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My goal is to play and record professionally or semi-professionally as a Bluegrass fiddler in a group. To sing and play the tunes and just hopefully bless people and if they are enjoying the music and are just able to have an hour or so escape from the rigors and stresses of their life and daily problems, then it was all worth it.

I'm a christian and I believe music is my main gift and I just want to use it to bless others and bring a little relief to their lives. Music is solace, and our escape from it all....and I know eall of you understand exactly what I'm talking about.

When I played mandolin and sang tenor in the past in a little group, we got invited once to a nursing home to play, this was in Titusville Florida near where I used to live. We played a few songs there and their was this gentlemen, bed-ridden had to be in his 90's who was from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia originally, that's what one of the nurses said. He had asked if he could hear an old standard "My Blue Ridge Mtn Home" so we sang it, and it really touched him he was in tears. He'd been living alone in that nursing home, wife died some years before and his kids barely see him.

Well after we left we found out that he had died about a week later...so I dunno, It's the things like that, maybe they seem like little things to some, but it's in those kind of moments that I'm thankful for my musical gift and it's of course as much therapy for me as (hopefully) it is for the folks that listen. So I want to learn to play the fiddle the best I can and get out there as soon as I'm ready and hopefully have more moments just like that.

Eric @EricBluegrassFiddle :

That's an incredibly touching story and it hits close to home for me. My dad, before he passed away in December, was in and out of nursing homes for rehab over the past two years, so I'm all too familiar with what it's like in places like that. For the patients, days can be very long. Anything that makes an hour or two more interesting and enjoyable is a worthwhile endeavor.

Since then, I've often thought that, if I can get better at playing and could find one or two other musicians to join me, I'd like to volunteer to play at nursing homes.

So, to find myself in a situation like you described would be my dream. There are lots of other things I'd like to do musically, but something like that would be most rewarding.

I work at a nursing home, and I can tell you that, even without a group, I'm sure they'd love to hear you. Call the local facilities and ask to talk to the activities director. Up here in the blue ridge mountains, fiddle is very popular, even more so with the elderly. And we nurses like to hear a few times while we work. 🙂

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Fiddlerman said
Great dreams everyone. I hope they all come true.
Jaybird, I love your attitude.
I too feel I am living my dream. I'm also super grateful for all of you who make this forum.
My future dream has to do with sailing and doing the great American Loop...
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~jlloyd/G...../home.html

Hello Pierre...

 

Interesting dream! I hope that when you do sail this loop that you bring a Violin with you and also that you make some video recordings for us to all follow you every step of the way.

I noticed the part of your trip where you'll be coming through extreme western Kentucky down lake Barkley or Kentucky Lake into Tennessee down the Tennessee river? Those are my old stomping grounds, where I used to go camping and spend alot of time as a kid! It's a beautiful area..... ( as is most of the journey..

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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Very cool Eric. I am pretty sure I'll have a fiddle with me. Maybe a carbon fiber fiddle. 🙂

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Fiddlerman said
Very cool Eric. I am pretty sure I'll have a fiddle with me. Maybe a carbon fiber fiddle. 🙂

Well at least you won't have to worry about it getting wet!

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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Exactly. That was my thought. Mostly thinking about the high humidity levels.
I suppose I could even install a carbon fiber bridge and soundpost to make it completely water proof. 🙂

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Fiddlerman said
Exactly. That was my thought. Mostly thinking about the high humidity levels.
I suppose I could even install a carbon fiber bridge and soundpost to make it completely water proof. 🙂

I'm looking forward to this....you could even fiddle in the rain! 

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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Me too. Though I don't know how many years it will take before I have the time to do that crazy trip. 🙂

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Fiddlerman said
Me too. Though I don't know how many years it will take before I have the time to do that crazy trip. 🙂

well, I'll be looking forward to seeing you blog about it....sounds exciting to say the least!

" I just keep telling myself...."It's all about becoming one with your bow"

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I have a dream that i want to earn a lot of money so that my family could live in a happy and comfortable life.

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What kind of music do you want to learn to play?   When you first decided you wanted to learn to play violin and/or fiddle, you had a dream.  You could imagine yourself someday just being able to pick the instrument and play... something.

 

Oh why not.  This question is spot on.  I've already posted a video of my chubby fingers.  Can't be embarrassed now.

I dream of playing Roundtable Rival and Elements in three years.  I have backstage concert tickets to meet Her this August, and I want to be able to say I can play the first line nearly correctly.

And that's why I picked "Other" in the poll.  You need Electronica/Dance as a choice.

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@Dorque: Well, it isn't any more unrealistic to work on Lindsey pieces (at least the simpler ones and the easier parts) than it is to work on any other piece of music.  I didn't find much for you on Roundtable Rival, but if you check this out, you can see that Elements isn't *that* hard, at least the main theme from it..

That lesson version does have a couple of shifts later on, but you could either transpose those parts down an octave to make the piece simpler to play, or work up to the shift parts until you're comfortable with them. 

Generally speaking though, the sort of stuff to practice while working on it will be the usual stuff anyone works on.  Scales, arpeggios, bowing exercises, and etc.  You may want to get into practising the scales and etc against jam tracks a bit sooner than some folks, to focus on getting the feel of working with dubstep and etc beats instead of spending as much time on Mary Had a Little Lamb or something. 

 

And yeah, the "other" category in that poll has to cover an awful lot of types of music not given as options.  I have sometimes wondered how the statistics would look if "Stuff like Lindsey Stirling does" had been one of the original options. LOL 

You think you have chubby fingers?  Check out some vids with Itzhak Perlman.  Seriously thick fingers, and he does just great.  I wouldn't let it worry you too much.

"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

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While I do wish to learn how to play the violin, my true dream would be building these instruments. I would love to master the art of creating unique and interesting electric violins. Musically, however, I do want to learn the classics first. The one piece that would I will strive to learn would be Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel. Then there is the plethora of other genres that will be fun to play. Especially styles such as Lindsey Stirlings. 🙂

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