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
Pickup Notes Video
This morning I presented on Zoom a short program on pick up notes. No one showed up. I made a serious flub with my email service. I sent myself a test email. It was good. So, I was done, right? Not so fast. How about sending to your readers.
First I acknowledge the blog post by Ed Pearlman titled, “Pickup notes: … Read more
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