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Folks who know me probably don’t consider me much of an instrumentalist, but I can read music, play the saxophone and, as of 2016, I’m starting to learn the violin.

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The Scratchy Violinyst: Six Months

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13 Mar 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

I think I am actually improving.

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Chariots of Fire

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26 Feb 02017 | a few seconds of your time

I pulled out my camera and violin and recorded the theme…

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Fiddler on the Living Room Rug

I’ve started to mentally categorize my efforts to learn the violin into four groupings of music: (1) the student music, including all those short little foundational pieces that I play because they are part of my lessons and because they teach me technique. (2) the popular music, including the random “101 Disney Hits” and the “Film Songbook” sheet music collections that I play because they have piano accompaniment or because they are fairly simple and impress people who are eavesdropping on me practice. (3) the advanced violin music, like the Paganini Caprices which I’ve seen in these thick wads of paper that are more notes than white-space but which I haven’t bothered even thinking about yet. (4) the fiddle music which is on a equally technical but alternative fork from the advanced violin music, but which has some naturally built-in flexibility allowing for some leeway in the skill level required to make it sound passable. I’ve been letting my attention sway into the fiddle music zone lately, if only because it seems like the ultimate path I’m aiming for with this instrument. It also seems as though the type of thing where a handful of memorized songs, played modestly well, could fill a half an hour, give or take, of air time if I’m ever in one of those situations where, violin in hand someone says… “Well, then? Go on. Play.” In that vibe, I spent a few good hours memorizing some fiddle riffs over the last weeks.

21 Feb 02017 | asides & shorts | musician
Hallelujah

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19 Feb 02017 | a few seconds of your time

…better than I would have expected for a Sunday evening after a couple glasses of wine.

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Chill. Relax. Loosen Up. Let it Go.

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17 Feb 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

Let it go floppy. Let it go loose. Let the tension out. Go limp. Go gel.

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Can’t Help Falling in Love

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10 Feb 02017 | a few seconds of your time

I was doing some video rendering and I came across this classic bit of Elvis music.

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Mindfulless Mindfulmess

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8 Feb 02017 | 4 minutes of your time

I frequently seek some balance and clarity in various thought-out methods of my own.

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Edelweiss

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4 Feb 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

If you’ve seen the film you know how it turns out.

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Swallow Tail Jig

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26 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

I’ve been poking around with some (Irish) fiddle music.

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Rowing on the Lake

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21 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

One might even say I’ve heard every second of practice that I’ve done.

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Skyrim (Main Theme)

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14 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

I practiced some of my third position transitions and almost made this song sound half decent…

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Super-cali-fragi-listic-expiali-docious

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14 Jan 02017 | 2 minutes of your time

Disney-songs practice is my steady run.

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