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It's Spring! What are You Working On?
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Working on The Prayer, Lori my piano player and I played it for the first time In service last week, polishing The Lovers' Waltz and Hallelujah with her to play. Also working on You Raise me up to present it to her and see if she game to açcompany the me. And a thank you to Perrie who graciously  let me use his fingering from the version he posted.

 

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Fiddlerman
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April 11, 2017 - 11:05 am
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Nice stuff you guys are working on.
The Seasons are always a favorite. Winter was the first one I ever performed. I played the solo with my high school orchestra at Florida AllState competitions, so that one runs deep in my soul. 😉

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working on alot of beginner tunes, until i can play them correctly there is no need to go any further...... i guess my real answer is nothing but technique and watching how the techniques are supposed to look and sound.

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Working on a number of things right now, in various stages of playability: the Tschaikowsky Violin concerto in D, Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, the Bach Chaconne from the 2nd Partita, Dvorak's Romance for Violin and Orchestra, the Dance Macabre and also the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso both by Saint-Saens. Plus to play with my wife who plays piano: Pacabel's Canon in D, an arrangement of the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, in this case for piano and violin, and the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria

But I must say, that recently watching Tina S's guitar version of the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata got me interested in pulling out my electric violin and figuring out how to do something similar. 

I play a lot in the winter, but almost not at all in the summer as I have a traveling outdoor job then. But I always miss playing very much! It's in my soul!

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Wow, it's nice to see such diversity & dedication here in one place. This is a fantastic resource for options to consider & choose from down the road once I get past making mostly scratching noises, lol.

For now I'm still working on designing/fine tuning a comfortable practice session that's a good balance of not too much 'work only' things but also has some fun stuff like actual tunes as well that I know I can stick to without being overwhelmed. Using the Fiddlerman's lesson videos here (& a few on other sites) I'm working on basics like my timing, proper bowing technique, clean string switching, etc & apply it all to my Grade 1 scales, arpeggios & such. Reading music has always come hard for me but I'm trying to work on that as well. Although I enjoy the 'boring' stuff like these I've also made sure to incorporate practicing some actual tunes so it's not just all work but some play in there to. For my first melodies I'm practicing "Over the Rainbow", the theme to "The Godfather", "Sunrise Sunset" (from Fiddler on the Roof) & the theme to a video game called "Journey". It's a beautiful string piece I've really liked ever since I played the game last year. I make sure I get my basics done first each day, then I practice one of the tunes mentioned throughout the rest of the day depending on what I feel like at the time.

So yeah, I have my work cut out for me but one of my goals is to try to be proficient enough by the fall to try & make a small effort to contribute to one of the projects you guys have going on here sometimes. That's down the road I know but I'm looking forward to it.

Good luck to everyone! 🙂

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~Albert Einstein~

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@Crazymotive Both tunes sound lovely.  Hope to hear you play them sometime.  I need to get familiar with them. I have "baby" versions of both and I really should give them a shot.  I will add these to my list.   My big mistake was buying an ebook of the "easy" classical. I need full size sheet to play with.  I do have the extra large Ipad now and that helps.  I so need to get my act together and do one of the main things in life that makes me truly happy. Which is violin.

@Helvetika I am sorry your year started out like that.  I can tell you mines been rough too.  Just today when playing a bit, I thought to myself..."get back to lessons." And there was a voice in my head to tell my teacher... you are going to have to start fresh on me... I've been cheating and playing fiddle tunes for a few years.  Hahhah.

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Technique is important for making quick progress. Nice that so many of you are working on that.

 

Not bad for first pieces Gjinja 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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Thanks! I've found some relatively easy version sheet music for some, the others I'm picking out by ear & thinking they're a good balance of fun but still 'beginner challenging' as well. It's slow going to be sure but that's on purpose. I'm taking my time & as mentioned I'm concentrating on getting things/basics right the first time. So I'll look for 'perfection' later, I'm having fun lol. 🙂

 

Thanks for your videos Pierre, they are a tremendous help!

"I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin."

~Albert Einstein~

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