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
My Experience of the Mike Block String Camp
When I applied to the MBSC Apprentice Track (AT) of the Mike Block String Camp, I really did not know what to expect. All I knew was that the music experience was learning-by-ear based.
That turned out to be so true. There were no charts or sheet music anywhere. Everyone relied on recording the session with … Read more
Get Out the Five String (Fiddle)
Getting out the old five-string means five string fiddle now. The strings give it the potential for both violin and viola. I believe that if you’ve had experience playing viola, the five string will make more sense than if you have only played violin or fiddle. It combines the tuning of the viola and the violin. It implies both. … Read more