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I've almost collected everything I need for my bike tour. There are so many generous people out there. Strangers donated most of the items you see on the bike! My violin is going to go on my doggy's trailer. I'm really nervous about street performing, aka busking. I don't have a huge arsenal of repertoire to just pull from my brain and start playing for people impromptu. Hopefully, I won't get too many requests. Lol I am thinking about getting a real book with a whole bunch of jazz tunes and using that to street perform out of. My route is mostly rural, so I'll be practicing my violin in the wilderness. Hopefully, the violin acts as a deterrent for wildlife and not an attraction. I can see it now. I am practicing the Bach Sonata in G minor. I slowly turn my head and see deer, birds, rabbits and a bear staring at me while I play. I don't take requests from bears. GROWL!!!! Ok, ok.Calm down. What would you like to hear?
Jasmine, it's great that you want to play jazz, but please don't leave out the classical. You do it such justice!!!
Happy dreaming regarding your trip. I too am looking forward to it.
The most beautiful things in life cannot be touched or seen. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller~
Thanks! Yeah, they are heavy! Oh well, I might be just playing a lot by ear.
Oh, don't worry. I won't leave out the classical. When I stop in New Jersey, a pianist and I are attempting to play Elgar Salut D'Amour and CHarlie Chaplin Smile. We'll record it if we get it to a listenable level.
Oh yeah, that's true. I have an IPAD. I'll have to look into digital sheet music.
THE MOTHER LODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Everyone, As you can imagine, It's been super busy the past few weeks. Fiji, my dog, had to have surgery and therefore her training was delayed. We started training a couple of weeks ago and she just won't get in her trailer. Flash forward, she's finally doing better and we are ready to hit the road. I have not practiced violin in a month! I broke a string and all my money's been going toward the trip that I forgot about my string fund. Lol So, I hope to pick up some extras from friends when I get to NYC. I'll be meeting with fiddler David Wallace. are there any questions I should ask him? Let me know!
Hi Fiddlerman Community,
Fiji, my dog, and I have been on the road for about 15 days. We've had so many great experiences thus far! Unfortunately, I did not take my violin because I couldn't think of affordable ways to protect it from the elements, such as heat and rain. However, I've had the opportunity to play a multitude of violins Dover the last few days by stopping at different violin makers' homes and shops. In addition, my host family for the past two nights had a violin collecting dust in their music room. I was able to practice it!
If you can't see the videos, let me know. This violin is an I. Gregory made in Whitley City, Kentucky in 1984. It is violin #107.
Hopefully, I can turn this discovery of violins into a vlog series, but it's been very hard finding time, places and the software to edit my videos.