to sit and work out the tune, and once they had something close enough they'd start bowing again.

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thanks girls, I did look up some songs they played, tennessee waltz, and such, they have some online vids, so I might try and go off those, so since I wont have the music I will have to remember it! - They said that most of the music was passed down through generations which I thought was really cool, so some of the sheet music doesn't exist and then they put their twist on it.

@ damfino Hey I hope you have a fun time at your camp too !

PS - Chopping not chunkin - oh boy....thanks for heads up!

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Probably each area calls it something different, so it's possible they were calling it chunking 🙂 

And thanks, I'm looking forward to it. It's a nice little informal thing at a living history museum, I've gone for years... before I ever even thought I'd ever play an instrument, just to hear everyone else. This is the link to the event: https://www.wrhs.org/events/music-in-the-valley-folk-wine-festival-2-copy/

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That looks great, and a lot of fun, hope the weather is nice for you! We are getting some nice weather now and I am tempted to go play a couple tunes to hear what it sounds like out in my back garden...

@ coolpinkone

...and cool pink, thanks for doing that competition thing, I"ll proudly wear my hat at all the events I can get to, and hide it when I hit the wrong notes!

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