Expressive Ballad Fiddling

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

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Your Clean Violin

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

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Natural Tuning and Triad Power

Power Up the Triad with Natural Tuning

For readers of thrillers and action novels, triad power derives from a mysterious and dangerous Chinese gang. For us musicians, triad power comes from the chord that is the working result of the three notes that form a triad. I would like to explore the origen of the triad in the overtone series to show how natural western … Read more

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