Drifting too far from the fiddle
August 4, 2018 at 9:29 AM #63840
Help! Self-sabotage has reared its ugly head again! There’s only so many slices in a pie. Used to be that my pie slices were divided up about 4 slices fiddle, 4 slices banjo. Oh oh! Now I’ve got to divide it even further to allow a slice or two of Dobro into my daily routine.
I purchased a reso-guitar from a dear friend of mine whose arthritis is really acting up and he feels he can no longer keep playing it, so I ended up with it. I’m having a blast with the thing. I’ve already learned “Jennifer’s Waltz”, “Evalina” and “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight”!
Cricket, it looks as though I’ve got whatever “bug” you’ve got. lol. Is there any help for our “condition”?August 4, 2018 at 10:07 AM #63841
LOL…no, Fred…sorry. We have drifted from the fiddling shore and we paddle around however we can…just don’t drown…but…DO HAVE FUN! Congratulations on your new toy! Hope you have lots of fun and can still paddle your way back to the ol’ fiddling shore here and there.August 4, 2018 at 10:08 AM #63842
And…now we have MORE videos to look forward too! And, don’t forget to write your Christmas song…maybe a Dobro Christmas Carol.August 4, 2018 at 12:58 PM #63844fiddlewoodParticipant
Playing other instruments is good for perspective…You may find that what you thought was great fiddle backup to a slide guitar is actually very annoying, when your on the resophonic, etc.August 4, 2018 at 1:04 PM #63845
Very good point, Dave. And not an easy lesson to learn.August 4, 2018 at 2:14 PM #63846
Music , more music , it’s all good !August 4, 2018 at 2:22 PM #63852
Fred I can’t wait to hear you on the dobro!August 4, 2018 at 2:37 PM #63853
All I can say is I’m glad music has no calories…that’s a helpful thing.August 4, 2018 at 8:43 PM #63870
Music may not have calories, but dining out after every darned gig sure adds ’em up! I played fiddle tonight with the group “Nina Ketron & Friends” and went out for a steak and a bake and a salad afterwards. Yum, Yum!
I’m just gonna have to slow down on pickin’ and set aside some time to record some of my stuff and post it here. I’m just way too busy picking absolutely every day/night of the week. Sure am having a blast, though. 😉August 4, 2018 at 9:41 PM #63872Great ScottModerator
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … The Dobro Zone.August 4, 2018 at 9:51 PM #63874
wow Dobro zone !August 5, 2018 at 7:10 AM #63886
doo-dee-doo-da, doo-dee-doo-da.August 5, 2018 at 9:24 AM #63889
Hahaha the Dobro zone.
And Fred, you’re right. Late-night gigs with food afterwards can really add the pounds. Being a musician can quickly become detrimental to one’s health! 🙂August 5, 2018 at 5:20 PM #63892AngelaParticipant
I’ve messed around with guitar and mandolin. But, there’s so much more I want to learn on fiddle, I find myself wanting to spend my time there. Also, for me, I’ve never been to a jam where there were too many fiddles. hahaAugust 5, 2018 at 6:29 PM #63895
Good point, Angela…most do have too many guitars, though. I always think of a time when the old bluegrass band I was in for two or three years would go to these big, crowded, crazy jams…I was packed like a sardine in a stuffy room, elbow to elbow with many guitars…I was pounding on my string in their frantic lightning speed renditions, and had to look down at my strings to see if I was even playing or not…couldn’t hear myself at all, just had to look down once in a while and see if the strings were buzzing around…lol. I’m like…gosh it’s hot, and I couldn’t get outta here if i wannted to, and why am I even slamming down on this poor ol guitar when I can[t even hear it?August 5, 2018 at 7:07 PM #63897
Angela yes Fiddle players are hardly ever to many at a jam and a lot of times there are none to be found , Another good reason to learn fiddle !August 5, 2018 at 7:24 PM #63899
Cricket, I can hear the music to the “Twilight Zone” in your do-dee-do-dah’s. lol
John, I played at a family reunion in Rogersville, TN today and there must have been 40 different foods to choose from and probably another 15 desserts! I sure hope those womenfolk removed all the calories before they set those foods out. lol
Cricket, I sure can relate to all those guitars in a cramped room. What gets me is those jams where you have that many guitars and each guitarist has a slightly different “beat” and they get out of time with themselves and everyone around them and don’t even realize it! lol! It’s almost impossible to sort it out without a good strong bassist trying to establish order from the chaos.
I really like Great Scott’s definition of the “Dobro Zone”.August 5, 2018 at 9:40 PM #63915
The dobros that came to those jams were really good players. Yeah…guitar is really no fun at a BG jam.August 10, 2018 at 9:38 AM #64038
Fiddles are almost always in demand at jams! If you really want attention, take your fiddle to a guitar festival.
Fred, with all this good food and music, you might want to stay in East TN on a more permanent basis!August 10, 2018 at 1:55 PM #64054
I sure would like to move back here permanently, John. We’ll just have to see how things go. I know I’ll be here until the end of October, anyway.
I may “winter” in Arkansas for the months of November and December and finish off the winter here in sunny Tennessee.
I’m still hoping to get to meet you in person one of these days and I will keep trying to get down there. Keep me posted as to your schedule from time to time if you can think of it.
Have a great day.
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