Well that day has finally come upon me. Live and alone (well OK, My instructor will be playing harmony) tomorrow evening at the music school. I have been asked if it was OK to provide a short bio for the audience, and a mention of the great community and resources from Fiddlerman.com will be included.
I hope to have a video of my short time on stage and will share here.
Well I survived, and not an ounce of nerves once it all started. I did, however, have an overwhelming urge to keep driving as I went to the hall. I'm glad I went first. The kids were great. Why does the tune sound so great with the fiddle under my chin, but not so great when on video? I did post this tune some where in the past either here or on violaman.com so I should be able to compare...
The second video is of the whole group during the jam. This was one of the few pieces I was able to participate in as I play a fifth lower. My goal for next year... more violin or learn to play up a fifth.
Ok, I found it. It's over at Violaman.com
..... Why does the tune sound so great with the fiddle under my chin, but not so great when on video? ...
YAY!! You did it. You did something that not everyone can do - play the violin and perform in front of people.
Slowly but surely each time gets easier. Finally after a year of jamming I don't have too much of a problem with nerves. My bow might shake but I can stop it right away!!
Funny at jam last Tuesday I started the tune Old Joe Clark. My fingers were FLYING with speed ..... or so I thought!! LOL!! I passed the tune off to a banjo player. OH MY GOODNESS!! It was so slow. A real snoozer!!
I definitely need to kick the speed up a notch.
Violinist start date - May 2013
Fiddler start date - May 2014
FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius. BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.
The violin/fiddle sounds very different under your chin than it does even several feet away. There's a couple reasons for this.
First is that most of the string noise, the scratch and hiss sort of sounds from bowing don't carry very far. You would hear them louder than an audience or camera or mic a little ways away does.
Second is part of what we hear when we play is by bone conduction. So you think you are playing louder and getting more "guts" to the sound than will actually carry for distance.
So it definitely does sound different.
The best way to get used to adjusting your playing for that is to record or if you can set up a mic and headphones so you can practice sometimes while hearing yourself as a listener would hear you.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman