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St. Anne's reel, French-Canadian tune, WIP
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Hi all, 

Here is my first attempt at a popular tune, Saint Anne's reel, a French-Canadian original that is very popular and played with many different versions/styles from various regions/countries.

My first attempt with double stops in learning the tune. I thought that I won't have to learn it as violin is a melodic instrument, mostly. But it turned out that violin sounds so beautiful playing those double stops/harmonics. I would love to show my work in progress, as I DO have lots of problems with learning a tune, lots of mistakes, and there are lots of works needed to correct those.

The sheet I learned from did not have double stops in it, but I'd love to throw it in whenever I could, as from listening to various players performing it.

Thanks all for bearing it,

Robert

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LOVE those double stops > sounds SWEET!!!!

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That was very nice playing. Thank you for sharing.

Duane

 

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Nice doublestops! I'm amazed by all of you, guys, who can play them!heart 

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Nice one Robert

The double stops are coming along great.

Its amazing how much difference that they can make to a tune

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Thank you for your nice words and encouragement, @StoneDog, @HDuaneaz, and @Ferret.

Agree, John, the tune sounded so different played with double stops, so much different.

 

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I enjoyed it.  Thanks Robert.

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Nice Robert. Stick with this one for sure. You are on you way to something good here.  Double stops... I am starting to get curious ...  You bow  hold is still looking good!!!  I look forward to the next video of this one. Congratulations for doing the double stops and per your normal routine... doing them until you know them well!!  Bravo!

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Thank you, @suresh, and @coolpinkone for your encouragement.

Toni, I'm really wondering why you starting to get curious though, lol. I'm a bit too slow to learn it and hopefully will have an update if I can get it worked out.

 

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@ratvn ...I think I am getting curious because I have tried  it and it actually sounds kinda good...so I am curious to find a song that has just a little into into it...to see if it "works" for me....but I am not in a rush to fail...lol

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Hi all,

Here is a quick update to the tune, as per CPO request, still lots of mistakes.

Thanks all,

Robert

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Very nice, Robert! I like what you did with the changing tempos. It really changes the mood when you slow it down.

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Wow!  I can definitely hear the improvement between the videos and I agree with KindScratchy that the tempo changes are very effective.

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Thank you, @KindaScratchy and @Fiddle4Fun, for your nice comment and encouragement.

 

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Thank  you Robert.  It was worth the wait.  Good job.  Boy..what a treat to log in and get to see two videos from you..on the same day that Hilary Hahn's collection has been released.  I feel very happy. Musically content.

Good job. I will ad this to my list because you have inspired me.

Thank  you.

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Thank you, Toni, @coolpinkone, for your encouragement.

What a sweet lady!

 

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Great job! This is probably one of my favorite fiddle tunes and your use of double stops really does add a lot to it. When I play it I'm a bit lazy and tend to use open string double stops, which gives it a more old-timey/bluegrass feel. If I get a second I'll do a video showing the double stops I like to use. But keep on what you are doing! Sounds great.

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Oh I almost forgot. I see you are in Kent, WA. I'm up in Seattle. There is a bluegrass jam (if you are at all interested) in Kent on Thursdays at Red's Win Bar. I haven't been, but if you are interested in that sort of thing, there it is. I'm not sure if you can see this event if you aren't a member, but here's a link to it:


Check out this Meetup →

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Thank you, @fiddlinsteudel for your nice comment and encouragement.

I listened to your other post and totally agreed that your style of double stops had more old timey/bluegrass feel to it. Something that I would love to learn, and for sure will take a long time as it's way beyond me. My double stops were just basic chords/progression and not in any particular style/genre.

Thank you for the jam reference. I've been looking for some for quite a while. It would be an awesome experience to learn. I will be looking more into it as soon as I prepare more tunes to be ready.

Again, thank you so much.

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@ratvn there are a lot of times at jams where folks just sit in the back and never take a solo, never lead a song, and it's totally just fine. Just let people know you want to just sit back and take it in. Don't let your lack of repertoire stop you from heading to a jam. A few tunes that would probably be know at almost any jam: Read Haired Boy, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Soldiers Joy, Angeline the Baker, Cripple Creek are all good well known tunes. IF you are going to lead a song, I would add into your practice routine kicking off a song. 

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