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JackL
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Hi, everyone. I've been scarce around here for quite a while because my company transferred me from the Bahamas/South Florida area to the Indianapolis area.

 

Does anyone still hang around here, or have most of the viola folks essentially become a subset of the Fiddlerman community?

 

I can deal with either eventuality, especially since I play the "little fiddle" too.  Just wondering.

 

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May 30, 2013 - 7:15 pm
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I look in here from time to time.

 

Looking at the usage statistics, there are currently supposed to be 3 "guests" browsing this website, and I do not know who these other three are. Maybe they are shy, or not comfortable with typing messages to people online.

 

Donald (beginner)

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Violaman
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July 8, 2013 - 3:34 am
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I tend to forget to check what is going on here. :-(
Sorry, I'll try to be better. It would help if there was more traffic here. :-)
Welcome to the forum JackL

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Barry Nelson
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July 31, 2013 - 4:57 am
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I couldnt get back in until now...doing some reading,posting and catching up

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I'll try to get in a habit of revisiting at least once a day. Thanks for hanging on everyone.

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Sorry. I've been on a mental-health sabbatical of sorts for the last several months.

Job issues/health issues/life issues/family issues/death in the family, etc. (Generally, what we call "life." sf-confused)

I had to step away from anything that wasn't of immediate day-to-day importance for a while and my absence became a habit. I see that I've missed a lot, both here and and Fiddlerman.com. 

Things have settled considerably, so I'm much more free to pick up where I left off, but I can't promise that I'll be the daily presence that I was before. If Pierre will have me, I'll continue to do the simpler Admin stuff, otherwise I'll offer again to pass the torch. 

My apologies.

 

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Barry Nelson
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August 5, 2013 - 5:54 pm
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let me know whats all involved , maybe i can pitch in

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All that is involved is to post interesting news and such. Help contribute ideas to making the site interesting and fresh. Mostly posting stories and such. But the sky is the limit if it's done right I guess. :-)

Are you interested in donating your valuable time for a undervalued and thankless job?

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Barry Nelson
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August 6, 2013 - 12:15 am
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Violaman said
All that is involved is to post interesting news and such. Help contribute ideas to making the site interesting and fresh. Mostly posting stories and such. But the sky is the limit if it's done right I guess. :-)

Are you interested in donating your valuable time for a undervalued and thankless job?

facepalm

Ive been a parent since I was 16, my whole life has been dedicated to undervalued ,thankless jobs

sf-cool

 

sign me up  beer

"Help contribute ideas to making the site interesting and fresh. Mostly posting stories and such."....hmmmm ??? isnt that what Ive been doing all along dunno

 

 

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Actually, I was almost going to say that. :-)
However you'll be doing it on the main news page.

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Barry Nelson
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Violaman said
Actually, I was almost going to say that. :-)
However you'll be doing it on the main news page.

ah, ok

 

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I don't know if you have noticed but you are an administrator now Barry.

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Barry Nelson
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Violaman said
I don't know if you have noticed but you are an administrator now Barry.

No, I hadnt noticed. Everything looks the same and I done see me listed under administrators with you and headcheese

sf-smile

 Edit:  Oh, ok, I do see I have a tool bar on top of the forum now

duncecap

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That is very strange. I guess it takes time for it to show up on the bottom of the page. It will show up though eventually. I remember the same thing happened when Keith became an administrator.

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Hi again, everyone! Didn't mean to post & run, but like many other people on this forum my own free time seems harder to come by these days. Been on the new job for about 3 months now, and still don't know the system there inside & out; it's rather frustrating. Add that to several minor but highly annoying medical issues (of which I'll spare you the details), and ... well, stuff adds up.

 

On the plus side, I'm finally taking formal, face-to-face lessons again after a nearly 30-year hiatus. This time, it's viola. I'll be pursuing a slightly different track on violin, probably online.

 

So, I'm about halfway through Suzuki Book 2 and finding out that I predicted my weakest point correctly: Bowing. This is one of the reasons I like stepping out of my largely improvisational progressive retro Gothic surf punk alt-country doom jazz comfort zone and working with classical repertoire: Even with relatively simple excerpts, it lets you know right quickly what the ideal bowing patterns are for a given piece.

I need to work on string crossings too, especially the ones executed during a four-note slur and going in a direction I find counterintuitive. Well, at least I can tell what I'm doing wrong, and that's the first step to fixing it.

Anyway, good to see activity on here again! I'll make a real effort to be part of it.

 

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look forward to you sharing on the forum JackL

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Very nice to see you back again JackL,

We're hoping that this forum will take off so please post all your viola, or music related stories, questions, or experiences here for us to enjoy. :-)

Glad that you are taking formal lessons and that your medical issues (hopefully) are worked out.

If you have time, please record an example of those 4 note slurs/string crossing troubles and we'll see what we can do to help. :)

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Yet another update, and a positive development, although not entirely an anticipated one.

After a few months in Indiana, my old bosses got hold of me. It looks as if I'll be moving back to the Bahamas next month, which kinda-sorta puts me in our host's geographic neighborhood again. :)

It'll be interesting to get a better feel for how the viola (and the violin!) adapt to the island musical styles. Pretty well, I suspect.

In between tying up loose ends for the move I hope to be working on some fiddle tune arrangements, probably violin/viola duets and mostly in first position.

Anyone here have any favorite fiddle tunes you'd like to see me take a shot at?

:)

 

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I've always been a fan of Ashokan Farewell.

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On it. :)   And since I've been playing an awful lot of the 'little fiddle' (aka violin) lately, I'll probably try to work up a violin/viola duet for that one, complete with swapping parts. It's pretty well stuck in my head at the moment, which helps.

Ashokan Farewell, incidentally, is a distinct improvement over the song previously stuck in my head, an old piece of dark pre-teen humor generally known as Oom plucky plucky.

 

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