How much bow should I use in fiddling? When do I use the whole bow? Are good questions. It may not come up with a seasoned player who has good bow technique, or even the fiddler who has the questionable habit of choking up on the bow. Let’s consider the possibilities.
First of all, the player who chokes up … Read more
The String Band: what is it and what is its secret? We associate string bands with old-time music, also called old-timey music. But there is a little more to the genre than imitation of what has gone before.
If you do a minimum of research, like I did, by going to Wikipedia and searching “string band,” … Read more
When you are fiddling a ballad you want a singing tone with lots of expression and emotion. Think of a few of the ballads you have heard, Faded Love, Maiden’s Prayer, Good Woman’s Love. These are all sentimental songs that fiddlers play, putting in as much sentiment as they can.
These ballads are the American … Read more