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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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Mad_Wed
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Wow, VickieD! That was very good!clapclapclapclap Nice shifting, BTW.

May i know what sheet did You use (if You did ofcourse)?

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Oh my, holy crap that was good! No, GREAT!

I'm a member of a group of STARS! thumbs-up

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Thanks everyone for the nice comments. @Mad_Wed - Yes, I did use a sheet (someday I'm going to learn to play without the sheet) -  I'm attaching a pdf of the sheet I used. I used another score (can't remember where I got it) and put it it to MuseScore to make this version - you will probably find lots of mistakes in the score but here you go.semiquaver-1214

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October 23, 2014 - 6:32 pm
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Bravo Vickie :)

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

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VickieD said
Definitely still a work in progress ... especially the part where I'm trying out 3rd position facepalmbut wanted to get a contribution out there - Thanks CPO and KindaScratchy for encouraging us to work on this piece.semiquaver-1214

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....e=youtu.be

@VickieD (OK, picture Elaine on Seinfeld saying this...) GET OUT!! :)

I can't even believe how good that was, with all the ornamentation, slides, third position. You are certainly no beginner! That was great and I can only hope to be able to play AF as well some day.

wow.

exactly

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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Wow! That was very good!  

 

Thanks for sharing that.

 

Mark

 

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Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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Ha! Ha! @KindaScratchy .... I love Seinfeld. Thanks for the nice comments.semiquaver-1214

"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
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Thanks VickieD! =)

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CPO,

Here's my feeble attempt at Ashokan Farewell

 

Mark

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Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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wow..Mark.. nothing feeble about that. 

SWEET!!!!!  Your violin makes a great sound.  Seems perfect for the song.   I enjoyed your playing a lot. 

Thanks for "playing a long" with us.  

Thumbs up !!!!thumbs-up

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Nice job Markclap - I agree - your violin has a beautiful sound. Thanks for playing.semiquaver-1214

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Thank you both!

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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I see your dedication and practice shining thru... Takes a lot of work huh?....

Great job. cheers

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Well done, @mark_1 thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up !

I am confused though ( well, that's nothing new for me... ) - are you left-handed or is the video reversed - or - are you playing a right-handed fiddle "left-handedly" with the string positions unchanged?   arggggghhh - listen - it's FAR too early in the morning for me to talk any sense at all....  LOLOL  I'll be better after my second coffee....

Far from "feeble", I would describe your work as a "valiant attempt" !

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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Thanks Denny and Bill, for the comments.

Denny, getting a handle on all the bow functions is being a real challenge for me just for the legato bow stroke, I think that's the correct name for it, little alone all the various bow strokes yet to be figure out. I've Been reading lots of articles on bow control and tone production most have the same theme but putting it into practice on a consistent basis is proving to be extremely challenging.

Bill, your eyes are not deceiving you, I do play left handed with a standard right handed fiddle, At age 10 I took up the guitar and changed a right handed one to left handed. To play (normal), kinda, how ever I found out quickly I was only able to play left handed guitars and left handed guitars are far and few between, so at the ripe old age of 15 I stared playing Bass Guitar. So I took a normal right handed one and flipped it over and learned to play it upside down and backwards. But think of it this way I play it with the bass strings on the bottom side of the neck and the treble string are on top side of the neck  just like you would think is natural up is high and down is low.  dazed

So figured I would do the same on the fiddle so I could have a variety of fiddles to chose from If I buy another.

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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@Mark_1 - cool - I'm impressed !

Nicely done on the "upside down and backwards" - cool....  it is a truly weird thing when you stop and think about it - ( well it is when *I* as a right-hander think about it ) - I play guitar a lot - and I do a lot of finger-picking - the right-hand becomes "natural" and I don't think about it.  It "does its thing" and all the fingers just go where they should.... (mostly).     The left hand, which is not my dominant hand, has, however, over the years of playing guitar has "become accustomed" to "finding the frets" if I'm playing lead, or at least not fully stopped/barred chords.  That has "eased" me into fiddle - I kinda know the "separation" between notes ( whatever they are ) be they half or full tones on my left hand if you get me....  

NOW - I am trying to imagine, with my "reasonable" level of dexterity on both hands  - but which the old brain (whatever is left of it) are controlling separately, exactly what I would sound like if I reversed everything to play "upside down and backwards" - dude - that would take me a bit of effort - but - by heck - I'll tell you what - I'm gonna experiment on that !   For no other reason than to "understand the situation"...

So.... here's another issue... LOL -   I largely play be ear, and sometimes work from sheet (but not good enough to "play directly" from sheet) - so - I'm kind of wondering about ( if there is such a thing as "tabs" for violin/fiddle - if there is such a thing - the fingering must be "wrong" ( back to front - on "tabs" if such exist = like finger 1 is your finger 4 and so on? ) for you ?????  Yes?  I dunno... just thinking on this... LOL )

Cool !!!  You know what - in making music, sometimes there just simply IS no right and wrong (OK, specific technique aside) (or left and right for that matter) - if it works, it works.... 

And as I said before, nothing feeble whatsoever about your Ashokan take...

Cheers

  Bill

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Bill,

I just use normal tabs for Violin, I to am brushing up on playing from sheet music so I write down like D2 for the 3rd string, D string and second finger F# I believe is the correct note name and then if the following note stay on the D string I just put the numeral of the finger 1 - 4 what ever it is. when it changes strings the I'll put the string and then the finger position A3 then repeat till I have scribbled on the whole song. when it come to shifting not sure how I'm going to note that hopefully I wont need to by then. The one issue I have discovered is running 3 octave scales getting the last couple of notes in 5th position I'm having a hard time reaching them. I have a hard time reaching around the body of the fiddle to get to them and staying in tune then retracting the hand and sliding back in to 3rd position smoothly and in position. only disadvantage I have found so far.

Hope that a clear explanation.

 

Mark 

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

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Awesome done, Mark_1!! O.O I'm impressed how You manage to play left hand on usual violin!! Great work -keep it up!!

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Here's my attempt to play it. Sorry about flaws, guys, i had only couple tries before the batteries died =)

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Very nice @Mad_Wed, thank you !  thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up

Glad to see the AF thread still alive and kicking !

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

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