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We had a folk festival in our park. I heard there was going to be a jamming workshop tent open all day for people new to jamming. I got there at the beginning - no signs of a jamming tent. I ended up waiting around for 4 hours thinking constantly that I should just go home!! What was I doing there, lugging my violin around from one end of the park to the other. I was an idiot!!!
Finally a tent went up, an announcement was made and a few people who had performed, but didn't know how to jam showed up to learn also. We limped along - they knew no bluegrass [that is what I have been working on during every practice lately]. I was basically playing solos every time I played. Finally the person showed up who was to teach us a few things. It was great fun.
The huge step for me -Playing solo while a whole new group and many people walking by could SEE me. The jamming tent was located at the front edge of the park. I was screechy at times but basically able to get through songs and no one asked me to STOP. It was always - what else do you know? I was also able to pick out notes of a few songs I didn't know and play a teeny bit of the songs by ear. I played Turkey in the Straw for the first time in public.
Also played the songs I have been playing at the weekly jam I have been attending - Soldier's Joy, Cindy, Angelina Baker, Simple Gifts, Spotted Pony and Red-Haired Boy.
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.
Well done @Schaick - first few times playing in public - always takes your breath away, doesn't it?
I've never yet played violin in public, only to a "very closed audience of friends" but have done a large number of guitar sessions - but I'll tell you something - a "good player" is always extremely self-critical..... On guitar I hear EVERY single odd note that's "out" (even marginally too-far out on a pitch-bend) and play around it and keep going (happens to all of us ).... and to be honest it is rarely "heard" by other than "real enthusiastic listeners" unless it is totally the wrong note - but - equally that is insignificant.... smile - as if saying "that was my interpretation - work it out!"
What I find is that because on the violin, as soloists, we're (largely) playing a single note at a time, my ear "immediately" objects - and I want to "correct it" - it may be only "marginally" out - and if I was able to do good vibrato on violin (if it was appropriate to the piece or not) I could probably "hide my error"
But I'll tell you what - your words, enthusiasm and obvious pleasure from the experience, reaches out and touches us! I'm well impressed, and it sounds like you did well ! Good stuff ! Get the audience on your side, and - Play On !
You have inspired me, I look forward (really) to my own first public performance!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)