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Oct 6, 2019 - 7:07:38 PM
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bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

Hello y'all...as I mentioned over in busking stories, I've been off line for a year, but as of yesterday I got on unlimited WiFi from the guy up on the main floor at no charge.

My best tip came from Henry. it was about shifting up high from a lower position (leaps of faith). He said hear the note in your head right before you make the jump. This really worked for me. I'm doing more busking tunes with these kind of jumps and nailing the note 90% of the time.

It's also helped with my 'regular' up and down shifts. Instead of looking where I want to be, I'm concentrating more on 'hearing' where I want to be.

Thanks Henry!

Oct 6, 2019 - 7:19:52 PM
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4262 posts since 9/26/2008

That is great advice and basically how I "made the leap."

I was encouraged to explore bowling other than Nashville shuffle. Thank you FiddlePogo and OTJunky (rest in peace, gentlemen).

Oct 6, 2019 - 7:26:16 PM

2056 posts since 8/23/2008

Hey, welcome back Dave, have been wondering where you were. So you been working on 'hearing' the shifts only for a year now and you use them in your busking repertoire. Wow, took me much longer than that to feel confident in using them. Pleased to hear you got some thing from the advice I've given, keep at it, and it only gets better.

Oct 6, 2019 - 8:49:41 PM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

well...my regular up and down shifting is rather limited. I remember you doing a post on the different types of shifts, which as far as I can remember included using different fingers, and included terms like compound shifts, complex shifts, compound complex shifts etc. Anyways, I remember there were quite a few, and you had them all named and categorized. If you can remember where that post is, I'd like to take another look at it.

Cheers

oh, btw, is Fujers still with us? I haven't noticed any recent posts, but I've only taken a quick look around in the past coupla days.

Oct 6, 2019 - 10:23:07 PM

2056 posts since 8/23/2008

Here's one thread I mention the shifting types, I am sure we discussed it many times on hangout.

fiddlehangout.com/archive/29314


Sadly, Jerry Holmes passed away around December. R. I. P.

Oct 7, 2019 - 8:32:35 AM
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bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

very sorry to hear about Jerry, but I suspected as much. I'll miss the geezer.

Oct 7, 2019 - 10:51:51 AM
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194 posts since 9/6/2011

"You might as well use barbed wire as Black Diamond (Fiddle) strings." Try Helicore or Prim."

My enthusiasm took off , after the switch. Thank You!

Oct 7, 2019 - 2:09:24 PM
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7615 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by ChickenMan

That is great advice and basically how I "made the leap."

I was encouraged to explore bowling other than Nashville shuffle. Thank you FiddlePogo and OTJunky (rest in peace, gentlemen).


SO.. What is your bowling score these days?

Oct 7, 2019 - 2:11:05 PM
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7615 posts since 3/19/2009

Best tip from the FH? Don't be afraid to play for your friends..

Oct 7, 2019 - 3:05:03 PM

4262 posts since 9/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

That is great advice and basically how I "made the leap."

I was encouraged to explore bowling other than Nashville shuffle. Thank you FiddlePogo and OTJunky (rest in peace, gentlemen).


SO.. What is your bowling score these days?

 


My score is terrible. My niece, who is a sophomore in high school, her scores are amazing. She's already practically a pro bowler. Seriously. 

My bowing is better than ever. 

Oct 7, 2019 - 5:12:23 PM
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4122 posts since 6/23/2007

The best tip I received was learning about the availability of Gordon Stobbe's "12 Things Your Right Hand Should Know". It taught me more about bowing than all the violin and fiddle instructors I studied with.

Oct 7, 2019 - 6:03:58 PM
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208 posts since 6/21/2007

Raise your action and listen to Earl!







Whoops sorry, wrong website! :-)

Oct 7, 2019 - 6:05:38 PM
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10351 posts since 9/23/2009

I think just about everything I know I probably learned from following conversations on FHO or asking dumb questions. Pogo was one of the most helpful, among many other generous and knowledgeable people. After reading on here I always had a lot to think about and a lot to mess around with...I miss lots of those guys that used to be here.

Oct 7, 2019 - 7:02:10 PM
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DougD

USA

9233 posts since 12/2/2007

I agree that I miss a lot of the people that used to be on here. Whether they were wise or just opinionated it was interesting.

Oct 8, 2019 - 5:24:01 AM
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Snafu

USA

34 posts since 2/2/2014

1. A post on FH lead me to the wonderful book called “Hokum: Theory and scales for fiddle Improvisation” by Leon Grizzard which has helped me in countless ways.

2. The advice to play/learn it at slow tempo until it is in the fingers before speeding up.

3. Play often with others - preferable people who play better than you do.

Oct 8, 2019 - 5:42:21 AM

bluesmode

Canada

738 posts since 2/19/2011

quote:
Originally posted by imapicker2

"You might as well use barbed wire as Black Diamond (Fiddle) strings." Try Helicore or Prim."

My enthusiasm took off , after the switch. Thank You!


As most of you know, I don't fiddle, and I use 'violin' strings. I do however like the Helicore A which I use on my Louis Lowendall made in Berlin 1893. On that fiddle I've got Pirastro Perpetual G, Larson Tzigane D, Helicore A, Pirastro Pepetual E.

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:26:44 PM
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5676 posts since 8/7/2009

BJ was an active member when I first started visiting this place. Sadly, like many others - she has passed (RIP).

But she challenged everyone in a post to make a point. The challenge was to see for yourself just how little pressure it really takes to note a string with the tip of your finger.

I took her up on the challenge, and she was right.  Now - I hardly ever press a string all the way to the finger board. I want to say it has made a difference for me. 

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:31:34 AM
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Jimbeaux

Germany

281 posts since 5/24/2016

The best tip I got was to stop bowing from my shoulder. I posted a beginner's progress video and fujers (RIP) said something like "it looks like this guy's elbow is fused. We gotta get that thing moving!"

He even tried to recruit me as a skype student, haha. I'm sure I could have learned good stuff from him, but he didn't play anything close to the style I want to play so I respectfully declined, but I did realize that I needed to work a lot on my bow arm and get a teacher. We need someone like fujers on this site again. An opinionated, but good fiddler with absolutely no filter. It's great for getting conversations going even if sometimes, well, you know.

In general, I've always gotten excellent advice when posting a video and asking for feedback from experienced players. Just being able to do that and get responses from great players was priceless. I'd recommend it to anybody. You get much better feedback here than anywhere else like facebook fiddle groups or youtube.

Edited by - Jimbeaux on 10/17/2019 00:34:42

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:23:53 AM
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Fiddler

USA

3964 posts since 6/22/2007

For me the most important pointer was not about the mechanics of playing, but about music theory. I have learned so much from FHO members.

I am a bit embarrassed because in the 11 years of piano lesson I had growing up, I never learning much music theory. Geesh - if I had paid attention back then, no telling where I would be now.

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:04:19 AM
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39 posts since 9/16/2017

diagnosis of what was wrong with my bow, part to buy, where to get it -- I was able to get it fixed right myself, quick.

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:47:44 AM
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boxbow

USA

2401 posts since 2/3/2011

Don't use cleaners. Use spit and a clean rag to clean the finish on your fiddle.

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