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January 29, 2024 - 11:27 am
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So, this morning I did my cello. I am absolutely loving the Thomastik-Infeld Dominant Pro cello strings on my Fiddlerman Master Cello! They are sounding better and better. They were really bringing out the lovely sound of this cello, which I highly recommend. I cannot believe that they are still getting fuller and warmer sounding, Lovely! 

It was so much fun to play this morning. Amazing what a good string match to your instrument can do. I did not have to adjust my strings, except for a tad in the C string, The other strings were good. 

I am able to pay more attention to my bowing and fingering now. With strings that do not sound good to me, I am bothered by that and constantly pay attention to that instead.

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January 29, 2024 - 11:37 am
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After I was finished with my cello this morning, post 441 above, I grabbed the fiddle made by my grandfather, I used that one. Wow, it has been a while with that one, but it was still in tune. 

I did fiddle tunes I was doing in the Fiddlershop Lord Wilton violin. Completely different sound, Cool. Variation! It was fun playing them on this violin. I did not have the problem on the E string. I do believe it is my bowing. The Lord Wilton has that French(?) style bridge. My grandfather's fiddle, I think, has the Belgium style bridge, squatty heart, differently curved top.

I do find it easier to play with the Belgium style. That is what is causing me the learning curve with the new cello, also. The Goronok had the Belgium style bridge. My Fiddlerman Master cello has the French style. I am adjusting to it, and the new strings are making that easier. Adjusting to it on the cello, seems a little easier than on the violin, right now, anyway.

I am going to give my Lord Wilton a while with its current strings. I know now, what the issue is. I just have to adjust, play slower, maybe do some scales up the E string and then work back by adding the A string to E string, etc. Just to become more used to it. It was better the other day. I am glad, actually, that it is me.

I don't want to wait too long to put the new strings on the Lord Wilton. I want them to still have life when I take them off. I want to try them on my 15 inch pawn shop rescue viola, just for kicks. I know the bridge won't be right, I just want to play around. I will have a violalin. I will think about it first. I am not sure what the violin strings will do on the viola bridge. I will see. 

All in all, I am pleased with this morning's session with cello and violin.

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January 31, 2024 - 3:07 pm
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Ok, I just did my cello. The strings are great. The cello, I really like. When I can play it it sounds great. My problem is that I simply cannot get used to this bridge. I do not recall having issues before that I am having now. I have issues bowing it. I thought it was strings, the strings do give it a lovely sound. I thought it was the bow. I have three bows, they all have the same result. I cannot bow one string. It is almost always two strings. 

I paid strict attention today. I think this style bridge just does not suit me. I cannot get used to it. I have a few more months to get used to it. By then the weather will be more steady for clear roads. At that point I can take the 2 hours drive and have a Belgian style bridge put on it. It will be costly, but less than a cello, and I really like the sound of this cello. I just cannot get used to the bridge. 

I do find a difference between the violins and violas with the different bridges. I am pretty sure it is the bridge. Since I really like the cello, I think a bridge fitting will be worth it. I will try a couple cellos with the Belgian style bridge at the shop and compare, before I do a Belgian style bridge, just to make sure. I have too many off days with it, as it is.

This is the curved top that I am talking about

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Thw French style bridge that I have has a slight curve and it does not go down lower on one end, it is an even slight curve. This is making it hard for me to bow. Probably okay for a better cellist, but for me, not so much.

 

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February 1, 2024 - 1:30 pm
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Still had issues with the strings today. Very frustrating, but I WILL figure it out. It is easier to keep trying with the strings sounding so nice, just have to hone in on the one string I want to play!

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February 5, 2024 - 2:47 pm
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Cello day not too bad, but then the songs were all slow paced, and therefore, not as much of an issue with bowing one note as much on string change on the strings I have issues with.

My Fanwy, I am doing the entire song now. The second part gets up into the upper registers in the A string. I just cannot get a good sound up there. I can play the upper registers, but the sound is bot there. It is much better with these Dominant Pro steings, but still not as I like. I will work on it.

Moon Over the Ruined Castle. A Suzuki book, maybe book 2. It is in 2 books, different versions. This is the book it appears in.

This is a better version. It is a .Mov format, but I made it work to be uploaded. I was able to decrease a lot of the file size.

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February 5, 2024 - 5:43 pm
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That is SO COOL @mouse ! wow...you sound awesome! very good.  im gonna see if i can play along tonight!

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February 5, 2024 - 5:49 pm
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Thanks, @ABitRusty, I am sure you can play plenty of songs tonight!

I think that wolf tone on the D string, that I have not been able to completely scare away, actually sounds kind of eerie in this song when I play that E flat. Did you notice it?

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February 5, 2024 - 5:57 pm
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I liked it all  intended or not.  The melody sounds sorta sad and is perfect on cello.

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@mouse I knew as soon as i finished listening to that what it was i wanted play.   Thanks for the insperation today.  thats TWO! ..LOL.

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February 5, 2024 - 8:54 pm
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abitrusty, 😁.

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Heres a Link to our little collaboration mouse!   Glad you posted your playing today.  

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February 5, 2024 - 9:26 pm
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That was fun. We will have to do this again. When Imget my next one pretty good. I will post it again. Rusty Mouse lives on.

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February 12, 2024 - 6:49 pm
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I just had a Member Article accepted for the forum. It is abput blogs and how they can help in your learning. Here is a link: 

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Feel free to visit the article and post a comment there. You can also post a comment here, or both places. I wanted to share h-w the blog can really keep you connected and prod you along.

As far as my playing goes, I have not been able to for two days. Tomorrow will be a cello, and violin or viola day. I will make up my mind tomorrow about the violin or viola.

I was making a card for a sister-in-law's birthday today. It was a bust. I wanted to use a layering stencil, rather than die cuts glued to the card. The stencil set was basically missing a layer, even though all the layers were there - a designing flaw, in my opinion. Each layer is used with a specific ink color, light colors are done first. You align the sheets, usually. with the top left corner, but that can vary. 

Well. this set has a stamp set that apparently goes with it, but sold separately. That stamp set is needed. It defines the lines in the leaves, and petals. Bummer. I am not spending money on the stamp set, I already bought the layering stencil set, and it should be included, and it should be pictured on the layering stencil set without what the stamp set adds, since you do not get that stamp set with the stencil set. It was not stated you need to also buy a coordinating stamp set. The picture on the stencil set packaging shows the flowers with everything the stamp adds to it. 

The missing lines are not something I can freehand onto the finished stenciling. I put the stencil I finished in the bag with the stencil sheets with a note stating it needs the stamps to work. 

I pulled out my die set that cuts three sizes of candles and piece of cake. I might use that instead. I really wanted to do that stencil. My sister-in-law would have loved it and it went so well with a sentiment die I wanted to use. I was disappointed, and decided to clean the daubers and call it a day, leaving the chosen dies on the desk, ready to use. 

I did this one for a daughter earlier this month:

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The oval is a window I made. There is cellophane in the opening, which is why there is some reflection on it. I don't buy cellophane, packages have cellophane. If it is a good weight and not wrinkled, I keep some for this purpose. Some people buy acetate sheets to use. Why do that? Packaging used for things you get can be reused for a lot of things. 

She loved the card. She keeps them all.

Thr background was done with a layering stencil that actually worked correctly. I wanted to use blues that had a lot more dark and light contrast, but the lighter blue ink pad was dried out snd I did not have a reinker for it. I have one on order now. Cheaper and better than buying a whole ink pad. Just reink them until the foam -ad gets ratty. I am so cheap. 

Ok, back to the subject. I received the book mentioned by Sharon C a while ago, about learning to fiddle. I hope to get into it tomorrow. I like what I saw. I like the format. I have not tried it yet, but it looks very organized and well done. Maybe, if I make progress, I can do a quick voice memo post. The problem with those is that I have to convert from that mv4 or whatever format it is, to the mp3 or mp4 in order to post it. Hmm, there is another option. I will check into it. I do have an idea.  Don't hold your breath, though, 😂

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I was able to play the new fiddle book. There are a few that I was able to play upon first seeing. Some are just a tad involved, that is good.

By the saying, There are a few that I was able to play upon first seeing, that does not mean smoothly, it mens I was able to get the note count, rhythm, notes are in my playing range, etc. They are pieces from which I can select one to work on, and then move on, good starting points to work up from. 👍

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Sounds like the fiddle book is a good fit--awesome thumbs-up

The same publisher has a Basic Fiddle Celtic Tunes book that is set up the same way (for future reference smile)

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February 13, 2024 - 5:39 pm
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Yep, good fit. I did it today with my grandfather's fiddle and being a folk fiddle, it has a neat sound with the two songs that I did. 

Thanks again for the heads up about the book.

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February 19, 2024 - 12:08 pm
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I worked on my cello this morning. I actually did the Moon Over the Ruined Castle from book 3. I thought it was in book 2. This version just has the F#, no flats. I believe it is E minor because it ends on an E, not a G. Although both are played in minor keys, to me, this version does not sound as haunting, sounds mysterious, but not haunting. Going from b minor to e minor gives it an entirely different sound.

Also, this version uses the D and A strings, whereas the book 1 version used mostly C and G strings. I also was able to do mostly 4th position while playing this version from book 3.

I am not sure, now, which version I like better. I did not like this version as much before, but I am liking it. I do not dislike it. I do miss the haunting sound caused by the key the other version was played in. But, I love shifting, and I also like the feel of this version now, too. Maybe it is the C and G strings vs the D and A strings that gives it its haunting sound. 

This is Moon Over The Ruined Castle, R Taki, Suzuki Book 3, 2-19-2024, V2 Shifted version Slight Vibrato

So, I do feel like I am making progress again, on my cello. I did notice a huge difference when I did What a Wonderful World, which has become my signature when playing. I love this on cello. No, there is no recording. The file is too large to just upload without going through a YouTube link of Google Drive. I am not interested in those. If I can get it to a smaller file size, I will attach it, sometime, maybe.

The first version is in post 445.

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love it!   really like how you made the shift sound at :29 and your vibrato is really good!

this one isnt as ominous sounding...it has more of a sad reflection vibe.  so the dragon was coming to the castle in the first version and this one is looking back at times before 🙂

im a goob.. i know.   

really like it @mouse great job!

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Thanks, @ABitRusty. I like how you described it. It is interesting to me how they give a slightly different vibe from the B minor to the E minor versions. 

I got lucky with my vibrato today. I don't like to do it a lot, so I don't get much practice. I like doing it, but I think it can be over used a lot. I try to let my bowing, strings and notes do the work, and use vibrato sparingly. I hate hearing the singing voices that use all that vibrato. A lot of people like it, I cannot stand listening to singers doing that. Hit the note, or try a lower one. When singers do it, it sounds like they have gone beyond their range to me. A little is fine, where needed, but just because it is a long drawn out note, it does not call for vibrato.

That said, I do have to hold back with the vibrato sometimes because I hear so much of it and know where others would use it, and I do not want it there, so I have to force myself not to add it and let the note sing naturally. 

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So, after posting the above audio video above in post 457, I was thinking Imhad a fiddle cello book. Well, I looked, it is a viola book. Anyway, I checked Fiddlershop, they do not have one, so I went to Amazon. The ones they had, even though supposedly easy, the samples made my eyes roll. Then I I found some that were for violin and cello duet, and violin/viola/ cello trio. 

The thing with the book I found, the violin part in the samples looked doable, and the viola and cello parts also looked doable. I popped it into my cart for the next time either of us order anything. There is no rush, so it is just sitting in the cart. Cool. 

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