Happy New Musical Year 2018

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’. :)

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Happy New Year to you all.
What are your plans for your playing of/ study of/ listening to traditional music?

Whatever they are, live long & prosper! :)

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Learn the top 75 session tunes by heart.

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Just to save anyone getting lost on the way to Folkworks summer schools. The Sage is in Gateshead, the summer schools are in Durham.

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Crisper third finger rolls, more consistent triplets, and another 10 bpm on tap when it’s called for.

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‘Just to save anyone getting lost on the way to Folkworks summer schools. The Sage is in Gateshead, the summer schools are in Durham.’

Sorry, @minijackpot - thanks for your post.

@Cheeky Elf - I read your ‘crisper finger rolls’ and thought of a buffet tea. :)
I am afraid my finger rolls are uncrisp beyond redemption…

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Get serious about tight triplets and really integrate them into my playing.

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Learn to play properly some of those tunes I half know.

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Work harder at transferring tunes I know and can play fairly well on mandolin to flute, where it still feels like I’m just a beginner. I probably said that last year too (sigh).

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As always - maintain my skills+repertoire in one way or the other. Should there be a session sometime/somewhere during next year, I’ll be prepared.

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I have outgrown resolutions. I am what I am, and that’s all what I am.
I do wish everyone a Happy New Year! God bless you all.

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Just to continue to play and live.

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Just want my ears back: thanks to bl@@dy Meniere’s Disease, which plagued me when younger, and had remitted for 36 years, it’s now back with a vengeance, and my hearing is right up the creek, with most music sounding way out of tune. Not a happy scenario for a musician, but then there are other people worse off through other more life-challenging diseases.
All the best to one and all.

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Happy New Year, Mollie!

Musically I hope to learn at least a tune a month & play in as many sessions as I can find locally and hopefully branch out (beyond Chico) and meet musicians in the world beyond our cloistered shell.

Mostly, living longer and prosperings artistically.

Ben

Peace for all!

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Hoping that we may all achieve ‘something’ :) of what we want.
And a Happy New Year to all. xx

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I want to finish things: so I’ll make a new year resolution to put tunes I know into sets. More recording too, I need to tidy up my spare room with a recording setup so I can just pick up the fiddle and press record

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@trish santer I’m so sorry to hear that. That totally sucks. I wish you well and hope you get some respite from it.

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Thanks, Mark H