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 ​LEARNING TO PLAY FIDDLE AS AN ADULT BEGINNER

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6 Months of Consistent Practice!

Posted on August 1, 2020 

As of yesterday, I have practiced consistently every day for 6 months!

I didn’t reward myself with anything last month for consistent practice, but I thought this milestone deserved something. So, seeing there were sales going on at Sharmusic, I decided to do a little shopping. I was totally taken aback at how quickly this all shipped as I only ordered this a few days ago, and it all came today. What great timing!

The first thing I picked up was a new kind of rosin. I’m doing okay with the rosin I have, but it doesn’t hurt to try and see if something might work better. This Jade rosin is a neat green color and it had really high ratings, so I’m going to give it a whirl!

While I know I already have a number of method books, lately I’ve felt like I wanted something to mix things up a little bit. So I browsed through and decided on these two:

I Love My Scales

So I’ve been practicing very basic scales for a while now. I looked at this book and thought that maybe this could help me expand on that. From a glance, I can see the exercises get quite involved. I’m very happy that it comes with a CD, though, as I’ve learned that I have a hard time with any book that doesn’t have audio with it.

Fiddle & Song – A Sequenced Guide to American Fiddling

While several of the songs in here overlap with tunes I’ve learned through AFM or my Irish book, the arrangements in this book seems far simpler than what I’ve already learned. This is not a bad thing. I’m going to try it out and see if maybe pulling back to something simpler and working back up again on several tunes is a good idea.

Not only does it have a backing track CD, but this is also one of those books that provides and advanced version of the song for later on. I love that!

These should be good fun and something to spice things up next week!

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