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And Now For Something Completely Different . . .

Posted by bj on Monday, December 28, 2009

I've been having an absolute BLAST fiddling BADLY today!

I figured if I was in this Off The Cliff Slump and going to play BADLY anyway, I might as well have fun doing so. So I've been working on learning trick fiddling all day and really getting silly with it.

I've been playing with the fiddle on top of my head. That's actually been the most successful, and I think I can get the hang of it, as long as I play tunes on only the A and E strings. Harder to go over the top with the bow when it's up there. I was actually playing a simple tune with decent enough intonation at a somewhat slow pace as long as it was only on the upper two strings. I do have to play in front of a mirror to get my bow to track right, but I think with practice I can break away from the mirror eventually.

Kneeling on my left knee and going under my right bent leg with the bow is kinda sorta doable, but that one will need a whole lotta work for the intonation and bowing to work. The bow is really restricted this way, and there isn't a really good place to brace the fiddle against, at least not without me hearing my grandmother's voice in my ear, saying, "How UNLADYLIKE! You should be ashamed of yourself, young lady!" (Can you tell that this was a recurring theme of my early tomboy years? LOL!)

I also tried standing, left foot on a chair, fiddle perched on thigh and upright, and right hand around the back. This is REALLY awkward!

I've got a lot more tricks to try later tonight:

Scott Wood's Trick Fiddling

Notice he uses a junker fiddle just in case he misfires on his somersault while he's fiddling!

Erin Leahy's Trick Fiddling

But my fave is Uncle Leroy! Considering my bow has been feeling like a two by four . . .

Uncle Leroy's Trick Fiddling



13 comments on “And Now For Something Completely Different . . .”

Cyndy Says:
Monday, December 28, 2009 @2:13:00 PM

I like your spirit!

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Monday, December 28, 2009 @2:54:55 PM

Pictures please! I'd like to see one of you sawing with the fiddle atop your head.

bj Says:
Monday, December 28, 2009 @3:17:29 PM

Good try, Michael!

We've missed you, my friend.

playmorebluegrass Says:
Monday, December 28, 2009 @4:36:23 PM

lmao!!!!! how funny.♥ the guys in the videos are sooo good. i WISH that i could play like that! I'm glad they can so I can learn from them:)) Happy New Year BJ.

AuldNick Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @1:42:57 AM

bj...we got a gal here in Arizona....
fiddles Cotton Eyed Joe while clogging AND singing it.
(Didn't anybody tell these kids that fiddling is supposed to be HARD??)
I figure that "violinists" resent 'us' so much just 'cuz we have SO much
fun with an instrument that took 'them' 20 years to (nearly) master!!
"Go on, ya"...we wanna see pictures/ videos !!

Mandogryl Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @3:16:24 AM

You remind me of Annie Oakley, the horse-riding trick-shooter.
Maybe you can try while galloping on a horse!
Sounds like fun. Have a good time at the jam tonight!

mudbug Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @3:26:07 AM

That's the spirit!

Ozarkian DL Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @3:57:55 AM

Or maybe fiddlin while riddin a plow-horse in a hard trot. ( a real kidney-killer ). :-).

Andah1andah2 Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @5:06:52 AM

I don't know if it's considered trick fiddling, but check out this guy. I really don't think he enjoys fiddling very much.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUjTdGo719w

bj Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @5:58:48 AM

I'll leave the fiddling while standing on Galloping Horseback of any sort to Violet Hensley, though I guess she's retired from bareback riding since she's in her 90's.

Nick, I can sing and fiddle (badly) and I can, it appears, trick fiddle (badly) but doing all three at once? The sad thing is that only another fiddler understands exactly how HARD that is!

Happy New Year back atcha, Jen (and everybody else too!)

janepaints Says:
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 @9:47:33 PM

BINGO!!! When mired in muck, go dumb, stupid, goofy, wacky, what-the-hell, ain't got nothing to lose. Making music should be FUN--and nothing's as fun as plain ol' making mud pies, messing around in the sand box, letting all farts rip, so to speak. We PLAY music, not LABOR music. Often, if I get too tangled-up in augmented flat 16th minor diminished jazz-chord arpeggios, nothing clears the mental sinuses like cranking up a real cruddy fuzzbox tone on the amp and bashing out rocking G-C-D kinda geetar noise, whether bluesy, punky, twangy or You Really Got Me. While trying to figger out how come the geetar solo in The Honeycomb's 'Have I The Right'--all 1.5 notes of it (played like pimply morse code dit dit dit-dit-da-dit-dit...and repeat) sounds & feels so dang GOOD, always did, and always will. When in doubt, summon to mind that swooping-sinking WOOOAAAH geetar-blurt which begins the Troggs' 'Wild Thing' and keep it close at hand & at ear. Mantovani got nothing on it, never did, 1001 strings or not. Then translate it into fiddle sound & spirit. Which means go listen to Mainer's Mountaineers careening 'Run Mountain' or Hoyt Ming bunch's 'Indian War Whoop.' Look Ma--three keys at once and ain't none of us even per-cisely certain which keys they is!"

Rene Says:
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @12:30:45 PM

Been couped up to long?

bj Says:
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @1:30:50 PM

Cabin fever bigtime.

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