July 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm #16710
So I am wondering if there is a difference between left hand position when playing fiddle vs playing the violin?July 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm #16752
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In short, no. You need the same position for correct fingering, good intonation, shifting, and vibrato. Seems like fiddling uses double stops more often, which also requires good hand position to be able to reach notes on different strings.July 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm #17021
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Have either of you heard that the bridge on a fiddle is shaped different than that of a violin? What I’ve been told is the radius on the bottom or high string side is not as round or flatter, if you will, than that of a violin. Realizing of course that they are the same instrument, I’ve heard that “fiddle” players will file this curve down to be able to play three note chords on the bottom three strings. Have either of you heard tell of this?July 22, 2016 at 2:48 am #17028
Yes i have heard that and it makes perfect sense. I only have a chinese made violin and not much experience, but my teacher, who is very exeperienced and has played fiddle and violin for over 45 years told me that some are made like this.July 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm #17263
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There was a running joke in my high school orchestra class years ago: “The difference between the violin and the fiddle is that the violin is carried in a case, the fiddle is carried in a gunny sack.”July 26, 2016 at 12:55 am #17282
TheFiddlingBard: My sister says the difference between a violin and a fiddle is that you can spill beer on a fiddle.August 10, 2016 at 4:08 am #17574
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The left hand frame should be the same position for violin and fiddle playing. In my experience, there are a lot of fiddle players that don’t like to take time for technique and good posture. If you want to be a really good fiddle player, you will want to pay attention to good posture habits and technique. You will have better sound this way and can also avoid injury that can result from bad posture habits.
It is true, some fiddles have shaved down the bridge to a bit flatter angle. This is not necessary to play triple stops, but I can see why a fiddle player might choose to file the bridge down. Classical violinists play triple stops, and even quadruple stops all the time. The trick is a very full and confident bow stroke to bring the sound out of multiple strings.
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