Understanding Fiddle Music

What Is Fiddle Music?

Many feet moving to the sound of fiddle music

Fiddle music arose because people like to dance, and fiddle music provided a good danceable sound. Today the same holds true for contra dancing and Appalachian style back-step dancing. For country music line dancing a fiddle may not be required, but it would always be welcome. Irish step dancing is typically packed … Read more

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