Elan Chalford

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Buy a Violin Bow to Fiddle

What Fiddlers Should Know about Bow Quality

My recommendation on bows used to always be the same. “The best bow for the money is a carbon fiber composite bow just under $200.” Then I would say, “You would have to spend $500 to get an equivalent wood bow, unless you were just lucky.”

Close up of the bottom of the bow frog
The Froggy Bottom of the bow

I don’t say that anymore … Read more

Fiddle Practice Techniques

Fiddle and Violin Practice Techniques

Use fiddle practice techniques well and play in a band like this one.

At the first of the year we often make resolutions. Some of us even set goals and write them down. I’ve done that for years. If you have a goal of achieving a definite objective with your fiddling, then I support that wholeheartedly. You can also make … Read more

Cross String Fiddling

Picking up the Other String

Fiddling with the Cross String Shuffle

Let’s suppose you can play some hoedowns with good rhythm, steady shuffle, danceable speed, or almost. What can you do to raise the level of your bow work?

A simple, but tricky, technique to master is the cross string shuffle.

With this bow pattern you cross to and add the next string higher as … Read more

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