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Playing Since: 2007

Experience Level: Purty Good

Interests:
[Jamming] [Socializing] [Helping]

Occupation: Web Developer

Gender: Female

Age: 60

My Instruments:
My main fiddle is a hard used but wonderfully sounding D. Salzard that's about 130 years old, with a one piece back to die for, and appears handmade. My second fiddle is a very early Suzuki Nippon that looks like it was repaired by a backyard body mechanic with Bondo and epoxy, but manages to sing quite nicely. And I have an early 20th c. German Strad which is plain-plain-plain until you put the bow to her, when she turns into Cinderella at the Ball, with Dark Rich Tone. And I've got a 4th fiddle that's a german trade fiddle, a project I am currently working on, and a 5th that's a german trade, probably a Mittenwald, that needs work that I picked up recently at the flea market. I've also got a couple basket cases that came in recently. One's repairable, an amateur made fiddle from New York, but it needs the whole pegbox/scroll grafted. The other is for parts.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
First and Foremost, the Gypsy King himself, Stefane Grapelli,
Stuff Smith,
John Hartford,
April Verch,
Regina Carter,
Joe Venuti,
Buddy Thomas,
Chubby Wise,
Owen Chapman,
Dwight Lamb,
Liz Carroll,
Tommy Jarrell,
Lester McCumbers,
Elmer Rich.
Snake Chapman,
Ed Haley,
Jehile Kirkhuff


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I'm gonna add some bottom so that the dancers just won't hide . . .

Sunday, February 20, 2011 @4:37:43 PM


In her neverending quest to tease me into a multi-instrumental capacity, Jane has loaned me her piccolo bass. It's been in my house since around 4 PM this afternoon. It's now 7:30 or so.

I'm so fiddle-obsessed that I didn't think there'd be any instrument that would tempt me to go a different direction. But . . . hmm.

This piccolo bass is tuned to 5ths. Same as fiddle. Needs a very light touch. Same as fiddle. I can use mando chord patterns on it. Same as fiddle. It's the percussive beat in a combo. Same as oldtime fiddle.

For some reason I've flashed on every Johnny Cash song I ever heard (which is a WHOLE lot of 'em since he was my dad's fave and played constantly in our house.) And I've already figured out a lot of that schtuff in the last 20 minutes. Am I good at it? No, I suck. Can't quite get that deadening of the note consistent so that it gives that "bump" sound. But my fingers already know where those runs are. I might actually be able to play this thing if I put a thousand hours or so into it . . .

Oh, I am SO in trouble . . .

Why? There is no way I'm slacking off on fiddle. How many hours are there in a day?



24 comments on “I'm gonna add some bottom so that the dancers just won't hide . . .”

mudbug Says:
Monday, February 21, 2011 @2:14:17 AM

Yup, the low end is fun.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, February 21, 2011 @7:13:16 AM

How sweet of you to leave no hiding place for the dancer's bottoms. Now people will have no excuse not to get up off their basses and waltz out to the dance area.
bj Says:
Monday, February 21, 2011 @7:15:17 AM

How LOW can you GO?
Swing Says:
Monday, February 21, 2011 @8:17:29 AM

Oh, I cannot resist, a tune called Dancer's Bottom Jig

Play Happy
bj Says:
Monday, February 21, 2011 @3:01:51 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @5:27:12 AM

Good good. Yet I can indeed go lower! Did you hear the one about the dancer's feet?
mudbug Says:
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @5:49:26 AM

By the way, love the Sly quote. What a shame and a waste, though.
bj Says:
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @5:56:25 AM

What? Was the accompanying blogpost THAT bad? ;-)
mudbug Says:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @5:11:56 AM

No, of course not, BJ! Uh, does this mean you're going to dress up in a white afro wig and go-go boots? :-)
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @6:00:03 AM

I'm kinda curious how that'd look bj...'specially whilst you fiddle "I Wanna Take You Highhhhhhher."
bj Says:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @1:19:53 PM

I've already done the white afro wig and gogo boots phase . . . while wearing a micro-mini . . .

** whistles ** Hot Fun in the Summertime . . .
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @6:37:20 PM

Pics please.
ViolaFiddler Says:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @11:00:15 PM

All I can ad is some white snow from my yard today //o-\\.
bj Says:
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @6:25:19 AM

I think ya might wanna dump that snow on Humbled. He needs to chill . . . ;-)
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @11:11:06 AM

I justa might get that snow--seriously--see my post in the postable section of this fine hangout. Wahooooo! It's gonna snow!
frogeyes Says:
Saturday, February 26, 2011 @12:39:19 AM

whoops I didn't read that one properly i thought you meant the tiny flute ha ha spot the dork.
bj Says:
Saturday, February 26, 2011 @12:01:33 PM

I can play those too, though I haven't in years . . . how DID you know that? ;-)
Watergal82 Says:
Monday, February 28, 2011 @6:45:42 PM

I have to ask- what is a piccolo bass, other than a magnet for bad puns? Any pics?
bj Says:
Monday, February 28, 2011 @6:55:22 PM

It looks just like other electric bass guitars, but the neck is shorter and the scale length is shorter, and the tuning is like a Cello, tuned to 5ths low to high ADGC. The body is maybe a bit smaller too, about the same size as an electric guitar body. Strings are a tad less beefy and take a very light touch to get 'em moving or stop 'em.

Having said all that, the novelty has worn off, and I've found it painful to play it for any length of time. I dunno. If I'm gonna play anything other than fiddle maybe I should get a nice old wooden recorder or flute for tooting around. ;-)
mudbug Says:
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @2:25:24 AM

I think it's also tuned in 4th's like a standard bass (E A D G low to high) but up an octave. Popularised by Stanley Clarke. There's also a varient of standard 4 string bass ( A D G C) but the name of that one eludes me.
fiddleiphile Says:
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @6:12:17 AM

Probably a 3/4 size bass guitar. About the same size as regular guitar.(think Fender Mustang). Very light set of strings, tuned in 4ths. these things really don't play in tune all the way up fret board with large diameter strings. The scale length is too short. Not too noticeable in fast passages but will KILL your ear holding long notes upscale
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @6:27:41 AM

Prolly why I don't live in the upscale area o' town.
bj Says:
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 @7:02:19 AM

Hmm, when I hear a good bass player, I never hear any notes held. They're always deadened right away to give that distinctive bass thump. Re strings and up the fret board, Jane put lighter gauge strings on this than a regular bass, and I trust her to know what she's doing, since she's been doing it since the 1960's and plays at a level most people can only dream about.

Humbled, it doesn't surprise me that you don't live in the upscale area o' town.
fiddleiphile Says:
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 @5:33:29 AM

There's more than one way to play a bass, just like any other instrument. Believe it or not there is also music that requires a bass note to be held. It amazes me that you have never heard it before.

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