What are y'all up to?
October 9, 2019 at 9:15 PM #77624
So…getting ready for winter means getting all the instruments ready for lots of playing time?
Well…I think my instruments are ready…winter’s not ready for us here yet though. We’re still scrambling to get the wall and all the other junk that comes after it done before the weather does turn on us.
My daughter has presented me with her opera wish list and I just don’t know IF I can possibly get it…it’s just too hard. I did a couple of the short ones, but this next one she wants is really long and complicated and the tempo changes quite a bit througout, which is tough for me on the presonus, because I need to start a track as a guide…along with the metronome runnging…I really hate to try to play with a metronome, but I do it on the presonus to keep things solid enough for the tracks to hopefully fall into place…which is still very tricky for me, but I’ think I’m getting a little better at it. For my own music, I set the metronome, play a guitar scratch track to keep time…play it with the metronome clicking insanely away in my ears…which is really hard for me to do…then drop the metronome and just play along with that guitar track…then I delete the guitar track once I get enough tracks going that the whole thing falls into the pocket okay and the tracks are mostly sounding as together as I can get them. But with the classical stuff, there’s no scratch track, really…you sort of have to figure out which instrument has the most consistent line going…lots of times it’s the bass players…then go with that with the metronome as best as you can to use them as your scratch track tempo guide to try to line up all the other parts as much as possible…it’s tricky for me…but when the tempo keeps changing…well, maybe there is some way to do that on the presonus, but I haven’t figured out how…so…that might leave me trying to go forth without a metronome and just trying my best to keep the timing solid…ugh…also it sounds very, very hard…I don’t know if I can even do it…but i’m sure once I get time, after the wall is overwith…I’ll spend several days and hours just trying to see if it’ll be possible for me to do it or not.
But in the meantime…another tune has been rambling through my head as we work…Walk along John to Kansas…it’s a pretty neat tune and I hope if I keep it in my head until I get a few mintues to record, to do it one of these days…I was thinking twin fiddling might be good for that one…but won’t know until I try!October 11, 2019 at 3:53 AM #77658
Ugh I hate construction. My dad decided to do a bunch of construction projects for the past few weeks, and I don’t like it at all. I haven’t been able to do my workout several days cuz before I can get into it I have to go shovel dirt or haul concrete or something. And I haven’t been able to play my instruments as much cuz playing music means I’m obviously shirking some other work I could be doing. And I didn’t even make my breakfast this morning before I had to go work. Yeah, I hate construction projects.October 11, 2019 at 7:56 AM #77668FrederickParticipant
I’m missing my online buddy, Steve Srader. He hasn’t posted anything in quite a while. Is he OK? Has anyone heard from him?October 11, 2019 at 8:20 AM #77669fiddlewoodParticipant
Peggy…winter is when i do most of my learning/recording. During the warm weather I mostly just go over what I already know and try to improve it.
Gunnar, manual labor is great for learning the deficiencies in your regular workout…if it’s sore, you’ve been neglecting it.
October 11, 2019 at 8:31 AM #77671Steve SraderParticipant
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Fred thanks for thinking about me , I have a lot of irons in the fire , firewood , Working on being a School bus driver , The school is having a hard time getting drivers so there dragging me out of retirement and other things going on so many little projects to numerous to count , But I have been watching from afar , Kind of like Santa Claus , Naughty or nice I am watching ! Again thanks Fred for Caring !October 11, 2019 at 9:01 AM #77674
Hey look, Fred I just heard from Steve he said he’s fine, just busy…. ?
Dave, I know the work is good for me, but it’s been really inconvenient and blistering my hands. My workout is actually rather specialized for flexibility, I can do the splits because of it, and I don’t want to lose my flexibilityOctober 11, 2019 at 1:54 PM #77675
Steve…I’ve been wondering where you’ve been! Come back and join us! Glad to hear you’re ok.
Gunnar…should I say welcome to my world??? No…nobody’s welcome in this world of construction projects…except people who truly love this kind of work…I like farming kind of labor, but I absolutely hate all this shoveling concrete, gravel, rock hauling, rock bustin’, today it’s been: wake up and shovel dirt…lighter than gravel, but no fun to just move a huge scoop of dirt all around to places it goes…come in do dishes from last night, make lunch, eat lunch, go shovel dirt, come in for coffee now and then back out to work more, come in to do dishes and cook supper…etc. blah blah blah…I wanna play music…and I love gardening and farming kinda labor, but that’s all been put aside this year and didn’t get much of that…I hate to complain, but I’m complaining…lol. Of course our neighbor who’s a nurse and can afford to hire out jobs looked at it all and says it would easily have cost over 20,000 to have gotten this done by somebody…it has cost us around 3500 so far…plus a lot of agony and dreaded stuff…lol…some Ben Gay. I’m tellin’ you, I had planned to get back onto my workout routine, but besides not having time for it, I was afraid I’d be too sore and achy from the combo of work and workout…so I put that off. I had put it off for a while before anyhow…I like to try to stay in fairly good shape and feeling strong and not wobbly or weak, you know, if possible for an old lady like myself. So now my shoulders, back and biceps are just screaming in pain…my core…ouch, my core…I’m just glad I didn’t start up with a buncha situps before …the shoveling, especially the gravel…will get you in the core. Then I had busted my toe up really bad (walking through the house I did that, not working) and guess I favored it too much while working and ended up with a really terrible burning in my Achille’s tendon, which has spread up to the tendons behind my knee…and every step, every minute of the day, is pure agony on that leg…but I’m jumping around shoveling with all the pain…etc.
Ok…I’ve complained enough…it’s obvious building retaining walls is NOT my thang at all…I sympathize with you, Gunnar. Workouts build up your body, but some types of labor just stress it out…thus the workouts are a necessity if you have to do lots of heavy labor.
Well anyhow… sorry for the complaining…I could use a whiny fiddle tune about now, but time to get back to work!October 13, 2019 at 7:06 AM #77701
It just hasn’t sunk in with me yet, but the wall is DONE! My mind can’t seem to allow that thought.
Plenty of other stuff needing to be done, but it ain’t nothing like the wall…lol. The wall is done, the wall is done, click your heels together and keep saying it until you believe it…because…it is true! And it really got done quicker than I thought it would.October 13, 2019 at 7:36 AM #77703
I’m looking forward to winter, even though I hate the cold and snow. And, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “polar coaster” winter for us. Sounds awful! Our business takes up so much time from late spring to late fall that practice consistency goes out the window. During the winter I can practice a lot and for much longer periods of time. So, bring the winter on and those longer practice sessions, just not the cold and snow!
Congrats on finishing the wall, cricket. How about a photo of the finished project? I would love to see it.October 13, 2019 at 8:46 AM #77704Steve SraderParticipant
Yes Cricket , all journeys begin with the first step and end with the last ! I think yes a picture would be a good thing , But I think that picture will weigh 10 lbs. very big picture ! HaOctober 13, 2019 at 9:44 AM #77707
Well, the day before yesterday, I unloaded about a ton of concrete from the truck before breakfast (with one brother’s help. It was about 1.5 tons total) and then as I was fiddling before bed, I broke my D string (correction, it broke itself while I was using it) which I didn’t have a single replacement for, so I put it away, and then changed them all yesterday. It was the first time for me to completely restring a fiddle. I put on a set of D’addario preludes (the only set of strings I had) and they seem to have settled already. I hope I don’t break another string, cuz the only spares I have are the ones I took off, and there’s no D…..
Congrats on getting the wall finished Cricket! Now you’ll have some time to fiddle some more hopefullyOctober 13, 2019 at 9:53 AM #77709
Gosh, Gunnar…I hear your pain…sorry you had so much work to do and sorry you’re on your last set of strings. Hope they last for you.
Yeah I thought about a photo of the wall…I’ve taken a few and the angle and stuff is really hard to capture…I might try another one after we get that hill cleaned up. We had some leftover dirt and de-hilled it somewhat, on the top under the wall.October 13, 2019 at 4:14 PM #77716
Jim, hope you have a productive winter for practicing and it doesn’t get too cold where you are!October 13, 2019 at 10:03 PM #77720
Cricket, I have no idea how I wound up living in the Poconos since I hate the winters so much. Summer is oppressively hot and humid. Spring and Fall are gorgeous.October 14, 2019 at 7:14 AM #77722
I’m no good with the worst of winter either…I enjoy a snow when it’s not brutally cold, but where I’m at now, it’s usually too cold for me when we get snow…then it gets hard as cement overnight and the fun begins…lol…like…can’t shovel it. We haven’t had those winters for the past few years, though. Global weirding, you know.October 14, 2019 at 8:47 PM #77747
Bought a second fiddle today. My new Fiddlerman Artist Violin will join my Fiddlerman Concert Violin as my second fiddle, and I am looking forward to it’s arrival.October 14, 2019 at 8:48 PM #77748
Congratulations, Jim! That’s exciting news. Hope you love it…have to do a little bit of show-n-tell with it so we can all drool with envy!October 14, 2019 at 9:00 PM #77752
Amazing how I bought a Zoom Q2n video recorder a few months back to record myself, and still don’t know how to use it. I sometimes don’t have the patience for new fangled electronic gadgets! I’m still just making audio recordings. I’ll have to learn the new video recorder to show you the new fiddle. Might even put up my first video in The Lion’s Den if I can get up the nerve. In the mean time, you can see my blog post about it. Deciding on a New FiddleOctober 14, 2019 at 10:38 PM #77757FrederickParticipant
Wow, Jim. Those fiddles sound so beautiful. Great blog.October 15, 2019 at 2:59 AM #77759
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