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A few of us were on chat in the wee hours when I casually mentioned I was playing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary". I don't think any of us had played it much, and it became a little bit of a challenge to pick it up quickly.
So we each agreed to practice it a little and post a recording soon, and so this thread is born. Anyone can join in.
Please post your recording of the tune. Any key or tempo is fine, plain or fancy, audio or video. Every skill level is welcome. There's no need to put too much into it, the main idea being to show what you can do and have a little fun!
Edit Mon May 20 07:46:11 CDT 2013: If you want to play it on any other instrument, that would be great too!
I didn't think you were serious about this until I logged on and saw your thread.
Sounded good, RU.
So here's mine, I had to get dressed to record this little diddy, @ 3:30am.
'stix, man, you killed it! And you included the verse.
Awesome playing ... I also didn't think you were going to come through with a recording.
However I am not inclined to believe you'd never played this before last night. If so, my hat is off to you big time. Great playing either way, but come clean now ...
Well done, guys!
Thanks for the compliments, everyone. I'm new to fiddlerman and am so happy to have found this forum -- it gets me practicing again and I love it. Hence, the SMILE! MANY thanks to the gents for keeping me up late at night/early in the morning with these hair brained ideas!
No, really, thanks for giving me a project to practice; I need all the encouragement I can get. These projects are fun and constructive because I'm able to take a look and listen at myself and identify things I need to work on -- how perfect is that?!
As far as the vibrato goes, I never learned arm vibrato, so yes, it's hand vibrato. Did you see the video I made on how I was taught to practice vibrato when I was a kid? We were talking about it the other night in the chat, so I made this little guy:
The background music is unrelated, so sit back and enjoy that part. It's not complex, but I remember having my vibrato "eureka" moment using that technique so maybe since it worked for me, it'll work for others.
Nice idea, and great job everyone! UtahRB, I love your smile!
I'm cheating on this challenge, because I did this song for the St Patrick's Day party back in March. My version's not nearly as pretty as the previous three, though...
Maybe I'll pick it up again and do a better rendition later on. This was recorded after two days' practise (day two being the day I recorded on...)
~ Once you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true. ~
@Almandin Someone mentioned the St. Patrick's Day party https://fiddlerman.com/forum/share-a-video/youre-invited-to-a-virtual-st-pattys-day-party/ and I found the thread and started watching. After seeing you play Tipperary, I started trying it and mentioned in the chat that I was playing it, and some challenges ensued. The rest is this thread ... so you inspired it indirectly, ha ha, and it was nothing to do with your birthday, but BTW Happy Birthday! If you did that after two days, it is impromptu enough to qualify, so that's not cheating, lol. Thanks for linking to it again.
@UtahRoadbase Great playing, smooth, great video.
@Fiddlestix You've informed me that you already knew how the tune went, and that's most of the work for a good ear player like yourself, which brings me to ...
@Worldfiddler Being a Brit, you must know this tune whether you've played it or not, so you ought to be able to work it up and record some audio in 10 minutes or less, or I have guessed wrong. Nobody is going to feel bad when you show what you can do ... so give it to us right from Angleterre?
@Mad_Wed After all, the Red Army Choir sings this in Das Boot, so maybe you know it?
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