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Fall 2015 - What are we playing?
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damfino said
I recently found the sheet music for Star Wars, so my geeky little self had to start giving that a try, lol

Our next recital has Star Wars for its theme.  We are doing Star Wars, the Cantina Song, and Darth Vader's Theme as group pieces.  

 

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@Georganne  - will you be in Fiddlefest this year?

I Love the Outlander version of Skye boat... it is what drew me in...even though Bill and Ferret had been telling and posting about it. Funny how that is... because we sang The Skyeboat song in school growing up... or I learned it in my English classes from the poem adaptation. 

I recall a line of the song that I had wondered.  Then I played the Outlander song.. and it occurred to me that it was The Skyeboat Song.  I am in love with Skye Boat song.  I never get enough of it.

I am in the mood for something new .. I flopped on The Addams thingy.  

Hummmmm.... 

Yes I loved the Skye Boat Song before I ever knew about Outlander.  I only found Outlander because I am in love with Bear McCreary and was listening to all his sound tracks.  So once I heard he had redone it, I had to watch the series.  

Fiddle Fest?  Is that on Street Jelly?  I either forgot about it or didn't hear about it.  

 

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@KindaScratchy - i figured you might be learning them by ear when I read the Fiddle Hell description.. Still, something in me still hoped you had the sheet music :)

Highly jealous that you have the will, patience and ability to learn to play them by ear. I had no doubt that they sound better when you are not bound to a strict sheet music but able to give it your own personal interpertation.

 

@damfino - thanks :)

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@KindaScratchy - i figured you might be learning them by ear when I read the Fiddle Hell description.. Still, something in me still hoped you had the sheet music :)

@NiloiV I still have the sheet music that I compiled two years ago from ABC notation. I'm happy to share it, if you're looking for fiddle tunes. Shouldn't be any copyright issues as it's all traditional music from free sources. Let me know if you're looking for any particular tunes.

Or if you'd like tips on finding and using ABC notation files, let me know.

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nice thread !  So much here I have never heard of before (maybe I'm better off for now)

It has been raining a lot here lately, so I am playing

Singing in the rain

Resonant Practitioner (by ear- STILL)

and, SMILE !! :)  

am going to add A- Perfect Saturday to the list (found in forum here)

 

AND I am working Amazing Grace, Scarborough Fair, Over the rainbow, and others on really cool, long work out days   :) vampire18

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I will have to look up the Skyboat song, it sounds good.  I have been bashing away at various Fiddlerman songs first - Scarborough Fair, Amazing Grace, Brahm's Lullaby (not so soothing when I play it quite yet).  My favorite by far right now is Ashokan Farewell.  I have found a few versions on line and the nicest one I have seen is one from a Fiddlerman post a few years ago.  It has me learning some grace notes, in addition to the tune, which is lovely but simple so quite playable for me.

No fiddle hell for me, but there is the odd practice session where no matter what I do, the fingers don't seem to cooperate and the bow is a bit off.  Fortunately I also have those days that sound great (to me anyways!).

Very nice to end a day with an hour of fiddling before bed. 

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Baby steps at first and it gets easier over time. Keep up the work and fun intrebpidgirl. :)

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@NiloiV - I wish I could play by ear also.  I am closer to doing that than I used to be, but far from it.. but I am happy to see it in my future.

@intrepidgirl - hour of fiddle before bed... (be still my heart).. best time of the day for me.   I get better practice on my mid day sessions on my days off.  I had a good amount of violin time this weekend so I am fulfilled this Monday and eager to play tonight. 

@Leana - Singing in the Rain.. what a great tune.   I'd love to give that a shot.

 

@Georganne - Fiddlefest.. shoot.. yea.. I forgot the date.. I will have to look it up.   Its November.... And it hasn't been talked about next. It is the second Annual event that Barry started.   :)  I will have to confirm the date.

 

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I've only picked out a super simple song by ear (a little bit of Frère Jacques, lol, started picking it out while playing scales one night, haha). I think I need to be way more comfortable before I can do more that way with the violin.

I've started working on the next song in my fiddle book, Old Joe's Jig, so that I can start working on slides, which is fun. If I have time in my practice, I'm going to move on to work a little on the next song in the book, My Darling Asleep, which works on grace notes, so that I can move ahead a little bit before my next lesson.

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@coolpinkone -  I actually have the sheet music for that, need it ?  (Singing in the rain)- LOL-  I can't figure out where I got it from- but here is my attempt to just put it out here.  (wish me luck)

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Here's a list of my busking tunes. I play them pretty close to the vocal melody, mostly in G D C, some in Ab & Bb.

When You're Smilin'

Stardust

Sunny Side of the Street

All of Me

Summertime

Somewhere over the rainbow

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah

Fly me to the Moon

Yellow Bird (up high in banana tree)

Tammy

San Antonio Rose

Yesterday

Sweet Georgia Brown

Lara's Theme (Somewhere my Love)

Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty)

Theme from The God Father

Theme from Last of the Mohicans

Let's get away from it all (Sinatra)

It was a very good year (Sinatra)

What a Friend we have in Jesus/Amazing Grace

Sorrow Sunday/Old Czardas (Gypsy tunes)

Swing 42

Greensleeves

Scarborough Fair

...reading thru previous posts I noticed that some of you do some of these. cool 

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@bluesviolin :, I do ten of those on your list. Good stuff violin-1267

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So today I got out my John Williams book and decided it was time to tackle Remembrances from Schindler's List.   The first few lines went better than expected. And then all of a sudden the music called for 7th position. Yikes.  So maybe Harry Potter is what I'll be working on instead ?

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Oh BUT in much better news, I pulled out my Christmas music that I haven't looked at since last year. I played through it all no problem then got to Sugar Plum Fairy which I had penciled in HARD (underlined 3 times). Yet I played though the first half with such ease. HUGE progress!!!

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@Fiddlestix Which 10 do you do? If you don't feel like typing that much, no problem! How 'bout Christmas Carols..... depending on the weather, I busk these also.

White Christmas

Silver Bells

O Holy Night

Chestnuts Roasting

Let it Snow

Away in a Manger

Silent Night 

We wish you a Merry Christmas

God rest ye merry Gentlemen

We three kings

Hark the herald Angels sing

Joy to the world.

the first 5 are my favorites, as I think they are a bit more musically interesting.

Here's a little story... I like telling stories (even if nobody reads them)laugh

When I was learning 'Chestnuts' quite a few years ago (it has a few tricky spots, at least for me) I had a very vivid dream..... the melody turned into a silver ribbon in a dark void, that smoothly went up and down and turned this way and that in flowing movement.... and I was sliding along the ribbon as it made it's way thru the song. I doubt if I'll ever forget that dream. 

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When I was learning 'Chestnuts' quite a few years ago (it has a few tricky spots, at least for me) I had a very vivid dream..... the melody turned into a silver ribbon in a dark void, that smoothly went up and down and turned this way and that in flowing movement.... and I was sliding along the ribbon as it made it's way thru the song. I doubt if I'll ever forget that dream. 

WOW !!!!  I can't wait for my first violin dream !!  (I heard you !) christmascandle

 

@Fiddlerman - The santa smiley is broken  :/

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Stardust

Sunny Side of the Street

All of Me

Summertime

Zip-a-dee-do-dah

Fly me to the moon

Tammy

San Antonio Rose

Yesterday

Scarborough Fair

Chinatown

Slow Boat to China

I Can't get Started

South of the Border (down Mexico way)

Maria Elena

The Band Played On

Mona Lisa

Baby Face

Canadian Sunset

 Brazil

Love Letters in The Sand

5 Minutes More

Mr. Sandman

A, You're Adorable (the alphabet song)

Red River Valley

Crazy

After the Ball

My Little Girl

Misty

Long Way to Tipperary

Green Green Grass of Home

The Ashgrove

As for,"Yellow Bird", that song never came to mind, but I'll learn it quick.

There are about 30 more on my two year old list, but I have added another dozen since then.

I play by ear, so what I hear or think of at the time, I play.

I play a lot of stuff from the 30's - 40's, I'm 72, so the old music is my thing.

 

For your Christmas songs, I play all on your list +

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause

Frosty the Snowman

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting) and several others, but this is not a contest to see who plays the most songs. 

Just giving you some idea of the one's I do and my style of playing.

 

Ken.

 

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@Fiddlestix : Thanks a lot for writing all those out for me! Mr. Sandman caught my eye. now there's a real swingy tune (can't beat the Andrews Sisters) and I bet you do it very well. I'm 61, and although I was raised on Led Zep & Hendrix, and I luv that hard rock stuff, I somehow have a throw back to the 40's, and the Big Bands. It took real musicianship to play all that Jazz!  I also play by ear (I can read notes rather slowly but not timing) but I picked out most of the tunes I listed by ear. They were in the recesses of my memory somehow.

Thanks Again

Cheers, Dave. 

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Great stuff everyone :) I love this thread.

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