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Fiddle Hiatus

Posted by mudbug on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Two weeks ago,  while pruning someone's bush,  which was on two different levels of a terrace,  I slipped on a wet rock and fell on my back,  wrenching my right shoulder in the process.  It's too stiff and painful to bow,  so I've been working on my fretless electric bass playing.  Arpeggio's on two,  three and four strings with first and second invertions.  Major,  minor,  diminished 7th's,  augmented and dominant 7th's,  plus scales.  All the things I should have been doing anyway,  but had neglected.  I find that all the time spent on violin vibrato is transferable,  although slightly differnt to a fretless bass.  Still keeping to my schedule of getting up early to practice before work.  Hopefully,  with continued rest,  I'll be able to start fiddling again.  This is the longest I've gone in three years,  with not picking up the fiddle.  Oh,  well.  One step forward and two back should be called the "fiddler's three step".

28 comments on “Fiddle Hiatus”

albert52 Says:
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @5:30:56 AM

Sorry to here about your accident there Steve. At least with the bass you can still work on your music.
Get weller sooner than later.


Tommys dad Says:
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @7:58:13 AM

Sorry to hear about your slip. All bushes should be made of green plastic. that way they they stay small, pruned and don't need any water. the same should probably go for grass as well. It's either growing too fast or turning brown. Anyway hope you can fiddle soon. Didn't you just get over hitting your finger too?

mudbug Says:
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @8:56:25 AM

Thanks, guys. Actually, the finger was three months ago and I was able to fiddle in a couple days. This one's gonna take a bit longer. When you work hard physically, these type things happen frequently. Usually I can bounce back but bowing seemd to agravate this one, but at least I can still play other instruments.

richdissmore Says:
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @11:58:30 AM

hopeing for speedy recovery for you mudbug i,ll say i,m really sorry to hear of your trouble

mudbug Says:
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @12:51:50 PM

Thankyou, Rich. The bright side is, this will eventually pass and I'll be back at it, for good or bad.

fiddleiphile Says:
Monday, July 30, 2012 @5:47:27 AM

Sorry about your train wreck, but basses need love too. Sadly mine usually just sit in their cases unless a gig comes up. My fiddles have even been neglected a bit since the druming gig took off. By the way thanks for the tip on drum ergonomics. 86ing the ride tom and lowering the ride cymbal made life alot easier. My right arm is alot happier at the end of the night. Get well soon buddy!

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, July 30, 2012 @6:26:55 AM

Yes yes yes get well soon. Work around this thing, or "play" around it. Don't aggravate the injury. Sing, dance, even play the banjo I s'pose if it doesn't pain you. Moreover, not only is the vibrato from the fiddle transferable to the bass, but the bass vibrato can be vibratoed upon the fiddle...or something like that. (As you know, I've taken my former electric guitar vibrato and used it on my fiddle.) So get well, be careful about pruning another's bush, and enjoy what you CAN do at this time, bassically.

nancymae Says:
Monday, July 30, 2012 @11:48:58 AM

Sorry as well to hear of your mishap!! I agree..get plastic bushes....that way also in draught they do not need any water!! Way to conserve on natural resources! They may melt in high heat as we have had this summer! I threaten each year to get plastic flowers.

Spend your time recouperating listening and finding new music/artists. Find a song you would like to learn..or songs. When you get your shoulder back, take it 3 hour practice sessions! Stop if it hurts!

-- Dr. Mom

mudbug Says:
Monday, July 30, 2012 @12:28:21 PM

Thankyou all for condolances and support. I like the plastic bush idea...unfortunately, it was a paying gig on someone ele's shrubbery.

Fiddlephile, glad to hear the drum gig is going good and more comfortable. Wish I could come hear you play....actually, I wish I could come hear all of you play.

Humbled, " bassically" no bowing for now. :-)

Nancymae, I will diffinitely go easy when I'm able to start up.

Andah1andah2 Says:
Monday, July 30, 2012 @6:59:32 PM

Sorry to hear about your injury Steve. Hope your back to fiddling soon. I can understand slipping on an icy rock, but a wet rock? Come on Steve, get your game face on. Besides, forget the shoulder, practice that colle bow stroke :)

fiddlepogo Says:
Monday, July 30, 2012 @7:57:58 PM

OW, OW, OW!!!!

Super sorry to hear THAT!

Get well soon!

mudbug Says:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @3:23:35 AM

Andah, just to clarrify, I'm not talking about a pebble. It was probably ledge cause it was probably 3' by 4', sloping at a 30 degree angle and was just after a shower, so it was VERY wet. Usually I have pretty good footing but this was hidden under the giant shrub and when I pushed my way in to reach the top, I had no time to react. I was down like a sack of cement. Colle bow? C'mon, bro, you're in Maine now. It would be a Black Lab bow.

Thanks, Pogo.

albert52 Says:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @11:15:12 AM

On the humorous side: What were you doing showing so close to an embankment? ;0
As my father in-law like to say, "these things are set to try us"

Larry Rutledge Says:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @12:39:46 PM

Getting old sucks! The third day after the injury is the worse. At our age have to worry about blood clotts from the bruising rushing to our heart. Were more apt to develop mercer too, from deep bruising. Falling in the middle of the day may be a wake-up call for something else. Low blood sugar, inner-ear alcoholism. Hope this finds you doing and getting better :)

mudbug Says:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @1:11:08 PM

Thanks Larry and Albert. Just trying to make a buck.

fiddlepogo Says:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @1:37:38 PM


Have you ever though about mandolin???

As you probably already know, since they are tuned the same, the left hand fingering is the same- at least if you're doing single and double noting. A mandolin would allow you to practice the left hand fingering of the stuff you've learned on fiddle so you don't lose so much there.
For a while, Epiphone was making these inexpensive Firebird-shaped electric mandolins, including four string models (Firebird IV) I think they were called.

Andah1andah2 Says:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @4:48:33 PM

It was.......the shrubbery!!! Oh Knights who say "Ni"

FWIW I love my new little mandolin and I consider it continued left hand practice on fiddle when I learn tunes on mando.

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 @1:44:30 AM

Actually, I had a mando years ago and thought my fingers were too big for the lilttle frets and I sounded like a guitar player playing mando. Then again, when I started fiddle, I thought my fingers were too big. Food for thought.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Thursday, August 2, 2012 @2:19:46 PM

My fingers are certainly too big. But...I can't stop this fiddle business. So I play. But pogo might have a point (yet again). Maybe just play some simple stuff on the mando for a while.

nfritzjr Says:
Friday, August 3, 2012 @10:16:02 AM

Hey Mudbug
You could do some singing like when you recorded Mo Ghile Mear. MIght hurt a little when you breath but. . .

mudbug Says:
Saturday, August 4, 2012 @3:05:03 AM

Thanks, Nick. Actually, I have been singing and playing guitar and bass. It was only bowing which was tough, and I've started slowly being able to bow again. Thankyou all.

Rickatick Says:
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 @8:43:38 PM

Sorry to hear that, you hang in there , I had myself a nice little stroke about ten years ago I didn't think I would ever play anything again, couldn't feel either hand, but I just kept after it!! still have a little trouble occasionally!

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 @3:05:00 AM

Thanks, Rick. Yeah, at our age we just gotta keep plugging.

bj Says:
Friday, August 10, 2012 @8:11:43 AM

Oh dear, sorry! I know how much it hurts to NOT be able to play because you hurt when you DO play! Get well soon, my friend!

mudbug Says:
Friday, August 10, 2012 @12:07:09 PM

Thanks, BJ.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @5:54:32 AM

Bj, if my second grade teacher, Mrs. Peachy Muffinhead, saw you split your infinitive with a capitalized "NOT," she'd make you write "I shall endeavor not to split my infinitive" a thousand times. Yessssir. I know I endeavor to not split it.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @5:56:03 AM

Oh, and is you feeling any better, Mudbug?

mudbug Says:
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @12:09:40 PM

Yes, thankyou, Curt. I'm back practicing......or maybe I should say I'm back TO practicing, since the problem was my shoulder and not my back.

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