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Very nice and congrats! Anytime you meet a goal or milestone, it shows that all the hard work and dedication have paid off. It also tells us we need to have confidence in ourselves and not continue to reinforce negativity about ourselves. We are our own worst critics. Other people just love to hear the noises, and squeaks and even the occasionally right note we play . Much deserving of this stepping stone to a better you.
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@KindaScratchy WOW That is great!!
My milestones this year sound similar to yours minus the singing.
I have yet to sing solo bt will sing chorus when everyone is singing. Not only do I not know lyrics completely, but when I was in 6th grade we had to audition to be in the school choir. WHY make a child audition and then not allow them to be in the choir? WHY have I let it affect me so?
Anyway, I am going to start singing lessons!!! I have a neighbor who has been music director for her church.
Merry Christmas to all!!
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
@KindaScratchy - well done Diane ! Good stuff !
Well, you asked - milestones achieved - well I don't tend to set specific goals in concrete largely because I see them as "long term objectives" rather than "short-term-goals" - which if I fail to achieve - then it's "not an issue" and I'm not beating myself over the head about failing - and can continue to work on the so-many-other-aspects of fiddle technique. There is ALWAYS something to learn.
What I have achieved, amongst other things are - better bow control, I do the "30 second test" from time to time - bow, slow, light pressure, and draw a sustained and steady note from an open (or stopped) string in one bow stroke.... that's an exercise I like and gets me "homed in" to the "limits" of what can be done with the bow, strings and rosin I have at the time without the note being held break into scratching, squeaking or whistling.
At the other extreme, I have "hammered" the strings to within an inch of their life, super, super forte - as ffff as can be possible, with really short, sometimes lifted bow (I don't know the proper term - marcato - hmm no more like martelé I guess - no matter )
Anyway - long story short - I've achieved a pretty reasonable control of dynamic expression. What else - intonation - significantly improved over the 9 months I've been playing. Scales - in first position I am pretty much happy in any key ( what - you mean to say there are other keys to play in besides D, A and G !!! LOL )
Goals ( open, of course ) for next year - (1) get my "shifting" sorted (right now I just "wing-it" because I know where the note I want will be and kind of go for it with the most appropriate finger LMAO - so I'm not really shifting properly yet. (2) not desperately important - but try to improve my limited vibrato - it will "just happen" - I know that..... (3) tackle some much faster jigs and reels (4) improve my sight reading, and finally, (5) to put some of my own "inventions" which I play by ear into sheet form and feel justified in obtaining my "composer" badge ! LOL
I think you've started a good thread here Diane - let's see what other folks have achieved, and what they aspire to in the coming year - share it with us !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
I am so happy for your milestone! It is good to see you doing this and just succeeding at every turn! Proud of you!!!! Congratulations. "I knew her back when....." What a great way to end the year. MILESTONE INDEED!!!!!
@Schaick - We auditioned for Choir in elementary school one year but everyone made it in. Our audition was with another person and it was basically to see if we were Alto or Soprano. Stuff like that does stick with us for a long time. I have a few little failures from childhood that haunt me as well. Lucky for us we know have our violins and we are fierce!!! right.... "If I say it ... I will believe it..and I will be it.." (I hope I hope I hope)
Happy New Year everyone... and a toast to all...
"Here is a wish that we all have milestones and much success musically and personally this year... "
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Glad to hear things have gone so well. I used to be afraid to sing in front of anyone -- it was years before my own family even heard me sing. I always sang by myself in the bedroom. I had not training and was too embarrassed. And I guess I believed I didn't sound all that good. Well, it's years later, and I still have not had formal training in anything but the cornet. I love bluegrass music, and when I retired at the age of 51, I met a guy who had lots of experience under his belt, particularly in bluegrass music. He introduced me to other musicians and we played a lot, public performances, fund raisers, etc. And of course, parking lot picking was a part of it. But in my case, most of my exposure ended up being on stage with a group of sympathetic, supportive musicians. I now think nothing of performing in front of others, whether it's for one other person, or on the radio or for a television broadcast. My point is, the more you expose yourself to the jams or playing on stage, the easier it gets.
I can sing bluegrass music, because you don't have to have formal training to do it. Oh, I'll never make it on American Idol, but then that's not my goal. My goal is to have a good time, and enjoy the music and the company of others who also love music. Be careful that your singing lessons don't leave you with the impression that there is some level of competency that you have to reach. Unless you are planning on being a professional, focus on enjoying what you do. Also, as for jamming, quite often players bring their song books. Nothing wrong with that if it can be done. I even have a little light with flexible ears (like two little bug LED lights), you can get them on eBay for 5 bucks, and they clip on to your song book or stand, so you can see the words at night. Play with others whenever you can, and enjoy the music.
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