Cakewalk Fiddling that Takes the Cake
You may be using the cakewalk rhythm in your fiddling and not even know it. It’ very distinctive and instantly recognizable. I used to think of it as the Texas bow kick. Then I heard a presentation by Bill Messenger, professor at the Peabody Conservatory. Here is a restatement of his story about the origins of the cakewalk.
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Using the Whole Bow for Fiddling
How much bow should I use in fiddling? When do I use the whole bow? Are good questions. It may not come up with a seasoned player who has the questionable habit of choking up on the bow. Let’s consider the possibilities.
First of all, the player who chokes up on the bow, moving their hand along the stick … Read more
How Royce Burt Enhances an Old Fiddle
To understand what Royce Burt does and how it makes average student violins sound like professional instruments, you must learn about graduation. The top and back plates of the violin have a contoured change in thickness. This change is called the graduation. Royce Burt regraduates run-of-the-mill
instruments to make them sound as good as the best fiddles.
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