…of fiddle fiending.
This venture into blogging is in large part a self-imposed tool for discipline. You see, in an effort to increase my repertoire of tunes and my self-discipline, I’ve committed to learning one new tune a day for one hundred days. Yes folks, one new tune a day, for one hundred days.
How it works: Everyday, I learn a new tune and I write about it. Making it public and telling a few, choice, hard-fiddlin’ friends will ensure I stick to this regiment. I hope also, that by writing about each tune I will remember and appreciate each one a little more than otherwise. And perhaps, over the course of these one hundred days, some insights into the musical learning process will emerge.
The tunes: Mostly bluegrass, with some Appalachian Old Time, jazz, French-Canadian, Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish thrown in for versatility of style and plain kicks.
The method: I will learn most tunes by ear, by using recordings, youtube videos and friends. I will diligently practice every new tune for ten days, and then ‘drop it’ to learn a new tune. For example, by day eleven, I will have played tune number 1 for ten days and hopefully will have it in the fingers, so I’ll stop practicing it daily. Day eleven would then have me practicing tunes 2 to 10, and learning tune 11.
And so it starts. Oh lord, what have I got myself into…