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tinari
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April 3, 2012 - 5:16 pm
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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but in Scarborough Fair, first line, last measure, the open A has a symbol above it, like a dot with a half moon over it.  What does that mean?  I looked through my violin books and I don't see one like it.....

 

Thanks.

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Kevin M.
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April 3, 2012 - 5:31 pm
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Sorry I forgot what it was called. Try searching the posts, I know I also asked about it once but I don't want to give you a wrong answer.

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TerryT
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A fermata, an indefinitely held note or until when told to stop, or when you fall off the end of your bow cool(I think)

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Kevin M.
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KindaScratchy
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April 3, 2012 - 8:27 pm
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My teacher(s) called it a bird's eye when I was first learning to read music.

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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tinari
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April 3, 2012 - 9:06 pm
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Thank you!!

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Fiddlerman
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April 3, 2012 - 11:32 pm
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Yes guys. A fermata is right.

In this case, very free and completely up to you how long of if you want to at all. Just end the phrase breathe and go on.

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