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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Markus, that's really great work!! It always feels so good when we get a difficult note down pat.

    Stringalong
  2. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Gibcaster000, thanks for another book suggestion. I listened to the variations for Take Me Back To Tulsa and find Tuttle's variations are more in the swing style than the McGann variations are. For...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Thanks for posting this, Jim. This is a beautiful waltz. I want to learn it!
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    Gibcaster000 -- I love TuneFox. That's really, really cool. Thanks for posting it. Lots of variations on Worried Man Blues (free sample), and you can even set a slider to change the tempo!
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Charles E. That's some nice playing!! I love this tune. Maybe it will inspire me to learn it!

    Stringalong
  6. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Thanks, Gibcaster000. I'm working with the McGann book. Mainly it just gives me ideas so I come up with improvs of my own. McGann's improv suggestions can be fairly technically tricky, which is...
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    Thank you all for replying. Turns out I already have Audacity. But File/Export audio is greyed out. What can I do about that?

    Stringalong
  8. Do you know of an easy, safe program to convert wav files to MP3?

    I used to have a program that would convert wav audio files to MP3. I don't have it anymore, and I'm guessing it's because it was incompatible with my new computer, which uses Windows 10.

    I...
  9. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Hi Jim,

    I thoroughly agree with you. I like a moderate tempo, too. You can actually hear the tune that way. When everything is played frenetically fast, it all sounds the same.

    Stringalong
  10. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Hi Mike, yes, I agree that conversations are more fun than "jam contests." But some jams sure seem like competitions.
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    Hello, Mike Romkey,

    This is all very good advice!!!! Thank you so much for taking your time to write all about your experience and ways to learn to improvise.

    I'll listen to your two YouTubes...
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    Thanks all, for your latest responses to my queries about improvising. Ralph, the McGann book has a downloadable audio with all the variations he has created, 4 variations on each of a large number...
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    Hello, wormpicker. Your ideas are so interesting, and I know they really work. I, too, tend to play a skeletal/outline version of many tunes, and enjoy adding a few notes here and there at a time. ...
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    Wow! So many replies and viewpoints, I can't answer each one individually.

    Ranald wrote: "There are no easy answers to how one handles this, but, be warned, if your improvisation gets complex,...
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    Thanks, Jim!
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    Jim, thanks so much for these great videos! It's really early as I read the latest tips from people on this thread. So I just turned on the first one on "whisper" so I don't wake my apartment...
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    Thank you Jim and Bob, for your replies. Jim, I am not at present jamming with anyone. My boyfriend is a lifelong violinist but has not played for quite a while. We are talking about starting an...
  18. Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Does anyone know of books or a YouTube that gives tips and help on how to vary/improvise on Old Time fiddle tunes, on mandolin of course? The book can be about fiddle, that's not a problem. Some...
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    Re: Is Baby Ben a traditional tune?

    Thanks, Jim. So far, nobody has responded as to whether Baby Ben is traditional/public domain or not. Thanks for the James Bryan video. He is such a smoooooootth player, isn't he? Beautiful...
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    Is Baby Ben a traditional tune?

    I learned Baby Ben on my mandolin from James Bryant, fiddle, on YouTube. There's a notated version that is exactly what he plays. I think I got that from the Celtic forum -- I can't remember the...
  21. Re: Need suggestions: the diffrecne betw old time jam and song ci

    Dear foldedpath, good suggestions!
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    Thanks, everyone, for all your comments and views. The park jam I hope to start this summer will only have six session due to the change of the weather in the fall. So far nobody has responded to...
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    Hi, Randi, sounds like something some other jam host might do -- not a bad idea at all, but my jam will be instrumental only. There are a lot of song circle opportunities around town that singers...
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    Dear Wels, Jay, and Fenton. Thanks to you all for your posts! I have made a Craig's List ad saying it's an instrumental jam, not a song circle. In the ad, I ask people to provide me with their...
  25. Re: Need suggestions: the diffrecne betw old time jam and song ci

    Dear David, that is definitely in my future. I want to start a band at my apartment after New Years. I have to put it off till then due to some construction that will be happening inside my...
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