Whole Bow Fiddling

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 ┬áchoking 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

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Royce Burt Fiddle Tone Improver

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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Fiddling with Finger Slides

Using Slides to Enhance Your Fiddling

The most common finger slide in fiddling is the quick movement up to the target note. That’s a feature that distinguishes fiddling from violin playing. Not the only one, but easily recognized by both fiddlers and violinists.

I usually teach this move in Angeline the Baker. When I start on the slide lesson, the student has already learned … Read more

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