• Thanks for posting, Mary, and Congratulations on your first public performance! Seems like a very challenging piece going into the upper hand position(s?) and switching to a backup track part way through. Well done!

  • Thanks Kate.

    Fiddler’s Green is not on the Fiddlehed site, but it would be a great teaching tune either late beginner or early intermediate.
    – Key of G major
    – Fairly simple chord progression using G, C, D chords and one E minor
    . E minor chord is (E-G-B). C chord is (C-E-G), so I used E-G double stop for both (G0-D1). Not sure if…[Read more]

  • I recorded three videos using the built-in camera on my HP all-in-one Windows 10 PC, along with an attached USB microphone (Blue Yeti): first, playing the main melody; then a separate video playing chords while listening to the first video on headphones; then the third video, recording vocals while listening to the first video again. This way the…[Read more]

  • No formal online session today, so I assembled this arrangement with chords and vocals.

    Fiddler’s Green is a place I hear tell,
    Where fishermen go when they don’t go to hell…
    Where the weather is fair and the dolphins do play
    And the cold coast of Greenland is far, far away…

  • Sunset serenade with my sweetie (Louise, my wife), playing a rusty rendition of “Shenandoah” on a Newfoundland beach. Well, geologically speaking as a geek, western Newfoundland is the northern end of the Appalachian Mountains, so I guess it fits, sort of(?)

  • Tom replied to the topic Shenandoah Duet in the forum Student Video Exchange 7 months ago

    Thanks, @jasonkleinberg. I used Adobe Premiere Elements…obviously not well (improperly placed video image of backup), but it has potential for next time if I can be a bit more careful.

  • Tom replied to the topic Shenandoah in the forum Student Video Exchange 7 months ago

    Sounding great, Mary. And the surprise sung verse is a great touch!

  • Tom started the topic Shenandoah Duet in the forum Student Video Exchange 7 months ago

    Here is my first attempt at recording both parts of a duet and splicing them together. Duet part starts around 0:30 after a first verse solo:

    A bit choppy in parts and for some reason the second part crept in a bit from the left edge of the screen… but whatever… It’s worth 6 more entries for fiddle giveaway draw!!

  • Actually, it IS possible to download the audio tracks from Fiddlehed site.

    I’m using Google Chrome browser in Windows 10:
    – On the lesson page, select the audio file you want to download
    – Click the pink circle with the white downward arrow, next to the audio track
    – This will open up a new window in your browser, and start playing the audio…[Read more]

  • Thank you @kate-kakadu and @cynhrossi for kind words. I find slow songs like those are a great break from the harder work of double stops, metronome and speed challenges!

  • Thank you, Eimear! The baby seal is my favourite as well, but the baby donkey and the hairy coo are close second and third.

    Those songs and pics really make me want to hop over the pond again soon.

  • Thank you both Carolyns. I like the term “lonesome sound”. I would love to be playing those tunes at some of those lonesome beaches and cliffs included in the video.

    The vid of me was the first take, so I let the occasional flub go. That left more time for adding slides. I use Adobe Premiere Elements for editing videos, so it was actually not too…[Read more]

  • Tom replied to the topic Celtic Laments in the forum Student Video Exchange 9 months ago

    Thanks Joanne. I love those old slow songs. Lots of fun.

  • Tom started the topic Celtic Laments in the forum Student Video Exchange 9 months ago

    I fired up my Raagini drone in D Major this afternoon, and it goes great with four Scottish/Irish laments on this rainy April day in Covid Times, reminding me of bagpipes. It’s either depressing or uplifting, depending on your point of view.

    I hoped to add some interest by using some photos from Ireland/Scotland trips we took in the past few…[Read more]

  • Some good thoughts, Carolyn (@cbfidhed2020). Bowing suggestions do vary a lot depending on genre, personal taste, skill level, etc. I’ll have another look at Module 1.3 as you suggest.

    Overall, I am not too concerned about getting it “Right” if there is such a thing. I can strive for some structure, but I much better enjoy the flow from some well…[Read more]

  • Thanks Nick. Lots of moving parts in the Machine for sure: Notes, intonation, rhythm, some embellishments and then trying to use a down-bow to emphasize the first beat of each measure. I pretty much gave up on the last one for now. Probably should have learned the initial song with more attention to bowing, as is is hard to change it after the…[Read more]

  • Here is a tune we have been working on in our Saturday hangouts sessions. (Hi Sue and Mary!) It’s a Canadian waltz by Florence Killen, named after her home community of River John, Nova Scotia.

    With apologies to dancers who may have to throw in an extra step or two when the timing takes a it of a stutter.

  • If I can offer one suggestion, it might be about holding the bow. Jason has some good start-up lessons on the site at https://fiddlehed.com/beginner/start-fiddling-now-course-page/pick-up-that-bow/

    I know there are different bow holds people use successfully, but I think your hold in the video is a bit rigid and perhaps forces your elbow to be…[Read more]

  • Tom replied to the topic chinrests in the forum All about fiddles 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Moonshadows:

    I see that you included a photo on your forum post. How do you do that?

    Is it also possible to attach a file such as a pdf of sheet music for a song, for example?

  • Sounds good, Melinda! Somewhat familiar as well, having a few tunes cooking at once at different stages:
    (1) Learning a song or two from sheet music or tutorial,
    (2) Playing a song from memory, but needing work, and
    (3) Practicing a tune I can play fairly well.

    Unless I am working on a tutorial, I generally prefer to practice away…[Read more]

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