The Empowering Secret of the String Band
The String Band: what is it and what is its secret? We associate string bands with old-time music, also called old-timey music. But there is a little more to the genre than imitation of what has gone before.
If you do a minimum of research, like I did, by going to Wikipedia and searching “string band,” … Read more
Fiddling a Ballad with Expression and Emotion
When you are fiddling a ballad you want a singing tone with lots of expression and emotion. Think of a few of the ballads you have heard, Faded Love, Maiden’s Prayer, Good Woman’s Love. These are all sentimental songs that fiddlers play, putting in as much sentiment as they can.
These ballads are the American … Read more
Let’s Celebrate the Clean Violin
If you like the sight of an old violin all caked up with rosin, skip this post. This is about keeping a clean violin that looks good and shows you take good care of it.
Not long ago, one of my students came in to the studio, took out her violin and it looked stunning. It shined like a new … Read more