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Ripton
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For your perusal. I ended up only running through the tune once, although I have been told it should be done twice (AA,BB,AA,BB) as I took all morning just to get this far on the recording. Thank you for your input.

My Dear Sweetheart

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Nice Job!   :)

Thanks for putting it up for Critique.  I liked it... love the sound of your instrument. 

:)

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Nice done, Ripton! XD

I like your left/right hands incorporation and the tone. Intonation is awesome too (i see You can hear when You're out of tune ;) - it's very important, because that way You'll fix it eventually).

If You'd like to have some critique: tempo is not even during the piece, though i'm not really familiar with it, so i can't tell if it's meant to go faster and slower, but i'd recommend for now to try to hold the even tempo, that will be very useful later =)

Also (i tell it to everyone, including myself =)), if You lifted the bow above the strings  - try to put it down before playing a note (that will reduce the bouncing a lot).

Keep up the great work!!

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I would like you to use some slurs from time to time. It's way better to play the down beats down bow instead of up. Especially when you do 16th notes.
Of course you have intonation issues but so does everyone else in this world. The important thing is to recognize them and strive better your intonation.

Great job, keep up the great work.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Thanks for the kind words and advice. Mad_Wed, yes my timing has always been one of my biggest struggles. I did emphasized the altered tempo for effect. Not sure how well it sounded, but that's a good point of working it out evenly. Always need to work on the bowing which goes right into FM's comments. The piece does not have any slurs, but I will ask my instructor about adding some in. The piece is her arrangement. Not sure where the tune originated as I can't even find another play of it online anywhere. 

 

I'll work on this a little more and post an update in a few weeks. 

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bringing this back up as I have been working on this from memory and couldn't remember the name of the tune until I found this video while I was looking for another one. I'll make a new vid soon. 

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like that @Ripton ! looking forward to repost for sure.  and...tune names memory...sounds familiar

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@Ripton -

Hey, this is great! 

Is this just a popular Massachusetts-area tune?  Cause I went to YouTube to see if I could find more on this, and all that popped up was a performance by some great Kids from the Pakachoag Fiddle Band

But, then I did a better sound comparison at thesession.org and found it under the name "My Kindly Sweetheart" (aka. The Gentle Milkmaid)

So, there's fiddle sheet music for anyone who wants to learn it in Bm - just tried it and I really like it an octave lower (starting with B on the G string). 

 

https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5249/5242604018_2ce737302c_b.jpg

 

 

When you get it up and running, consider starting a Party with it - I'd be up for joining it! 

...haven't felt much like recording lately, but I need to - way overdue. 🎃

- Emily

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I don't remember hearing that one before,  I like it, looking forward the the new rendition of it.

Thanks,

Mark

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ELCBK said
@Ripton -

all that popped up was a performance by some great Kids from the Pakachoag Fiddle Band
 

  

lol, that was my old school. My instructor's arrangement. It was kinda awkward for me being the only student in the 50s and all the other students in grade school/ high school. Do you have a link to the video? I can't find it. 

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@Ripton -

That's great! 

Figured you at least knew about the school.

I saved the video, thought it would be easy to learn from.  🎃

My Dear Sweetheart - Presto

 

 

 

- Emily

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Well I was on a roll. It only took me 27 attempts to make a recording. I stumbled a few times but I'm going with it. It gives me the motivation to keep working on it.

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I know it is in the critique section, but I am so behind you with my viola, that I cannot offer any suggestions.

I can say that I really enjoyed it! I also loved that vibrato at the end. Bravo

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great job @Ripton. I havent heard this tune till i saw your post here.  like it.

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@Ripton

Way to go, Red light on mind goes blank, for me it's easier to play live than record.

Great job.

Mark

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thank you for the kind compliments. I missed the sequence. I should have done AA BB then repeat, AA BB but I ended up doing AA AA BB BB. Well here's my way of leaving the sequel door open I guess. 

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@Ripton -

I'm really glad you posted a video of this tune again!  

Don't think you missed the sequence, just

could have repeated the whole thing again. 

  I enjoyed listening to you! 

THANK YOU! 

https://clipartmag.com/images/christmas-holly-clipart-17.jpg

 

I really like it - decided I better try it, myself, before I forget again. (lol) 

So, I listened again, to some different versions of this tune (aka. The Gentle Milkmaid) on YouTube and I, personally, still like the 'Pakachoag Fiddle Band' version of "My Dear Sweetheart", the best.   

I am confused, though - about your version starting on 'E', instead of 'B'. 

Are you playing a 'second voice' version? 

Cause, I hear it start off: B, D, C#, BB, C# - B (B), D, F#, EE, F#... whether it's started on the G string for Viola (or violin), or the A string for violin.  

 

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/dc/cb/79/dccb79d0bdc73a4f038c9d457aaff174.jpg

Do you have anymore information on this tune?  Origin?  Composer? 

...btw, with all the recordings I've done this last year, I'm now down to where I only need about 10 retakes. 🤣 

- Emily

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Do you have anymore information on this tune?  Origin?  Composer? 

- Emily

  

The arrangement was written by my former instructor who is the director of the Pakachoag Fiddle Group.  You can sort of see her off to the right of the screen. PT A is the milkmaid and if think PT B is Jaques' Wedding.  I took notes on my sheetmusic at home.  She did publish a book of "her" tunes I can try to find the book of your interested

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@Ripton -

Thanks! 

I am interested in the sheet music. 

I'm still a bit confused about starting on E instead of B - after seeing the versions at thesession.org and video of the Kids playing here. 

My Dear Sweetheart - Presto

Sorry, I just see what you are playing is different from them - was wondering if your instructor made up your arrangement as a Viola part for harmony? 

https://i.etsystatic.com/13945023/r/il/98fe97/1731976749/il_794xN.1731976749_phyq.jpg

 

- Emily

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