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    Michael Sanchez
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    Maybe you are brand new to fiddling or maybe you have played a while. What are you struggling with?

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    Phillip Sindlinger
    Participant

    Not being bored with just any difficult melodic hook and improving bow technique…I also liked your video about playing “Dixie,” as I viewed it after playing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

    Hearing both of them played side-by-side one after the other here in Massachusetts is just downright plumb loco.

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    Phillip Sindlinger
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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    You should post this song as a potentially song to learn in the webinar classes Phil!

    #3201 Reply

    hearthelionroar
    Participant

    My BIGGEST problem with fiddling is being able to keep a straight bow and have a good hand/wrist posture!

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    David
    Participant

    Great Job! I’m struggling with playing drones. You make it look and sound easy.

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    Phillip Sindlinger
    Participant

    My biggest current problem is making sure my right elbow does not lock up and then render my right arm stiffened and compromised to improper bowing technique. When my right elbow stiffens, a whole host of uneven bowing pattern(s) take place, &–for whatever reason–the more that I practice the more that I need to avoid this creepy tendency.

    A Baroque Digression

    Yesterday, I heard Joshua Heifetz play Glasanov’s first violin concerto. His music is a crystal, or a timeless radio broadcast from 80 years ago. (Remember that he made our videotutor.com top-ten list of ten all-time violinists?

    I merely note that Heifetz was not Corelli; Heifetz, unlike Corelli,embraced the violin’s A & E strings.

    “It has been said that the paths of all of the famous violinist-composers of 18th-century Italy led to Arcangelo Corelli, who was their “iconic point of reference”.–Toussaint Loviko, in the program notes to Italian Violin Concertos (Veritas, 2003)

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    David
    Participant

    My other struggle is when to slur notes in a fiddle tune? or any tune for that matter. If you are learning a tune by ear, or even reading the music and not able to see the bow, its sometimes difficult to hear or read when notes are slurred and when the bow strokes are separate. If this is a matter of style, and you have 3 fiddle players playing at the same time, all there bowing’s would not be the same. Do you have any philosophy of when to slur when you’re working up a tune that is new to you?

    #3674 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey David, there are different bowings that fit different styles of fiddle music. A very common bowing is when you slur two eighth notes together, and then play two eighth notes separate. This is very common in 2/4 and 4/4 time. Another common bowing which I wrote about in my book is called the Georgia Shuffle. This is a little more complicated but is common in fiddle playing.

    You don’t have to rely on doing one specific bowing pattern. Many times a fiddler will do the Nashville Shuffle bowing the first time, random bowing the second time, and Georgia the third time. Fiddle playing is a lot more loose compared to reading traditional classical music (where you stick to what is on the page).

    So a simple answer is–slur whenever and do things similar to Nashville and Georgia bow patterns.

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    Marcia
    Participant

    my biggest problem is consistently hitting the right notes and getting the tone I want. AND i continue to be perplexed with the improvising (I’m a new player, over 60, with no music theory background)

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