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Old 19-09-2012, 19:01   #1
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Learning the fiddle

Bit of tangent perhaps, but I thought I may poll the mental state of our members.
I moved aboard a couple of weeks ago, sadly had to scrap everything and return home as the missus is needing some heart surgery. Best laid plans and all that.
But, before I set off down to the boat, I'd been to a fiddlers convention and was well impressed. " Perhaps I could get me one of them fiddles and practice when I get down to the boat" I says. After mentioning it aloud to friends, I ended up in the possession of a most beautiful 1920s violin.
Having no clue how to play the thing I did some online wandering and picked up the general idea. Even now though it has that gentle strain of a scalded cat getting flayed alive. I need more practice obviously, but how perfect is the solitude of a boat to learn a musical instrument?
So that was me how bout you?
Anyone else decided that a boat was a fine place to learn a musical instrument and if so which one?
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Old 19-09-2012, 20:56   #2
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Bit of tangent perhaps, but I thought I may poll the mental state of our members.
I moved aboard a couple of weeks ago, sadly had to scrap everything and return home as the missus is needing some heart surgery. Best laid plans and all that.
But, before I set off down to the boat, I'd been to a fiddlers convention and was well impressed. " Perhaps I could get me one of them fiddles and practice when I get down to the boat" I says. After mentioning it aloud to friends, I ended up in the possession of a most beautiful 1920s violin.
Having no clue how to play the thing I did some online wandering and picked up the general idea. Even now though it has that gentle strain of a scalded cat getting flayed alive. I need more practice obviously, but how perfect is the solitude of a boat to learn a musical instrument?
So that was me how bout you?
Anyone else decided that a boat was a fine place to learn a musical instrument and if so which one?
Harmonicas are in my opinion a great boat-instrument and the one I most recently tried to pick up. Or Yukes...

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Old 20-09-2012, 11:01   #3
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Harmonicas are in my opinion a great boat-instrument and the one I most recently tried to pick up. Or Yukes...

Frank
Good call on the harmonica. i've got one of those packed too. Can get a few simple tunes out of it.
Interestingly, my neighbour at the marina, decided on the 5 string banjo. He's a proper trained pianist and decided the banjo would be ideal for the boat. He's pretty good with it too.
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Re: Learning the fiddle

I had to give up on autoharp. It's idiot-proof for players but it was impossible to keep all those strings in tune.
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Re: Learning the fiddle

I bought myself a Uke to learn on a boat. I also need a lot more practice, and quite frankly I think I'm at a disadvantage as I am the least musical person on the planet. I struggle playing the radio...
They say it takes 7 years to truly master something... That's sad. But a uke makes sense as it is a boat sized guitar. And what else should one play in the tropics?
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Re: Learning the fiddle

We have a harmonica and a recorder. Five year old is learning the recorder, and we all take a turn or two on the harmonica.
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I have a concertina and can play a few Scots tunes on it. Also own a guitar but never got into that instrument. But about your fiddle, you might buy an electronic tuner. That would be a good start. Also, be sure the bow is well tensioned. Practice when no one is around. And practice, practice, practice until your fingers can play it without you thinking.
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I have been abusing a harmonica for a few years. Always in my pocket.

Check out christelle berthon on youtube. I play her videos to keep me humble.
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Ive played a blues mouth harp for most all my life, and have been playin a UKE for almost as long !! I find it pleaseing to play one or the other on late night watchs !! And it's sorta fun to sit in with other music playin cruisers at anchorages or even marinas !! Nothing like sea Shantys (Chantys) with a little music to go with them !!They are the only thing my lousey voice can get away with singing !!LOL
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Re: Learning the fiddle

About having a violin on board. We have a woman friend who plays one, and it lived aboard their BCC with them. Every season when they returned from Vanuatu (humid) to Australia (less so), she had to have it re-glued. The violin has since returned to Washington State, (US), and been re-glued there as well. Maybe they are high maintenance instruments??
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