Posted by stew692 on Friday, March 9, 2012
Ok, so I've put the tuner away, and now I'm working through Brian Wicklund's American Fiddle Method. Last night, my intonation was SO MUCH BETTER, I can't believe it. I guess that's just how this instrument is. You spend weeks struggling with something, and then one day it's just better. It could also be that I spend about 15 minutes on scales and the first few tunes in the book. I play them slow and really listen for the notes. This weekend, I will play along with the drones.
I've also been making a concentrated effort to keep the peg box up level with my shoulder and my chest open. That seems to keep my hand from moving around the fingerboard.
Friday, March 9, 2012 @11:51:51 AM
i still use my tuner once tuned i use the other fiddles to tune to after that
Friday, March 9, 2012 @12:39:58 PM
My teacher showed me how to tune the fiddle by just tuning the A string to another fiddle, and I was surprised how it was done. I didn't realize that you tuned the D string to the A string, then the G string to the D string, etc -- I thought it was some magical talent. :o) It still takes LOTS of practice, but I'm starting to get it.
Friday, March 9, 2012 @1:18:50 PM
great!! i still have an old fashioned non electric basic basic pitch fork!! you know the type,, strike it gently,, and then listen,,, the sound is amplified when touching a wooden object,, ie gently against the violin ,, and viola,, there is my AAAAAA, a??? then i tune the other strings using harmonics,, which are produced by gently (not pressing down on the fingerboard) bowing the string,, the 'sweet' spots are 1/2 way up,, and again divide the string in 1/2 over and over, octaves,, ok,??, now the pinkie is on the first 1/2 octave spot and your first finger on the next lower string naturally placed makes harmonic should be equal in sound,,, very fun,, and pretty exact in tuning,,,,hope it makes sense,,,, good luck!!
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