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The Composition of a Bridge

Join the forum discussion on this postOne of the most vital components of a stringed instrument is its bridge. Most aspects of a bridge are modified to improve the overall sound production. The bridge is first shaped starting with the heels (feet) then thinned. … Continue reading

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Fiddlerman’s 2015 Group Christmas Project – War Is Over – Happy Christmas

Here is the result of this years Christmas Project and the details for the project below that. Please join us for the 2015 Fiddlerman Group Christmas Project We will be playing, “War is Over, Happy Christmas” The deadline for your submissions is … Continue reading

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Choosing Strings for your Instrument

Choosing Strings for your Instrument Great strings do not react equally well on all instruments.  While it is good to follow advice for choosing the strings that you think will suit your playing needs, style and instrument but don’t be … Continue reading

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The importance of the tailpiece

Source: Blog Not everyone is aware that the tailpiece can affect the sound as well as the playability of the violin. Its basic function is to fasten the strings to allow them to vibrate freely while the instrument is being … Continue reading

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Meet “ Schaick” from Fiddlerman’s “Fiddle Talk” forum

Schaick from the, Fiddler Talk forum tells answers some questions for our interview.
I was born in Lancaster, Ohio in 1955. Dad was a high school and college football coach so we moved around a lot, Wilmington College, Yale University, IU and Northwestern. The only time IU went to the Rose Bowl was when we were there. Dad coached offensive backfield and then later at Northwestern was the offensive coordinator. Continue reading

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The end of a short career – Another reason I quit violin at an early age.

by Kenneth Johnson Most everyone on our forum knows from past threads that I started violin at age 4 and more or less had to quit when I was 10 do to the fact that mom couldn’t afford rental or … Continue reading

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Forget everything you’ve ever heard about learning to play violin. It’s not true.

by Fiddle Chick 1) Violin is the most difficult instrument to learn. FALSE. I’ve tried my hand at other instruments without much success, and gave them up in pretty short order. But the violin is different. It’s just easier. I’ve … Continue reading

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Be a part of our FIDDLERMAN CRUISE April 2016

Sailing on the beautiful NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 10-16, 2016 Everyone is welcome! Prices begin at $479.00 plus a $100 event fee, which includes group lessons and jam sessions with Fiddlerman, conference rooms for all special events, onboard and … Continue reading

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Shadow Makers – by Cindy

I love this beautiful photo.  To me it sings of beauty and emotion, not only the visual aspect of the photo, which in itself is dark and mysterious, gleaming with reflected light, but you can almost smell the earthiness of … Continue reading

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I discourage my students from using a shoulder rest, says violinist Aaron Rosand – The Strad

Only without a shoulder rest can one develop a personal sound that is identifiable, insists the Curtis Institute and Mannes College professor Continue reading

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