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My grandfather’s clock
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katie m
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I can finally say I have a teacher!! Well a few lessons anyway. I had to learn this and I’m going to play for her on Thursday !

I’m thinking my right arm is

 

too high yet again ! And need to work on timing and straight bowing.

Thanks for watching

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Bravo! That was great. I love that song.

Have fun with your lessons.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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way to go Katie! your playing sounds wonderful.   im sad now though...thats a sad song. frown

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Thanks mouse and ABitRusty. I need to google this song I think. 
also I feel I need to make it more musical. And I can’t quantify the rests and the quavers. In other words I need a lot of help!! Thanks for the comments I appreciate 😀

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That was excellent katie you are flying, better and better 

Bit more, bit more, snap #*÷?×[email protected]?#[email protected]

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katie m

Very good Katie, your practicing is paying dividends, very much improved sound.

Mark

P.S. grats on the teacher they do help.

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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And old favorite, thanks for sharing..

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@katie m - very well done !   I know (as someone else mentioned), it's a kind of sad song - but it still always makes me smile for some reason!   I like the specific and intentional pauses ( you now, the "tick....tock...." and the "it stopped..........short......... never to go again" bits and so on, oh yeah ! )

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haha @billyg ..yes its a great tune/song... pretty much a standard i think and I too like it Katie!  sorry hope i didnt seem to drama llama banana..was a lame attempt at humor.. i think ive read lyrics were based loosely on a hotel clock in England.  I tried finding an Allison Krauss version that ive thought  Ive heard but cant seem to locate.  Theres several happy sounding tunes like this with lyrics that are not so much... ol spinning wheel is another..

anyway..enough of that and sorry to divert the discussion of your violin progress .. again great playing of a favorite!

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@katie m -

Great!  I have not played that tune, but it did sound familiar.  

If I wasn't working on so many problems with my own playing right now, I'm sure I wouldn't notice anything.

Great that we can see both of your arms/hands - you might want to try to find something taller to stand your phone on, because this angle gives an exaggerated view of your bowing arm. 

I recently ran across a great video by Beth Blackerby (Violin Lab Channel), ALL about shoulder & elbow movement - I apologize if it's been posted before, I can't remember.  You might find this helpful.

Having Trouble Making the Bow Stay Straight?

AND, here is a video with rolling sheet music that may help further your improvement with timing. 

Sibin has some great 'play-along' Suzuki videos with audible metronome settings at his YouTube Channel (V4 Violin)! 

Grand Father's Clock - Violin with Metronome 60/80/100/120 BPM

 

 

Your enthusiasm is contagious - LOVE IT! 

- Emily

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Thank you Emily you are full of brilliant suggestions! I’ll have a look at the links.

thanks as well BillyG and ABitRusty! Must say you have made me realise that it’s a sad song and I wasn’t even thinking about that. I was concentrating on what my arms fingers etc were doing !! Also hadn’t noticed the tick tock bit… I just played it and tried to get the timing and rests right. Definitely need to think about these things when I’m playing. Goes back to what stringy and Fiddlerman were saying recently about dynamics.

Thanks for watching I’ll see how my lesson goes tomorrow! Eeeeeek!!!!!

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If anyone is wondering  -  here are the lyrics I know - (there are lyrical variants with the "tick... tock..." annunciated )

My grandfather's clock was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more
 
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died
 
Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died
 
My grandfather said that of those he could hire
Not a servant so faithful he found
For it wasted no time and had but one desire
At the close of each week to be wound
 
And it kept in its place, not a frown upon its face
And its hands never hung by its side
But it stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died
 
It rang and alarmed in the dead of the night
An alarm that for years had been dumb
And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight
That his hour for departure had come
 
Still the clock kept the time with a soft and muffled chime
As we silently stood by his side
But it stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died
 
Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died
 
Attribution ( possibly...! ) : Writers - Erich Doll / Henry Clay Work
 
I have never seen (or looked for) sheet for this tune - and of course it will be out there - but, sure, from hearing it sung in my childhood - and that's a good 60+ years back - (and I recall not who the singer was),  I could play it with my eyes closed.... LOL ( Ohhh -  I didn't mean it's so easy that sheet is unnecessary, for me it's just a memory thing, nothing more)
 
The simple beauty and cleverness of the arrangement/performance is of course, the little intentional pauses - which, I assume, are indicated on a good sheet version!
 
I love tunes (and the lyrics that make tunes into songs) that tell a story....  Cool !
 

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Thank you for posting the lyrics BillyG. I’d like to hear your version ?!!

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Brian Wicklund, the American Fiddle Method, Mel Bay pub has the score..  Thanks Billy1014210541b.jpgImage Enlarger1014210541a.jpgImage Enlarger1014210541.jpgImage Enlarger

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second @Ripton great book.  theres also audio you can download using code in book.  better than most and worth the money

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Nice playing KatieM. I never realized this was a sad song. If you like a happy ending, I think an old show called Twilight Zone has one episode based loosely on this song. 

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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Thanks AnnyJ. I’ll have a look 😀

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@AnnyJ -

Wow... I never thought of the Twilight Zone as an 'old' show. 

...now I'm feeling old. 😳  

 

@katie m -

'Sad' songs are as important as 'Happy' songs, because they make us feel extreme emotions - they keep us balanced! 

You've been picking some really great songs to learn. 😊 

 

 

- Emily

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Thanks Emily. I’m actually learning ‘Walking in the Air’ from The Snowman! Which is obviously a childhood favourite!! I still watch it now every Xmas ! I’m struggling with the hand pattern it’s so hard getting to the b flat ! It’s more than hard and my fingers are tensing up. However there maybe some progress. 

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@katie m -

Good luck with the fingering. 

I still struggle with getting my thumb and elbow under far enough to free up my fingers, but it makes a huge difference! 

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