What are y'all up to?
October 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM #65941
I have the same thing…one day I play and I’m like…wow, that sounds good…then the next day…oh gosh I can’t play this doggine thing at all! Sometimes I record on the Presonus machine, and while I’m playing, it sounds great to me…then when I put it up on youtube and just listen to it outside of my thinking while making it, it sounds lousy…lol…so … I don’t understand what the difference is, but fiddle can be a fickle thing…it’s just a great journey, though…makes it just more fun…kinda like a game of chance ….well there’s practice involved too…and experience, which comes with practice and time, but it’s always an unexpected adventure.October 17, 2018 at 4:24 PM #65942
Well another thing I’m gonna be up to…Ive got this Acer laptop and it’s not cooperating with me at all much…so…either I”m gonna stop using it, and only use the home computer, which means I won’t do anything but record on that addictive presonus, becuse I never go down there unless I’m thinkin to record…or else buy another chromebook. no more ipads…not crazy about this laptop…took me a while to get used to the chromebook, but I think i liked it better than this thing i’m using now…so…i think i’m about done with fiddling’ with this thing…lol.October 18, 2018 at 1:42 PM #65945
I broke down and put new strings on the fiddle today.October 18, 2018 at 2:44 PM #65949
Oh…what kind? I need to do that too…my fiddles have old strings that really need replacing…I’ve got extras…just slow to use them because I want a new set in waiting all the time…lol. I’ve got tons of guitar strings on hand, and banjo strings too, but fiddle strings are another critter entirely…I’ve got one extra set for each fiddle, big and small…but hesitant to change. It means getting on Amazon and replacing right away…lol. What a disaster if you ran out…I don’t have a good music store around here that has fiddle/viola/cello strings…not that I know about anyway. Dave, you’ll have to play something nice for us with fresh strings on there! After ten years playing, I’m still not sure what kind of affordable strings I really like…it was almost Helicore, but I’m not happy with the A strings…or was it the D string? Can’t remember now but one or the other is always wearing out too quick.October 18, 2018 at 3:02 PM #65951Steve SraderParticipant
Good luck with the Double stops , They will come together over time, I look back a year ago and about every three months and can see a difference as time and persistence in practice goes by , I never delete my video’s I post so its easy to look back into the past , It does get better as time goes by , Don’t give up endeavor to persevere and it will pay off big !October 18, 2018 at 4:45 PM #65952
Peggy, medium Helicores w/wound E.
The inner wire on my G string broke after only a year…haha…then another one broke down between the winding and the bridge after only a month or so.
I did also order two Westminster E strings…a medium & a heavy, to experiment with. I love the sound of the Helicores, but not so much the E string.
October 18, 2018 at 5:06 PM #65954AngelaParticipant
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I fell out of love with Helicores. I put Prims on Louise, and I’m liking them. I read some good reviews on Flexacor, so I ordered a set….will put them on Thelma. They were pricey….but I hope I love them.
I’ve also ordered 4 Codabows from Shar to try. The band has a bunch of paid gigs, so if I like one of the bows, that’s what I’ll spend my band money on.October 18, 2018 at 7:39 PM #65955FrederickParticipant
I learned a “new” fiddle tune called “Callahan”. It’s not in the old-timey tuning of AEAE like so many other versions of the tune, it’s in standard tuning and in the key of A. It’s fiddled by a man named Fred Hutchens. I put the YouTube video on my website here.
The tune starts at 6:01. It kinda sounds like “Virginia Darlin’ ” and “Dance Around Molly” in a few spots. It’s a fun tune to add variations to.October 18, 2018 at 10:58 PM #65956ChristopherParticipant
Thanks for the advice everyone! I like that everyone knew exactly what I meant and can relate to sounding good one day and lousy the next!October 19, 2018 at 7:03 AM #65958
Dave and Angela, I think it mighta been Prims I bought last time…I always have trouble remembering the brand names of stuff I try…lol…but I’ve got some new ones waiting in my string basket over there…I need to change them one of these days…then I’ll find out which ones I ordered last time.
Fred…I love Callahan…I think there’s a few Callahan tunes…Hope you’ll play it for us…do your jamming pals play that one?
Christopher…one of the best things I ever learned was that all fiddlers, even pros, have good days and bad days…whew…helped me a lot just to know I wasn’t the only one!
As to my device issues…I’m back on the old chromebook…but it’s really old and not much good. Speakers messed up, etc. The laptop my daughter gave me is just too weird acting for me. I’m thinking I’m gonna have to try to get through the holidays first, when all the property taxes and stuff comes due…then once we get going into the new year…try to come up with enough for new strings and a new chromebook…change my strings, and have a decent device… hopefully things will fall into place like that, but…lol…as soon as I come up with a plan…everything goes haywire. That’s why I never practice anymore…it’s like…if I don’t have a regular time for it, I have trouble getting much accomplished…but the regular times disappear very soon after I establish them…lol…like in that poem…the best laid plans, etc., etc., etc. But at the moment, that’s the plan.,////” oops…chihuahuas are typing…treat time.
October 20, 2018 at 12:14 AM #65964John (BGD)Keymaster
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Cricket, it is really hard to find the time… I can relate!
Angela, let us know how the Coda bows work out. They make some really nice ones. I have been using Glasser but I am thinking about giving Coda a try next time.
Fred, thanks for the link! I am listening right now. I have played Callahan before, it’s a fun tune! Here is an old thread where Kaeleigh is learning the tune. A bit slower but beautiful still!October 20, 2018 at 6:58 PM #65971fran hParticipant
I have been trying to squeeze in extra jams here and there. Its great fun, if you get the right group of people. Also been working on Grassy Fiddle Blues. The middle section with the slides is tough. It’s in C and a lot of it is easier to play if you are in 2nd position. C may be easier in 2nd, I am still experimenting on that theory. And I am gonna get Orange Blossom up to a good speed if it kills me. Dewey says mine is at a pretty good speed. . . but my goal is his speed. And I do have a full time job to fit in around fiddling. I am working on improving my breaks with double stops and what-evers. Its a challenge because at these jams I just make up these breaks as I go. Never a dull momentOctober 20, 2018 at 8:24 PM #65972
Glad you’re getting the chance to go out and play Fran!
I just started working on “Sally Goodin” of all things…out of the thousands of times I’ve heard it I could never seem to get the feel of it…finally watched a jam video on youtube today that made something click…this could be a good lengthy project…lovin’ it…October 20, 2018 at 9:45 PM #65973
I can’t play Sally Goodin…it seems awkward. I hope you’ll play it here for us one of these days. I need to work on so much stuff. I got some time tonight…put my cello and viola in their standard tuning (CGDA), for the first time since I’ve had those, and tried to play G fiddle tunes which made them play the same as if you were playing in D on the fiddle in GDAE. I played along with the slow tracks on old time jam’s site…I need it slow on that cello…lol…especially in standard tuning, because your fingering gets weird…and not very easy. I did better on the viola…then tuned my fiddle to GDAE (which i rarely play in anymore) and had myself a GDAE hoedown…didn’t do it for long…really tired tonight and about ready to crash for the night…gotta get them doggies up and ready for bedtime! I also played my banjo some…I never play anymore except on the Presonus, so this was a fun thing…I used to play every evening…but…my evenngs aren’t free lots of days anymore. So, this was fun. Hope I can do that more! Wiped out right now, though.October 21, 2018 at 6:34 AM #65977
Ouch…my fingers hurt this morning…that cello is tough on you if you are in standard tuning…lol. Hey Fran, I never really thought about second position for C…I just know I flatout cannot play in C…I do like to play in second position for lots of modal tunes if I’m in AEAE…I learned what second position is from somewhere on this website…there was a lesson showing what all finger positions lie along the fingerboard…so I tried those AEAE, or GDGD modal tunes up there and they work really well. Gonna have to try doing C up there from GDAE and see if it gets any easier for me…seems to me, all the notes in C fall inbetween your normal finger spaces…in the cracks, so to speak. I’m gonna try in second position.October 21, 2018 at 11:56 AM #65978
I’d really like to play with real live humans…not presonus crickets. There used to be a jam about an hour away on Sunday afgternoons…wondering if it’s still going on…but, the last time i went everytime they let me pick a tune …my simple I, IV, V tunes in G or D…they all fell apart and just stopped…then, back to the nest peron…back to the key of F or Z or whatever and some poplular radio song everybody knew but me…I tried to hang on, but it just wasn’t really fun…long drive through a lot of traffic…not worth the trip, for me. They don’t like folk music there, which I guess iswhat I do…old time stuff. I don’t know the popular stuff at all. i guess ai just talked myself out of it…lol. ok…crickets for me…not humans…lol…not right now anyway. I’ve got work to do anyhow…so…ok…back to work.October 21, 2018 at 12:43 PM #65979fran hParticipant
Angela. . . forgot to mention but I have the coda bow prodigy and I love it. I think I fell in love the first time I pulled it across the strings. Great feel and balance. Bows are personal and you have to find one you like that fits you and your playing. Dewey has a bow he just got. . .some German name thing like Fleishner??? He let me play with and it was good too. A bit lighter than my prodigy, but I could get used to it. Good luck with picking your coda. I use JarGar strings. They have a kinda flat bluegrass tone. Not at all “tinny” like some helicore can be. And they have a rich loud tone. Strings are also a personal preference. I got JarGar at Amazon.October 21, 2018 at 1:43 PM #65980Steve SraderParticipant
Fran , I upgraded my violin with Kennedy violins and they gave me a CodaBow prodigy and I talked them into upgrading to the next step up the Diamond NX CodaBow , They sent both bows I have been using the one that’s a step above the prodigy , But they are pretty close to the same so I feel lucky to have two nice bows , They defiantly helped me up my game ! For what ever that’s worth coming from a beginner like Me . I am still using Helicore strings , Some day I may try JarGar strings
October 21, 2018 at 3:48 PM #65982
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They gave you $700 worth of bows?October 21, 2018 at 6:33 PM #65983AngelaParticipant
They sent me the Luna, Joule, SX and GX.
i didn’t want to bias myself, so I picked one up at a time without looking at the type. Three were very similar and a little awkward and bouncy. One felt like butter and felt perfectly balanced. I went through them like this 3 or 4 times. I played all different kinds of tunes with different bowing stuff.
Dang it. Of course it is the most expensive one.
In other news. I went to a jam yesterday and it was tons of fun. I stood and played in the circle for 2 hours. Lots of fiddle tunes. Another fiddler was there for awhile and we played together on a few things. It was awesome. Four years ago I went to my first jam and just sat there clueless. Lol
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