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Not hitting the middle ground much

Posted by Sassafrassa on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hello, all.  Still fiddling away, though not nearly as much as I would like, and still enjoying every moment that I can sneak in.  I crave the weekends when I have more free time. 

It's been really interesting how things progress in playing...I imagine that it's the same way in other pursuits...but I find that it's either really difficult to get a good tone/sound/bowing pattern, or it seems to come naturally without too much struggle.  I've had several sessions that have been of the latter variety of late.  When it's flowing, it's almost like someone else playing the fiddle instead of me.  Luckily those session seem to come a bit more often than the terrible ones. I seem to be learning in bounds rather than steps.  Hopefully that trend will continue.

I have had one struggle on both type of sessions.  My E string whistles something fierce.  It has gotten far worse since I switched to Helicore strings (on my "good" fiddle).  I love the way the string sound except for that darn squeaky whistle that happens when I'm switching strings or if I hit it with too light a bow stroke.  When I'm bowing directly on the E, it sounds fine.  But give it a brush or off angle...and it's quite nasty sounding.  I'm considering putting a wound E on and see if that helps. 

I haven't traded out the strings on my new fiddle yet, but am going to do so soon.  I've been playing both, and the Palatino is getting better...or I'm getting used to it.  Not as focused a sound, but very bright and loud.  I think the soundpost might need an adjustment, too.  I'll get it looked at when I get a few extra bucks for setup.

My disappointment at the moment, is that I've had to postpone my fiddle lessons for a while.  My car died over the holidays, and the money that I would have spent on lessons is now being spent on car payments.  *sigh*  KInd of bummed me out a bit.  I enjoyed my first lesson with Joe, and was looking forward to more.  Hopefully, my financial situation will improve this year, and I can start them at a later date.

Thanks for reading.  Fiddle on, my friends.


3 comments on “Not hitting the middle ground much”

ChickenMan Says:
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @8:12:24 PM

Try cleaning the rosin off the strings, it seems to help me a bit. OR just find an E string that you like and trade it out. That seems to be a popular solution. Maybe bj will chime in. She has posted about using different E's before.

bj Says:
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @1:45:32 PM

Switch to a Kaplan Solutions wound E or the Helicore wound E. Life is too short to wait for your technique on the E string to catch up with your technique on the other strings. Try switching to a regular E string after you've been playing a couple more years, and you'll find the issue has gone away as you've gained bow control.

Sassafrassa Says:
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 @2:22:31 PM

Thanks ChickenMan and bj. I will definitely try a wound E. I thought that might's good to hear some expert feedback. I appreciate it!!

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