Compare back up fiddling to guitar player/singers who are learning their music. Most often they start with three chords, G, C and D. Many songs can be sung with strumming accompaniment using only those three chords.
The guitar playing backs up the singing, creating a frame of sound … Read more
My recommendation on bows used to always be the same. “The best bow for the money is a carbon fiber composite bow just under $200.” Then I would say, “You would have to spend $500 to get an equivalent wood bow, unless you were just lucky.”
Arranging for string band is woefully underrated. Most string band arrangements are plain vanilla. Everybody plays at the same time from beginning to end. The purpose of flavorful arranging is, as Joe Walsh says, “to stave off boredom.”