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Another Plunge in the Fiddle Pool

Posted by albert52 on Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's been almost 5 years now. Dealing with Waltzes is pretty good these days. Doin' some Old Time 4/4 has smoothed out. Some lovely Celtic Airs and Laments. Playing in 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 is a "breeze" fo me as I have spent a lot of years in that realm of time signature to almost exclusitivity of other time signatures. Relaxing with my double stops. I have now been able to relax the shoulders, the wrist, and the bowing has improved so much (giving credit to a darn good violin) that I think it's time to move on....or should I say shuffel off to Buffalo.

Yes the dreaded shuffle bowing. YIKES!!!! I found in the archives a really good exercise piece; Bile Them Cabbage Down arranged and put up by Bob Wolford . Thanks Bob...I'll get you for this!!! :)

Now it's back to tense shoulders, stiff wrist for a few hours. Mind you, I have loosened up a bit already. (20 minutes working on it).

But it's worth it having the "saw" strokes. It'll make the folks at the bluegrass jam real happy. Of the 2 fiddlers going to this jam, only one of us is willing to try the double stops...Me. Oh well!!!  The other fiddler plays 99% waltzes, and as much as the other musicians don't mind, they'd like to hear a little "grassy" stuff. Actually it is kinda fun learning a new skill. It's what keeps ya young.

So that's the poop, and we Irish say: "May ya be in heav'n an hour 'for the Devil know your gone!"

Happy Fiddlin'

2 comments on “Another Plunge in the Fiddle Pool”

ssawyer Says:
Sunday, February 6, 2011 @5:09:40 PM

"May ya be in heav'n an hour 'for the Devil know your gone!"
look at these cute little kids an rhythm..they start right on cue..
16 counts - and the little kids in the front- come right in without
missin a beat..
I just prefer saw - easier?
timing wise easier
I was practicing rocking the bow- nothing to do when its cool & icy out

albert52 Says:
Sunday, February 6, 2011 @10:26:39 PM

Hey Sophie;
Thanks for the clips.
I saw one other of their clips, and the little one in the front-center starting marching forward from the group when they were stompin' to Scotland the Brave.
I guess "sawing" is similar to strumming in some ways. It's definitely easier for counting. I still prefer the "long bow" approach, yet there are those pieces that need that "drum" type rhythm.

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