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This month of February marks officially 1 year studying and trying to learn the fiddle

Posted by EricBluegrassFiddle on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I just wanted to shout out that in about 2 -3  weeks I'll officially be "1" years old in the fiddle world, diapers, training wheels and all, it's been a fun journey!

I think I've accomplished most of my goals for the first year so far. I really wanted to focus on getting a good sound and having loose, supple bowing, loose wrist and flexible fingers. Although I've learned some tunes, I haven't really focused on that as much because I figured before I start all that, I need to get my bowing technique off to a good start. I've started "studying" and practicing Bluegrass Fiddle as of recent since I decided that was the fiddle direction I want to go and it has been very beneficial. Learning mainly bluesy Chubby Wise style licks and going through the songs on Bill Monroe's 46' album with Flatt & Scruggs and Chubby.

I've started to branch out in keys like "F" "Bflat" "B" "C" "E" etc, and learning blues and other trademark Bluegrass licks. I have ALOT on my plate right now: My almost 3 year old who's growing and GROWING, new things on my job, but most importantly, making ready for our transition back to the US after 7 years in Argentina. it's a scary step being 40 years old with a 3 year old, but it's time.

Looking forward to a new year of fiddling, learning and exciting things!


Thanks to all of you for your help, direction, good time and laughter! I'm not where I want to be but I'm progressing at the same time......what a Journey!

5 comments on “This month of February marks officially 1 year studying and trying to learn the fiddle”

fiddlepogo Says:
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @11:24:10 PM

Congrats Eric- you've come a LONG way in a year.

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @6:58:19 AM

Thanks've always been an encouragement for me, even though I've betrayed everyone by going BGrass hahahaha!!!

fiddlepogo Says:
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @4:21:58 PM

Well, I don't see it that way. You are following your roots.... and you have Bluegrassy roots.
Still, I think Old Time fiddle tunes have a lot to offer Bluegrass fiddlers in terms of learning rhythm and timing and yes, BOWING PATTERNS. My favorite Bluegrass fiddlers have tended to be those like Byron Berline that had some Old Time roots and it showed when it came time for a fiddle tune. I myself have gone to more local Bluegrass jams than I can count. It was a lot of fun, and they are good people to hang out with.

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Thursday, February 5, 2015 @7:42:42 AM

yeah, It's true....honestly, I didn't know their was an old-time, or, at least, I almost saw the two and being the same, only that old-style or old-time fiddling was kinda the original folk music. It wasn't until later that I saw them as two seperate genres in a way? I mean, I always heard old fiddling and folk/country fiddling my whole life but didn't really knwo their was a huge scene out there. To me, Bluegrass was like just a fancier version of old-time but with more blues and improvy's funny no?

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Thursday, February 5, 2015 @1:59:25 PM

Even so I THINK I gravitate more towards Bluegrass fiddlers that have an old time and blues leaning in their fiddle than maybe some of the more newgrass fiddlers. Honestly It's the slides and bluesyness of Bluegrass fiddle that appeals to me most. The fiddle tunes are pretty much the same, just played faster than old time

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