Using the Whole Bow for Fiddling
How much bow should I use in fiddling? When do I use the whole bow? Are good questions. It may not come up with a seasoned player who has good bow technique, or even the fiddler who has the questionable habit of choking up on the bow. Let’s consider the possibilities.
First of all, the player who chokes up … Read more
How Royce Burt Enhances an Old Fiddle
To understand what Royce Burt does and how it makes average student violins sound like professional instruments, you must learn about graduation. The top and back plates of the violin have a contoured change in thickness. This change is called the graduation. Royce Burt regraduates run-of-the-mill
instruments to make them sound as good as the best fiddles.
He … Read more
Using Slides to Enhance Your Fiddling
The most common finger slide in fiddling is the quick movement up to the target note. That’s a feature that distinguishes fiddling from violin playing. Not the only one, but easily recognized by both fiddlers and violinists.
I usually teach this move in Angeline the Baker. When I start on the slide lesson, the student has already learned … Read more