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Sofia Leo
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Ya know how you practice and practice a song until you can play it perfectly 50 times in a row and then decide to make a little video and all of a sudden you can't play to save your life? Yeah, that's me. So here is my first video, warts and all. The tune is Golden Slippers, first played on my Six Foot Fiddle -

http://www.youtube.com/embed/uHvv0XALchs

And again on a German-made Amati copy on loan to me for a short time -

http://www.youtube.com/embed/podLAEMSL3s

There are a few unintentional double stops, which my teacher says are part of the fun, but only if they're planned surprised which they were not in this case. The slides weren't planned, either...

Which fiddle sounds better on your end? My speakers are crap, so I'm looking for other opinions...

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wow, that's pretty damn good there kid...

I can't tell which is better... my speakers must be as crappy as yours! LOL They both sound great in my opinion. Just need more time...to sort out which is better sounding I guess.

Are you reading that music or playing from memory? I wish I could read that good.dunno 

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To my ear the second one sounds better, but I like a more muted sound.  The first is a bit bright for my tastes.  I really like the looks of your blonde, though.  Some day I'd love to tackle a build-it-yourself project.  It looks like so much fun.clap

I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.

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cdennyb said

wow, that's pretty damn good there kid...

I can't tell which is better... my speakers must be as crappy as yours! LOL They both sound great in my opinion. Just need more time...to sort out which is better sounding I guess.

Are you reading that music or playing from memory? I wish I could read that good.dunno 

Thank you! "Kid" that's too funny! I was watching and moaning about my double chin amuse

I am playing from memory, but used the sheet music to memorize the song. Played that darned song about 1,723 times, I figure...

The red fiddle sounds better under my ear, but is a bit persnickity - fingers have to be really ON the note and small slides sound larger than they should. The SFF is much more forgiving, but more shrill under my ear. It's still a baby in fiddle years, being less than 2-years-old.

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I sure like the looks of that white fiddle! Thought they both sounde pretty good.

People that dont play cant imagine how much work it takes to get something sounding good enough  to post! thumbs-up

Not that it has to sound good to post. Im proof enough of that .

 But you know what I mean it has to sound right to you.

Anyway I liked it!!

Good luck and KEEP SCRATCHING!!cheers

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Well I've been waiting to hear something from ya Cat. Sounds good. I think I liked the second violin sound a little better (a little richer) but I'm only listening through laptop speakers right now.

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Thanks, guys! The red fiddle is about 100 years old and was played extensively by a professional, so it has had a chance to be "played in" and does have a much richer, fuller sound, at least under my ear.

My (cheap) speakers don't register much difference, but the OH, who was outside at the time, heard me playing and came into the house. "That's Brandon's fiddle, isn't it? Sure does a lot for your playing..." He then gave me The Look. You know the one - like I wasn't going to return it after refurbishing...I do fully intend to give it back amuse It has been a pleasure to be able to play it and get a feel for what a "real" violin sounds like.

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I just listened to it. Great job Cat.

I prefer the darkness of the second one as well. Just out of curiosity, what kind of chin-rest do you use over the tail-piece on your "Six Foot Fiddle"?

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Fiddlerman said

I just listened to it. Great job Cat.

I prefer the darkness of the second one as well. Just out of curiosity, what kind of chin-rest do you use over the tail-piece on your "Six Foot Fiddle"?

I use a Berber chinrest, propped up with 1/4" cork wedges to make it a bit taller. So far it has the best fit for me - square, well-defined jaw with not a lot of padding (despite the double-chin appearance of the video smile)

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Cat, Your playing inspires me. For me, still striving to master basics, it helps to see the progress of those who have made a LOT of progress.   Good job, and thanks for sharing. 

Wondering, when you added the 1/4" cork to the Berber, what kind of hardware will accommodate that height?  smile

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Dee Major said

Cat, Your playing inspires me. For me, still striving to master basics, it helps to see the progress of those who have made a LOT of progress.   Good job, and thanks for sharing. 

Wondering, when you added the 1/4" cork to the Berber, what kind of hardware will accommodate that height?  smile

Thank you, Dee! I don't feel like I've made a lot of progress on some days - guess I should have made recordings of the very first days, weeks, months when it all sounded bad 🙂 As it is, I haven't mastered anything yet.

The standard chin rest clamps just work with the cork. If more height is needed, viola chin rest clamps will be ordered. I'm considering it, just to have a bit more threads for security.

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Viola clamps! A good suggestion. Thanks, Cat.

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I tried the Berber and I loved it as well. That one is in the kit too.

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Hi Cat!  I enjoyed both the videos.  The sound from the Red one was sweet.  But you had your tapes there.  Could not see whether the tapes were in the sff.  

Thanks for the videos.

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Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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suresh said

Hi Cat!  I enjoyed both the videos.  The sound from the Red one was sweet.  But you had your tapes there.  Could not see whether the tapes were in the sff.  

Thanks for the videos.

You caught me! I do have tapes on the red fiddle - the notes are in slightly different spots than the SFF and I have to be right on to get a good tone. It's a bit persnickity amuse

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CatMcCall said

I am playing from memory, but used the sheet music to memorize the song. Played that darned song about 1,723 times, I figure...

 

The video runs for 1.15 minutes.  That means roughly you have played this song for more than 36 hrs. at more than an hour daily for 30 days.  Your patience and painstaking effort should be applauded.  

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Nice to see You playing, Cat!!! I've been waiting for that dancing=) amuse

I liked te second violin a little more than the 1st. As for me the first is brighter, but i liked the highs birthday_balloon

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suresh said

CatMcCall said

I am playing from memory, but used the sheet music to memorize the song. Played that darned song about 1,723 times, I figure...

 

The video runs for 1.15 minutes.  That means roughly you have played this song for more than 36 hrs. at more than an hour daily for 30 days.  Your patience and painstaking effort should be applauded.  

Well, I can't say that I made it all the way through each time, but I have been working at it for a month 🙂 I ain't no prodigy...

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Mad_Wed said

Nice to see You playing, Cat!!! I've been waiting for that dancing=) amuse

I liked te second violin a little more than the 1st. As for me the first is brighter, but i liked the highs birthday_balloon

Thank you! The red fiddle will be going back to its owner soon, but I found another German trade fiddle at a local thrift shop that needs a minor repair, so look for that one soon...

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Just wanted to say great job! And that I like the sound of the second Violin as well!

Thanks for posting the videos! Looking forward to more to come!violin-student

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