Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 85

Thread: Go easy on me

  1. #1
    Turtle Hoarder Womandolin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    110

    Default Go easy on me

    So... in order to become less nervous playing in front of people, I've decided to start posting some of my playing on youtube. I am a beginner.. so please be kind but any constructive criticism would be appreciated.

    I realize there some tempo issues, (wrote about them in the description) but like I wrote there, it's hard to play my best when someone is listening.



    and = My Loves

  2. #2
    Innocent Bystander JeffD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Upstate New York and Washington DC area
    Posts
    16,736
    Blog Entries
    27

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Very nice. Very nice. Very musical and great tone. Holds together as a tune really well at that tempo. Don't speed it up if you have to sacrifice the precision and tone and consistent rhythm you already have on the tune.

    I wouldn't worry a bit about the speed. It will come. Keep playing like that and the speed will come. An old fiddler friend of mine once told me "Ye got no business it playin fast if ye can't play it slow".
    As much as I post, I pick a whole lot more. Just sayin'
    We cannot put off living until we are ready. -- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

    The entire staff
    funny....

  3. #3
    Mark Evans mandozilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Simi Valley, Ca
    Posts
    1,291

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Dang girl! That's mighty fine. How long have you been playing? I don't know what kind of mandolin you're playing but you're squeezing some very nice tone out of it. BTW, out here in SoCal we call that one 'Fishers' Hornpipe'...interesting how the names vary by region. Keep up the good work!

    "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't wipe your friends off on your saddle."

  4. #4
    Turtle Hoarder Womandolin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    110

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Quote Originally Posted by mandozilla View Post
    Dang girl! That's mighty fine. How long have you been playing? I don't know what kind of mandolin you're playing but you're squeezing some very nice tone out of it. BTW, out here in SoCal we call that one 'Fishers' Hornpipe'...interesting how the names vary by region. Keep up the good work!

    I've been taking lessons about 4 months. Before that I kind of messed around with it but never practiced with any consistency. I bought my $300 Olympia A style mandolin about a year ago. I didn't do any research I just went to the music store and left with her. I was going to upgrade soon, but apparently I'm not getting a tax refund this year so.. this will have to do for now.
    and = My Loves

  5. #5
    Turtle Hoarder Womandolin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    110

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Very nice. Very nice. Very musical and great tone. Holds together as a tune really well at that tempo. Don't speed it up if you have to sacrifice the precision and tone and consistent rhythm you already have on the tune.

    I wouldn't worry a bit about the speed. It will come. Keep playing like that and the speed will come. An old fiddler friend of mine once told me "Ye got no business it playin fast if ye can't play it slow".
    Thanks for the feedback! Yeah I agree about getting it right first and speeding up later. But sometimes I get a little impatient.
    and = My Loves

  6. #6
    Musical Photo Junkie Chris Keth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Glendale, CA
    Posts
    614

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Nothing wrong with that! The tempo is really nice and, most important of all, you played it very cleanly.

  7. #7
    Registered User auteq's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    117

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    4 mos??? Very Good.

    Also, it is interesting to hear fishers hornpipe in hornpipe rythm, I have not heard it that way in a while. Bluegrass types tend to play it straight.

    Go Yanks!

  8. #8
    Registered User chasray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Ky
    Posts
    423

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    I too, want to add I think you're on the right track. Tone and rhythm first. Good!

  9. #9
    Innocent Bystander JeffD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Upstate New York and Washington DC area
    Posts
    16,736
    Blog Entries
    27

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Quote Originally Posted by auteq View Post
    Bluegrass types tend to play it straight.

    Thats true.
    As much as I post, I pick a whole lot more. Just sayin'
    We cannot put off living until we are ready. -- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

    The entire staff
    funny....

  10. #10
    Just another picker Andy Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    386

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Well, listening to that had the effect of making me get out my mandolin to learn the tune from you. You must be doing something right!

    ACM

  11. #11
    Registered User jim_n_virginia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    North East Carolina
    Posts
    3,515

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Not bad sound pretty good to me especially considering you've only been playing 4 months.

    They are many people who don't have any musical aptitude will never ever be able to play what you did!

  12. #12
    Mike Parks woodwizard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Knoxville (Piney Bay) Arkansas
    Posts
    2,806

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Keep up the good work... You're doing great!
    I Pick, Therefore I Grin!

    1918 Gibson A4
    2006 Gibson F5 Goldrush
    2011 Martin HD-16R LSH

  13. #13
    Marbhna Luimni Eddie Sheehy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Irvine, CA
    Posts
    5,157

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Very nice. Nice steady rhythm and clear notes.

  14. #14

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Perfect; it would pass no less than Tony Rice's "Three T's" criteria for good music: Tone, Timing and Taste. Tone is sweet and clear, timing is steady (tempo is almost irrelevant when you have that, which is way more important) and your version is tastefully interesting. FH is generally played at such a breakneck showboating tempo that one quickly loses interest in listening to it.
    Your note choices in the resolving end lines are interesting to listen to. Congratulations.
    But Amsterdam was always good for grieving
    And London never fails to leave me blue
    Paris never was my kinda town
    So I walked around with the Ft. Worth Blues

  15. #15
    Registered User Patrick Market's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Mo.
    Posts
    222

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    I can't improve on the comments above (from folks far more experienced than myself). I enjoyed it fine. I have been futzing around for maybe 5 years, and working seriously to learn the mandolin for about a year now, and I can't say I have made this much progress. Plus, you recorded it *and* put it on YouTube. As you push yourself, you're pushing folks like me too. Well done.

  16. #16
    Turtle Hoarder Womandolin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    110

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Wow guys.. not to be a pessimist, but I was expecting a lot more criticisms. Thanks for the compliments! It's very helpful to know that someone enjoys my playing.
    and = My Loves

  17. #17
    Registered User billkilpatrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    europe
    Posts
    4,773

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    nothing to be critical about there - really well played - wish i could play notes as cleanly. never heard of it before but your "olympia" has a surprisingly nice tone.

    yay! - bill

  18. #18
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    837

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    As others have said - well played! For only four months' lessons that sounds really good. Clean playing, nice tone and good rhythm.

    Wow, imagine what you'll be doing when you've been playing for a couple of years

    Fliss

  19. #19
    Registered User man dough nollij's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    The Real World
    Posts
    2,801

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Hey Dubbya,

    Good to see you back here. Sounds great! Cool pic on the clip-- you fly too?

  20. #20
    Destroyer of Mandolins
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    5,007

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Very good tone (don't sacrifice that for anything!), and a good, solid tempo. BTW, that is about the speed you'd play it for dancers. Like the others said, this tune is often blasted through. Whenever we have dancers I have to remind the band (especially the bodhran player) "Now remember guys, DANCE tempo!" Your version would be welcome at any Irish gathering.

    The only thing I can think of is to suggest spending more time on your triplets. They'll smooth out with practice. But still very good indeed for such a short while! Many players take a loooong time to perfect triplets. They are one of the hardest ornaments and they can make or break a tune. They need to be fluid; without any hesitation.

    When you practice your triplets, try counting them by saying the word as three syllables, like this:

    "Trip-el-et one a-two-a-three-a-four-a", or
    "Trip-el-et one-a-two-a-one-a-two-a", etc, depending on the time signature and rhythm of the tune.

    That will help you fit the triplet into the 'lilt' rhythm. For Bluegrass, of course, you'd play it straighter. (Unlike Auteq, I hear it played like that all the time, LOL)

    There is an annoying background noise in the video you should address. It distracts from your playing. It sounds like a phone off the hook. But that has nothing to do with you.

    As you continue along, try not to become dependant on playing that one lone note to 'test' before you begin. Don't cultivate that habit.

    Other than those piddling things, I have to say I enjoyed that very much, and keep it up!!

    Do you find that recording like this is helping with the stage fright?
    Last edited by Tim2723; Apr-12-2009 at 6:20am.
    Dedicated Ovation player
    Avid Bose user

  21. #21
    ...but that's just me Bertram Henze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    0.8 mpc from NGC 224, upstairs
    Posts
    6,257

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Good idea to record and publish to get used to audience - that's the way out of the turtle shell.

    I always recommend to anyone to stubbornly play mistakes and bad style to others until they no longer bother about criticism, but apparently you skipped that phase. Good playing, sweet tone, Congrats!

    Bertram
    the world is better off without bad ideas, good ideas are better off without the world

  22. #22
    Registered User Ivan Kelsall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Manchester - Lancashire - NW England
    Posts
    8,804

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    I thought that was great !!. Yesterday,i came across a YouTube clip of Mike Marshall & Chris Thile playing the same tune.I can play it on 5-string but had never tried it on Mandolin. I tried it & i couldn't put 2 notes together in the right place. I've been playing for 3 1/2 years now so you're doing pretty darned well - BRILLIANT !,
    Saska
    Weber F-5 'Fern'.
    Lebeda F-5 "Special".
    Stelling Bellflower BANJO
    Tokai - 'Tele-alike'.
    Ellis DeLuxe "A" style.

  23. #23
    Registered User guitharsis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Finger Lakes region NY
    Posts
    384

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Very nice! Great tone and musicality.
    Old Wave #442

  24. #24
    Registered User Chad Thorne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    East Pittston, Maine
    Posts
    161

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Nothing wrong with that! Ditto on what everybody above said.
    "I'm your density."

  25. #25
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Forks of the River near Knoxville
    Posts
    1,082

    Default Re: Go easy on me

    Thank you for posting.

    You have a very gentle and pleasant touch, great tone, and your timing is right on. Be encouraged.

    chuck

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •