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

Pinkie Finger Fiddling

Fiddling and the Pinkie Finger

Pinkie finger fiddling lets you stretch beyond your limits, if you have avoided the pinkie. And I’ve met serious music violinists who are pinkie avoiders. It forces you to do work-arounds in playing music that are a little cumbersome.

My attitude towards this little finger changed when I began fiddling. I heard how fiddlers use the pinkie to drone with … Read more