The Path to Enjoying Your Fiddling
Fiddling enjoyment has been on my mind from the first days of beginning to teach. I would always advise a beginner to find a tune they liked to play. Then, play that one first. As in, “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” But, how to get there as soon as possible. Here is a story as an example.
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Get Good Intonation in Your Fiddle Tunes
The topic of fiddle intonation reminds me of a time, back in the 1980’s, when I put on an event with other string players at a local venue, Boatyard Village. We had an idea for a themed concert. We called it “Dawg Jam.” We played some David Grisman pieces and other fiddle tunes.
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Learn Fiddling–Learn Patience
Patience: the capacity to tolerate difficulty without getting frustrated.
“Patience, hard thing! The hard thing but to pray,
But bid for, Patience is!” Gerard Manley Hopkins
In our material world, the virtue of patience has taken a real beating. And we fiddlers, we musicians, need it more than ever. There are cringe worthy examples of impatience in the news daily. … Read more