Miscellaneous

Fiddling with Harmonics

Fiddling Harmonics, not Just a Trick

The trick of fiddling  harmonics is common enough, but nowhere is it used more than in the third time through Whistler’s Waltz. We’ll get to that. Let’s start by saying what the harmonic is.

There is a physical property of the vibrating string called the node. That’s a place on the string at whole number divisions where a secondary Read more

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To Swing or Not to Swing

To Swing the Eights or Not

I was confronted by the issue of swing the eighths or not when I attended the first Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp. In a session led by Liz Carroll, I started playing Ships Are Sailing with a pronounced swing, just as I had many times before. Liz stopped me and said, “Oh, Elan, you don’t swing the eighths on a … Read more

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