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    MarkG
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    Which fiddle techniques come at what level? How soon should I be learning improvisation etc?

    #1933 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
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    You can learn improvisation as soon as you learn how to properly play the violin/fiddle. The approach of learning it can be very unique though depending on your music background. If you have been playing violin for a long time, you will want to take a very structured music theory approach to it. If you have played more fiddle (and not violin), you will want to take a more musical ear approach to it. It is actually difficult to improv when you are very used to classical playing so really the earlier you start the better. Other techniques including sliding, grace notes, drones etc. are actually helped by classical playing. Having good left hand technique helps all of these techniques I just mentioned. I would say slides comes first, grace notes second, and drones thirds. Improvisation could come anywhere in there!

    #1966 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    What are some of your questions about improvisation guys?

    #2519 Reply

    jewel1949
    Participant

    What are the different styles of bowing for playing fiddle music? How many different styles of shuffle are there and where does one accent the note/s? Thank you,

    #2547 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    There are many different types of shuffles including the “Georgia Shuffle” and “Nashville Shuffle” which I would say are the most prominent. Check out this video that I put together about The Georgia Shuffle.

    I also put together this video on Irish accents down at Wiley for the Fiddle for Dummies book. Hope these help!

    #2733 Reply

    jewel1949
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    Do you cover this information in your Fiddle for Dummies Book?

    #2786 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Yes, the book covers these concepts in Chapter 12 and 13, these videos compliment the text. If you are interested in getting an autographed copy of my book, check out my Fiddle for Dummies book on my Superior Violins website.

    #10587 Reply

    Improvising fiddle can be very satisfying, and I agree; the more you know, the better you’ll be at it.

    #14468 Reply

    BusyTXMama
    Participant

    I agree with the comment that it’s difficult to improv when you’ve played a classical style for so long. I only learned and played classical all through school. Later I learned that as a little girl, my mother would often listen to her uncles fiddlin’ at family reunions and the like. She asked if I could play around with songs like that, so I tried and I just couldn’t! I felt all stiff and fake, like a trained ballerina trying to demonstrate swing. It definitely takes a lot of practice and an entire mind shift to ‘play around’ with your instrument instead of ‘perform’ with it.

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    kathyk
    Participant

    I play fiddle with a mountain dulcimer group….I would like to do more improvization

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