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 the questionable habit of choking up on the bow. Let’s consider the possibilities.
First of all, the player who chokes up on the bow, moving their hand along the stick … Read more
Fiddling a Ballad with Expression and Emotion
When you are fiddling a ballad you want a singing tone with lots of expression and emotion. Think of a few of the ballads you have heard, Faded Love, Maiden’s Prayer, Good Woman’s Love. These are all sentimental songs that fiddlers play, putting in as much sentiment as they can.
These ballads are the American … Read more
How to Have the Fiddler’s Loose Wrist
The secret of the fiddler’s loose wrist is…the fingers! When you gain flexibility in your fingers holding the bow, the wrist must also become flexible.
There are two exercises recommended by violin instructors for achieving this. That is, teachers use one or the other of the two, usually not both. Recently, Lauren Rioux demonstrated the one I don’t … Read more