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Ferret
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I'm almost at 12 months of learning now and feel like I've come to the proverbial 'fork in the road'.

What from here? I can play half a dozen tunes fairly well and have been playing with two or three others.

Should I continue learning new songs and work on technique and skills as I go. Or, should I stop and use the tunes I know to develop technique and skills and learn to play then really well?

Help confused

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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yes!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Yes, technique, you need to learn vibrato, more flexible bowing(slurs, staccatos. Etc.), etc.

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When I get 12 months in Ferret > I will be looking to improve on my technique in hopes of being able to express myself through improvisation via my instrument. Right now I SUCK!! you probably know what that was like 11 months ago> Yeah> 12 months in> SWEET > you are in the process of shedding. I am looking forward to that.

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John, didn't we talk about getting burned out on the same old "stuff". I think you should work on new pieces, but simple ones while you start into more of the mechanics and techniques. There's no sense in just staying on the dozen you know without broadening your musical portfolio. By all means, keep up on the tried and true tunes, but build on them as you build your skills.

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Fiddlerman
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March 3, 2013 - 9:57 am
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Like Tyberius said,

Never stop learning new tunes as you also improve your technique while doing so.
Keep your favorite or most challenging pieces in shape for perfecting and for playing for audiences.....
Combine your practice sessions with a little of both and start your practice session with technique and scales while you are the most concentrated. You need not do too much of that but just enough to be improving along the road.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Yep! Agreed with all above! Technique and new songs. =)

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I play with double stops in an extremely simplistic sort of way. I walk up the strings from open G to 4th finger B on the E string. As i cross from 1 sting to the next, I play the 2 strings together for 5 notes (including 4th finger) then move to the next string on my way up.

 

In other words, I play open G , then GD, then D, then DA, then A, then AE, then E and back down again. It often sounds like I'm de-hairing a cat, but its getting better. I am working on a very simplistic song that is great to improvise the stops in. It's the ever popular Old Joe Clark. I find it fun to improvise that song. Its got a snappy tune that works at any tempo. Best thing about that song, if you miss a stop or over correct and "tag" another string, it don't matter. it still sounds (reasonably) good. LOL

 

cheers

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Thanks guys for all the input. Good advise I think thumbs-up

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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