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Being practical is not easy for a budding musician
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Annon
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December 17, 2012 - 9:09 pm
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I'm given to excesses when I find new things to do.  I totally immerse myself into my work or hobbies.  Music has not disproved this self analysis.  I have bought and played in earnest more instruments in the past year than in all my life beforehand. It's only been 8 months since I bought the fiddle, but I still get excited even when I just contemplate another practice session.

I've come to the conclusion recently, though, that it's quite improbable I will ever play in an orchestra, so I want to create a learning path that will net the most experience in the least time within the music genres I find myself most drawn to.  I'm not getting any younger, and at 55 the end is closer than the beginning.

Due to my personal tastes in music, it is not likely that I will spend lots of time playing hip-hop, gangster rap, rock and roll, disco, Jazz, deep classical, comedy, urban dance, electronic, pop, latino, new age, or reggae. 

I am more inclined to play children's songs, easy listening, folk, holiday, gospel, bluegrass, marches, waltz, polka, camp fire, american historical ballads, and perhaps the odd movie score, Irish dirge, or other ethnic or regional song. 

I used to read only books that were recommended to me until I developed a taste for what I liked and disliked, so if you have any idea what I'm talking about, please suggest any actual songs, learning tools, scores, books, videos, etc, that fall under the list of genres I am inclined to play;  I would prefer that you not just list websites, library of congress stock numbers, or send an application to participate in your aunt May's summer camp for aging folk musicians, but include sheet music and sound files if you can find them.  I would appreciate your personal experience and recommendations.

Of course fiddle, flute, soprano recorder, harmonica, banjo, and C Fife will be my instruments of choice, so if the music lends itself to these tone generators, so much the better. 

concertina-4198

 

thanks

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Well, it sounds to me like you have matters pretty well in hand.  I've only been playing violin for about as long as you have, so I don't have any revolutionary or profound recommendations.

But as far as the bit about playing in an orchestra, I wouldn't say it would be impossible at some level, if that is what you really want.  I like listening to classical music, but haven't ever felt particularly drawn to the idea of playing in an orchestra or symphony.  I have respect for those who do, but I also have respect for the folks who gig in bar bands or do a little recording or can just entertain themselves and others sometimes. 

Violin is a versatile instrument, capable of adding it's flavour to many types of music.  If everyone who started learning it was only a "success" if they ended up playing in an orchestra, then the odds of "failing" would be almost a sure thing.  LOL

So far as being 55, well, I'm a little behind you at 51.  I think about being nearer to the end  than the beginning sometimes as well.  But y'know, many folks who start out strong in a long race end up getting whupped by those who finish strong.  Besides, what else is there to do?  Sit around on the front porch complaining about the youngsters these days?  LOL More fun to put a few years into learning a bit and seeing what one can do with it.

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Here are a few you might like:

Please Search Your Heart, an easy Bluegrass waltz in G, starting 3:20:

Eating Goober Peas, a civil-war song in C

The Tennessee Waltz, easy in D

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December 18, 2012 - 9:45 pm
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now that is wonderful music and  the kinda stuff I'd like to play.....thanks

and dont be shy shy Daniel - Im still waiting for the dulcimer tune.....coffee

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Besides, what else is there to do?  Sit around on the front porch complaining about the youngsters these days?  LOL More fun to put a few years into learning a bit and seeing what one can do with it.

LOL

 

 

Practice makes perfect-Godliness with contentment is great gain!

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I think I'm turning into a hillbilly... or maybe I've always been that way, minus the twang.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....PJ7qqnkVaI

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