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Ashokan Farewell - Member "A Violin -a- Long"
Ashokan Farewell - members gathering together to discuss and play Ashokan Farewell
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@anonkid:  Just speechless.

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Oh.. Katie.. that is lovely.. I am so glad to play a long with you. Thank  you.

Gorgeous playing.

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Katie - that was so beautiful - loved it - enjoyed listening very much.semiquaver-1214

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Thanks ... 1stkme, VickiD, John...& rockingrl. .. Having fun... Next week maybe soothing more smooth.

I will add an additional challenge when we are done. :)

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Thanks to all I haven't mentioned yet for the fine performances!   

I've been a bit distracted over the last week or so with other things - but here is my promised, and somewhat belated submission - I keep using this tune for various practice things - like double stops, vibrato, portamento, moving to other positions, trying to "get away from" open strings - but in this one I'm just playing with the slide and "light" vibrato in places.... and a half-hearted attempt at finishing on a triple-stop D chord...  All of which messes with the "proper" timing as I "intentionally exaggerate and concentrate on" these embellishments - oh well...

Hahaha - just noticed - I didn't clip back far enough - ignore the portamento practice at the start !!! arrghh...  not gonna wait another 2 hours to upload to you tube...

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Hello there!!!

Thanks for playing along with us.  So nice to see and hear you play!   Sounding good bud!!!!!! 

Love your smile at the end.  

Cheers, Toni

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Nice playing MadBill! clapEnjoyed the tune.semiquaver-1214

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Heheeh, love it Bill!  I really like some of your ornamentation and that slide is a bit interesting. 

 

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Great job Bill.

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

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Nice going, Bill.    clapclapcheers

Keep up the good work.

 

Ken.

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@BillyG 

Bill.

Great stuff mate. Loved it thumbs-up

Two hours to upload... Wow. And I thought 'my' internet was slow

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Thank you folks - here's an analysis of my attempt at the portamento/slidy bit-

Sure - I "do the plain version with no ornamentation" MUCH MUCH more cleanly (but much less colorful) LOL - but - like most of us I just like to "push the envelope" a little bit at times and work on things that are difficult or new to me....

So, for me, the C#-D slide was "difficult" to start with because (and I don't even know if it's the correct way to do it or not), it meant fingering the C# with the 3rd finger (normally on the D)..  whatever...  Doing it that way - it can sound somewhat "pronounced / over-obvious" if played too slowly - but - it's getting better and becoming more in "time" with the (or at least my ) expectations of the piece as I reach the point of "doing it without thinking about it"...  

I did try doing it by stopping on the C# with 2nd finger, and placing the 3rd finger as close as possible to the 2nd, and sliding the "remaining part" of the semitone up to D - it's a bit more "subtle" - but honestly - I like the full slide from C# to D once played at "normal tempo".... so I ended up doing the 3rd finger on C# and slipping the whole semitone to D.    whatever, anyway - it's all good - and at the end of the day, it is all down to an individual's interpretation I guess - if every player played the same score in the precise way it is written - we would all sound the same - and we could throw the violins away and leave it to robots and clever software....

I just threw the above in, for thought / comment about how others may achieve this type of simple ornament ... (and I immediately see that it also depends on what note is being played next - and "which fingers are really needed next..."  LOL ..hmmm... ) - and for those who already achieve this without thinking - well - Good On You !!!! LOL

Ohhh yes - right - @Ferret - man - I posted my effort two days back - saw an inbox message from yah and meant to respond but forgot - when work arrives here, it arrives in "fits and starts" and HAS to be attended to - so I have been buried in work for the last 10 or so days - I meant to answer - and I was lucky to catch the time to do the take-and-post - anyway - I'll attend to it now... LOL

... Actually - following @anonkid 's version thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up - which was super cool - I was about to give up, and not bother posting !   But I suppose we all bring different things to the party...  so that's cool as well... it's what we do !

Bill

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Thank you for your notes and thoughts Bill.  It keeps our Violin a long... well.. "going along."

I will be experimenting more with the song... I am still peeking at the sheet while I play so I need to commit the song to memory.

I have a trouble with a G string to open A string part (I know I should be using 4th finger pinky to solve that.)

And THEN I am having trouble right after the C natural (accidental).  There is a first finger e on the D string to third finger D on A (it is marked as a slur).  For some reason it is not that hard but I am it making it sound pretty.  And then it is followed by  a first finger B note on A string....  which sounds pretty.

Anyway.. I notice when I have a problem with a note or series of notes.. I tend to rush them... and I know I need to go back and isolate the notes and make them right... not just "try to get it over with."  

So that is my Ashokan thoughts today.

I am enjoying this and practicing everyday!   :)

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coolpinkone
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@iBud 

I printed out your pdf Ashokan to try tonight.   :)

Thanks again for posting it. 

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I printed out your pdf Ashokan to try tonight.   :)

Thanks again for posting it. 

Toni,

When I transcribed it, I wasn't aware of the importance of slurs and missed a bow stroke in the 3rd full measure.  it starts with a down bow on the G, and the next measure starts also with a down bow on the B, but I missed the up bow in the middle of the 3rd measure.  There is an eight-note F sharp and a tuple starting with the E, and I couldn't tell whether it's better to start the up bow on the F sharp or the E, but on one of those two I neglected to put an up bow.  I apologize for that.  I will correct that error and upload it again, if you like.

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coolpinkone
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@iBud

I can't tell from the sheet if it will hinder me or not.  I will be okay without up bow / down bow notation.  I should be able to hear if a note is missing and put that in.

At work and my mind is a little fuzzy.  I will play it tonight and let you know.  

Thanks again. :)

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Aloha Toni,

At this point in my journey, I need to add the bow strokes for myself :D  Anyway, I took another good long look at what I had and discovered that I don't play it as I had submitted it.  I put in the proper slurs and added the bow strokes for myself as I (try to) play it.  I also made a copy of it with slurs only - no bow strokes - for those of us, like yourself, that don't need the crutch of bow strokes everywhere, like me :D

Let me know what you think, please.

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@iBud

You rock!!!   :)

OH trust me.. I need a bow stroke here or there... something about this song seemed to me like I could kind of wing it..(because I have been playing and listening for a few weeks) .. ha ha.. you never know. (pride before a fall ha ha..).  I have been playing a simplified version.

Thanks for the effort of reworking the music.  I am printing it off ... and excited to give it a shot.

Aloha and thanks again.

Toni

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coolpinkone
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@RockingLR33  I am still playing it and working it. 

I think that is my goal too...to get it down and then add ornamentation.

We can keep adding to the thread as we make changes.    I look forward to many conversations.  

*******There is no time limit on this play a long. *****

And Please anyone at any level, please join in.  You do not have to record or post your recording.  You can just learn and chat and discuss also. 

 If you are just coming to the thread, there  has been sheet posted and tab posted and some videos. 

Please  ask questions too!  I am sure we can figure out issues together. 

Happy Ashokan-ing!   :)

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Aloha everyone,

I have a backing track for this tune that I would like to submit.  It's like a click track, but I think they missed one beat in the beginning.  Take a listen and I think you'll understand what I mean.  It goes through the tune four times, but it's really nice.  Enjoy!

 

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