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FiJaPAW
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I've almost collected everything I need for my bike tour. There are so many generous people out there. Strangers donated most of the items you see on the bike! My violin is going to go on my doggy's trailer. I'm really nervous about street performing, aka busking. I don't have a huge arsenal of repertoire to just pull from my brain and start playing for people impromptu. Hopefully, I won't get too many requests. Lol  I am thinking about getting a real book with a whole bunch of jazz tunes and using that to street perform out of. My route is mostly rural, so I'll be practicing my violin in the wilderness. Hopefully, the violin acts as a deterrent for wildlife and not an attraction. I can see it now. I am practicing the Bach Sonata in G minor. I slowly turn my head and see deer, birds, rabbits and a bear staring at me while I play. I don't take requests from bears. GROWL!!!! Ok, ok.Calm down. What would you like to hear? :-)

 

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April 2, 2013 - 10:24 pm
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FiJaBAM said
......I am thinking about getting a real book with a whole bunch of jazz tunes and using that to street perform out of.

They are very heavy. exactly

Hopefully, the violin acts as a deterrent for wildlife and not an attraction.......

LOL, that is funny. Hope it works for you.

I am really looking forward to following your journey.

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LOL Pierre.

Jasmine, it's great that you want to play jazz, but please don't leave out the classical.  You do it such justice!!!

Happy dreaming regarding your trip.  I too am looking forward to it.

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Thanks! Yeah, they are heavy! Oh well, I might be just playing a lot by ear. 

 

Oh, don't worry. I won't leave out the classical. When I stop in New Jersey, a pianist and I are attempting to play Elgar Salut D'Amour and CHarlie Chaplin Smile. We'll record it if we get it to a listenable level. :-)

 

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April 3, 2013 - 9:27 am
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How about a tablet? If you have a tablet with you anyway, for posting, blogging and stuff.... You need to recharge it of course. Maybe you can get a generator that attaches to a bike or the cart to recharge your phone and tablet.
There are great programs for using virtual sheet music for performing. Probably can find a good digital fake book.

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FiJaPAW
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Oh yeah, that's true. I have an IPAD. I'll have to look into digital sheet music.

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THE MOTHER LODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have a Kindle Fire  and usee Mobile Sheets. There I download music in pdf format. They sell light weight solar panels that rool up to charge phones and tablets.

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Fantastic idea Kevin. I checked them out on Amazon. They have all kinds from $25 and up. Read the reviews though.

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 This is so very very very exciting..pinch yourself..IT IS REALLY happening...so excited to get to  hear all about it.

Congrats to those to follow a dream!

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Hey Everyone, As you can imagine, It's been super busy the past few weeks. Fiji, my dog, had to have surgery and therefore her training was delayed. We started training a couple of weeks ago and she just won't get in her trailer. Flash forward, she's finally doing better and we are ready to hit the road. I have not practiced violin in a month! I broke a string and all my money's been going toward the trip that I forgot about my string fund. Lol So, I hope to pick up some extras from friends when I get to NYC. I'll be meeting with fiddler David Wallace. are there any questions I should ask him? Let me know!

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image-1.jpgImage EnlargerHere's the whole set up, minus the violin. 

 

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As, Jackie Gleason used to say, "How sweet it is".

I hope you haven't forgotten a tire repair kit. 

Good luck to you girl.

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GOOD LUCK! !! Jasmine and Fija

Looking forward to hearing about how your adventure progresses.
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Hi Fiddlerman Community,

Fiji, my dog, and I have been on the road for about 15 days. We've had so many great experiences thus far! Unfortunately, I did not take my violin because I couldn't think of affordable ways to protect it from the elements, such as heat and rain. However, I've had the opportunity to play a multitude of violins Dover the last few days by stopping at different violin makers' homes and shops. In addition, my host family for the past two nights had a violin collecting dust in their music room. I was able to practice it!

 

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=574349615929835

 

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If you can't see the videos, let me know. This violin is an I. Gregory made in Whitley City, Kentucky in 1984. It is violin #107. :)

Hopefully, I can turn this discovery of violins into a vlog series, but it's been very hard finding time, places and the software to edit my videos. 

 

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That's awesome! Thanks for the update!amuse

PS Especially loved your "A-Ha-ha" part on Mozart concerto! thumbs-up

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Wow... Thanks for the update!!!! Not sure i could have left the violin behind... So glad you have had plenty... Do you ever feel the urge to just stop riding and "need" to play a song?

Good luck.. Happy travels!

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May 29, 2013 - 7:05 am
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Thanks for the update. Would love to hear more about the trip itself. How is the biking coming along? How is your dog, Fiji doing with the trip? How many hours a day have you been biking? Weather on your trip so far? What's your next destination and path? Maybe you can meet up with one of our members here on the way.

I moved your posts here to make it easier for everyone to keep up with your entire trip. Thanks for the update.

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@Fiddlerman biker  Yahoo I love this..... and I know our biker violinist and violist and such will love it.. ...so dang cute.

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