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New song!
I've got this new song and I'd love to know what y'all think about it.
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Jake Mills
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November 8, 2012 - 11:59 pm
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So I just learned this a couple days ago and I think that it is a very fun and unique song.  I'm having fun with it.  What do you guys think could be better? 


It's called Snowflake Reel:




And here's the link to my channel:


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November 9, 2012 - 2:50 am
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jakefiddle said
 I'm having fun with it.  What do you guys think could be better? 



You are having fun alright.            dancing


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November 9, 2012 - 8:09 am
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there is one area that repeats and each time you play it it sounds flat, dunno if its supposed to be. You play so smoothly and quick, I really enjoyed watching that. Double check your intonation with each fingering to make sure your in tune on those notes. Like I said, maybe its supposed to sound like that. You are definately inspiring to this old guy.1st-place

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November 9, 2012 - 8:16 am
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ass kickin' job !!  Loved it !!


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That's good playing there, Jake! I have an ensemble version of that, played by a trio of Kentucky fiddlers, so I recognised the tune right away.

As to how to improve on it - not much, really, but when you modulate from the D to the Bb, your intonation is a little bit off, so check that by running through it slowly.

One 'trick' for that kind of thing is - when you hit the first note of the Bb key (Bb, I think) - hit it hard to give it emphasis so the listener can hear that you really are changing key. Sometimes when an unexpected key change like that comes up, the listener is fooled into thinking you are just playing wrong notes! Well, the notes by name were correct, just a few were a little bit off-pitch.

One other bit of icing on the cake - as a little variation, when you hit the low A and 'arpeggiate' across the A chord - if you release bow pressure just after hitting the low A, let it spring freely across strings 4-3-2 to get a nice staccato effect.

All in all, great job!


Mr Jim  dancing

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November 11, 2012 - 5:12 pm
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I loved it too Jake.

Besides the intonation problems (that don't disturb me much) I really don't have much negative to say about it.

I love how you feel the music and just let it go. Love your relaxed hold, that will help you play much longer without tiring like many others do.

I would make a recommendation that you play around a little more with dynamics again. Test echo (loud - soft) and colors (varying sound) to make it even MORE interesting than it already is.

Lastly, you could go far if you start a band or join one that needs a cool fiddler like yourself. As nice as you sound playing a Capella, you will sound even better with accompaniment.

Keep up the great work.

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but the one who needs the least."

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November 11, 2012 - 5:16 pm
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I really enjoyed that!  Thanks for posting it.


I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.

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November 12, 2012 - 4:24 am
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wow, speechless....1st-place

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Good job Jake! Keep having fun.bananabananabananabananabanana


November 12, 2012 - 1:46 pm
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I always look at the musician playiing the piece as they play it. You do not have to be an established musician or have the trained ear that can pick out a +- 3hz difference in tones or string vibrations to tell when you hear good music. Good music comes from within the person playing it. You look like you just owned the world. The look of joy and contentedness tells the whole story.


I think too many musicians (violinists in particular) get caught up in traditional "angry look". Fiddlers never have that visual reflection. I think you did a great job and obviously enjoyed the entire piece. nice bit of playing there

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

Jake Mills
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November 12, 2012 - 7:52 pm
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You all never fail me :) I love all the great advice that I would have never thought of on my own. I'll definitely work on everything mentioned. 

Thank you all so much!!


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