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A new fiddle for Christmas!
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KindaScratchy
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December 25, 2015 - 8:54 pm
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Just had to share...Mr. Scratchy gave me a new, better fiddle for Christmas! It's the Fiddlerman Soloist. Pierre helped him select the right instrument and set it up. I thought my old violin sounded good, but I can't believe how much better the Soloist sounds. It has a beautiful ring when I hit a note right, which I think will help me improve my playing through positive feedback.

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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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Wow, very cool.  

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Congrat's, Di. I'm sure  you're really happy.

You did have a, Merry Christmas.

 

Ken.

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Congrats!! And that special little ring when you hit the right note will help for sure! I know my intonation wouldn't be very good at all without being able to hear that. 🙂 Enjoy!!!  (I know you will!!) Happy fiddling 🙂 

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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Super nice !   Cool pressy Diane - christmascandleviolin_girl

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Seriously AWESOME gift, KindaScratchy !!!!  I can't wait to hear you play it !

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*side note-  I tried to tag you in this post, I would select your name, and this is what shows up-- is there something wrong ? or is this really you ? @valentine violin (I put the space in there so as not to accidentally tag the wrong person)

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Diane:

I am so excited for you violin.  It is extra pretty too so that is really nice.

Can't wait to her the violin sing...  Your hubby hits the holidays.. Valentine's day and Christmas.... woot woot.

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Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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KindaScratchy
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December 26, 2015 - 9:47 pm
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Leana said

*side note-  I tried to tag you in this post, I would select your name, and this is what shows up-- is there something wrong ? or is this really you ? @valentine violin (I put the space in there so as not to accidentally tag the wrong person)

Yup, that's really me. When I first signed up for the forum I chose ValentineViolin as a user name because my husband gave me my first violin as a Valentine's Day gift. But before I posted my first post I decided that I didn't like that name and changed it to KindaScratchy. As it turns out, you can change the name that people see but you can't change the actual user name, so I'm kinda stuck with ValentineViolin. When you try to tag someone using the public name, the system switches it to the actual user name.

Thanks, folks. A couple of videos to be posted shortly...

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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KindaScratchy
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December 26, 2015 - 9:58 pm
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OK, since you asked, I made a couple of videos with my new Soloist. 🙂

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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Well done!!!!!! Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Question, what camera do you use?  

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Congratulations on your new violin! It is really beautiful and sounds amazing!  Love the Ashokan videoclapclap

 
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Excellent job, Di.  Timing was great.

I don't know why but your "Soloist" sounded richer / darker to me in Ashokan.

Maybe it's just me.

I like it.

 

Ken.

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Bunkei said
Well done!!!!!! Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Question, what camera do you use?  

Thanks, @Bunkei . It's the Canon Vixia HF R40, a small HD video camera.

If anyone is interested, I simultaneously recorded the video (with sound through the internal camera mic) and audio with Adobe Audition on my computer through a USB interface with two mics...a pick-up on my fiddle and a hand-held mic on a stand...for stereo sound.

On Ashokan Farewell, I mixed the recorded audio with the backing track in Adobe Audition, exported it to MP3 and imported that to my video in Adobe Premiere.

On Red Wing, I thought the audio recorded by the video camera sounded better, so I used that and laid the backing track over it in Premiere.

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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KindaScratchy
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December 27, 2015 - 7:02 pm
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Fiddlestix said
Excellent job, Di.  Timing was great.

I don't know why but your "Soloist" sounded richer / darker to me in Ashokan.

Maybe it's just me.

I like it.

 

Ken.

Thanks, Ken. I agree. I notice a richer sound on the G and D strings on the Soloist. Ashokan Farewell uses all the strings, so that comes through. Red Wing stays mostly on the A and E strings with a few notes on the D string.

Thanks, @ElisaDalViolin .

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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That was wonderful!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Great gift!  I'm officially adding Ashokan to my learning list. I really love your use of the backing tracks, they sound great!

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Grat's on new fiddle and well played.   

 

Mark

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KindaScratchy
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Thanks so much for all the nice comments, everyone. @Just4Fun : I'm definitely hooked on backing tracks now. They help me so much with rhythm and intonation. They're the next best thing to playing with other people.

On a humorous side note, since I got my new fiddle, I've noticed my nose runs every time I play it. I suspect it might be from rosin dust flying off the new bow hair. Anyway, I just noticed that at 1:56 in the Ashokan Farewell video, it made me sniff. It's cracking me up because I look really funny.

droolingfacepalmrofl

This will start at 1:50, just before The Big Sniff. 🙂

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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Beautiful new violin friend! And great playing, I enjoyed watching your videossmile. Where do you get the backing tracks, if I may ask? Something I'm considering using, since my rhythmdrummer is awful.

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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AnnyJ said
Beautiful new violin friend! And great playing, I enjoyed watching your videossmile. Where do you get the backing tracks, if I may ask? Something I'm considering using, since my rhythmdrummer is awful.

Thanks! I have several sources for backing tracks:

1. The Old Time Jam Machine: The site has backing tracks for 100 or so old time tunes, including different combinations of guitar, banjo and fiddle, as well as slow guitar-only tracks. You can play any of the tracks directly on the site, or if you buy a lifetime membership for $37, you can download all of the tracks.

2. Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks site: this site has backing tracks for a bunch of common bluegrass songs and tunes, as well as chord progressions in various keys. All tracks can be downloaded for free. The site also offers a "slow-downer" which you can use to slow down your own sound files.

3. The Flatpick Apprentice: offers guitar backing tracks for a bunch of bluegrass tunes in various tempos. Tracks can be played directly on the site or downloaded in .zip files.

4. Homemade: I play guitar and have made several of my own backing tracks for tunes that I couldn't find elsewhere.

There may be more sources out there for other genres. I believe that it's possible to make backing tracks with software like Band in a Box (I think that may be how the FBBTS tracks were made). For the record, I used the Old Time Jam Machine for Red Wing and Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks for Ashokan Farewell.

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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