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i think i was wrong about that

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

In my last entry I mentioned having gained some measure of control over bowing and that that enabled me to "watch" my left hand. On the guitar or banjo that would be real progress as the goal of the interemediate player is to get to the point where the right hand takes care of itself.

After playing a little more, however, I realized that watching the left on the fiddle is a waste of energy at best and self-defeating at worst. The violin has no frets, therefore there's nothing to watch.

Now my goal is to reach a point where the left hand pretty much takes care of itself. That requires listening carefully and making adjustments based on the note's sound, not location. So I'll focus my eyes on the bow and ears on the finger-board. That makes more sense I think.


i can do this thing...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 5 comments


Playing Since: 2009
Experience Level: Just Startin'

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Gender: Male
Age: 60

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Five string banjo of the bluegrass variety and guitar.

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Created 2/1/2009
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I've always loved the fiddle/violin but believed it beyond my grasp as a musician. I've bought a cheap Chinese fiddle, had it expertly setup, and now I'm re-evaluating. The fiddle may very well become my primary focus, displacing the banjo and guitar. Or it may become something I use to annoy unwanted guests.

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