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@Mark thanks for sharing your break with my post! appreciate you watching.

@SharonC ..thank you.  yeah i wonder how many timelapses have irish trad as backing 😁  thought the synth helped some.

@elcbk the video was a bit longer but i messed up and left the room lights on so my reflection off the window ended up in it ruining the best section 😠  also forgot to make all the exposure/white balance and such manual so it kept adjusting and took away from what i was shooting for.   maybe next year.  stayed overnight to watch preds lose to buffalo.  got a good niggt on town with wife though so all was well.  thanks for watching!

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Last few nights have been mainly the boy in the gap, porthole of kelp and crested hens..which is the hardest of the 3 for me.  The notes arent difficult but the feeling needed i think.  They all require that but the slower tunes even more.  which led into this one i revisted.   I messed around with it a couple years or last year not sure.   not an easy one and not there yet as is apparent.  ..i spared sharing that one then cept for maybe 1 or 2 people.  

no cats harmed here 🫣  

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@ABitRusty -

Sounds good! 

One thing I notice about Martin's - not quite so even.  Think it's tricky to build up & let fall away, then build up again - especially at a slow speed. 

Really like the nuances you add in some of your bow strokes - great effect! 

 

...what draws me to Crested Hens, it's French - I think they might slightly squeeze some ½ step intervals to emphasize a discourse (?) like I notice in the Haunting Music From French Composers Thread.  There's 2 notes that make or break the B part - the C natural that's thrown in & that driving D# (if you play in Edor).  ...can't remember if you played in Ddor (or Amin) - with a Bb & C# in the B part (?)

https://i.pinimg.com/236x/22/9b/b8/229bb85e1ee50adfaa2a5206ca9e5164--pollo-grande-hen-chicken.jpg?nii=t

 

Appreciate your sharing! 

- Emily

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@elcbk thanks for listening and pointers!  

yes the D# for sure makes the B part and important to use other fingers for correct placement of 3rd finger on that A string note.   otherwise its a gamble..😀 .

 

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@elcbk had to cut last reply short.. and wasnt able to finish

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"One thing I notice about Martin's - not quite so even.  Think it's tricky to build up & let fall away, then build up again - especially at a slow speed. "

yes..very tricky.. First thing I had to do was play an open G string and play individual notes like the E on D and B on A..G on D and D on a..  like open G. then A note...open G then a note.  youd think after a while intonation would just always be there...never is for me. 🤪

then its trying to find that speed on the bow somewhere between glass and too loud.  then theres feeling and dynamics and just playing the right melody which i think i skipped notes in places.  so there was alot to practice besides just playing as youre well aware.  alot of that will get neglected in times I am basically relaxing playing something instead of a focused type of practice.  i felt more engaged in the process on this one regardless of how it came out.  sounds contradictory doesnt it 🙄  

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ABitRusty

Sounds good  has a haunting quality to it, I liked it.

Thanks for posting,

Mark

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spent a long weekend in Chattanooga, TN taking part in "Owl flight training"  .  Fun time at a local rescue where they have sessions to expose folks to wildlife and other nature type events.  Taylor was our guide and gave a neat show and tell with winni the barn owl.   We were able to let her fly back and forth between us and feed mice when she landed.  She was a bit disturbed with a hawk that was circling the area so after a bit she said enough and needed a break.  spent the rest of the afternoon walking trails and the next couple of days downtown at the riverfront and some old historic type sites.

on the way back today I searched for fiddle tunes with Chattanooga in the title and found this one that  is credited to a Tn fiddler named Blaine Smith who actually played a viola.  I read he had it tuned nearly up to violin pitch which raised the strings way up off the fingerboard.  Theres a recording of him playing this tune that seems to be one of those original source field recordings.  Paul Kirks Youtube channel is where I got the tune from and am trying to play a bit of what Im hearing from it.  You can hear a much better recording from him there. 

Heres my mashup of it 🫣

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ABitRusty

Sounded good to me, nice video to go along with it.

Have fond memories of Chattanooga, staying at Chester Frost park and fishing the Tennessee River

During the Spoonplugger jamboree's that use to take place there.

Thanks for posting this.

Mark

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@ABitRusty -

Very cool! 

Think you definitely captured the feel of Blaine Smith! 

Loved the video - better music played than any travelogue! 

Glad to see you had a great weekend - thanks for sharing it! 

- Emily

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thanks elcbk !

@Mark appreciate it.   I had to look up chester frost..looks like a good place to check out.  So many of these places that are worth a visit.  thank you!

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@ABitRusty  Sounds great!  I like the mixture of the moving and still pictures—perfect matchup to your playing. Sounds like a fun trip!  Thanks for sharing!   

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thanks @SharonC !  appreciate it..

 

soo you say yah wanna hear more!!  dancingviolin-student🙂

This one is alot of progress for me no matter how it sounds.   I learned The Old Copperplate a while back but now am gonna have to dust that off to pair with this one.  The New Copperplate.  I hated this tune when I first heard it.  made no sense to me..but after having to practice it for our class it has grown on me and now is a favorite.   funny how that works.   aside from the usual intonation and just getting the notes down..the opening is tricky trying to get the string crossings right.  then a section where it jumps to open E.  i have to make an effort at that jump not to hit it so hard.  not sure if its apparant but im trying NOT to do that.  you can still hear a mettalic shing when i do..but not as much tonight.  and mainly when it gets faster.  i also lose intonation.  according to the presonus tuner set to strobe it drifts by +- .25 in places.  before that wasnt as bad.

 Ive spent ALOT of time getting this to memory and playing to this video, WHICH is in the description.  If you like the tune and want to play along to something id suggest this.  I recorded playing to it up till his 3rd speed shift and had to drop out..  which is progress because i had to slow the first part down when i started.  small win and it is what it is.. but hey...

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ABitRusty

That's a tricky song, and sounded good, but when he hit 3rd gear  I was like,  ok thats way beyond my comprehension on how to play that fast let alone play cleanly.

Well done,

Thanks for posting this,

Mark

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@ABitRusty -

Wow, you had me fooled at the beginning - got all excited thinking you finally picked up your flute! (lol)

Great playing there! 

Are you going to have to perform it at that speed, or faster? 

My hat's off to you on this one - don't think it's an easy tune to memorize or play!

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thanks @Mark.  yeah the 3rd speed is intense. I think i could hold it together on the 1st but the 2nd speed im fighting to keep up so cant say i have it at that tempo.

@elcbk thanks.   i dont want to 2nd guess her but id say the 1st tempo will be about where we do it.  could be a tad faster though.   just dont know yet.

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@ABitRusty I'm thinking it's way easier for a flutist to move their fingers that fast than it is for us to move the bow smile

Tricky tune, and you're sounding good with it! 

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@ABitRusty I keep forgetting to tell you that I love the name of your blog!

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The Bumblebee Flies!

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@SharonC said
 I'm thinking it's way easier for a flutist to move their fingers that fast than it is for us to move the bow smile

Tricky tune, and you're sounding good with it! 

I think some tunes work better for fiddle..some for flute..concertina..etc..  Which may make playing one vs the other more difficult on one instrument vs the other.  wordy way to say i agree..lol.. BUT... i dont think that makes it easy.  they still have intonation to deal with..breath control..the finger placement has to be spot on so the notes sound correctly.  whereas we have THE BOW...bum BUM BUUUUUMMMM..  🫣🤣  I really like the sound of a good flute player handling these tunes.  its nice because of their volume.. gives a sort of foundation that holds it all together.. idk.  hard to explain other than im glad when our regular flute player shows up!

Thank you!!

 

@mouse rofl..yeah..its fitting in content and where most of the playing happens.  

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...I was going to mention that sometimes I find it harder to play along or learn from a tune played with flute, because I have a hard time interpreting their ornaments - messes me up, feeling like maybe I ought to be doing something only I don't know what. 🥴

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know what you mean @elcbk .. i dont seem to have that as much with someone on flute as say tenor banjo.   like the sound of both though.  think the fact that a flute player has to breath helps break up the tune into seperate passages so maybe why i like.  

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Hows this winter going?  no worries..spring around the corner.

I probably shouldve praticed the fiddle part more instead of doing this tonight but.. i didnt. facepalm

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