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Rhythm, what am I doing here and how can this be useful and improved
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Anja
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July 16, 2023 - 5:35 pm
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This is how I sound when I try to improvize. 

I need an analysis and some insight in what I am doing with the rhythm here. Is this off beat? What does it remind you of? Any input?

I feel like this is me.

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July 16, 2023 - 6:18 pm
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Anja said 

This is how I sound when I try to improvize. 

I need an analysis and some insight in what I am doing with the rhythm here. Is this off beat? What does it remind you of? Any input?

I feel like this is me.

Hi Anja,

I really like it.  

This sounds like Oh Susannah to me, with a minor/modal mood and ornaments that lend a Celtic feel to it.  Very nice.

Personally I don’t hear the rhythm as particularly off beat.  In the very beginning, the rhythm sounds a little inconsistent to me.  Once you relax into it and pick up the tempo, it sounds like you are more steady with the rhythm adding a bit of a pulse with your bowing and ornaments.  Very nice, very creative, without getting too exotic which often loses the listener. 

I think most listeners like to feel a steady beat (regardless of whether the emphasis of the piece falls on the upbeat or the downbeat), so I would try to keep doing what you’re doing but work to keep the underlying beat steady (just as you begin to do as the piece progresses).  People like to tap along with the music in some way, so it’s important to remain aware of that.  Also, in a group setting the other musicians need to feel the beat even if you add a break.

This reminds me of the improv sessions Jason at FiddleHed encourages us to create during his group lessons on the topic.

How is this useful, you ask?  With this, I would play through a tune initially in a very spare, simple way.  The next time through, embellish it a bit, and then open up with this lovely, unique fiddling.  Or, in a jam session, play along with the group and then when it’s your turn to take a lead bring out this unique approach to the tune to “make it your own”.

You sound great! Keep at it!

Unfretted

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July 16, 2023 - 8:31 pm
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Unfretted has great points.. I agree in that you seem to find your footing. or groove around 1:00 and from there on its pretty steady.  

I like your sound. I think youre doing great!  I really like how you seem focused on the old time style and are concentrating on that and what makes it have the sound and feel.  and if you listen to enough its its own thing.  It Seems like you get that. And i say that as one who struggles with it.  I think its alot harder than it seems like it should be by listening.  At least when compared to the material thats recorded by masters of it.   The tunes themselves arent so difficult as far as notes.. its what youre working on that makes them a challenge.  keep it up!

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July 18, 2023 - 11:26 pm
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Than you unfretted for your analysis :-D

It's indeed a pretty cut up repetition of the lines in Oh susanah.

Tonight I am visiting a location 20 minutes of a car drive away from here, a  place where the dog would be welcome.I am in the middle of a possible relocation so I need my time to pack stuff if the owner says yes.

I have to move out before end of december because the landlord decided he wants to live here himself.

But I might have found this cute tiny house with garden in a very small town.

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