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
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
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