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Amazing Grace with Improvisation
Not very expert, but fun to do.
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JohnG
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In my blog, I've mentioned more than a few times that I enjoy doing improvisation with this and here is an example (though not my finest attempt). Don't watch unless you have a high pain threshold! lol

The old curmudgeon!

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Excellent stuff John, I think your progress is amazing, especially in such a short space of time.

I think you gave the tune a real blue grass feel, and really started to loosen up as the music went on, which for me is the hardest thing  to do, keep it up great work, the practice is really paying off.

Bit more, bit more, snap #*÷?×?@?#?@

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@stringy - Thanks, I like the improv so I can concentrate on tone and technique, but more importantly for the freedom it gives me. I think part of my problem is that I hear and feel the mistakes too much to really enjoy my overall playing and feel like I'm not progressing as much as I desire.

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@JohnG -

Glad to see you're having fun! 

 

https://img.thrfun.com/img/097/156/photos_of_fall_leaves_x1.jpg

 

LOVED IT!

Keep up the great work! 

Thank you for sharing your video! 

- Emily

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Everyone hears and feels the mistakes and everyone also feels they are not progressing as fast as you think you should, you have to remember that violin is arguably, along with viola, the hardest instruments in the world to learn. As well as hearing the notes, along with bowing and all the other things its beyond difficult, this is the challenge and why I tried to learn, there really is no other way except constant practice, no short cuts, if you can hear mistakes you can fix them.

Playing fretted instruments is like painting by numbers compared to this instrument, dont get me wrong all instruments require dedication, but to me at least oher ones are like childs toys compared to fiddle.

Bit more, bit more, snap #*÷?×?@?#?@

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JohnG

Very good, your progress is going very good.

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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@Mark - Thank you, it's improv that helps keep my interest, and I think it is helping my overall playing.

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@JohnG Great Job!  Nice straight bow!  Sounding really good--

JohnG said
. . . I think part of my problem is that I hear and feel the mistakes too much to really enjoy my overall playing and feel like I'm not progressing as much as I desire.

If I had a penny for every time I said that to myself in the first few years of playing . . . well, unfortunately, as adult learners, we know how to criticize ourselves really well. 

If you watch a little kid learning the violin, they just saw away violin-student  They don't give a hoot about what they sound like--they're just doing what the teacher told them to do.  And enjoying it.

There are times to practice (pull everything apart & analyze, etc.,), and then there are times to just play--and when you play, you accept where you are on your learning journey & enjoy it.  Making time for both is important smile

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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@SharonC - Thanks means a lot to hear that from you and other talented folks! And I gotta say, I'm fairly happy with where I am now and what I see ahead.

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Nice one John. Keep up the hard (hopefully fun) work!
The improv was all yours?

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman - True improvisation by me strictly at the time. For better or worse! lol

Oh, and thanks for the vote of approval!

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