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I thought I would post a video for my Fiddlerman.com friends. It's very short, but this is the jam that I join every week on Thursdays. If you are ever vacationing in this area sometime, stop into the Town of North Elba Town Hall (which is now the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's center). We play on Thursday nights starting at 7:00.
You'll notice on the video that I'm the one taking the video, hence I'm not appearing. But everyone is using written music... I'm one of the few that can't quite read the music notes and play with without a 10-15 second delay for each note! But this is slowly getting faster and faster. So I just play "jam scales" while the song is going, and most importantly, it's really fun!
Here's the video:
(and for fun... I'll add this one too since it's "just us"... what do you think of my non-violin work on this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....LVCi7gMtHE)
That is you? Mt. Fiddler > Bob Dylan tune > SWEET!!! > Now, you a gonna put some four string to that? Good guitar playing, good singing > good tune to jam some Viddle with.
Well sometimes, beleive it or not, despite my obvious showing off skills,(video was after a hike up Mt. Baker, about a mile hike with moderate rocks in places). I need to look at some successes and it keeps me going on the violin. I want to play so much better and it's a very hard grinding job to learn the new instrument. With the guitar I just progressed slowly and always seemed to be ahead of the curve. With the violin I have to play Twinkle Twinkle slowly, ever more slowly and better, and if I play it slow enough and gentle enough I am satisfied. If I speed up or jump over to Vivaldi's Concerto in D minor and my pride and ego lead me to try to jam along with Mark O'Connor, I lose focus and soon the violin is sitting somewhere out of my sight.
Is it this way when you learn as a child? Somehow, having a heart like a child might mean being perfectly content with slow, incremental progress. Somehow the guitar skills work as a curse because I've reached a certain level.
Thanks for listening and watching!
Mt. Fiddler Mark
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