Posted by brya31 on Saturday, June 14, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @8:39:39 AM
"Sliding badly across strings" can be caused by the bow
crossing the strings at something other than a right angle.
Look at your bowing action sideways in a mirror.
Have you changed something about the way you hold the fiddle?
Started using a shoulder rest when you didn't use one before?
Or stopped using a shoulder rest?
Michael aka fiddelpogo
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @9:24:11 AM
Thanks for the comment Michael...let me try to describe what I have noticed. When I get the squeeky sound, I notice that I am kinda pulling the bow back towards my body at the bottom of the down bow. I guess I am bowing more in an arc around my body rather than keeping a straight sawing type motion? Guess thats the best I can describe it??? I really mess it up when I try to speed things up. I have really tried to keep the flexible wrist motion that is shown by that gal on musicmoose and the way Jim describes on his fiddlehub site, but my writst just doesnt seem to want to be that flexible, but the strange thing to me is .that when I mimick their motion without a bow in my hand, I sure seem to be doing what they are doing, but when I put the bow in my hand, I cant seem to simulate what they do... I use to use the TUF grip, but after a couple of weeks I changed to the ..."classical method?" This did help me somewhat.
Saturday, June 14, 2008 @9:12:21 PM
Do you keep your shoulder almost locked in position? You should! And then you should draw the bow stroke FROM YOUR ELBOW. Watch yourself in a mirror. Make sure the bow stays fairly straight between the bridge & the fingerboard. It won't always be perfectly straight (I look at my own action all the time and I can attest to this), but mainly do the best you can avoiding steep angles. That's what can cause those awful squeeks. Hope to see you at Battleground.
Sunday, June 15, 2008 @8:00:21 AM
Thanks for the advice bsed and yes I will be at Battleground I really cant wait to see The Flat Mountain Girls and The Foghorn Stringband
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @5:29:43 AM
Nine tenths of correcting a problem is recognizing what the problem is.Sounds like you'll be getting it corrected very soon.Keep Sawing
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