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La Danse de Mardi Gras
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Ripton
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@ELCBK and @JohnG. Here one for you with many thanks. Especially JohnG for the arrangement. I CAN'T believe I did this on my own. A completely unknown tune I was able to make it sound like music. First time and first time using a metronome. Granted my speed here is only about d72 where the song is d120 but I'll get there.

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That was really nice. I like the sound of your instrument, Good job. 👏👍

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Excellent, glad I could help. I really love this tune and have been practicing it as well.

The old curmudgeon!

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Ripton

Sounded good,

Thanks for posting.

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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@Ripton -

LOVE IT!

GREAT playing!

I wouldn't worry about the speed at all.

...but don't stop there.  

Once you get more comfortable playing "La Danse de Mardi Gras", memorize it.

Then, you can really start having fun!  

I would keep listening to other Cajun bands play it, because I believe this is the kind of tune that begs for you to throw your soul into.  You'll know you've got the groove when you can't resist wiggling your toes or tapping your foot.

Before you know it, you'll sneak in a little shuffle bowing and maybe 1 or 2 double stops.  Once your fingers know it well, you can step up, down, or start on another string to change keys (and back again)! 

There's some tips from Craig Duncan's tutorial, in your Cajun thread. 

I'm surprised you didn't start a Party with this. 🤗

Thank you for sharing your progress!   

 

...I'm still playing around with this tune.

- Emily

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Hmmm, a party. Now why didn't I think of that's. Is there a rule against double posting a video?

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@Ripton -

I believe so. 

Be great if you record it again!  You can give yourself some time with it - no hurry. 

Mardi Gras is March 1st this year - a good reason for a Party! 🤗

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nice job @Ripton ! thanks for sharing that one sounds good!

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Perfect, I'll keep working it. Up to d=88 today. I will post as a party mid February. Keep your calendars open. 

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Well played @Ripton ! Your intonation and rythm are great. Did you listen to it beforehand, or you just had the sheet music?
And yep, don't worry too much about speed, that'll come naturally. Plus, slow tunes often sound nice anyway on the viola :–) no matter the "intended" speed.

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Well played @Ripton ! Your intonation and rythm are great. Did you listen to it beforehand, or you just had the sheet music?
 

thank you very much. Just the sheet music. I worked it a couple of days before I found a video and listened. Still didn't sound much like what I was playing until more recently. 

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