Please vote for your FAVORITE TUNE for our 2022 Xmas Group Project.
i think you will always get the most out of playing what you love or enjoy hearing. Maybe if you like all the books, pick 1 or 2 tunes from each and concentrate on those specific tunes for a week or 2 and dont worry about moving on or what youre not learning by not flipping a page.
experiment with those only and see how it goes. i dont think there will be a wrong book or one that should be done before the other unless she has structered some type of program within each book that she specifically spells out.
still..its about playing music and if you have some tunes in each that you really enjoy, then just practice those and see how you can develop with each of them only.
EDITED IN: I think I will rule out the Blue Boogie Blues. I need to perfect the bowing a little better with the other songs first. I think it will discourage me, right now. Playing it really slow, it is neat piece, but needs to be done to speed.
maybe..but its possible that once you start experimenting with it you stumble on something you like no matter the speed. but i get what youre saying. when weve spent years hearing things played a certain way ..thats how we wanna hear them played for it to be correct. But.. there could be something in there that comes out slower thats nice too.
I think sometimes overlooked in our desire to play better.. is just because something seems like a simple piece of music doesnt mean there isnt value in it from a learning standpoint. It all builds.
Just figuring out what mood the fiddle is in every night is an adventure in itself 🤣
I'm not going to even get close to saying which one to pick. Not my place to go eeny, meeny, miney, moe and all that jazz. What I will say is to close your eyes and think about what music is you. What music is inside of you. The music that's in your head, your heart, and the hidden places in your soul. Pick the one that's closest to that.
For me, I'll probably never be interested in learning or playing Paganini's Caprice No. 24 or anything remotely similar. Even the Suzuki lessons, for the most part, aren't something I want to learn. In fact, I often just hate them because they aren't "music", they're homework designed to teach a skill. I'm not learning to play as a skill, I'm learning to play because I want to play music. If that means I have to learn how to play the Suzuki pieces then I'll do it, but it's not by choice or preference.
My soul resonates with Massenet's Meditation from Thais, Paganini's Symphony No. 1, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman - Barcolle, Vivaldi's Spring, and others like those including works from modern composers like Barry White's Love's Theme. In your situation, I'd lean heavily toward a piece which reflects the same tone/tenor/personal resonance as what's inside of me. Thus, my recommendation is for you to find what drives you, and choose the one on your list which is closest to that.
My ultimate realization after half a century of meditating on tone is that strings "only sing the heart of the one who plays them." Strings are mindless entities, they produce sound through the physical act of vibration. At each lesson I say "Put your heart into your tone, your spirit into your tone," because our entire personalities are revealed in the tone we produce. To make music is to serve the string; to create a beautiful, resonant tone; to sing with one's heart and the living spirit of music.
Sinichi Suzuki - preface to Suzuki Violin School, volume 2
Zen in the art of playing violin. Who knew? Play to your strengths, study your weaknesses to make them strengths.
I used to play some of the tunes from her, it was when I first started so can’t remember which ones for sure, but there’s some fun ones in there.
Just pick whatever motivates you and makes you excited to play. I never made as much progress when I was forcing myself to learn a tune I didn’t fully love.
World's Okayest Fiddler
If maintaining your tempo while practicing is worrying you, do you ever play along with videos to practice? That is my main way of practice, learn the notes, then go to YouTube and put the videos at about 75% speed to play along to, until I can get them to 100%, that helps me learn how it should sound. Doesn’t mean I won’t go off the rails when I play without it, but that has always helped.
Ps For me telling me a tune is in D, G or blueberry means nothing to me, lol. I can read sheet music and know where my fingers belong as far as the key signature #’s , but don’t know what key they actually are, lol.
World's Okayest Fiddler
You don't have to be confused about keys - or even memorize them.
Just refer to the Circle of 5ths if you want to know what the Key Signature means.
It's that easy.
So, F# + C# = D Major, or if it sounds minor - then it's B minor.
Helpful to know for accompaniment - or if someone tells you what Key something is played in.
Just refer to the chart.
There are rules of thumb you can use, too. If a key signature has sharps, look at the last sharp in the key signature. The major key it represents is a half step above the last sharp. If a key signature has more than one flat, then the second-last flat is the major key that it represents. The major key is always the third note of the minor scale represented by the same key signature.
As far as what to play: depends on what your purpose for picking music is. If you just want to enjoy playing it, pick whatever strikes your fancy. If you're trying to develop your skills, you can look through the music and see if there's anything that includes the techniques you want to focus on.
When I'm not sure what I want to work on next, I like to read through a big pile of music, without any particular plan to work on any piece in that pile, and see if there's anything that either speaks to me or fits a technical need.