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Saw hurts ears

I've been playing the musical saw for about four months now. Strangest thing is that it sounds great and actually beautiful, to me but when I listen to a recording of my playing it, it sounds terrible.

My wife makes me go outside to play the darned thing. Went out on the porch and was playing a tune and when I looked up there were eight cats watching me which makes me believe that it must sound good to someone......I mean thing.


Saw Lady said…
Hi Charlie,

It is not uncommon for a saw player to take time until OTHER people enjoy the playing. Don't give up!

Could you visit NYC in July? You might enjoy attending the annual NYC Musical Saw Festival - there are workshops, a concert, an art exhibit - all revolving around the musical saw. You could meet lots of saw players and "talk shop" with them, get advice and playing technique tips.
You can see info at

I'll send you an e-mail with details.

All the best,

Saw Lady

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