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Oct 18, 2019 - 2:09:26 PM
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7683 posts since 3/19/2009

Odd question I know, but over the years I've met several people who are non fiddle playing musicians who know a lot ABOUT fiddling but who don't actually play a fiddle. That is neither good nor bad.. I'm just curious to know if any of our Hangout Members are those people.. In our town, one person who is the most knowledgeable and supportive of OT music isn't even a musician.. So.. could that be YOU??

The person in our town is Mark Richardson (dance caller).. He knows more about OT music than most musicians know....He is good company at a jam even though he is not playing an instrument..

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 10/18/2019 14:14:52

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:47:02 PM
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1175 posts since 10/13/2010

I'm kinda the opposite of Richardson. I play the fiddle and don't know much about OT music outside of playing tunes. I hear tunes and look up music and have fun playing but that's about it.

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:47:44 PM
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4284 posts since 9/26/2008

No, but I’m on the Banjo Hangout and don’t play banjo.

Oct 18, 2019 - 3:04:51 PM
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7683 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by martynspeck

I'm kinda the opposite of Richardson. I play the fiddle and don't know much about OT music outside of playing tunes. I hear tunes and look up music and have fun playing but that's about it.


For a generation, I just played tunes.. Then, came the internet.. Wow, the infor available about each tune is staggering, even if half of it is fake news!!!

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:12:50 PM

364 posts since 8/10/2017

I play the fiddle, mandolin and ukulele at our jam but I don't know a lot about OT music. I kinda don't want to know too much because I hate the racist past of a lot of the music and I'd rather just enjoy the tune without knowing the lyrics or the history.

Oct 18, 2019 - 5:43:34 PM

4284 posts since 9/26/2008

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Originally posted by ChickenMan

No, but I’m on the Banjo Hangout and don’t play banjo.


I meant to say "No, I'm not that person..." in answer to Lee's posted question, but the thread question asks "Do you play the fiddle?" and now it looks like I don't play the fiddle OR the Banjo. (look, autocorrect capitalized the round and straight instrument name laugh wonder why...??????)

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:04:48 PM
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7683 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by ChickenMan
quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

No, but I’m on the Banjo Hangout and don’t play banjo.


I meant to say "No, I'm not that person..." in answer to Lee's posted question, but the thread question asks "Do you play the fiddle?" and now it looks like I don't play the fiddle OR the Banjo. (look, autocorrect capitalized the round and straight instrument name laugh wonder why...??????)


Hey, I THINK I actually play a fiddle but that doesn't stop people from saying, "You call THAT playing a fiddle?"

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:34:24 PM
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10362 posts since 9/23/2009

You've heard of hermit crabs and fiddler crabs? Well I'm a hermit fiddler, but I try not to be crabby.

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:41:34 PM

88 posts since 3/19/2012

Except for folks that are just curious /interested relative to dance music, I'm not sure why non-fiddlers would give the Hangout more than a casual look. I've been fiddling, off and on (mostly on) since about 1976. I also dabble in mandolin, but haven't visited Mandolin Cafe in ages.

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:50:11 PM

7683 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by mackeagan

Except for folks that are just curious /interested relative to dance music, I'm not sure why non-fiddlers would give the Hangout more than a casual look. I've been fiddling, off and on (mostly on) since about 1976. I also dabble in mandolin, but haven't visited Mandolin Cafe in ages.


Look at all the things the Hangout offers.. Videos, Sound-off, Stories, Produce reviews, Repair advice,  bad advice (lots of that)......,wink  

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:47:31 PM
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Old Scratch

Canada

437 posts since 6/22/2016

Some of the old Cape Breton fiddlers would grumble about some friend or neighbour who was not a musician but "knows the tunes better than I do!" - i.e., they would (correctly) point out wrong notes or other errors. But that kind of appreciation/criticism is symptomatic of, if not essential to, a healthy tradition. In my younger days, I would often encounter older people - non-musicians - who would tell me how much they 'loved' the fiddle. Not much anymore, though.

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:57:52 PM
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1347 posts since 6/21/2007

I was born in 1937 and begged for a fiddle which I started playing at age 4. I'm 82 and I still play for contra dances regularly. In the photo, I'm the kid in the bunny suit listening and watching my Uncle John play fiddle around 1939 in the Texas Panhandle.


Oct 19, 2019 - 5:59:21 AM
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Fiddler

USA

3977 posts since 6/22/2007

According to Mom, I was to be the heir apparent to Van Cliburn. Here's a photo of my first keyboard recital in Detroit in 1955. I successfully resisted and ended my career 15 years later. After a music hiatus to go to college and study chemisty, I took up fiddle after attending the Spring Festival in Mtn View, Arkansas. The rest is history. Countless square and contra dances, festivals, weddings, public hangings and other events. I didn't make the Carnegie stage, but I had much more fun!

Oct 19, 2019 - 6:18:55 AM

7683 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Fiddler

According to Mom, I was to be the heir apparent to Van Cliburn. Here's a photo of my first keyboard recital in Detroit in 1955. I successfully resisted and ended my career 15 years later. After a music hiatus to go to college and study chemisty, I took up fiddle after attending the Spring Festival in Mtn View, Arkansas. The rest is history. Countless square and contra dances, festivals, weddings, public hangings and other events. I didn't make the Carnegie stage, but I had much more fun!


Lucky you.. I never got asked to play at a Public Hanging....!!

Oct 19, 2019 - 8:57:35 AM
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Dragonslayer

Mozambique

153 posts since 9/1/2019

Well no, I play a four string, fretless, bowed V style mandolin with a 1" radius on the fretboard and an arched bridge...... and I play in the al bracio style.
But fiddle is easier to explain to people

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:21:58 PM

1629 posts since 10/22/2007

Fiddle? Yes.
Guitar? Meh.

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:51:04 PM
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Old Scratch

Canada

437 posts since 6/22/2016

@oldtimer I bet I'm not the only one who wishes he had a photo like that he could show around! Doesn't look like Uncle John took many of his meals at the all-you-can-eat buffet - 1939 - good thing the Depression was just about over!

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:05:36 PM

1347 posts since 6/21/2007

Yeah, people were skinny back then. I was very thin too. Just look on TV at some 1939 movies and look how thin Cary Grant's waist was!

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:56:43 AM

2157 posts since 10/1/2008

Fiddle , mandolin and guitar oh yeah, banjo just barely. If I don't take time to play something I have not had a complete day.

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:21:55 PM

54 posts since 6/26/2007

Glen, That's a great photo - you are really being attentive there. And in the background, some great cars.

Lee, Great red outfit. Nice look on you. I see you brought your liquid refreshment with you, but how did reach the bottle during intermission?

Oct 20, 2019 - 12:46:17 PM
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7683 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by brooklynbanjoboy

Glen, That's a great photo - you are really being attentive there. And in the background, some great cars.

Lee, Great red outfit. Nice look on you. I see you brought your liquid refreshment with you, but how did reach the bottle during intermission?


Lew, you have made a big mistake.  That photo is not of me, but is of Kirk Hunter, AKA Fiddler..  I just reposted it in a comment..  He has not yet revealed what that liquid refreshment is...Family secret, probably!!!

Oct 20, 2019 - 1:06:13 PM
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54 posts since 6/26/2007

Oh, thanks, Lee. My bad. Still, I'd be you'd look good in that red rig of Kirk's.

Oct 20, 2019 - 2:29:27 PM
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7683 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by brooklynbanjoboy

Oh, thanks, Lee. My bad. Still, I'd be you'd look good in that red rig of Kirk's.


My jammies have little dogs on them... Blue..But I'll consider red the next time!!!smiley

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:08:19 PM
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Fiddler

USA

3977 posts since 6/22/2007

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Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by brooklynbanjoboy

Glen, That's a great photo - you are really being attentive there. And in the background, some great cars.

Lee, Great red outfit. Nice look on you. I see you brought your liquid refreshment with you, but how did reach the bottle during intermission?


Lew, you have made a big mistake.  That photo is not of me, but is of Kirk Hunter, AKA Fiddler..  I just reposted it in a comment..  He has not yet revealed what that liquid refreshment is...Family secret, probably!!!


The refreshment is a secret recipe. I played for the free drinks.

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Oct 21, 2019 - 3:22:25 AM

Jimbeaux

Germany

289 posts since 5/24/2016

I was that person for guitar and banjolele, specifically for a guitarist/banjolele player I play with regularly. I kept trying to "coach" him into a more old-time sound.

Try to do that but only use down picking. See if you can avoid minor chords, or chord changes with a bass run. Look at this video and see if you can imitate that strum, etc... He's pretty open-minded, so I didn't offend, and he's getting better and better.

Before I actually got a fiddle, I spent a lot of time reading up on it and watching videos about how to do this or that. I don't that gave me much of a head start, just a little one. What really helped was my years of playing the tunes on banjo and listening to the music, so that I already had the Sound in my head.

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