• So I did. I wasn’t aware who might have been there that day, but I’m glad someone picked it up. Your versions sounds really good already.

    I think it’s a relatively easy tune to learn and it is beautiful. It has become one of my go-to tunes to start a practice session and if anyone is willing to listen!

  • Thanks for sharing that, Kevin! I discovered the same tune and its sad back story earlier this year, and since i cound not find any sheet music online, I had to figure it out by ear and learn it that way; likely same as you?

    Eventually, I reached out to Kirstie Mclanaghan over facebook to thank her for writing it. She was happy to hear someone…[Read more]

  • Tom replied to the topic Call and Response in the forum Student Videos 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    I added a couple of links in the Youtube description. If you click the “Watch on YouTube” link, you can see them in the description under the video.

  • Tom replied to the topic Call and Response in the forum Student Videos 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    nope… can’t post links 🙁

  • Tom replied to the topic Call and Response in the forum Student Videos 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks. A agree totally with the need for momore repirition, but at 7:30, I was already well over the 5:000 suggested in Jason’s email.

    And sory about no comments. I find this forum site is often a bit flakey. I tryied to put links in my original post, but it wouldnt post them. Then I posted the video with just a single line of comment above and…[Read more]

  • Call and response video in answer to Jason’s email challenge June 17, 2022

  • Tom replied to the topic Away in a Manger in the forum Student Videos 1 year, 1 month ago

    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 Videos 1 year, 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 Videos 1 year, 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 Videos 1 year, 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]

  • Tom replied to the topic Celtic Laments in the forum Student Videos 1 year, 9 months ago

    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!

  • Tom replied to the topic Celtic Laments in the forum Student Videos 1 year, 9 months ago

    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.

  • Tom replied to the topic Celtic Laments in the forum Student Videos 1 year, 9 months ago

    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 Videos 1 year, 9 months ago

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

  • Tom started the topic Celtic Laments in the forum Student Videos 1 year, 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]

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