Bluesy Fiddle Notes

Play Blues Fiddle Notes

Eddie South played bluesy notes on the violin

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

Make Your Fiddle sing

Checklist to Make Your Fiddle Sing

Look at this checklist to answer the question, “What is needed to make your fiddle sing?”

Gypsy, make your violin 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

Remembering Vassar Clements

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.

Vassar Clements sitting down in between performance
Vassar Clements looks like he’s thinking about music
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