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Wild Mountain Thyme
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Mad_Cheshire13
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May 29, 2020 - 10:29 am
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Here is me playing Wild Mountain Thyme

I’ve had the violin for about two years but I’ve only played for about 6 to 8 months consecutively with it. I’m also working on getting a better angle set up. There is also a mute on top of the bridge and it causes the G to rattle a bit but I was practicing late at night.

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Very nice. You did a very good job. I actually liked that tune. I will have to look it up to find the sheet music. Maybe it is public domain.

Thank you sharing your playing and for sharing that tune particular tune.

I am taking cello lessons and figuring violin on my own, so I don't feel right critiquing, but, if I had anything to say, it would be that the higher notes on the E string seemed a little weaker than the rest, but I could be wrong. They sounded good, but they did sound weaker, or maybe you were unsure and bowed them with less certainty? I know that is what happens to me with my cello, and is the reason for it, and it is always the further away from first position that happens. I feel more secure in 1st.

That is all I can critique about it because I really liked it. I hope this was helpful. Can't wait for another video.

Cello and Viola Time! 

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I love this old Scots tune.

Your playing is good for someone at 6 - 8 months experience; I'm at the same place. I would second @Mouse's comments about the higher notes; if you want to try a lower setting, the following link is in Amaj and gives your pinkie a holiday on the E string:

Wild Mountain Thyme; 8Notes.com

Keep up the good work, and maintain that practice. It'll pay off.

Peter

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Thank you so much for your feedback! Again I'm surprised by the warm welcoming here. I am a little tentative on the E string at times I do the same thing with my cello whenever I'm learning a new tune I played very cautiously and very brokenly until I feel more confident in it. Part of it is also the mute dampening with sound and me try not to disturb my roommates.

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Peter said
I love this old Scots tune.

Your playing is good for someone at 6 - 8 months experience; I'm at the same place. I would second @Mouse's comments about the higher notes; if you want to try a lower setting, the following link is in Amaj and gives your pinkie a holiday on the E string:

Wild Mountain Thyme; 8Notes.com

Keep up the good work, and maintain that practice. It'll pay off.

  

Thank you for the addition sheet music, it will be a nice new version to play and thank you for your feedback. 

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Don't be daunted by the three sharps in the lower arrangement; spend a little time practicing the A major scale:

Two-octave scales (Fiddlerman)

When you're comfortable with the scale, play the tune.

One stylistic change you might consider is to shorten the eighth notes (quavers) to give a true 'Scottish snap' feel to the delivery. It's not a staccato shortening, more of a grace-note slurring into the next note.

Peter

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Peter said
Don't be daunted by the three sharps in the lower arrangement; spend a little time practicing the A major scale:

Two-octave scales (Fiddlerman)

When you're comfortable with the scale, play the tune.

One stylistic change you might consider is to shorten the eighth notes (quavers) to give a true 'Scottish snap' feel to the delivery. It's not a staccato shortening, more of a grace-note slurring into the next note.

  

I just printed the scales out, thank you!

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Mad_Cheshire13 said
Here is me playing Wild Mountain Thyme

I’ve had the violin for about two years but I’ve only played for about 6 to 8 months consecutively with it. I’m also working on getting a better angle set up. There is also a mute on top of the bridge and it causes the G to rattle a bit but I was practicing late at night.

  

sounding good Niquole!  thanks for sharing your progress, I enjoyed watching.

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@GregW Thank you, I'm trying to get down a consistent practice schedule and focus on one or two songs at a time. These are just ones I've been working on over the months so they still need some work but I have a list of tunes I can kinda play now which makes me feel pretty good that I can play several pieces instead of just one if that makes any sense.

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