Posted by EricBluegrassFiddle on Saturday, January 9, 2016
My wife convinced my mother to purchase this video for me as a Christmas gift..and I love it.
In the video Ron talks about Arthur Smiths influence on some of the early 1st generation Bluegrass Fiddlers. Namely he teaches kickoffs and breaks to Arthur Smith, Jim Shumate, Chubby Wise and Paul Warren.. some of my fav all time fiddle players.
No doubt I'll be busy for a while with this one! The first tune "Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind" is a lesson on bluesy G licks and double stops, Arthur Smith style.....I'm still working on this one, after a few weeks already LOL.
It's great with fingerboard and bowing views to see bow direction and Ron breaks each section down. I do wish he'd slow certain parts down a bit more but after careful listening and patience, one can get the idea regarding the licks. The DVD also comes with a booklet with some sheet music but no tabs....bummer...oh well.
I'm looking forward to going through this video, but it'll be a while. I'm just having a great time learning and slowly getting better playin the fiddle.
Friday, January 15, 2016 @6:08:44 PM
There's a video on YouTube of Arthur Smith in a B Western ripping through Orange Blossom Special on the porch of a "saloon".
Once I heard that, there was no doubt in my mind that he was a major influence on Bluegrass fiddlers.
Congrats on getting something much better than socks!!!
Friday, January 15, 2016 @6:11:55 PM
And Ron Stewart is such a tasty fiddler! I have a bluegrass gospel album by David Parmley and Continental Divide, and Ron Stewart is the guest fiddler on the recording... AMAZING STUFF! Maybe a little extreme for a gospel album, but I don't mind!
Friday, January 15, 2016 @6:37:47 PM
Ohh yeah if you think he's a good fiddler, should here him play Banjo
Friday, January 15, 2016 @8:03:27 PM
Sunday, January 17, 2016 @6:39:02 AM
No accounting for taste I guess... I'm such a tone freak! He's hot.... but I don't care for his banjo tone... but his fiddle tone is lush, without being violinny, if that makes sense. And he's real creative with his licks... on my album, I'm always getting pleasantly surprised. In the video, he's using an arch top banjo, and that may be my problem with it.
It sounds too clangy to me. Dale Perry, the banjo picker on the same album has a banjo tone I really like.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 @4:38:02 AM
Well, Ron is from southern Indiana about 40 miles across the river from Louisville Kentucky. His dad is a great fiddler in his own right and actually he and his dad do what Royce does. They buy old german trade fiddles, re work them and graduate them and sell them on their website. They are getting into building as well. I think Rons strength is his fiddle but he's no banjer slouch for sure!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @1:28:25 PM
I wish someone would give him a flat-top for his birthday this year....
No doubt, he's a much better at banjo than many if not most people who play ONLY banjo.
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