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Si Bheag Si Mhor
Playing this at son's wedding in a few weeks
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Fiddlerman
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Believe what I'm about to say. I've played solos in professional orchestras where most violinists will be thinking, "I could do better than that". LOL - I've played in REAL nerve racking situations as well as auditions and this advice really makes a difference.

LEAN FORWARD when you play. It's the attack mode. You won''t shake. <---- Most important tip...
Also, concentrate on something in the piece that has to do with music rather than the basics. Hear yourself from the outside as if someone else is playing as you are playing....Let the technique take over as in autopilot with full concentration on music and beauty.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman said
Believe what I'm about to say. I've played solos in professional orchestras where most violinists will be thinking, "I could do better than that". LOL - I've played in REAL nerve racking situations as well as auditions and this advice really makes a difference.
LEAN FORWARD when you play. It's the attack mode. You won''t shake. <---- Most important tip...
Also, concentrate on something in the piece that has to do with music rather than the basics. Hear yourself from the outside as if someone else is playing as you are playing....Let the technique take over as in autopilot with full concentration on music and beauty.

Thanks Pierre,

I love the right brain approach!  When the unexpected happened I think I spent too much time an energy from then on trying to get in control rather than just letting go and making the music.  The leaning forward suggestion sparks a visual of leaning froward and sticking my head through the barrier that's holding me back.

One of the problems with living the life as an engineer rather than an artist (fyi, you can do both) is that you forget how important visualization and belief are to artistic performance.

 

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Here's a couple runs at a "dress rehearsal" using the location and equipment that I'll be using for the wedding.  On the suggestion of my teacher, I'm using the backup track that has the computer generated melody along with it.  I have my violin plugged into the amp as well.

This was recorded from down in the area where I think they'll be doing their first dance though that is not 100% settled yet.

pardon the fan noise in the first run through.  There are a couple minor hiccups but my confidence is somewhat restored after this last Saturday's debacle.

I think I will start trying to throw in more ornaments and dynamics.

comments and suggestions welcome

joe

http://youtu.be/OL6GRPQU8ks

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You sound really good! just remember, no live performance is ever 100% perfect, but if you act as if it was done on purpose, no one will ever know it wasnt perfect. Congratulations!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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That was really really nice, it sounded perfect to me.  Your daughter is going to be so happy and proud that you played that for her. Sorry, was it your daughter or your son, either way.  It looks like such a beautiful setting too, majestic A frame, the trees gently swaying, the sweet violin playing.....

That really is beautiful tune.  What does the name translate?  Does anyone know how to pronounce it? 

Cindy

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That was really really nice, it sounded perfect to me.  Your daughter is going to be so happy and proud that you played that for her. Sorry, was it your daughter or your son, either way.  It looks like such a beautiful setting too, majestic A frame, the trees gently swaying, the sweet violin playing..... That really is beautiful tune.  What does the name translate?  Does anyone know how to pronounce it?  Cindy

 

Small Faerie mound - Large Faerie mound.  According to http://www.irishpage.com/songs.....eebeag.htm

It's Gaelic, so the annunciation is beyond me.

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@JoeP: That was so nice, you play it beautifully.

 

Helvetika said

That really is beautiful tune.  What does the name translate?  Does anyone know how to pronounce it? 

Cindy

@Helvetika:  Sí Bheag Sí Mhor is pronounced shee'beg shee'more.

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown

 

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Thanks @Feathers , and @wookieman 

I think I'll be like Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby and start learning gaelic.  After all my ancestors came from Ireland, so why not....

Just another easy breezy thing to do, in my spare time, like learning the fiddle! lumpy-2134

 

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I like it with ornamentation. They are nice when You feel confident!

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