Very interesting thread. Good for you, Barry, branching off into unknown territory. So glad this forum is friendly to both classical and fiddling.
You do well keeping time with the Essential Elements tracks. I use them myself occasionally and find it challenging to play along like that. I really have to be familiar with the piece to keep up, not just be able to read the music. Seems a great way to prepare for playing in a community orchestra.
Late bloomer said
yea Barry, I think you will enjoy your journey into clasical music.
Thats what I started with and now Im trying to pick up some fiddleing!
There both fun as hell!
Agreed !! and something can be learnt from both. stepping out of ones comfort zone is the best way to add new dimensions to our sound and skill level.
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Talking about whether or not to do both styles comes down to personal interest imo. The classical techniques certainly help in fiddling and fiddling is more forgiving of errors and mistakes. Mark Oconnor excells in both mediums as do a number of great players. I find that the focus shift from one to the other helps in my learning process and in the development of finger flexibility and speed. Imagine if Vivaldi had been born in the south, what would his masterpieces sound like? I say take a swing at both styles and let the big dog eat!
"You dont get what you wish for, you get what you Work for!" - unknown"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."-Aristotle
Classical vs Fiddlin'?
In my honest opinion I am more of a classical type guy. I love the osunds a violin can make when a classical tune is played on it, but I also enjoy a good southern fiddle sound as well. Genre's of music are crossing over all the time. CLassicla trained violinists are doing cover versions of famous Rock and Rocll songs, same thing for Pop music. It is becoming more and more popular to see boys in grade and high school taking up the violin because the genre of black violin is growing in popularity. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a staple fo Christmas concerts and has even began selling out their concerts with their Beethoven's Last Night tour. Beethoven is what? Classical. So to anyone who thinks that a Fiddler cannot crossover and do more classical pieces, I say !! You want to try out for a very conventional classical orchestra in your town. Go for it. Or as another option, try learning the classical pieces YOU like with a bit of Barry Flair!! If Beethoven can become a symbol for rock and roll and classical cross over…who says Vivaldi can't become a crossover for the Fiddlin'/CLassical crossover.
Make it your own. If your orchestra doesn't like it…skrew 'em! Make the music YOU wnat to make, not the Music anyone on here or out there says is YOUR style. Make your own style! And when it catches on…we'll be adding "Vivaldi Fiddlin'" to our iPods!!
And by the way… I love the videos. Very inspiring!
If I can help lemme know! Keep a practice log/ journal!
Thanks for the offer Robert. This is how Ive always taught myself things. Im very self disciplined . Yes, Im keeping a log and I also write out my study plan for the month. Musiciansway has some great printable logs and planners which I use as well. Essential elements for strings has a good log that Ive ran copies off that I also use.
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Vivaldi is one of my alltime favorite violinists and composers, Barry!
I really like the concerto in Am too. I like allemanda sonata IV. One of my goals is to play these pieces too. So, I am interested in your progress and what you think about learning it. I can play parts but have not really concentrated on it yet. Good luck
The arrival of the Viola has reignited my quest to play with an orchestra. My plan is to work through book 1 of new direction for strings (viola), then I plan to work on my first real piece, J.S. Bach Suite No. 1- Prelude, arr. for Viola .
Ive actually contacted the community orchestra, got a response and am currently waiting to hear from the director.
hoping to be competent enough to join by spring
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