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

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