Happy New Musical Year 2018
What are your ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ for your playing?
In 2017 I decided to work through ‘Thistle & Minuet’ with my baroque bow & my fiddle teacher (a baroque specialist) and I’ve almost completed the project - just moving on to the last one, Oswald’s Thistle Sonata. There are some fabulous ‘Scottish traditional’ style tunes in that book: I especially love ‘Low down in the broom’, ‘The New Bridge of Edinburgh’, & ‘The New Bridge of Ballater’. My favourites out of the baroque art-music tunes are the Thistle Sonata, and a wonderful Minuet in A, with variations by mystery-man William McGibbon. :)
For 2018, I mean to -
* learn all the Niel Gow tunes on Pete Clark’s ‘Even Now’. And play them as well as I can.
* finally get somewhere with vibrato so that my long notes and slow airs can sound a bit better.
* I’m getting there on speed - but I want to be able to play a Scots reel fast enough for dancing.
* enjoy myself!
We have two music school holidays booked - the Merlin Summer School with Iain Ferguson at Abbotsford near Melrose, and the folkworks summer school in July at the Sage in Durham, my alma mater - John’s hoping to learn something from his concertina-hero Alistair Anderson; plus, we’re looking forward to seeing if John can go to the Swaledale Squeeze in spring, and I’ll take my fiddle along.
Hey - how lucky we are to have this musical retirement.
As long as I live and my health holds it will be ‘my fiddle my joy’. :)