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Anne Becker - fiddle

 

Music you listen to in the car …

Fiddle music … Melbourne Scottish Fiddle club and other greats

 

Favourite Scottish tune or musician …

Chris Duncan

 

Have you attended any fiddle camps? Which was your favourite?

Alistair Fraser, Chris Duncan ... hard to say the favourite (equal favourites)

 

Other types of music or music groups you are involved in …

Dorkestra in Fremantle (orchestra), Japanese sanshin group (like a Japanese fiddle?), Irish club Irish tunes

 

Your day job …

Japanese language teacher Year 7-12

 

Other passions (beside music!) …

Reading books on the effects of trauma (anything that overwhelmed the nervous system at any stage of life) on our physiology

 

Any other useful facts about yourself … 

Attend annual 10 day silent retreats to re charge the batteries

 

Favourite activity with Perth Scottish Fiddlers …

Camp at Fairbridge, playing for events

 

What you like about playing with Perth Scottish Fiddlers …

The inclusive and supportive way in which all members (young and old) are included in all practice and events regardless of where they are up to with their music ability ie from playing all the notes, most of the notes, some of the notes and chords to harmonise.

 

Favourite non-Scottish music …

Irish music

 

Pets … do they like music …

My dog loves to sit and listen to fiddlers, plonking herself in the centre and watching each player before dozing off

 

Was it hard to learn to play by ear … 

It was hard for me as I had no confidence to do so and little trust in myself that I could. I also had some fear and shame around not getting it right or not getting it quickly enough. The PSF is a fun, friendly, safe and supportive group to make mistakes and learn at your own pace.

 

Anything else …

Playing a variety of music with a group of friendly people is one of the single most wonderful experiences of my life. Apart from sound waves produced by the instrument being a gift to your body, when a particular tune resonates with you, it can pop up in your head like an old friend.