Swallow Tail Jig

Day: 136
Practice Logged: 89 hours + 5 minutes
Feeling: sick

I took a sick day. I’ve been battling this cold that has been teasing me with off-and-on days for the better part of a week, but I woke up this morning after a crappy night’s sleep barely able to type the email to let them know I wasn’t coming in… so that pretty much affirmed it, and I went back to bed.

Fast forward a bit and a few extra hours of rest turned into some casual violin practice, and me — knowing I was probably not leaving the house for my lesson this afternoon — figuring I could probably put off the pieces I’ve been diligently working on for the last six days and play some of my non-lesson stuff.

I’ve been poking around with some fiddle music. I like the classical violin stuff, really, and I think that’s where I’m going to build my foundation skills, but I have a feeling that if I ever use this newfound violining skill for something other than annoying my family from the depths of our basement, it will probably have something to do with playing a tune that will fall into the category of fiddle music.

So I’ve been poking around with some fiddle music. And even though I have been barely fast enough with my tempo on this piece to call it a slowed down version of the song, I was pretty proud of being able to jig out the first eight bars at the tempo I did.

It only took me ninety minutes of focused practice on a sick day home, too.

There is also a youtube version because I’m sorta half-heartedly keeping up with my progress reports by posting a few random videos tracking my minor improvements.

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