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
Basic Fiddle Care as If It Were a Violin
The source of the fiddle care quotes is Strings Magazine Guide to Common Sense Instrument Care. This is a 32 page booklet I got for $4.95 from Strings Magazine. It was published 1990. Sub Titled, “How to Look After Your Violin (or Viola or Cello) and Bow.”
For the sake of completeness i have included … 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