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Finally I've got a fiddle

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I have planned to start fiddling for a long time, but I have had enough with the banjo. I joined FHO at it's first or second day, to get a little acquainted with the fiddle, but I never took the step acquire.I usually play old time banjo and I am interested in the banjo perspective of fiddle tunes.

Hwever,  two weeks ago I found an old student's fiddle when cleaning my mother-in-law's appartment. She has moved to special living for old and senile people, and we shall sell her appartment. I think the fiddle was from some of her male friends (she was a widow in 1953 and never married but have some male friends). So I took home the fiddle and started to set it up. There was a lot of good links and posts at FHO that helped me. I have ordered bow, strings, bridge, chinrest, rosin and some books from Elderly. I have also ordered Fretted Fiddle to make it easier to find the finger positions in the beginning.

Yesterday evening I finally managed to get some sound from it. I realize that it will take some time to get the bow flowing and get the left hand fingers to find the right notes.

I found two immediate problems:

1. It is extremely difficult to tune the fiddle. I have no fine tuners, and it is almost impossible to tune it right with the ordinary pegs. I had one fine tuner for the first string, that was set up on the fiddle when I got it, but I didn't manage to install it appropriate. I shall try to get fine tuners for all strings as soon as possible.

2. I bought a chin rest but I didn't like the chin position. I found it more comfortable to keep the fiddle against my chest..

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