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The Method Book Party
Post of video of you playing something from one of your method books
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wookieman
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So, the idea here, is actually motivate everyone to focus on FUNdamentals for just a week or so.  Instead of everyone digging out the greatest sounding, most complex piece they think they can handle, I'd like to see everyone pull out a piece from the long list of sometimes boring and mundane stuff that's in the method books.  So, here's the rules (as if we will stick to the rules):

1.  No critiques please, this meant to be for EVERYONE, and I want even the DAY ONE Players to feel free to contribute by really focusing on technique, and posting a video of themselves. Play a piece directly from any method book that you have, regardless of level. 

2.  Where ever you're at in your studies (even if you're on page two), practice that piece until you're ready to video it, and do so.

3.  ....Yeah I think that's it.

4.  Oh yeah, let the rest of us know the title of the piece, what book it's coming from, and what you are trying to focus on as you're playing it. 

5.  Have FUN!

So, of course, I will go first.

Book:  Essential Elements 2000 for strings - Violin Book One

Piece:  Cripple Creek

Notes:  This song is traditionally a fast fiddle piece, but I thought it was just beautiful, so I really try to express the beauty of this particular song by playing it slowly and "romantically."  I'm aware that I may not have been super successful.  Additionally, I really foucused on bowing, and left hand/wrist/arm positioning and made feeble attempts at playing at different volumes. 

There is no failure, only results.

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FiJaPAW
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Oh, great idea! I will post my video tomorrow! Good job!

I am a violinist cycling around the world with my dog, Fiji, and my violin. http://www.FiJaPAW.com

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KindaScratchy
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Yeah, great idea, Jesse!

I think I'd like to do Simple Gifts from EE2000 Book 1 (page 45). It's a duet. I played it with my teacher and it sounded nice.

Would anyone like to play the duet with me?

We could agree which parts to do and a tempo (beats per minute), then record using a metrome in ear. I'm willing to edit them together. All you have to do is send me your file via http://www.sprend.com or http://www.wetransfer.com.

Any takers?

-- Diane

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Picklefish
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I would duet with you, I like the tune.....

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Fiddlerman
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Great idea. Look forward to seeing the videos.

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but the one who needs the least."

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KindaScratchy
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Picklefish said
I would duet with you, I like the tune.....

Great! Which part do you want to do?

violin-studentviolin-student

 

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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since its your deal I will let you decide all the particulars. I am fine with playing the supporting role. part 2 is as good for me as any.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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What a great idea!!!! Decisions decisions!

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I Like it... something I can actually do!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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Love this idea and love to play duet with Diane, but pickle fish already bit me. I don't have the book any way. (excuses excuses...)

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I am currently working on many things, probably too many but I get distracted easily.....squirrel!

wha? oh yes, I return to this tune from time to time because it always beats me. I just cant seem to get the 3 and 4 fingers to go fast enough. I may have to shift and play bits in a more favorable hand position if no improvement is made otherwise. any who, here it is for you.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Picklefish, excellent job!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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KindaScratchy
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Nice job, Rob! Seems like a tricky piece.

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@Picklefish, great job man.  Yeah, that does look like a tough tune.  Great job though!

 

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Fiddlerman
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Try working on it again with your left elbow more directly under the violin and see how much faster you'll be able to play it. Having your elbow out like that brings your fingers further away from the strings, needing more reach and so forth.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Can one post if one is not working from a book. Just sort of doing lessons from ones own thoughts. I don't even really look at them as lessons from my thougts more so thoughts from my thoughts. > Anyway,  can one post if one is not using a book?

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StoneDog said
Can one post if one is not working from a book. Just sort of doing lessons from ones own thoughts. I don't even really look at them as lessons from my thougts more so thoughts from my thoughts. > Anyway,  can one post if one is not using a book?

Wow!  The profoundness of this question is amazing!  I'm not one to hold a man down.  If you want to share a lesson from the book of StoneDog, I don't think anyone could deny you such a thing.  I have to admit though, I'm slightly worried that this thread will turn in to another thread of everyone trying to show each other up, which is not my intent.  So, that being said (as if I'm actually in charge of anything) I'm cool if you're cool.

 

There is no failure, only results.

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"The Book of StoneDog" > wookieman you ROCK!!! You just opened up a lost catacomb of my exiestence. > SWEET!!!!!!!!!!! > I'm a gonna use that >

The wookieman  ROCKs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here's the Simple Gifts virtual duet that Rob @Picklefish and I did. This arrangement is from the Essential Elements 2000 Book 1, page 45. It's a Shaker folk song.

I know this isn't a critique thread, but I thought I'd just point out that our timing is a little off at the very beginning but then we settle in and even end with synchronized bowing direction. I take full responsibility for timing and intonation issues. In particular, I had some trouble with the high A. I did a bunch of takes trying to get it right but finally had to give up.

Thanks for taking me up on the invitation, Rob!

Here goes nothin' ... :)

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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I'm very proud of that! Great job Diane!

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