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Jul 14, 2019 - 10:28:32 AM
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As has been recently noted.. some people don't like to busk.. some don't like to jam, some don't like to teach, some don't like festivals, some don't like to be in bands, some don't like...whatever..
SO.. What DOES turn you on the most about fiddling...

Jul 14, 2019 - 12:57:50 PM
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1407 posts since 12/11/2008

It gives me a singing voice as versatile and expressive as my vocal chords but considerably more flexible.

Jul 14, 2019 - 1:44:16 PM
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bsed

USA

3985 posts since 6/23/2007

Love busking (whenever I get to do it), Love jams, Love teaching, Love festivals, Love playing in bands.

Jul 14, 2019 - 2:29:01 PM
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441 posts since 9/1/2010

I love the challenge it presents and the results it provides. In my opinion it reigns supreme of all string instruments

I could pick up my guitar and play it with ease in nearly any situation at the drop of a hat. It is the instrument that has provided me with income, notoriety, and romance wink  In the end though, it bores me to death after learning to play the fiddle. 

I have a passion for these old fiddle tunes and their history.  I played many of them for years while I was flatpicking, but they never made me feel the way I do when I'm dragging that bow across the strings.

I love the sound and feel of an old-time jam.  I love the old timers that came before and those that are carrying the torch today.  There is just something living within these tunes.  They were around long before any of us and will be around long after we are all gone.

Jul 14, 2019 - 2:42:21 PM
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1229 posts since 4/6/2014

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Originally posted by rosinhead

I love the challenge it presents and the results it provides. In my opinion it reigns supreme of all string instruments

I could pick up my guitar and play it with ease in nearly any situation at the drop of a hat. It is the instrument that has provided me with income, notoriety, and romance wink  In the end though, it bores me to death after learning to play the fiddle. 

I have a passion for these old fiddle tunes and their history.  I played many of them for years while I was flatpicking, but they never made me feel the way I do when I'm dragging that bow across the strings.

I love the sound and feel of an old-time jam.  I love the old timers that came before and those that are carrying the torch today.  There is just something living within these tunes.  They were around long before any of us and will be around long after we are all gone.


For me that doesn't just apply to O/T but Irish, blues, Jazz/Swing, French Canadian, English, Welsh, Scottish, etc etc etc etc......But i couldn't flat pick, just fingers :o)

Edited by - pete_fiddle on 07/14/2019 14:43:11

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:14:15 PM
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Fiddler

USA

3977 posts since 6/22/2007

For me, it is the act of creating something with another human being (or many!) that will never exist again. Creating music connects me on a different level than any other activity I do - including those through our Church. The connections are not just with other musicians, but with dancers and callers, and, if a performance, with an audience. 

The act of creating music alone, by myself in my hospital room, provided me comfort and healing during my battle with an aggressive cancer 8 years ago. (I have declared victory!) Playing fiddle lifted me out of some very dark places and let me express my inner emotions that could not be expressed in writing or in speech.

Finally, playing fiddle and old-time tunes connects me with my ancestors. I know my Dad and grandparents played these tunes. I have heard my Dad play and he has told me stories about his parents. This music resonates with my DNA. When I started playing this music, my relationship with my Dad changed significantly and we had something in common to share. Now that he has gone, those moments of us playing music together are among my most cherished!

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:15:37 PM
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DougD

USA

9266 posts since 12/2/2007

You mean besides the chicks?

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:36:53 PM
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Fiddler

USA

3977 posts since 6/22/2007

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Originally posted by DougD

You mean besides the chicks?


Doug - this is exactly how I met my wife!! I fiddled. She clogged. The rest is history, as they say.  

Within three month of our first date, we gave birth to a dance organization in Dallas that is still active today and going strong. (North Texas Traditional Dance Society - nttds.org)  Yes, music and dance has been a big part of our lives. 

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:51:41 PM
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DougD

USA

9266 posts since 12/2/2007

A natural pairing - music and dance, and of course personal compatibility.

Jul 14, 2019 - 5:10:26 PM
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78 posts since 11/28/2018

Have you ever walked around Clifftop recording tunes you don't know? I have many times. And when I get home and listen to them there is invariably a lot of laughter from the musicians after they finish playing.

To me --- That says it all!

Jul 14, 2019 - 5:56:16 PM
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2447 posts since 10/6/2008

I think I just love the way something that is so physically satisfying (moving the bow over the strings and sensing the vibration) gives rise to sound that (most days) is so emotionally satisfying. It's such a powerful way to express what I'm feeling in the moment -- even if no one else is listening. :)

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:14:23 PM
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I love to play for dancers.

I would likely still be mostly a guitar player if arthritis hadn't made that activity very unsatisfying. The fiddle affords me a lot of expression and does not aggravate my joints. laugh

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:03:27 PM
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10362 posts since 9/23/2009

I don't know why i love to play the fiddle...but I do love it, for whatever reason! If anybody wants to listen, I'm happy about that, but even if the whole world is disinterested, I still love it and plan to never stop.

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:25:53 AM

218 posts since 6/21/2007

The banjo was my main instrument for over 40 years (since college). I learned to scratch out a couple dozen fiddle tunes in my 40’s. But in my 60s the fiddle began taking up more and more of my time, now I spend more time on it than all the other instruments combined. Both my mother’s mother’s father (Irish) and my father’s father (Italian) both fiddled though I never heard either play. Conclusion.....IT MUST BE GENETIC! ;-)

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:41:35 AM
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1629 posts since 10/22/2007

Live Music is a special thing. Any time two or more are gathered. It may be one player and one listener, it doesn't seem to matter. To see little kids stop in their tracks. Then start to dance.

Used to be, just about everybody played something. That reflects a lot of the modern problems.

Yes, i too play a bunch of instruments, but they always ask me, "didja bring yer fiddle?"

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:20:12 AM
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2157 posts since 10/1/2008

I have no clue. It just calls to me like an old friend and says come play with me. It is sooo funny to me. When I first started to learn how to fiddle I had to make myself practice. Somewhere along the line it became challenging fun. Now ..., I jam I play in bands I play pretty much anytime someone asks me to. It's great when I get paid and it's still great when "the music" is there. A day that goes by without some fiddling in it isn't a complete day. Now I am learning to read notation ala Gordon Stobbe ..... make the dancing spots into music..... not fun yet but getting better. R/

Jul 15, 2019 - 12:39:04 PM
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boxbow

USA

2410 posts since 2/3/2011

People do ask if I brought my fiddle. They hope I bring it. That right there goes a long way. The woodshedding time is a pleasure of a different sort, but not so much of the excitement variety.

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:07:02 PM
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Kye

Canada

85 posts since 3/16/2017

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Originally posted by rosinhead

 There is just something living within these tunes.  


@rosinhead nailed it. Vibration is life, life is music, music is joy. Live joyfully.

When you get a driving tune, better yet, when you get a driving jam with a group of people, the shared excitement and joy in the group is unparalleled to anything. Also, just lately, and hopefully much more to come, it's so satisfying to play something repeatedly and, and the learning that happens as you discover small nuances of how to 'dress up' or modify the tune.. a little emphasis here, a little grace cross sting note grab there.. discovering cross tuning, the very earthly pull of this ancient music, all of it is a deep well of joy, nothing else in life compares. I think it's known as 'flow'.

Edited by - Kye on 07/15/2019 22:15:00

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:43:46 AM
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128 posts since 12/30/2008

Those Goldilocks moments when the tune sounds juuuust right.

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:25:50 PM
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441 posts since 9/1/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Kye
quote:
Originally posted by rosinhead

 There is just something living within these tunes.  


@rosinhead nailed it. Vibration is life, life is music, music is joy. Live joyfully.

When you get a driving tune, better yet, when you get a driving jam with a group of people, the shared excitement and joy in the group is unparalleled to anything. Also, just lately, and hopefully much more to come, it's so satisfying to play something repeatedly and, and the learning that happens as you discover small nuances of how to 'dress up' or modify the tune.. a little emphasis here, a little grace cross sting note grab there.. discovering cross tuning, the very earthly pull of this ancient music, all of it is a deep well of joy, nothing else in life compares. I think it's known as 'flow'.


Well said, Kye.  Indeed those are the moments I live for.  "Know music, Know life / No music, No life"

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:51:50 PM
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146 posts since 1/3/2019

To watch people dance, cry, or simply smile to the music. Or get lost in the music in their own way.

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:01:57 AM
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1175 posts since 10/13/2010

I have to make music somehow and the prettiest music comes out of a fiddle. Well fiddles played by other people but I can make prettier sounds than I used to.

Between a sound that can give voice to any emotion and let me emote in a way that is creative and a rhythm that can make people dance this style of music touches deep in the soul.

After practicing or playing I have a relaxation I can't get any other way.

Edited by - martynspeck on 07/17/2019 06:02:28

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:45:11 AM
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1229 posts since 4/6/2014

Free Beer and a sandwich (sometimes).

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:58:23 PM
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364 posts since 8/10/2017

I guess what I really like is that it's a challenge and with every new capability gained, it reinforces itself, making me want to learn more.

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:54:39 PM
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Hey, I forgot to make my own comment.. What excites me most about fiddling is the variety of opportunities it offers.. I'm getting to learn to play an instrument.. Jam with friends, go to festivals, meet new people and busk, and have my days filled with fun, fiddle related activities... Not to mention, Harry Hare......
Probably one of the most "Didn't see it coming" things is my involvement with the FIDDLE HANGOUT... The Hangout offers hours of comradery. I've met wonderful people, been challenged, insulted and praised...and got to return those favors.. Met new people who will be 'rest of my life' friends.. ALL because I play a fiddle.. pretty amazing, isn't it!!

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:12:16 AM
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5681 posts since 8/7/2009

I was thinking about that just the other day. FHO has been a big part of my journey.

I actually began posting to this site 10 years ago - right before I got my first fiddle. It was one of those "should I do this" moments. In fact, for about the first month my user name was "gettinafiddle". Of course that changed fairly quick. One person commented "I knew that wouldn't last long."

The rest is history.  Being active here has made a huge difference in my life in many ways.

I feel the same way Lee. I have made a lot of life long friends. Even those that I have had "serious" discussions with - I think of them as good friends (a good friend will put up with hard-headedness). My dream and ambition is to meet and play with a number of those friends.

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