Play Blues Fiddle Notes
Joe Craven gave a special presentation at the Mike Block String Camp on bluesy sounds. Yes, it was all about what blues sounds like. And he encouraged his listeners to make these sounds on the spot. It was a fascinating and powerful presentation, and I got to be part of it by being … Read more
Checklist to Make Your Fiddle Sing
Look at this checklist to answer the question, “What is needed to make your fiddle sing?”
1 Intonation–you must play in tune, you can’t play out of tune notes and please your listeners.
2 Use the whole bow–a legato stroke that is smooth, connected and uses the whole bow is essential for a singing … Read more
Vassar Clements–Virtuoso Fiddler
Remembering when a friend called me with the news that Vassar Clements had passed away….Today I’m recalling that phenomenon of the Music Spirit that we called Vassar.
On just a few occasions I was able to get right next to Vassar while he was playing. I watched and listened closely, just drinking it in.