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MandyH

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Inspired by StevenScottCreative, posting a recording of himself after only a matter of weeks; and having a play with Audacity to get an idea about how to cut tracks etc, I thought I'd share this with you.

It's the first time I've ever "published" myself, so be gentle with me...
Hopefully I've set up the SoundCloud stuff correctly too and you can hear me.
Be warned, the backing is much quieter than me, so it starts rather quietly.

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very nice Mandy, you handled that very well seeing it was quite up tempo, now that will boost your confidence no end. Once again Well Done.
Rob.
 

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Well, you don't do things by halves do you? You've picked a piece of music that requires both skill and speed to do it any justice at all, and do you know what? You did just that! Cracking piece well done. I hope you feel very proud of yourself. Ok so there were a couple of little stumbles along the way, but you kept your nerve and stuck with it! Your timing is very good, as is your intonation. These are normally where beginners falter, so well done for that too!

I've not heard that piece before and I really enjoyed it! Thanks for being brave enough to post it Mandy. :welldone:welldone:welldone:welldone
 

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Well said Taz ...

Well, you don't do things by halves do you? You've picked a piece of music that requires both skill and speed to do it any justice at all, and do you know what? You did just that! Cracking piece well done. I hope you feel very proud of yourself. Ok so there were a couple of little stumbles along the way, but you kept your nerve and stuck with it! Your timing is very good, as is your intonation. These are normally where beginners falter, so well done for that too!

I've not heard that piece before and I really enjoyed it! Thanks for being brave enough to post it Mandy. :welldone:welldone:welldone:welldone

To be honest - You said all the things I had been thinking - but I wasn't really sure how to say it ...

Again Mandy - It really was smashing - thanks :thankyou:
 

MandyH

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Thanks all.
You've all done wonders for my ego.

As you may know, I've now been playing for a little over 2 years, but it's only in the past 2-3 months that I've begun to realise I am better than I had thought. :D

I think because (as children) my younger sister was the musician, I was the numerate, studious (and probably boring) one and our older sister was the sporty one, I had never really thought of myself as having any musical talent.
Trust me, our younger sister is really a very good trumpeter, and is now a head of music at a secondary school in Wiltshire. She played Clarke's Trumpet voluntary for our wedding and sang Ave Maria. Guests who didn't know her asked if she was professional, to which I replied "no, she's just my sister" ! :)))

Then recently, at band, I had a light bulb moment and realised I was leading more often than following.
This week, my teacher (who is also a conductor of the band) told be she was impressed with how I'd led the section on Sunday. TBH I hadn't set out to , but looking back, no-one else was "playing out" when we needed to, so I'd just taken the bull by the horns.

As far as this piece is concerned, I am looking to create a repertoire that I can just play if someone asked me to. My teacher gave me a load of book to look through, with backing tracks and I picked this one to start with.
I thought it was rather lively. Although I've driven my poor husband mad trying to get the timing right about 3/4 way though, there is a tied quaver-minim followed by a crotchet rest, followed by a minim, and for some reason I am still struggling to crack it, so I just keep repeating the 6 bars before and the 4 bars after. He complained about the ear-worm it's given him :))) :)))
I have no idea about its history, but my teacher tells me it was used in the film "the Mask". Now since I really can't stand Jim Carey (the lead actor) I hadn't appreciated this. But I don't know when it was originally written. The sheet music I have has a copyright date of 1998 (I think)
Once again, thanks all. :sax::sax:
 

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