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Old Scratch - Posted - 10/05/2020:  10:50:40


Took my fiddle out back this morning - it was a bit chilly; kinda borderline - between "too cold" and "it'll warm up". Anyway - the fiddle was squeaky as hell. Or my playing was - but my fingers weren't numb or stiff with cold or anything like that - so I wondered if the cold was affecting the fiddle or bow somehow, or if the fresh air was making my ears a little sharper. Any experiences or physics lessons to share?

farmerjones - Posted - 10/05/2020:  17:37:39


Was it frosty, or dew laden?

Have had troubles similar when the Sun goes down, and dew settlling.

Old Scratch - Posted - 10/05/2020:  17:54:54


No, no heavy dew. The air wasn't particularly damp.

Humbled by this instrument - Posted - 10/05/2020:  21:35:29


Okay, my first thought is what...(dangit, forget his name, and he hasn't posted here in a while) one of our forum members says, "Sometimes the fiddle just says, 'No.'" I remember being at a large jam/session with about ten really scary fiddlers, some were in one room jamming jazz with clarinetists and piano player and such, others were in the bluegrass room blazing fingers across their fingerboard, still others were out on the deck playing oh-so-in-the-pocket OT. I happened to be in the bluegrass room (not the best fiddler there) when a fiddler I much admired walked in whilst we were playing "Red Haired Boy/Saint Anne's Reel," and we nodded at him to take his break--SQUEAK, SQUONK, SCREEEEEECHHH--and I was astounded. I'd played with this fine fiddler numerous times and always been impressed with his intonation, melodic breaks, and ability, but for some reason on this night nothing was working. Now this event took place in October in the mountains here, and the jamming started at night, so it probably was cool, but none of the rest of us were having problems. Hmmmmmmmm. Don't know.

Old Scratch - Posted - 10/06/2020:  10:09:26


Thing is, I'm always playing around with different ways of holding the bow, placing my fingers, holding the fiddle, etc., etc. - and the night before, everything was just clicking - rather than squeaking. So I was eager to get back at it, and reinforce what I had been doing - and then it sounded worse than ever, so I was disappointed, to put it mildly. Now today, playing inside, made some more adjustments, and everything is clicking again - I mean, 'clicking' in a good way ... so, I don't know - maybe the fiddle was 'just saying no' .......

Thanks for your responses, gents.

Flat_the_3rd_n7th - Posted - 10/06/2020:  11:00:14


Only thing I can think of is warm weather vs. cold weather rosin.

But, yeah, on-one-day, off-the-next-day thing happens to me all the time. If I could only pattern that in order to play on just the "on" days...

Evermore - Posted - 10/07/2020:  13:55:07


quote:

Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th

Only thing I can think of is warm weather vs. cold weather rosin.



But, yeah, on-one-day, off-the-next-day thing happens to me all the time. If I could only pattern that in order to play on just the "on" days...






Me too. There are some days when I can't seem to do anything right with a fiddle. It's a temperamental beast for sure.  Sometimes laying off for a couple of days can give me a fresh start, but there are times when nothing works.

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