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A couple of slow waltzes....
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BillyG
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August 30, 2020 - 12:48 pm
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Did this one for the monthly "project theme" in another place - it's a couple of waltzes, the first being one of my own I wrote back in 2017 ( Schoolhouse Waltz ) and the second is a cover of Jay and Molly's "Lovers Waltz" ( which I continue to play and feel belittled when I re-listen to their original work - but - we'll get there, we'll get there - time and practise is all....  LOLOL ) - 

anyways - here you go (yup, it runs to 9 minutes - there are only two 3 min tunes, the best part is the out-take ( which I edited-out and then re-sequenced it to the end, which is mildly funny as I immediately forget what I intended to play.... LOL )

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August 30, 2020 - 1:41 pm
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Nice job @BillyG, I especially like the waltz you wrote, “Schoolhouse Waltz”, if I remember the name correctly.

Viola Time! 

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BillyG
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August 30, 2020 - 1:52 pm
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TYVM @cid - glad you liked it, and yes, you got the title correct !

Strangely enough, since I first played that tune on StreetJelly about 3 years back - a couple of folks have asked for the sheet music - well - I STILL have not got round to committing it to sheet - I SHALL of course, just other things get to the top of the list...  you know !

Yeah as I say, the cover of Lovers Waltz - well - I never intentionally "copy someone's playing style" - but - Jay's take (well, his 50+ years of playing to my 5 or 6) just blows me out of the water.  Still, it is a goal to aim for, and that is what matters.

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August 30, 2020 - 3:40 pm
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Nice tunes, I like slow violin music, sounds really good, especially writing your own stuff. Thanks for your comments on my vid by the way Much appreciated, didn’t think learning an instrument could be so difficult. How’s the weather up in Scotland not snowing I hope😬 been dull down here in Liverpool today.

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August 30, 2020 - 4:22 pm
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stringy said
Nice tunes, I like slow violin music, sounds really good, especially writing your own stuff. Thanks for your comments on my vid by the way Much appreciated, didn’t think learning an instrument could be so difficult. How’s the weather up in Scotland not snowing I hope😬 been dull down here in Liverpool today.

TYVM @stringy - nice to catch up with you and a belated BIG WELCOME to the forum.  I've been a member here since about mid-March 2014 - and I, like several other early-members, have sort of "moved-on" in our fiddle journey, and are now not as active as we used to be - so I often miss a lot of newcomers.

Yes, the journey is not easy, of course it's not - but it can be so fulfilling.  I ( and if I am correct from what I read, you also ) have a longer term musical background and that so much eases the way.  You are already playing very well for such a short time, congrats on that !   Stick with it mate, you're well on-track !

Weather here is SO variable - four seasons in one day...  well - this summer has been the worst in years - driving rain, wind, cloudy with not much sun.  The raspberries and other soft fruits in our garden were largely ruined this year - although strangely we are having the best crop of apples on the two little trees we have, and a plum-tree that is bending under the weight of its close to ripening fruit.  So THAT'S good - but pleaseeee - do not mention the accursed midge... they're rampant this late-summer/early autumn !!!! LOL

All the best with your own fiddle journey - I know that at times it can feel like "so much effort, so little return on my investment of time" - but - honestly - trust me - make your OWN way to your OWN target - sure - learn from classical techniques on YT and other videos then take and understand them and meld them into your fiddling - in some ways they are not so different. As a fiddler - sure - LOOK at some of the etudes - try them but don't let it take over.  Look at the great fiddlers out there with expression, dynamics, strange bow techniques, and think, wonder "just how the heck do they do that" and develop your OWN personal approach.  It works!

All the best - keep at it !

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Hi BillyG! 

Just Being Contented SmileyWhat wonderful waltzes.  Always had a soft spot in my heart for them, myself.   I LOVE both of them - you just made my day!Thank You Smiley Emoticons

 

I had to look up Unger... now I'm bummed out.  

Thinking Very Hard SmileyYou can see the way he holds his fiddle, not exactly the way most people are taught, yet he not only sounds great but has vibrato I'd die for.  In fact I'll probably actually die before I ever get vibrato like that & trying to do everything the "right" way is sucking the life out of me, today.  Geez, I need to leave "The Darkside". 

I'm going back to your video - to enjoy listening to YOU play! 

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music! 

 

btw, I do what you edited ALL THE TIME!Black Cat Red Heart Smiley- Emily

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August 30, 2020 - 5:25 pm
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🙂 @ELCB - lass, you are most welcome. my pleasure and glad you enjoyed the tunes !

You can see the way he holds his fiddle, not exactly the way most people are taught, yet he not only sounds great but has vibrato I'd die for.  In fact I'll probably actually die before I ever get vibrato like that & trying to do everything the "right" way is sucking the life out of me, today.  Geez, I need to leave "The Darkside". 

***VERY INTERESTINGLY*** ( starred and caps used ! ) yes - I actually commented on a comment on one of Jay's posts by someone else who had said something like "Look at his wrist, flat on the neck, that's not how to play violin" - My reply was to the effect - "Well, can YOU play as well as that - I sure can't ?"

Just so wrong - the original comment about how "not to play".  You develop your own technique and you make it work for you.  I have seen Ungar play WAY up the neck in a classical manner - his "relaxed hold" in many of his videos is just him being totally comfortable and at one with the instrument.  If it is easier that way, and doesn't detract from what you need to play in the here and now, do it that way, and when needs demand - bring it on!

I'm a firm believer in "there is no one right way" - really.... maybe so for the David Garretts of this world whose playing I love with a passion - but he allegedly, even now, spends like 10+ hours a day between performance and practise.   We, well I for sure, do not aspire to that.  I just want to pull a fine tune out of an old fiddle, that's all, and if it gives pleasure to others - I have in some way succeeded in my quest as a fiddler !

Thanks Emily ! 🙂

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If you want to see a different style for holding the violin, check out American Cajun music icon Doug Kershaw and the way he holds his fiddle. As Billy G said, everyone has their own technique! Start the video around the 1:20 minute mark. Enjoy!

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sounding great @billyg..! enjoyed that.

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Nice one there @grandpafiddle - thanks for sharing it!

And TY @gregw - glad you liked it !

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grandpafiddle said
If you want to see a different style for holding the violin, check out American Cajun music icon Doug Kershaw and the way he holds his fiddle. As Billy G said, everyone has their own technique! Start the video around the 1:20 minute mark. Enjoy!

grandpaviolin

  

That was pretty amazing, 

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Love your sound, Billy. Old-timey if that makes sense.

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Nicely done! My 2-year-old approved of it as well, was humming along with it. heart

Lovely instrument collection on the wall. Do you play the flute/whistles as well?

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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BillyG
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🙂 Thank you @John Bracone - "old timey" - well it's not intentional (LOL), just a couple of nice tunes - but I'll keep that idea in mind !   I can never really successfully categorize different genres...  I guess it's just due to hearing various different interpretations of the same tune - and that simply confuses me !

And TY @AnnyJ - glad it went-down-well !  Yeah, occasionally play low-whistle (not quite like the breathy-airy pan-pipe sound), but the low whistle gets some way down the road to that sound.  I have, but dislike the smaller soprano whistles ("penny-whistles" or "tin-whistles" as sometimes called).  I find them too shrill for my liking !

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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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