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The Old Guy Re-Entering the String World
A personal view of the start of a journey into music and the viola.
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JohnG
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Half an hour yesterday and 40 minutes today, playing the same repertoire. Ashokan Farewell, A Taste of Honey, On the Wings, Down by the Sally Gardens, Oh Shenandoah, Wayfaring Stranger, Gypsy Rover, The Wellerman, Wild Mountain Thyme, Blowin' in the Wind, and Simple Gifts.

Was hoping to join our son today in a rehearsal with the other members of the Praise Band at his church, but family conflicts on his end caused us to cancel. Hopefully next week. This is the second time we've had to cancel as last time he and a couple of kids were sick!

The old curmudgeon!

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After a couple of more days of not practicing because of feeling a little punk, I got in half an hour tonight playing Blowin' in the Wind, Ashokan Farewell, A Taste of Honey, On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, and Simple Gifts.

Really liking the TonalEnergy app, especially the percentage of in tune/close/out of tune after playing a piece.

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Really glad to hear you are still using the TonalEnergy app! 

I'm bummed out it won't work on my laptop... haven't exhausted every possibility, but I have exhausted my enthusiasm. 😔 

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@ELCBK - Have you tried the TonalEnergy on your phone? I started off using my Kindle Fire, but being lazy didn't always go get it and since my phone is always with me, started using it more and for what I use TE, it works fine.

Skipped another night yesterday but got 40 minutes in tonight playing Blowin' in the Wind, Ashokan Farewell, A Taste of Honey, On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, and Simple Gifts. Also tried out Absinthe as it intrigued me.

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I have it on my phone, but haven't used it - hate constantly enlarging little spots on the screen for me to see better. 

Taking a break from my last group of tunes I was working on, so just busy learning my current batch, while still recycling a few older ones. 

I like to learn by playing along with a video of how I want to sound - even if I'm reading off sheet music.  It essentially negates the need for the app, since easy to follow rhythm & check my intonation against the music video. 

...may see about trying it out when I'm ready to refine this new tune group. 😊 

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Put in 40 minutes today on Maureen, playing Blowin' in the Wind, Ashokan Farewell, A Taste of Honey, On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, Simple Gifts, and Absinthe. Also tried out the four parts of Wexford Carol after converting all four to alto clef. Thanks @Fiddlerman for including the .mxl file! I obviously don't know what the final parts will look like, but I can always attempt to create my own multipart version to record.

I really fell in love with this tune after recently watching the Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma version on YouTube.

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JohnG said
Put in 40 minutes today on Maureen, playing Blowin' in the Wind, Ashokan Farewell, A Taste of Honey, On the Wings of a Snow White Dove, Simple Gifts, and Absinthe. Also tried out the four parts of Wexford Carol after converting all four to alto clef. Thanks @Fiddlerman for including the .mxl file! I obviously don't know what the final parts will look like, but I can always attempt to create my own multipart version to record.

I really fell in love with this tune after recently watching the Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma version on YouTube.

You are very welcome. I can do that every time. I work in Finale and it's very easy to export the file as a .mxl file after I"m done.
Also, I'm all about music sharing.....

I listened to the Alison Krauss version about a week ago John. Wanted to hear as many versions as possible before writing some parts. That has some great examples of the bass line that I will probably be adding. Almost like drones throughout.
It's impressive to see an incredibly talented and well known musician such as Yo-yo Ma sit back and play in such a discreet manner without taking over.

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

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@JohnG yeah Ive listened to the Allison Krauss version.. my favorite.  A group called Nightnoise did a version on windham hills winter solstice IV album thats really good too.  

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