May 20, 2008




I have been having a lot of fun with Greensleeves, so I decided to share the screeching with you. If my family gets to wince at my practicing, why shouldn't you?

powered by ODEO

I've hosted the MP3 on Odeo, so you can check it out with the above flash player, or listen to this MP3. I recorded the thing on my voice recorder, so it is unlikely to impress you with studio-level quality. On the other hand, it is in stereo! I don't see a volume control on the Odeo player, so you might want to fire this puppy up with headphones or turn down the volume if you're around other hearing-capable humans.

Technorati : , ,

Posted by James at May 20, 2008 9:30 AM
Create Social Bookmark Links

Bravo! Sounded perfect to me.

Posted by: Karen at May 20, 2008 12:11 PM

please give me more help on solution of idiot stick thanks

Posted by: george at May 20, 2008 1:35 PM

I was treated to a live performance a while back, but the event was marred by a grumpy young heckler. :)

Posted by: Julie at May 20, 2008 3:46 PM

Good for you for taking up an instrument and sticking with it.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 20, 2008 3:56 PM

That's a challenge of live performances and intra-band strife is sometimes a fact of life with competing creative genius.

I want to apologize for the tempo of this piece. I was focused more on tonality so as not to offend your ears.

Although, if I'd played faster it would have been over sooner. 6 of one, half dozen of the other.

Posted by: James at May 20, 2008 4:07 PM

Thanks, Patti. I have a long way to go. Most of my practice pieces are much more simple than Greensleeves because I'm also learning to read the different keys.

I get by with Greensleeves because I memorized it and I keep an eye on where my fingers are falling. It's cheating. I couldn't play Greensleeves from the music because I haven't trained my fingers on all of those notes.

I can't say violin is harder than I thought, because I thought it was going to be pretty hard. I can say that it's more fun than I expected.

Although practice is still a bitch.

My goal is to get some decent fiddle tunes going. At a somewhat quicker tempo, though!

Posted by: James at May 20, 2008 4:17 PM

Playing a new piece of music is like scratching an itch, in my experience. Once you get past any initial music-reading pain, you just can't stop until you get it right. He plays his violin almost every time he walks past it. :-) Gotta hide that darn thing when I want to take a nap!!

Posted by: Maggie at May 20, 2008 5:48 PM

I remember playing Greensleeves a lot when I first started playing flute (in I think 4th grade?). that must be the starter music for everyone--never really thought of it like that. It's a pretty song.

As I am sure you know, the more you practice, the more used to the instrument you will become; it will "fit" better.

Though it may feel frustrating, and you may think you're torturing those who live with you, keep going. You will improve!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 20, 2008 5:57 PM

Huzzahs for you, good sir! "Lucky Jack" would be honored to host you in his cabin after dinner for music and a few glasses of port.

Posted by: Bull at May 20, 2008 8:46 PM

Good work James! I enjoyed that thoroughly!

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 22, 2008 12:24 AM

Very cool. Here's an edited version of me playing Greensleeves on one of my concertina (took it up when I turned 40). This one I played the melody first, then the accompaniment second, and edited them together. I eventually want to be able to play them at the same time.

Posted by: Bob McCown at May 22, 2008 12:29 PM

Concertina! Neato! Is it hard to learn?

Posted by: Julie at May 22, 2008 1:06 PM

If we can get organized, maybe I'll record this piece with Maggie on the piano. Eventually we want to get the whole family involved. M on another violin and K on the cello.

Posted by: James at May 22, 2008 1:24 PM

BTW - I love the sound of your concertina, Bob. We should jam.

Posted by: James at May 22, 2008 1:29 PM

Depends on what you mean "hard to learn". I have zero musical talent, so I sort of brute-force a tune out of it. I have some sort of serious mental block to reading music. Took lessons and everything, and I just cant get it. So, I look at the sheet music, and listen to the tune, and figure it out the hard way.

I have 3 right now (I have IAD. Instrument Aquisition Disorder :) ) and my favorite is the English, which I played this on. It was built in 1905 or so, according to the serial numbers.

Posted by: Bob Mccown at May 22, 2008 2:37 PM

Copyright © 1999-2007 James P. Burke. All Rights Reserved