The Power of Fiddle-Fiddle Ensemble
Fiddle and fiddle playing together in an ensemble implies a strong tradition in fiddling known as twin fiddling. There are other possibilities, and current fiddle practice as seen on YouTube shows some possibilities that go beyond twin fiddle. Let’s first take a close look at twin fiddling.
Close harmony characterizes the genre, along with parallel bowing. That’s why it’s … Read more
Cakewalk Fiddling that Takes the Cake
You may be using the cakewalk rhythm in your fiddling and not even know it. It’ very distinctive and instantly recognizable. I used to think of it as the Texas bow kick. Then I heard a presentation by Bill Messenger, professor at the Peabody Conservatory. Here is a restatement of his story about the origins of the cakewalk.
It … Read more
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