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Very nice  Ibud.  I like.   I can't tell what is missing... But it's pretty! 

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I can't get it to sound right with my playing.

 

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@iBud - thanks for the backing track - here's a sample play-along - I didn't really practice much against it (like 2 or 3 times) - it slightly "defeats" my own "timing and interpretation" of the piece that I am so used to ( oh, that's all MY fault for not using sheet! LOL ) - so - and @Georganne - I had a bit of trouble "getting into it" and fluffed a few things although I discovered a new little embellishment I quite like - but - keep at it - you'll find the way !

 ...and to all the folks here and across the forum, I've been a bit quiet recently - it's a work thing - but I do keep an eye on what's going on - and I just HAD to have a shot against the backing track....  I'll be back ! LOL

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coolpinkone said
Very nice  Ibud.  I like.   I can't tell what is missing... But it's pretty! 

Aloha @coolpinkone,

What I meant is that it's missing the pickup beat.  There are only 5 clicks before the background starts, and it should have 6 beats - 2 complete measures.  The pick up (A->C#) should be on the last beat of the measure before the background starts.  It's a little strange for me, as I have to play the pickup on the 5th beat.  

Aloha @Georganne and @BillyG, don't worry about it not "sounding right" with the backing track.  When I practice it by myself, it sounds perfect, but when I use the background track, not so much hahaha :D  One of the pros is that you know the other instruments are in tune, but one of the cons is that you can't put in your own interpretation - they won't wait for you.  I'm going to give it a shot and see how I do, but don't look for it to be a YouTube hit anytime soon :D

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Aloha everyone,

I must correct myself.  There are actually six beats before the background music starts, but the 1st beat is really faint and I didn't hear it.  D'oh!

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Thanksgiving Weekend (Canada ) and I got this slow version on the second take. Played on my Nova A100 A Type Mandolin. Yes I missed a note just before the end but am happy to get it done.  A bit quicker next time.

 

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Nice job, Ray.   Keep it up and you'll be cookin.

 

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MadBill said
@iBud - thanks for the backing track - here's a sample play-along - I didn't really practice much against it (like 2 or 3 times) - it slightly "defeats" my own "timing and interpretation" of the piece that I am so used to ( oh, that's all MY fault for not using sheet! LOL ) - so - and @Georganne - I had a bit of trouble "getting into it" and fluffed a few things although I discovered a new little embellishment I quite like - but - keep at it - you'll find the way !

 ...and to all the folks here and across the forum, I've been a bit quiet recently - it's a work thing - but I do keep an eye on what's going on - and I just HAD to have a shot against the backing track....  I'll be back ! LOL

Bill

Oh thanks.  Yes now I can see how it is supposed to go (timing).  But hey, yes you do have some new ornamentation which are very cool.  Good job.

 

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iBud said

coolpinkone said
Very nice  Ibud.  I like.   I can't tell what is missing... But it's pretty! 

Aloha @coolpinkone,

What I meant is that it's missing the pickup beat.  There are only 5 clicks before the background starts, and it should have 6 beats - 2 complete measures.  The pick up (A->C#) should be on the last beat of the measure before the background starts.  It's a little strange for me, as I have to play the pickup on the 5th beat.  

Aloha @Georganne and @BillyG, don't worry about it not "sounding right" with the backing track.  When I practice it by myself, it sounds perfect, but when I use the background track, not so much hahaha :D  One of the pros is that you know the other instruments are in tune, but one of the cons is that you can't put in your own interpretation - they won't wait for you.  I'm going to give it a shot and see how I do, but don't look for it to be a YouTube hit anytime soon :D

Yes please do post showing what you sound like with the backing track.  Coolness.

 

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Raywells said
Thanksgiving Weekend (Canada ) and I got this slow version on the second take. Played on my Nova A100 A Type Mandolin. Yes I missed a note just before the end but am happy to get it done.  A bit quicker next time.

 

Octave Ray

Good job Ray.  How long have you been playing?  That's about the speed we all have been at, at one time or another lol. 

 

Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.

 

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Ok,  CPO you got me! I had never hear this song before. I took the time to listen to it this week end and what a good tune it is. I'm not sure if this is the right description for it but an eerie  sound, when you consider it was used for a show on the Civil War and all things those men endured during the war. If you all ever get a chance visit Gettysburg and  Antietam battle fields especially it gives you a new prospective on the how these men lived and died.

Can't get this song out of my head.

 

Mark

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Thanks for the backing track @iBud - may have to modify the version I'm working on the match your track. Nice job @BillyG using the track - sounds nice. And @Raywells - love this tune on the mando.semiquaver-1214

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Mark:

I am a bit addicted to the song also. (Toni's Ashokan story - ramble)

I had never heard of the song until a few years ago. Several of the members were addressing it/playing it.  I thought it was some very old tune.  At the time others were playing it, I didn't pursue it or even hear it except some of the members performances.

For some reason JuanFiddler stands out in my mind.  ( I remember because I recall the feedback from Pierre that I used in my other playing regarding closing my eyes and imagining the words or imagine I am signing it. In those days I could not close my eyes and play.. sketchy memory on that).

I have a violinist friend who is classically trained, but she spent 10 or so years in a youth fiddle group band.  So about a year ago when Jamming she pulled out some fiddle tunes for me.  (even then I had not committed to learn fiddle music). So she gave me sheet music and a lesson on Swallow Tail and a few others.  I had skipped over Ashokan back then of "not interested"  (what? Gasp? facepalm)

Most recently, I learned some  fiddle tunes (still learning, it is a whole new world for me).  My last jam with my friend, she kept playing Midnight on the Water, and Ashokan. And she said, "this tune is some fiddle camp song, I thought it was old and it is just some 1980s song, anyway it is really famous or something...."  I really liked it and she said she'd make a copy of the sheet for me. 

Well.. I got very interested.. and I went YouTube nuts all over and found it had been used for the Civil War Documentary.    I still hear it in my head as a "good bye camp fiddler song."  I think the words are so beautiful.  I am addicted also. 

So that is my Ashokan Story.  I love playing it .. EVERY Night.  

Okay.. anyone else have a story?   :)

Cheers,

Toni

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coolpinkone said
Mark:

I am a bit addicted to the song also. (Toni's Ashokan story - ramble)

I had never heard of the song until a few years ago. Several of the members were addressing it/playing it.  I thought it was some very old tune.  At the time others were playing it, I didn't pursue it or even hear it except some of the members performances.

For some reason JuanFiddler stands out in my mind.  ( I remember because I recall the feedback from Pierre that I used in my other playing regarding closing my eyes and imagining the words or imagine I am signing it. In those days I could not close my eyes and play.. sketchy memory on that).

I have a violinist friend who is classically trained, but she spent 10 or so years in a youth fiddle group band.  So about a year ago when Jamming she pulled out some fiddle tunes for me.  (even then I had not committed to learn fiddle music). So she gave me sheet music and a lesson on Swallow Tail and a few others.  I had skipped over Ashokan back then of "not interested"  (what? Gasp? facepalm)

Most recently, I learned some  fiddle tunes (still learning, it is a whole new world for me).  My last jam with my friend, she kept playing Midnight on the Water, and Ashokan. And she said, "this tune is some fiddle camp song, I thought it was old and it is just some 1980s song, anyway it is really famous or something...."  I really liked it and she said she'd make a copy of the sheet for me. 

Well.. I got very interested.. and I went YouTube nuts all over and found it had been used for the Civil War Documentary.    I still hear it in my head as a "good bye camp fiddler song."  I think the words are so beautiful.  I am addicted also. 

So that is my Ashokan Story.  I love playing it .. EVERY Night.  

Okay.. anyone else have a story?   :)

Cheers,

Toni

Good story Toni and ironically similar to mine.  My boyfriend type of friend is a musician, guitar player.  His son plays violin.  So when I was still very new at playing, I had fell in love with Jay Ungar' Lover's Waltz.  My BTF told me I should learn Ashokan Farewell so we could play it together.  I listened to it and thought 'eh'.  I think it was about a year later when I listened to it again and fell instantly in love with it.  I don't know what was up that first time but I also play it every day.  It's the first song I play when I pick up my fiddle.  Oh, I also love Midnight on the Water.

 

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I had to log on to say .... Hey @Raywells  Great job!  I loved your playing on the Mando!! Applause and terrific.  Big smiles and cheer!  Awesome!!

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@coolpinkone

Toni (Your Majesty) hats_off

Am still working on mine. I won't post until I'm happy with it :

Soon I hope

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

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I am finally working on Ashokan, hope to get my attempt presented shortly.

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Looking forward to seeing yours guys. 

 

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@Raywells I love love your nice mando and your playing.  I thought I logged on and replied to this last night.  I did not see it ??? dunnodunno

Thanks for posting and playing along with us. 

GREAT JOB!!!! thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

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Nice job on the mando, Ray @Raywells !

OK, I have an Ashokan Farewell story, too. It's kind of embarrassing, actually. It happened at the Fiddlerman.com SoCal Jam in January, 2013. Fred, the host, had invited a few local friends who were good fiddlers. They started playing a tune that sounded familiar to me but I wasn't sure what it was. Fred asked me if I knew what that tune was and I said (cringe), "I think that's My Old Kentucky Home." I found out a few minutes later that the tune was called Ashokan Farewell.

That burned it into my memory, though, and I looked it up when I got home, learning that it was used in the soundtrack for The Civil War documentary by Ken Burns.

Even though it was written relatively recently, I love the traditional sound of AF. I've heard a number interesting interpretations.

I've been working on it for quite a while, but have ramped up practicing for this violin-a-long. I'll post my video here soon!

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

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