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I know it's hard to see what I'm doing but due to an expected busy morning I won't be able to make one in the day
i know now I have pacing issues and the grace notes on my Amazing Grace are anything but in spots, especially crossing strings. Also definitely need to work on intonation with double stops. If y'all can see anything else please let me know! I take everything y'all say seriously and I appreciate everything!
Thanks for the update. I liked your Amazing Grace. I applaud you for learning the double stops for Angelina Baker. What people tell me all the time when learning songs is to try them slow for a while and then speed up. That might help with Angelina Baker because is it difficult with the double stops.. (for me anyway). Bile em ... I am not really familiar with that song even though I did the Bile em' project. I am not sure I recognize the waltz.. But I like it, very pretty.
How nice that you let us into your midnight fiddle session. Keep up the good work.
BURRRR 65 is cold for sleep. But.. if there were proof for increased brain function.. I might do it. 🙂
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Become more aware of the beat. Put the fiddle aside, take a good recording of Amazing Grace, and count out and tap out the beat along with the recording. ONE two three ONE two three. Then stick to the beat obsessively when playing AG.
Try playing the double stops without playing any tune. Play the two notes separately into your tuner, and adjust the pitches. Then play them together, and really listen.
Some instruments can be played without listening. That won't work with violin/fiddle. So don't rush things---slow down and hear what you are playing. You can speed up later.
I've bee going back through your posts, impressive! You've been working hard and making improvements.
Folks have already said lots of great pieces of advice:
* slow the tunes down
* don't rush (don't rush the whole tune and let each note have their moment)
* bow angles for those pesky double stops
* really isolate the notes in the double stops getting the intonation right, for both notes then work on adding them together. It'll really help you internalize how the tune notes sound together
So I'm going to focus a little on Angeline, because that's one of my favorite fiddle tunes. Some things beyond what others have said
* I prefer playing Angeline with less saw strokes (single bows) and a lot more slurring (you can see how I play it in my video)
* When playing old-timey/bluegrass music, try and emphasize the downbeats. You can accomplish this by trying to play down bows on the 1st beat of the measure.
* One way to help your tempo problems is to play with a metronome. But that can be kinda boring sometimes, so I like to play with backup tracks. It also helps keep you oriented intonation wise as well as where you should be in the song.
* Don't feel like you always have to play the double stops, on the faster parts of the tunes, it's ok to leave out the double stops. In my version I leave out the doublestops a lot in the B part
I did a simple version of Angeline the Baker for you. I think I did it around 75 or 85 bpm. It's nothing amazing but I thought it might be nice for you to listen to a version that's around the same speed you are currently playing at. (Actually in your video you are playing around 95 I think). The first time through I did it without double stops. The second time through with.
Also if you want to play with some backing tracks I made some at various speeds for you so you can play along with it. Start with the slow one, 75bpm. Then once you get that down, then go up to the next one.
Great job and keep up the great work!