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Schaick
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May 7, 2014 - 9:19 am
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Well I took my violin last night. We were outside this time in a wonderful garden back behind the store.

I have such mixed emotions!! Very excited because I did start off a few tunes and very disappointed in myself because I was so nervous. I didn't sound very good and made many mistakes!!

My first lead was Cindy - I had to play it a bit so everyone could figure out the key. Then after I played through it twice I forgot to pass it of to anyone and it just fell apart!

Angelina Baker was my second lead and we got through to back to me and then I just really messed up!! The man leading the group said oh, too fast and then mandolin player [who I found out has played since 2000] apologized saying he had sped it up!!

My third one leading was Soldier's Joy. I got through and saw a look of pleasant surprise when I started on part B. He passed it on then to someone else but of course I could not accept it back to finish us off so it collapsed too!

My fourth suggestion was I'll Fly Away, but said I had better not lead and did not know the words. They played it anyway and I did back up and helped with the chorus which I am very happy to that the lady singing looked at me shook her head yes and smiled big!! I have to explain - in the 6th grade I was not allowed in the school choir and it has marred me for life!!

When I was doing back up I would chop on just one string for the entire song trying to find another string to play on!! LOL!! I got brave and started alternating between strings and finally did add chords here and there. I was also able to add long drawn out notes at times.

I discover a new bowing for me on the waltzes - a down bow with 2 up bows that sounded cool, but wonder should it have been 1 up bow and 2 down bows?

The leader of the group thanked me for staying until the end. The bass player said come back and by the end of the summer I will be playing Orange Blossom Special. The guitar player next to me at one point towards the end put away his guitar and started whispering the chords to me, but of course I did not have the chords memorized as well as I thought. He said we were all beginners at one time!

Lessons learned for now -
1. figure out the keys of songs I am going to lead
2. learn the chords of my songs
3. understand the mandolin chords so I can copy them until I have remembered and understood chord progression
4. instead of playing though Brian Wicklund's 2 book with each practice, work on just 8-10 songs to really memorize them
5. go early and stand in a corner and play through my tunes

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.

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DeeLight41
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May 7, 2014 - 11:00 am
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Schaick said

The leader of the group thanked me for staying until the end. The bass player said come back and by the end of the summer I will be playing Orange Blossom Special. The guitar player next to me at one point towards the end put away his guitar and started whispering the chords to me, but of course I did not have the chords memorized as well as I thought. He said we were all beginners at one time!

Lessons learned for now -
1. figure out the keys of songs I am going to lead
2. learn the chords of my songs
3. understand the mandolin chords so I can copy them until I have remembered and understood chord progression
4. instead of playing though Brian Wicklund's 2 book with each practice, work on just 8-10 songs to really memorize them
5. go early and stand in a corner and play through my tunes

Although you were nervous and may have made a few mistakes, they asked you back and that is the VICTORY. clapthumbs-updancing
Keep on Keeping on.

Patience is necessary to learn the violin: But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.-James 1:4
When I get discouraged: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.-Philippians 4:13

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May 7, 2014 - 2:57 pm
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Oh good job! You are very brave. I would love to go to one of our local jams and have even told myself to just go and watch, but haven't been able to get up the nerve yet.

 

Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.

 

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Hman
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I am more than jealous. I cannot find anyone to jam with around here. Where I live everyone thinks they are amazing musicians and everyone plays at bars on the beach. Trying to find a fun jam session who will take a fiddler is pretty much impossible. :(

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May 7, 2014 - 7:59 pm
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Way cool. Keep it up and some day we'll pay to come see you.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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KindaScratchy
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May 7, 2014 - 9:30 pm
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Way to go @Schaick! Good for you, being so brave. Sounds like you did great. Nerves are the enemy but I'm sure it will get easier every time. I'm very jealous, too. I'd love to go to a jam, even to listen in, but there aren't any in my area that I'm aware of.

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May 7, 2014 - 9:37 pm
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wow thats wonderful! how exciting that must have been even if you did make mistakes you got out there and did it! and you were asked back :D so don't be to hard on yourself. we are our own worst enemy, especially when we think we do bad in front of people. But by being asked back, they see a. huge potential, or B. loved it regardless of the mistakes so its a Win/Win!!! how fun!!! i'm jealous!

Lead me, Follow me, or get out of my way!

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May 7, 2014 - 10:08 pm
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@rockinglr33, @KindaScratchy, @Uzi, @Hman, @1stimestar, @DeeLight41 You guys are all awesome!! Thank you for your very positive thoughts!!

I found my jam here:
http://www.simplybluegrass.com/jams

Maybe some of you can find a jam too.

Thanks again!!

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.

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May 8, 2014 - 1:55 pm
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Congratulations Schaick,
The first one is the toughest and the next toughest step is to force yourself to do it again. After that it's more down hill. :-)
Pat yourself on the back for courage and for the success that you did have. Use the mistakes as a learning experience to improve on.

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but the one who needs the least."

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