Marketing Fiddle Music

Marketing fiddle music is a challenge anywhere. In some areas it might be especially difficult because it’s a genre that is not standardized or commercialized.

Sarah Whitney, violinist with her violin
Sarah Whitney, violinist

Mike Block String Camp faculty member Sarah Whitney offered a workshop on marketing your music. She is a very able violinist in the Sybarite5 ensemble. The presentation she gave on marketing fiddle music distilled what she’s learned … Read more

Back Up Fiddling tips

Playing Back Up Fiddle in a Band

Back up fiddling in a band
Many chances to play back up fiddle in this band.

Compare back up fiddling to guitar player/singers who are learning their music. Most often they start with three chords, G, C and D. Many songs can be sung with strumming accompaniment using only those three chords.

The guitar playing backs up the singing, creating a frame of sound … Read more

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