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a little happy song
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December 28, 2014 - 4:48 am
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hey guys,

I have currently been delving into the awesome world of bluegrass/old time fiddling and thought i'd share a little song that i just learned that for some reason makes me ridiculously happy to play. I must say i did make a slight error at the end. my brain got ahead of my fingers...or my fingers got ahead of my brain.

on a more critique/ inquiry note. I've noticed with my playing, especially when i play fast i tend to bend my wrist more towards the neck of the violin. it seems to make playing fast easier. I know this is a bad habit for classically trained because its pretty much impossible to do most vibrato's that way....is there a way to play with a straight wrist and play faster/quick transitions or do majority of the "fiddler's" out there hold a more broken wrist line? for some reason holding a straight wrist just feels wrong when playing songs like this.... if that makes any sense can someone try to clarify  for me?


edit: here's a youtube version in case you have trouble with the one i uploaded feature=youtu.be

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December 28, 2014 - 8:25 am
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nice, thats one of my wifes favs to fiddle while I back her on guitar

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December 28, 2014 - 2:03 pm
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Hey hey, nice tune, enjoyed that, and nicely done !  Thank you !


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December 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm
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I did enjoy it.  That song was the one I used many, many years ago to learn how the major pentatonic scale worked. That scale is ubiquitous throughout the entire country  genre. 

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December 29, 2014 - 8:43 am
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Yes I did enjoy the song!  There is something about bluegrass that makes one happy when laying it - the upbeat tempo?  What is so funny in a weird way - the lyrics on many are so very dreadfully sad!!

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December 29, 2014 - 9:31 am
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@Schaick  Isn't that the truth! i get so happy playing most that when i look at the lyrics i can't understand how they can be so sad...so i just ignore them hahaha. 


Thank you everyone for your kind words!

does anyone know any great fiddle songs that are harder to come by? i'm currently using the "the old time fiddle guide for the complete Ignoramus " its free on kindle unlimited and it has some great tunes that are simplified for beginners that get progressively harder. maybe someday i'll even get orange blossom special down! hahaha....

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December 29, 2014 - 3:15 pm
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Thank you and yes.. I did enjoy.  Very much. Keep the videos coming.. if it makes you happy, most likely it makes us happy too!! Yahoo. Love to see and hear!!! 

Good job.   I am not sure about the answer to your question on your wrist... except to pull your arm forward more, it seems to push my wrist away from the neck.  ?? Not sure.  


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December 29, 2014 - 10:05 pm
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The Fiddling Violist said
nice, thats one of my wifes favs to fiddle while I back her on guitar

How many wives do you have? roflol


Good job rockinglr33. Thanks for the post.

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