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Fiddlerman 2018 Group Christmas Project - I'll Be Home For Christmas
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Javert
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New to this but would love to have a go with my new Artist cello! It doesn't specifically say... are we restricted to the parts as written (only 2 showing for cello), or can we make up our own parts?

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Welcome to the forum @Javert 

I would imagine that as long as you use the click-track in-ear (obviously for timing purposes everyone HAS to do this otherwise noting would work) - you could - by taking cognizance of the indicated dynamics on other parts - play any "improvisation" that fits-in - melody or improvised harmony parts as long as they are "in tune" to the appropriate chord at the moment of playing !

LOL - that sounds strange - but hopefully you get the idea - if what you do is "in time" by the click-track and harmonizes with the overall sound arrangement - you're just FINE !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Question on the violin 2 part...... in measure 53 the click track is playing a D flat for the second half note, but the score is a D natural. Which one is correct? 

Just want to be sure before I submit a part! 

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Thank you so much for catching that. It should be a Db.
I fixed both the violin and viola parts. Spread the word, everyone!

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Thanks @Fiddlerman -  when I played the V2 part against the click track for the V1, I kind of thought that the Db worked better than the D. Glad that I asked!!! smile

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This looks like so much fun.  I just don’t feel ready yet.  Also, my only way to record a video is with my mobile phone and I don’t know if that would be adequate. 

I might be able to participate in next year’s project hopefully!

- Pete -

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BillyG said
Welcome to the forum @Javert 

I would imagine that as long as you use the click-track in-ear (obviously for timing purposes everyone HAS to do this otherwise noting would work) - you could - by taking cognizance of the indicated dynamics on other parts - play any "improvisation" that fits-in - melody or improvised harmony parts as long as they are "in tune" to the appropriate chord at the moment of playing !

LOL - that sounds strange - but hopefully you get the idea - if what you do is "in time" by the click-track and harmonizes with the overall sound arrangement - you're just FINE !  

Whaaat?? I'll Be Home For Christmas has really complicated chords! I guess you're joking. This is my favorite American Christmas song -- of course sang by Bing Crosby. 😉

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string. Self-made bow, weight: 24 g / 0.85 oz

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🙂 No, I wasn't joking - I thought my words were clear.   

There is no scored cello part that follows the melody-line (which is fair enough), but I suggested the original poster could use the melody (clearly, although I didn't say so, one or two octaves down), or, alternatively play/improvise "in tune" ( i.e. meaning play individual notes that ARE part of the chord structure as it changes throughout the piece over time and not just random notes) and follows the click track for correct timing. 

I most assuredly did not mean or suggest "just play anything you like", and I assumed the person asking the question would understand that. 

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

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pchoppin said
This looks like so much fun.  I just don’t feel ready yet.  Also, my only way to record a video is with my mobile phone and I don’t know if that would be adequate. 

I might be able to participate in next year’s project hopefully!  

I'm with you Pete, I was hoping there'd be a beginner piece for this project as there's a lot of pretty active beginners around here, but it's just too advanced for me as well.

What say we have a great year getting out of the start box, and give it a serious go in a year's time, eh!  I am about six weeks in and I already want a better violin, so these things take a minute.

Seriously trying to talk myself into the Fiddlerman Concert outfit... Since we're in the same boat, I'll check in with you every month or two and see how it's going if you'd like.

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@Pete_Violin - Is the 4th part too difficult? I'll make a point to make a super beginners part in the next project. Sorry 🙁

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

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@Pete_Violin - Is the 4th part too difficult? I'll make a point to make a super beginners part in the next project. Sorry 🙁  

@Fiddlerman 

No, it's ok.  Don't worry.  It's not you.  I need to get my skills up to be able to participate in your project.  It's a good goal for me.  I will look forward to it next year.

- Pete -

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Oh folks, I am sorry but I cannot work out to use this forum.

I have just recently learnt about the Christmas project and have been reading some of the comments. I want to give it a go.

I have printed the music and saved, what you are maybe calling 'click files'! I am playing with these.  Is it these that might change? I only downloaded them a couple of days ago so are they the correct speed yet? 

Will we be advised as to where they need to be uploaded? 

I would be grateful for any advice as long as I don't have to be involved with Musescore.

Thank.

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@Annieq  

Check out Fiddlerman's first entry on page one of this thread for recording and uploading instructions. 

Two important points he mentions:

1) Video record the part(s) you choose while listening to the click track through earphones so your timing matches everyone else's.

2) Upload your recording to a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive (he mentions others) and send the link to pierre@fiddlerman.com

Voilà, hope that helps.

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Fiddlerman said
  

I have been wondering for years, where I could find a violin maker shop here in Berlin, where they not just make violins, but also can actually play them. And here it seems like almost everybody in the shop does. That is really impressive! And considering the singing: I find that very-very charming. I like this arrangement, it seems to be a bit tricky, but considering Pièrres long experience and routine in things global internet group projects, participants should just trust and give it a try. Violinistically I live in a totally different world, but am familiar with this music as player of wind instruments. And I am really-really impressed.

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string. Self-made bow, weight: 24 g / 0.85 oz

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Thank you to Bocaholly. I will give it a go. 

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Let us know if you need more guidance Annieq.

@Demoiselle - Thanks, I'm so happy that you are impressed. Hopefully, you will find a violin shop with players and not just salesmen.

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Fiddlerman said
  

Hahhaha clap clap clap!  Good job!~

 

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Thank you so much. 🙂

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@Fiddlerman  - A HUGE thanks to the Fiddlershop String Quartet! I loved your rendition of I'll Be Home For Christmas! First I just enjoyed listening to it, and then I realized that playing with it would actually help me prepare my part for submission. Don't know why I never thought of that before, but it is a lot of fun and also fulfills that desire to play with other musicians. And an added bonus is that I am finding my expression is improving. 

Oh, and the singing at the end is just charming! Not perfect mind you, but definitely charming! smile

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