brynndragon: (Bad Idea)
I just had a horrible idea: a filk called The Devil Went Down to the Internet, involving musical internet memes instead of traditional American fiddle tunes. My fiddle skills are not up to actually doing it, but I'm pretty sure it would have to involve Nyan Cat, Hamster Dance, and Numa Numa.
brynndragon: (fiddle)
Gimme an A! )
brynndragon: (fiddle)
Gimme an A! )
brynndragon: (fiddle)
(I'm going to be making these posts daily, with LJ-cuts for the uninterested. The purpose is public accountability, so they will be set to "everyone".)

strung that string )
brynndragon: (fiddle)
(I'm going to be making these posts daily, with LJ-cuts for the uninterested. The purpose is public accountability, so they will be set to "everyone".)

strung that string )
brynndragon: (fiddle)
I failed to keep up with habit-formation of playing the fiddle partially because one of the strings on the fiddle I'm using broke (the low G; snapping was preceded by failing to hold tune, which should have been a clue but it's been a while since I've played a real instrument). Today I bought a new set (ball end), figuring it was likely time to replace all of them. The only other instrument I've replaced the strings on is a guitar and that was at least a decade ago. I was intending on replacing them one string at a time, hoping that would keep me from needing to figure out how to place the bridge; I've also found this page and I think there's some tips in that Big Book of Fiddling I got for Christmas. There are fine tuners on all the strings. Is this something I can do on my own? If so, any beginner's tips? If not, any suggestions on who to get to do it/how to find such a person?

(The other part was failure to create effective triggers; I've some ideas on that front involving associating fiddle playing with walking in the door - if I can parse fiddling as relaxing from school/clinic it'll be so much easier ;)
brynndragon: (fiddle)
I failed to keep up with habit-formation of playing the fiddle partially because one of the strings on the fiddle I'm using broke (the low G; snapping was preceded by failing to hold tune, which should have been a clue but it's been a while since I've played a real instrument). Today I bought a new set (ball end), figuring it was likely time to replace all of them. The only other instrument I've replaced the strings on is a guitar and that was at least a decade ago. I was intending on replacing them one string at a time, hoping that would keep me from needing to figure out how to place the bridge; I've also found this page and I think there's some tips in that Big Book of Fiddling I got for Christmas. There are fine tuners on all the strings. Is this something I can do on my own? If so, any beginner's tips? If not, any suggestions on who to get to do it/how to find such a person?

(The other part was failure to create effective triggers; I've some ideas on that front involving associating fiddle playing with walking in the door - if I can parse fiddling as relaxing from school/clinic it'll be so much easier ;)
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It looks like I'm going to have to do some actual work if I want to play Jessica on the fiddle. As in, I can't simply pick up the sheet music and play it with my fiddle, I might have to drop it an octave or change the key or whatnot, because while playing down in the 9th-10th fret of a guitar is perfectly comfortable, the equivalent on the fiddle is rather not. Also, I might have to learn vibrato, because they do that all over the place (fiddling doesn't generally do vibrato, which is why I don't know it yet).

Also, if you know a good intermediate fiddle book, let me know. I'm about to the end of my first book. . .
brynndragon: (Default)
It looks like I'm going to have to do some actual work if I want to play Jessica on the fiddle. As in, I can't simply pick up the sheet music and play it with my fiddle, I might have to drop it an octave or change the key or whatnot, because while playing down in the 9th-10th fret of a guitar is perfectly comfortable, the equivalent on the fiddle is rather not. Also, I might have to learn vibrato, because they do that all over the place (fiddling doesn't generally do vibrato, which is why I don't know it yet).

Also, if you know a good intermediate fiddle book, let me know. I'm about to the end of my first book. . .

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