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    Michael Sanchez
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    All you have to do is let me know one question and I will promptly answer. That is what I’m here for!

    #2425 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    What kind of fiddle tunes do you want to learn?

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    bichon
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    i saw a piece of music where on the up bow you play an F# (1/8) The next note is a G which is an 1/8 note as well. do you continue the up bowing ? or do you switch to a down bow ? does it depend on the circumstances ? do you cover this ?

    #3460 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    In general you want to start down bow at the beginning of every measure. If there are two notes like you are saying before the first full measure begins, that is when you would probably slur the two notes in an up bow stroke to achieve playing the beginning of the first full measure down bow. That sort of situation is pretty common in music. Hope that makes sense!

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    jodi
    Participant

    hi michael! got your book fiddle for dummies! i think this would be a good place to ask you to elaborate on subdividing… or maybe if you could do a little video?

    #5167 Reply

    Mark Bliss
    Participant

    I have played other stringed instruments, new to bowed however. Desire to learn basic fiddle and hopefully, basic folk cello.

    My question is on bow technique. I see lots of info on grip and position, but have not seen much discussion expressly on “pressure”
    In other words, is the bows weight the primary pressure and I just guide, or do I press slightly…… And how about the difference on this between a fiddle and upright instrument?
    I have just never seen a good description on the mechanics of it. And my bowing is shaky and squeeky. Very bad!

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    BobbyAyres
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    If you were playing a simple three chord song, like a lot of bluegrass songs, a simple I IV V for easiness I guess. And you wanted to find the melody of the song…do you use the scale of the key for the whole song, or would use each chord changes respective scale? Example key G. So one is G four is C and five is D. Would you use just the G scale to locate the melody notes (G A B C D E F# G) or the scale for G when in the G chord like listed, the scale of C (C D E F G A B C) for when on the C chord and the scale of D (D E F# G A B C# D) when on the D chord?

    Looking toward using the fiddle some day at our jam where I usually play banjo and have never understood this and really need to start mastering how to find the melody versus a generic placeholder solo (as Pete Wernick) calls a solo of just banjo rolls over the chords.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    dilawless54
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    That is a great question BobbyAyres and I would be interested in hearing the answers to this but I THINK that when you are in the key of G you use the G scale to find melody notes. I hope someone corrects me if I am wrong. Jamming is something that I would love to do more of too.

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