Two Fiddle Bow Holds
There are two bow holds that I’m going to be writing about here. The beginner grip and the advanced grip. The beginner grip is easy to show, demonstrate and teach. Many Suzuki teachers rely on this grip for beginning students. It’s an easier grip for them. And although I call it a beginner grip, Mark O’Connor used this grip for years … Read more
Fiddlers Read Music Notation and Fiddle Tab
Do all fiddlers read music notation? No. Do all violinists read fiddle tab? No. Why not? Many fiddlers are on the way to reading music notation. But, violinists, the ones I’ve met, profess distain for fiddle tab. Maybe it’s ego, maybe it’s just laziness. They don’t want to learn it. Even when I tell them a six year … Read more
The Power of Fiddle-Fiddle Ensemble
Fiddle and fiddle playing together in an ensemble implies a strong tradition in fiddling known as twin fiddling. There are other possibilities, and current fiddle practice as seen on YouTube shows some possibilities that go beyond twin fiddle. Let’s first take a close look at twin fiddling.
Close harmony characterizes the genre, along with parallel bowing. That’s why it’s … Read more