Fiddle Grooves–Bow Shuffles
What kind of shuffles can you do with the bow? That question came up recently. I started putting a project together called Bow Grooves and Shuffles…Here are some of the components.
1 Accents. You are not going to get anywhere until you have the ability to place an accent on the note you play. My … Read more
Let’s Improve Our Fiddle Improv
Cracker Jazz or Hillbilly Jazz is fiddle based music that expresses the improvised line in fiddle style. The comparison to bluegrass is obvious. In bluegrass each instrument is allowed only limited scope for improv, usually eight bars, sometimes equal to the length of a fiddle tune.
Fiddle Improv for Listening
What was formerly dance music becomes … Read more
Shuffles and other Fiddling Off Beat Tricks
Maybe the first difference you can hear between a real fiddler and a violinist playing a fiddle tune is the accent on the off beat. By the way, Liz Carroll produced an album titled On the Off Beat, which is a playfully clever title. I begin teaching my students about this not long after they play Bilem Cabbage … Read more