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damfino
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I know I haven't been around too much, but I'm still playing and attempting to improve while learning new tunes. 🙂 I've been doing a lot of remodeling work in my spare room, so that has been keeping me away... I still pop in and read but don't always feel like I have anything worth adding to the conversation, lol. I'm getting close to finishing the room, so hopefully that will free up some time for me, haha.

Anyway, here's a few videos of what I've been up to, I've been trying to play on my one strength, which is learning tunes by ear, so I can learn a tune in a few minutes and then spend more time working on technique and not so much time trying to figure out the written out rhythm...

Here is a recap of what I've been working on:

Boys of Bluehill

and Inchiquin's Barn Dance

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Enjoyed watching!  Really liked your playing on Mountain Road.  Youre Sounding great on all of them and your presentation really good, camera setup and background all that make an enjoyable video.

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Good stuff! I enjoyed it too, especially Inchiquin's Barn Dance. Are you a Katy Adelson fan? You reminded me of her in that tune. You looked like you were having such fun. That's the way Katy always seems to be...always having fun.

Jim

Fiddling for Older Folks - Adventures in Learning to Play the Fiddle as an Adult

The Friends of the Sons of Liberty - Three Inspiring Young Men playing Early American Fiddle Music 

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Fiddlerman
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May 21, 2019 - 12:53 pm
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Great videos. Thanks so much Mandy.
Who was the bear playing in the second video???

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

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Wow! They were great! Thanks.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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damfino
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Thanks @GregW ! 🙂

@MoonShadows Thanks! I do enjoy her videos 🙂 

@Fiddlerman That was AmandaPanda 😉 haha

Thank you, @cid  🙂

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Enjoyed watching the videos!

How's your elbow feeling now? Getting better, I hope?

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damfino
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@AndrewH Thanks! It's doing a lot better. I was actually able to carry my camera around on my vacation this year, when just last fall I still couldn't. It's touchy, but feels the most normal it has in the past year. 

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Fantastic Mandy, 

Enjoyed that.

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Great show, Mandy!... glad you're all patched up and producing really convincing sound again 🙂 

Gotta love Amanda Panda!

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So much fun, sounds great!

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Well done! The fiddle sounds great. Production and video work are fantastic as well. Lots of creativity there. Thanks for posting these!

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Thanks @Mark @bocaholly @Heinrich and @starise 😀 

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BillyG
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Hey hey - good progress on both the room and the fiddling !   Awesome thumbs-up

Yup, playing by ear is (in my opinion) one of the best ways to get your own feel into a fiddle tune.   So many fiddle tunes as scored (and of course you need the score initially if it's a tune you simply don't know already) omit the little subtleties and bowing/articulation nuances that make it truly recognizable in the fiddle genre.  Often best just to get the tune in your head, then adapt to your personal style !

I often have to refer to sheet (initially) because even though I think I know a tune - for many fiddle tunes it's either the A part or the B (which is occasionally used as a chorus) which is stuck in my head...  with the other part being just a kind of blur in my mind until I research it...  strange....

Well done 🙂

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

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

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Nice, Mandy! Glad you're still around. I'm still around, too, though more of a lurker these days. vampire17

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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