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Drowsy Maggie
Trying to play a bit faster than usually
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mookje
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I tried to play a bit faster than I usually do, pretty hard to stay in tune but it’s fun and in time it will get better. Practice, practice and more practice ?

https://youtu.be/XhnwoGBBawQ

 Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about dancing in the rain!!

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Look, ma, no tapes 🙂 You've got something good there to build on! Thanks for the new update, @mookje 

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That sounds really nice ! your intonation is very good, and rhythm too. And you're playing a capella (without a playback track), which makes it more difficult I think. So clap

Speed usually comes with practice, dont worry about that.

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November 20, 2018 - 1:57 pm
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mookje said
I tried to play a bit faster than I usually do, pretty hard to stay in tune but it’s fun and in time it will get better. Practice, practice and more practice ?

Keep up the great work. Thanks for the post, also, you get a video sharing badge.

And for everyone, if you post a video or achieve any kind of badge, please message me. I tend to forget.

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Your sounding good, 

Thank you for posting.

 

Mark

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 @Fiddlerman @Mark Thanks a lot guys ?

@bocaholly Thanks a lot Holly, are you playing without tapes now and how is going your practice for the orchestra ? 

@wtw Thanks a lot. I’m not sure if its easier to play with a track, for me it probably isn’t. I’m to focused on my own playing so it’s hard to listen to a track at the same time. Maybe I should practice that more ?  

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@mookje Still have my third finger tape. It's become like my childhood teddy bear 🙂 (Also kinda convenient crutch for beginner, third position exercises.)

The community orchestra thing is a big learning moment. I sit in the back of the 2nd violin section with a big fat rubber mute slapped on my bridge to avoid being an accoustic nuisance and keep up where I can. Lucked out with my stand partner who seriously knows her stuff - like able to sight read Phantom of the Opera - and willing give me little tips. I'll be her page turner on that piece 🙂

On @wtw's thought of playing with a track, I mentioned using "slow downer" software elsewhere. It was petrifying at first but I pretty quickly realized that @AndrewH's suggestion about listening to the rhythm of the ensemble around me (at what ever speed) actually makes it easier to play the sometimes weirdly time second violin part.

Thx for asking 🙂

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November 21, 2018 - 8:39 am
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LOL, Holly.
Aren't you the page turner on all pieces? The way it works normally is that the person to the left turns pages. The thought is that the audience sees the person sitting closest to them more and that person can play without interruption.
Fun to hear of your orchestra journey. 🙂

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Well done @mookje, thanks for sharing your progress !  clap

Long time since I've heard that tune - and indeed it's a tune I've never actually played - I'll add it to my extensive and ever growing list of things to do.....  thanks a lot!

[ LOLOL just noticed what I wrote there - I hate text-mode communication - like mobile-texts, forum posts, emails etc, because of the absence of vocal/visual/facial/body-language clues - sometimes "thanks a lot" can sound or appear sarcastic - you can replace it here with "much appreciated" dancing ]

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Great job. It sounds like a fun piece.

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@BillyG Thanks Billy and you have a point with the text-mode communication. I’m looking forward to hear and see you playing drowsy Maggie, so put it on the top of your list ? It’s really a fun tune ?? Well, I know, my list is also growing. There are just too much great tunes!

@Scrap Thank you very much ? And yes it’s really a fun tune to play!

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Live this tune .wish I had room on my music stand to start working on it. Great job .

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mookje said
I tried to play a bit faster than I usually do, pretty hard to stay in tune but it’s fun and in time it will get better. Practice, practice and more practice ?

I really liked it. Sounds like the mountain music I love so much. 

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@Ripton and @Shane "Chicken" Wang Thank you very much guys ?

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Just an update on Drowsy Maggie some good time later !

It is a tune I added to my repertoire as I promised, but I've recently been re-visiting some of my favourite fiddle tunes and creating (very simple) backing tracks with MuseScore.

So - here's a couple of play-along audio tracks for Drowsy Maggie - the first has four instruments (all synth of course) - flute/vibraphone/guitar/fiddle.  The second .mp3 is the same, but with fiddle removed....

If anyone wants the MuseScore .mscz file, the score as a pdf, or even an exported musicXml file to work with, just ask...

Play along and enjoy !

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Yeah @Billyg I'll take the .PDF version.  I always get this and gravel walks confused although gravel walks seems darker to me.  They both have that signature bow rock string crossing section..  Ive tried but haven't spent much time on either.  Jackie Colemans has something similar in it.  My instructor gave us that this past winter and told us to try and get that part down at speed ( NOPE NOT YET) since we would see that sorta stuff in other tunes.  Hoping maybe these are what she has planned.

BTW...where did @mookje go?  Haven't see you here in a while.

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BillyG
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Cool @GregW - no problem - I've posted stuff in the past with few apparent takers (or at least, none who gave any thanks, acknowledgement or feedback) so I tend not to bother now and limit it to the minimum necessary - and although it only takes minutes to do, but at my age, every minute counts ROFL !!!!! )

So - you're most welcome - I'll haul it out of MuseScore and post it right here ( it has all 4 parts, and gets a bit "dense" - so let me export both the lead violin voice on its own, and separately, all 4 parts should you wish to experiment with the backing, although I'm sure you could do your own !    Ohhhhh - and by the way - for the non-violin parts you can safely ignore the fact that some of the notes are "outwith the playing range of the designated instrument" - I left it like that, since basically, the synth doesn't care and it got the"sound I wanted" LOLOL - but it's still a good enough guide if you wanted to add the harmony/backing with other instruments)  Give me a few minutes....  I'm on it...

OK - here you go bro - 

EDIT : And oh - by the way - as an "open question to readers in general" - what key, and or mode do you feel this tune is in (just from the SCORE of the violin-only part) ?  

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Thanks @Billyg as far as key ( fun...I'll  give it a go) doing a quick look at last measure it ends on an E note...look back at the key signature says it's D which would mean that E would be associated with a minor chord ( 2nd step of D) and would be played along with Em most likely in this case..  Without really spending a lot on it that would imply E Dorian right?  Thoughts..debates...floggings?

EDIT...of course youd have to take tune as a whole and what note/ chord wants to be the home base so to speak ...but in general Ive been taught read however a newbie gets access that the last note is a good indicator as a whole for key/mode.   Probably just drove off the forum cliff for the day...coffee1

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