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Timothy Smith
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So here's a rather recent tune called Ashokan Farewell. This is a fairly well know tune among American folk fiddlers.  I think it has that old feel to it. I wish now I had attempted to play double stops in places.I will likely retake in the future and add them next time.
I added some reverb to it to give the tone a larger feel.

I'm not gonna lie. I must have retaken this video 20 times. I still don't like this but it's better than the others. I was getting late here so I decided to call it a wrap.
Timothy Smith
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Posted: April 14, 2019
Last Comment: April 16, 2019
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Timothy Smith
Posted: April 16, 2019
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Lesley, Makes me feel better than I'm not the only one who retakes violin videos. I'm sure Beth probably has a story or two to tell about that as well. Better players though don't need to do that. My teacher will sometimes let me record her playing something I need to remember on my cell phone. She does it in one take effortlessly. 

Not sure if you know about the website called thesession.org. You can find a lot of music there for free in the folk realm. For anyone with a printer, you can print and/or download to .pdf for free. 

The best version of this tune I've ever heard is of course the one by Jay Unger himself.





Lesley McCubbin
Posted: April 15, 2019
Ha ha -- I laugh because I must have done at least 20 takes of that three-second bit of video I posted the other day... You're definitely not alone.

This is a fabulous tune! Now I want to learn it too. The child prodigy is annoyingly proficient! -- but her very soulful version is something to aspire to, so thanks for posting that, Elke. Considering you've been at it for such a relatively short time, you're well on your way. Keep up the good work (all the pondering notwithstanding)! A mirror is very helpful re. getting the bow angle straight.

Timothy Smith
Posted: April 15, 2019
Elke, yes there are some amazing child prodigies out there. I was unaware of this girl. Goes to show what beginning very young can do. No doubt if on Suzuki 6 she is a very advanced player.
When  I watched my recording again I was aware of some timing and intonation issues which didn't make total sense to me because I tuned before I played and some of the issues were on open strings. The timing issues were mainly not holding out notes long enough. 

I have a rather embarrassing thing to say about my bow angle. I wear two pairs of glasses. One for my computer work and one for everything else.  I have been working at making a straight bow. Since everything looks blurry from where I sit I don't always have a good sense of where the bow is. I guess playing in the mirror might help.

I have pretty good intention with my bow and a deliberate plan. If you sensed hesitation it was because I am playing it all from memory and I might have been hesitant in recalling it. I will work on a better flow and double stops for my next recording of this piece. Thanks for your comments.

Elke Meier
Posted: April 15, 2019
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Haha Timothy, that is encouraging to hear that others also have to do I don't know how many takes to get a decent video :). I normally let the camera just roll for a while because the first one after the camera is turned on normally is absolute rubbish. Then, after a few minutes I forget that the camera is on and can concentrate on the music again. 

About your piece: You make it your own, give it your own flair :). I am just wondering about the bowing and bow directions. Is it on the spur of the moment? Or do you plan your bow changes? I would like to be able to make the right bow decisions just automatically. But I have the feeling it takes a lot of conscious planning of when to do up and down bows before we get to the point where this happens automatically... In your playing your decisions on when to slur and when to do up and down bows didn't always seem to be planned well. Then it gets an insecure feel and it becomes counterproductive to the tone and feel of the piece. 

A year ago my favorite violinist uploaded her playing of "Ashokan farewell". I was surprised when I saw the title because she is WAY beyond this piece (some time before that she had posted her Suzuki Vol 6 recital...). But when I listened to it I could see why she chose it - especially the third time of playing it through. Enjoy :)


Timothy Smith
Posted: April 15, 2019
Thanks Barb.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: April 14, 2019
I like that song. I recognize that song.  Good job. Especially first part. You have melody down well