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Here is a riddle...

Posted by fiddlepogo on Friday, November 19, 2010


Here is a riddle:

The vi' lin and the fiddle,

are different instruments,

and yet the same,

except in name!



In fiddling, it's a boon

If first you sweetly tune,

Then let your fingers fall

In pleasant places all.



When tight'ning the bow,

I'd have you to know,

that between loose and tight,

there's a spot that's just right!



Rosin, a necessary evil,

But don't be a sap,

and think much is a must-

or you'll choke on the dust!!!



Would you bow a pleasant tone?

I'll try to make my secret known-

You mustn't use excessive pressure,

But try a stroke that's somewhat lesser,

But not too light-

Or the squeaks will affright!!!

(It also helps if your particular,

And bow 'cross the strings quite perpendicular!)



If the fiddle you would play

In a quite excellent way

You must make this choice:

Think of it as a voice

And let that voice sing

As you make the strings ring.



The quality of your fiddling

Is most reliably measured

Not by its zenith, nor its highest peak

But by the height of it's lowest ebb.


EDIT: MORE the next morning:



The bow can play a melody,

or make the drone strings hum,

but to play a hoedown right,

Then use it like a drum!



One last thing

to fiddlers I would say:

Stop working music,

to sound good you must PLAY!


Michael waxes poetic about his favorite instrument


(What got into me???  I haven't written Poe-ate-tree in YEARS!!!!

And this doggerel probably shows it...

I detect in it some Browning, some Dr. Seuss,

and some Curt Meusborn!!!)





4 comments on “Here is a riddle...”

Ozarkian DL Says:
Friday, November 19, 2010 @5:15:24 AM

So you aint no Keats, or Burns or Frost.....but, do play yer fiddle.....else yer tones may git lost.

fiddlepogo Says:
Friday, November 19, 2010 @11:46:56 AM


Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, November 22, 2010 @6:15:56 AM

So you ain't no Shakespeare nor Whitman, Donne nor Crane...but do play yer fiddle...yet don't play it in the rain.

edkarch Says:
Monday, November 22, 2010 @8:22:32 AM

I perused this doggerel
It mae me quide gladely,
so I picked up my fydle
but played it quite baddely

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