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Hey guys. Sorry for the long, long time it took me to post again. As I've told @BillyG via Facebook, my life is in a deep chaos these days as I try to balance college with everything else. A couple months before I received the violin, I had broken two of my left hand's metacarpus, which are the little bones between the knuckles and the wrist. Yeouch. That made it all much harder for me to play it as I've only recently started recovering my strenght. That's not to say I was unable to do anything with it - keep reading!
I've had the travelling violin with me since the 30th of last month - I'm pretty close to the 30th of this month, when I'll send it to the next person on the list. I'll PM fiddlerchick about that after I finish this post.
That all being said, I did treat the violin well - I play in a Irish/Folk band, and I took her to a gig! Unfortunately, I don't have any footage of myself playing in that one gig, but I do have this picture:
and in THIS LINK, you can see a rehearsal between me and my band where I used her to play "Soukoa", which is a polish-inspired, simple composition made by Celso Taborda.
By tomorrow, I'll record a version of 'Doce de Coco', which is a classical piece by Choro mandolinist Jacob do Bandolim, and post a link to it in this post.
Regarding the gofundme campaign - thank you guys so much for helping me out with the costs! The brazilian tax system is certainly abusive and as it was said in previous posts, it's really like t hey turn a roulette around and just pick a random number - and thouse tend to be pretty big. I'll send @Fiddlerman a message regarding how we can sort it out.
Once again, thank you all so much for giving me the opportunity to hold such a precious item. I loved playing with it and I hope the next person who receives it is able to do more than I did.
Great video, Augusto! Thanks for sharing with us. Sorry to hear about your injury, but I hope you had fun hosting and showing off the Traveler. Don't forget to sign the fiddle and leave a little something in the case, if you can. I'll get back to you soon with info to ship to the next person.
Let the bow flow.
Thanks all. Can't wait for my visitor to arrive. I have plans to bring it to Vermont for some play by the river and on the mountain. I really hope to get it to the top of Stratton Mountain and play a few tunes in the Fire Watch Tower. I already have the OK from the trail manager, but no promises about an audience or even if I would have enough time room in the tower to play. Will need to see how time and weather plays into that plan. As for you Ms. Scratchy... Yes. we will figure out a day to catch up...
hey guys, I'm so sorry - I don't want to seem like I'm purposely keeping hold of the violin. I'm not. I've had a few problems with my paypal account and I wasn't able to send the violin yet. I know it might seem ludicrous but I also broke my hand again - been sick with a virosis this past week, fainted and the bathroom and feel over it. My bones are gone again and I've been using the (expensive and unreliable) public bus system, thus being completely out of time for anything other than the essential.
I've had a talk with my dad and he'll help me with the packing and everything. We'll send the violin this week, even if I have to skip classes to do so.
@Ripton - please take my sincere and deepest apologies for the delays in sending the violin.
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