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Wild Mountain Thyme (or Go Lassie, Go)
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JohnG
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Would appreciate your critique of this latest tune. It was also posted in my blog, as are all my videos, but this time I would like to get it officially critiqued.

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Nothing to add other than i really like the phrasing especially around :29.   and again around :50 along with other sections.. you were able to fade the sound out at the end of the phrase.  im liking how youre breaking up the parts of the melody...i can hear it being sung.  which this one is usually i think.  Theres parts in the vocal version where the syllables are quick and you matched that...either because its on the music or youve heard it..either way its there in your playing.  And nothing on intonation jumped out.  everything sounds great John!  enjoyed that.  youre rockin along!!

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@ABitRusty - Thanks doesn't seem to be enough to say about your comments. I truly appreciate your kind comments.

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Now I understand what phrasing is , I thought yours was really good. Also I’m no expert at all but I thought your notes sounded really in tune. No buzzing or scratching with the sound either. I thought it was great. Thank you for posting ! Well done 😀

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@JohnG -  

Beautiful! 

I knew by the time you got close to a year you'd be amazing! 

Starting to get good phrasing, but you know I think it's thyme to start memorizing these Scottish & Irish tunes so you can work more on expression. 
Fiddle sheet music doesn't explain how to do that, unlike Classical notation. 

You are definitely ready to start varying bow speed & pressure more (bow position on the strings - down the road) - Fiddlerman Dynamics & Tone Production

And I think it's important to remember, Fiddlerman mentions that what we feel/play needs to be exaggerated to get that across to listeners - Fiddlerman Phrasing in Music Expression & Dynamics

I believe it's like the difference between reading a book to yourself vs reading out loud for others - animate!  

Think you found a great mic/camera position - really been wonderful to hear you play Maureen! 

 

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...check out what makes the differences between how Ed Sheeran sings it vs how Paul Anderson plays it.

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Excellent John

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@Katie M - Thanks, it helped that the tune resonated with me and I tried to pass that along.

@ELCBK - Thank you, and I agree with you about memorizing, but I've always had a problem with memorization and at almost 79 years of age, this is probably not the thyme that it will change! lol Those links for @Fiddlerman's tone and expression tutorials are probably what I really need to look into. btw- I've usurped the bedroom for our grandkids as my latest practice and recording studio. I think the acoustics help and the mic is just what is on my phone.

@stringy - Thank you, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Thank you Emily for posting those tutorials from Fiddlerman really helpful !

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@JohnG -

🤣 Well, I can't remember if something happened this morning or yesterday, but many Irish & Scottish tunes are only like 2 phrases - then just repeated!  Half the time the 2nd phrase is similar to the 1st. 

I still like the idea of looping a tune to listen while doing other things - or right before going to sleep.  It may seem ridiculous, but I believe there's something in the act of asking myself to try recalling a tune to play it - that gets it cemented for me.

Besides, what are you going to do if you're out sittin' around the campfire with family & friends when someone asks, "hey, why don't you play us a couple tunes?" 😳🤭

...know you must have some real favorites in your head!

 

@Katie M -

You are welcome! 

I think everyone forgets that Fiddlerman has MANY great tutorials - definitely something for everybody! 😊 

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@ELCBK -  I ain't goin' anywhere near a campfire with my viola! Someone might throw it in to get a better fire! lol You have to understand just how poor my musical memory is. Many people (especially our son's mother-in-law) can remember every tune they have ever heard. I can't remember any! Songs I grew up with, songs of my adult life, pieces I've played, even nursery rhyme songs. Songs that have deep meaning in my life (Roberta Flack's The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face). I can sometimes remember the first phrase, but after that it's blank.

We had a musical toy many years ago. Simon! I would guess I could get about 8-10 notes into a sequence and then fail!

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It's great to see that some of the things that I say in my videos resonate with you all. Thanks so much. 😁

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