NewFiddler

  • I ended up with a GX. I was able to trial the NX and the GX for a week and got to try the SX for a few minutes. I didn’t like the weight balance (I felt like it was too close to my hand) of the SX – though some people might like the way it felt. I’m still not sure the GX was worth the price jump up from the NX but I do enjoy the light and…[Read more]

  • Hi, I’m considering buying a carbon-fiber bow. Specifically, a Codabow diamond series. I’ve tried the NX, and the GX – and i am hoping to try an SX (halfway in between the two i’ve tried in price). I’d appreciate hearing anyone’s opinion on these bows. I like the GX, the NX is pretty good. But if the SX really is halfway in between in terms of…[Read more]

  • Hi, I’m considering buying a carbon-fiber bow. Specifically, a Codabow diamond series. I’ve tried the NX, and the GX – and i am hoping to try an SX (halfway in between the two i’ve tried in price). I’d appreciate hearing anyone’s opinion on these bows. I like the GX, the NX is pretty good. But if the SX really is halfway in between in terms of…[Read more]

  • Does it matter if your rosin is old? i’ve had mine for years.

  • In the last day I have gotten an error message partway through playback of a couple of the tutorial videos… It said “HTML5: Network error… Please reload the page and try again.” I am using a windows laptop. When I would reload the page it would have to buffer again but it played fine. Hope that helps!

  • I am new to playing completely by ear and have mixed feelings about the experience. It can be fun but also frustrating. I do enjoy the freedom but at the same time even if I learn a tune completely from sheet music I am able to mix it up and play around with it afterward and experience that freedom anyway. In my case, I would rather some of the…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your reply… I was thinking the same thing about the Scottish tunes… Maybe John McAlpine’s Strathspey because it is pretty slow yet very interesting 🙂

  • Hi again,

    I have another “fiddle contest” question. In addition to the typical contest (with age divisions, etc) I am hoping to enter a “hot bow” contest that allows more freedom with technique (hokum, for example) and style (any genre is allowed). I have ideas for which tunes to use as my “fast” options but I am unsure about my “slow” tune……[Read more]

  • I was reading an article about the differences between violin and the fiddle 🙂 It said that, “Most classical music has a stronger accent on the downbeat, while fiddling accents the upbeat for dancers.” Is that true? Should I intentionally try to accent the upbeat? Is it better to use a down bow or an up bow on that upbeat typically? Also, just to…[Read more]

  • Thanks for taking the time to write all that down! It was helpful… I am an advanced classical violinist but I am new to fiddling 🙂 Though I can handle the “advanced” licks fine because of nerves (having mostly played in an orchestra) I think I will stick to a simpler version the first time. One other question I had related to that transition is…[Read more]

  • I’m preparing to play in a fiddle contest for the first time… Because there are time limits (3 songs in 4 mins) I am working out exactly what I am going to play. Is it important to play a simpler version first so that the tune is perfectly recognizable before going to into more complicated licks/versions?
    Any advice on playing in a fiddle…[Read more]

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