Expressive Ballad Fiddling

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

Announcing: Fiddler Loose Wrist Secret Revealed

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

Wood Violin Bow or Carbon Fiber Composite

Decision Factors for Wood or Carbon Fiber Bow

One way to choose a wood bow or a carbon fiber composite bow is to get both. The way the price on carbon fiber bows has dropped, it’s an easier move than you might think.

The first carbon fiber bow I got was about $200. A substantial chunk of change at the time, but less than a … Read more