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One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap

Little Neophyte 13 Apr 01 - 02:51 PM
katlaughing 13 Apr 01 - 02:56 PM
Justa Picker 13 Apr 01 - 03:42 PM
Mark Clark 13 Apr 01 - 03:48 PM
hesperis 13 Apr 01 - 04:12 PM
Amergin 13 Apr 01 - 04:16 PM
RichM 13 Apr 01 - 04:47 PM
Little Neophyte 13 Apr 01 - 06:08 PM
DancingMom 13 Apr 01 - 06:09 PM
Big Mick 13 Apr 01 - 09:13 PM
GUEST,marty D 13 Apr 01 - 09:29 PM
GUEST,willie-o 14 Apr 01 - 09:37 PM
Little Neophyte 14 Apr 01 - 10:02 PM
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Subject: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 02:51 PM

I can not believe what I just did.
I've been listening to John Brown's March by Dwight Diller off his CD but I have never attempted to play the tune. Then this morning I sat down and without the CD, I played the entire tune without having any struggle to find the right notes. It was just there. Went right from my head onto the strings. I could not believe my ears.
This is a major leap for me. I am still feeling quite overwhelmed and stunned that I could do that.

Can any of you remember the first time you were able to play something by ear never having played it before?

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 02:56 PM

That is wonderful, Bonnie.

CONGRATULATIONS!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Justa Picker
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 03:42 PM

YES!...and this IS one of those "major breakthroughs."
Congratulations!!! (Amazing thing, this musical osmosis process, isn't it?)


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Mark Clark
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 03:48 PM

Well I hate to say I told you so...

Way to go. You're really on your way now.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: hesperis
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 04:12 PM

YAY BONNIE!


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Amergin
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 04:16 PM

Way to go BonnieBanjoPhyte!!!! So when do you start touring?


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: RichM
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 04:47 PM

Yes, indeed Bonnie, it's a wonderful breakthrough.

A true gift of the muse.

Revel in it, there is much more to come :)

Rich McCarthy


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:08 PM

Thanks guys,
I've understood the concept of osmosis when it comes to absorbing the music and I've been given little glimpse of this phenomena but what I experienced today seemed like it came from heaven.
Everyone told me, just listen to the music. That listening is more important than playing. Boy do I believe them now. I also find listening to the same music over and over and over again really helps. I have narrowed my CD listening repertoire down to only 10 CDs. For 2 months that is all I have been listening to. I know this could drive someone else right around the bend, but I don't mind. I like these CDs, I want to learn how to play these tunes so I don't think much about the fact it sounds like I am playing 10 broken record. Sounds just fine by me.
One thing I do know is when I finally get another 10 CDs to replace the ones I am listening to right now, it will feel like buying a new car.

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: DancingMom
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 06:09 PM

That is SO COOL! I took a music theory class once, and we were sight singing. My instructor gave the class a short piece to look at, and after he gave us the note, I sang it having never seen it before. It just popped out, surprised me as much as the instructor. Unfortunately it was never that easy again. Maybe I knew the song in another place and time, who knows? But it was sweet.


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Big Mick
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:13 PM

Sheeeeeiiiiiitttttt, woman!~!!!!!!!!!! Way to go. Just remember that the big ole Mick knew ya when..............LOL. Proud of ya, m'lovely friend.

Mick


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: GUEST,marty D
Date: 13 Apr 01 - 09:29 PM

Bonnie. I started getting serious about the guitar a little less than a year ago. I got so much help from this place I can't tell you. I may even be getting close to that "one small step". Never met you, but I'm proud of you.

Martin


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: GUEST,willie-o
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 09:37 PM

Excellent work Bonzo!

You have inhaled the heady draft of musicianship...

Willie-O


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 10:02 PM

Bill, how did you know my nik name was Bonzo?
Actually Bonzo was a nik name for my nik name Bonzerelli. I use to hang out with lots of Italians.

Thanks for the support guys. This one giant step has become a quantum music leap in my reality.

Bonnie


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 10:32 PM

Bravo!! Take a bow Bonita!

Rick


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Gypsy
Date: 14 Apr 01 - 11:37 PM

Huzzah to thee! It just gets better, here on out!!!!!


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: Bert
Date: 15 Apr 01 - 12:35 AM

You're just a rotten good for nothing showoff Bonnie me luv.

I've been working for years and 'every' new song is bloody hard work.

I was gonna say it must be that good teacher you've got, but I think that's only part of the story.

WAY TO GO GAL!!!!

Bert.


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Subject: RE: One Small Step = One Giant Musician Leap
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Apr 01 - 01:22 AM

Bonnie, it's good listening to those same CDs over and over. You are training your ear and that is more than half the battle. You are just going to keep geting lifted "higher and higher" 'cause it'll just keep getting better and better.

As I was classically trained, with sheet music, on the violin and piano, I never really knew how to improvise on them. I could a little bit on the violin and I can fiddle a few tunes, with lots of practise and those I do by ear, BUT the dulcimer is the first instrument, besides my voice, that I am learning and playing solely by ear and I find it is such a JOY!

Next time you come into PalTalk, have your banjo handy and when someone else is singing or playing, jam along with them. It's good practise and it trains your ear even more.

Have fun, darlin'....luvyakat


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