Fiddle Instruction

Fiddle Bow Hold

Two Fiddle Bow Holds

There are two bow holds that I’m going to be writing about here. The beginner grip and  the advanced grip. The beginner grip is easy to show, demonstrate and teach. Many Suzuki teachers rely on this grip for beginning students. It’s an easier grip for them. And although I call it a beginner grip, Mark O’Connor used this grip for years … Read more

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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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Fiddling with Harmonics

Fiddling Harmonics, not Just a Trick

The trick of fiddling  harmonics is common enough, but nowhere is it used more than in the third time through Whistler’s Waltz. We’ll get to that. Let’s start by saying what the harmonic is.

There is a physical property of the vibrating string called the node. That’s a place on the string at whole number divisions where a secondary vibration Read more

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