July 6, 2016 at 12:07 am #16329
I have a meeting at my house every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm for a Slow Jam session. I play fiddle, we have a banjo, mandolin, dobro, two guitars and a bass player. Most of us are just beginners so everything we do is done about 75% of normal speed (except for the songs that are already slow, ha ha). I have found that my fiddling has really improved and it encourages me to practice more and better. We all can bring a song that we want to learn to the jam at any time and with the internet we can find sheet music or chord charts for those that need it. It is great fun for all and we have all improved from our beginnings. How about you? Do you meet with others to play?July 7, 2016 at 12:16 am #16356
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I attended an 8 week once/week Wernick jam class that was wonderful. It has morphed into a slow jam circle. I really enjoy it. I’m the only fiddle player… although fiddle player is a gross exaggeration. Everyone there is far better than I am and they are very generous to me. I’m going to the Strawberry Jam Camp at Backbone Bluegrass Festival at the end of July. I am planning to join the Chicago
late Starters Orchestra in the Fall, although I doubt I will be able to keep up. I have been assured that
I am welcome to attend and I can just play the notes that I can play until I am up to speed.July 7, 2016 at 2:13 am #16361
That is great, Silvergirl. The great thing about being the only fiddle player is that you are the best fiddle player in the group, ha ha. The bad thing is that on a fiddle others can REALLY hear when you goof (as I do from time to time) however it is nice when you have an encouraging group to play with. It makes you play better and so you really get better. I just love my little group and yes I am the only fiddle player in it too.July 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm #16383
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I play in an adult flute group called The Trill Seekers every week, and play flute in the New Horizons Band every week- at one time I was in an adult strings group with my violin-at present we don’t have any strings in the band-we had a cello player for a while but he dropped out- then another lady joined and was gonna play violin and I was gonna try to join her but she couldn’t play violin well enough she said and switched to clarinetJuly 8, 2016 at 12:41 am #16406
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Fairly regularly. I play with the Grand Strings Orchestra weekly (runs along with school year) and a small group of us get together every couple weeks, as much as we can. The small group was started due to us all being adult students of Micheal’s. I love playing with others. It’s such a rush!! With Grand Strings we have a concert twice a year. So much fun!July 11, 2016 at 11:18 am #16534
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I play in a string orchestra at a local university during the school year. It is a credit class and adults can join for free. We do 2 performances during the year.
I also play violin in a praise group band on Sundays. I like this group because I often play the soprano and alto part (double stops) with the traditional hymns. i am amazed at how my double stops are improving because of this. I am really close to going to a jam session that I found out they have once a week about 30 minutes away. I would like to have a song ready to play. I am nervous about this group because they have been playing for years.August 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm #18140
I’m considering playing with our community orchestra. Hate that I’m still very rusty after so many years of not playing, but need to swallow my pride and bashfulness and get out there to try!August 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm #18162
Yes Musiloverk Get out there and try. You will be glad that you did. I love playing with others even when I have a “bad” day it is still great.September 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm #18585
I decided to wait since I found the music they are working on distasteful to me. It makes me feel stressed to listen to it! Guess it’s not the right time yet.September 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm #18586
What kind of music were they working on that was distasteful?? I am curious?September 19, 2016 at 4:17 am #18599
It is called The Planets. Sounded like stress scenes is a movie. Like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Modernistic style that I detest, at least in the first several movements. Not enjoyable to play something that is painful to hear.September 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm #18603
Musicloverk Well then I have to agree with you. I don’t like that modernistic stuff either. If I can’t hum the tune then I don’t consider it music but put it in a category called NOISE. Ha ha. You will find another time and place where you will enjoy the music and it will be fun to play with others.
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