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ARCHIVED TOPIC: Primary advice for aspiring fiddlers ?
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pete_fiddle - Posted - 04/30/2020: 12:34:25
Been trying for nearly 30 years now, and mine would be "Rhythm Is King". What would yours be?
Lonesome Fiddler - Posted - 04/30/2020: 13:09:01
Find a fiddle somewhere. Chuck it under your chin. Grab the bow. Give it all a try. See if you can tolerate the ridiculous way you need to hold it. See if you can stand the noise.
Swing - Posted - 04/30/2020: 14:07:35
Listen to every bit of fiddle music you can find... then listen to it again...Play HappySwing
imapicker2 - Posted - 04/30/2020: 17:33:56
Don't drop your rosin!
ChickenMan - Posted - 04/30/2020: 19:39:15
Listen closely, there's music in there if you can hear past the noise.
farmerjones - Posted - 04/30/2020: 19:41:09
Give it a try. You never know. To quote the late Micheal Springer, "it's like learning to pet a cat."
Flat_the_3rd_n7th - Posted - 05/01/2020: 20:21:01
"Progress comes slower than any other instrument, even piano and pedal steel. Gotta grind it out, especially bow hand. Keep your eye on the prize..."
Flat_the_3rd_n7th - Posted - 05/01/2020: 20:25:04
quote:Originally posted by farmerjonesGive it a try. You never know.To quote the late Micheal Springer, "it's like learning to pet a cat."
Give it a try. You never know.To quote the late Micheal Springer, "it's like learning to pet a cat."
Once the cat is calibrated with a tuner, it's not too hard to play something like the Star Spangled Banner with it...
fiddlinsteudel - Posted - 05/01/2020: 20:28:41
Practice, perform, listen, and go to live shows.
Earworm - Posted - 05/02/2020: 07:07:00
If you're lucky enough to have an audience, listen mostly to how they react, and only a little bit to what they say.
ShadeTree - Posted - 05/02/2020: 19:58:30
Listen, listen, listen, to the style of fiddle music you want to play. Just as a toddler will emulate human speech, individuals will naturally play music similar to what they are familiar.
frank rehagen - Posted - 05/02/2020: 20:54:52
One step forward and two back. When it all works it’s worth it
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