Red Fiddle

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This is my new fiddle. Don’t know what it is, or who made it. All I know is that when I saw it, I had to have it.  I did refit it with ebony pegs with the French Eye. Didn’t like the boxwood fittings it came with.


I love that one-piece back with its groovy flame. And that deep red color really caught my eye.

I also put a Thomastik tailpiece on it. Can’t beat a Thomastik.

This little fiddle plays very well. Good sound, but I think I’m going to have to play around with the strings. I hear a wolf every so often.

By the way, I have a couple of student fiddle outfits I need to sell. They’ve been seasoned with good play, and fitted similar to the fiddle above.

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Fiddly Things

So I’ve been playing the fiddle for @#($ years…

And it’s something that I take great enjoyment from. I’m no spectacular talent… I don’t read music, I play totally by ear. I learn by listening and watching other people play. And what I do is what I call “serviceable.”

I am a serviceable fiddler. Ha!

On top of that… last year I picked up the Viola as well. And the Cello. And darned if I don’t love those instruments too. 

I’ve always been able to pick up/hear a song’s melody. For the past year, I’ve been listening for the harmonies. Boy, do I love finding those harmonies. Lower, higher, in and out, around, through! Musical harmonies get my blood pumping.

Not only do fiddles, cellos, violas make beautiful music – they’re pretty to look at! And I have been amassing quite the stringed collection. I read in another blog – The Fiddle Project –  that Fiddle Acquisition Syndrome is not uncommon. I fully admit to it. Own up to it. And, yes, I bought another fiddle yesterday. 

I will post pictures when it arrives. 

Zumba …

Still carrying on with the Zumba. And loving it. I sweat. I feel goooood.

And I’ve moved on to the Zumba Toning workout. Which I like the best. 30 minutes with hand weights. It’s awesome.

What I like about the Zumba:

It’s not too hard.
It’s interesting.
It’s not intimidating.
It gives me a good work out.
I look forward to doing it.

And I’m pretty lazy when it comes to moving. So, if you’re still up in the air about getting/trying out Zumba – I can tell you now that you won’t regret it. Just keep at it. And keep moving!

Zumba my Ass Off

Yep. I’m gonna Zumba my ass off.

Started with the step-by-step DVD of the Zumba Exhilarate package tonight.

I felt like an uncoordinated orangutan.

Those instructor chicks make it all look so easy. But then they’d pick up the pace, and it was like they’d added about 5 more steps than they showed me in the step-by-step-slow-enough-for-dummies-to-see-how-it-works part. *spits*

But that’s not the point.

No. The point, my friends, is to move your jiggly ass and get the calories burning. So what if you miss a step or 10.

I sweated.

I haven’t sweated in such a long time.

Belly dancing. With flames.