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Playing and learning tips for violinists.

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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Left Handed Violins

Left Handed Violins Though still relatively rare, left handed violins are becoming more common and gaining popularity. Violinists for centuries have been using violins that are held with the left hand and bowed with the right. Great violinists and fiddlers … Continue reading

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Story About a Successful Young Age Violin Performance by Ken

Ken was given a chance to perform at a very young age before knowing what to expect and went for it. Read all about it. Continue reading

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Fiddlerman’s “Addams Family” Virtual Group Halloween 2015 Project

Join the forum discussion on this postFor now our deadline for your submissions is October 12th, 2015 at which time I will begin mixing. I encourage all 1st violin recordings to include one of the 3 other parts as well so that … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a “roll” in Irish traditional fiddling – by Jim Dorans

Anatomy of a “roll” in Irish traditional fiddling This may be of use to some of you – what constitutes a ‘roll’ ornament. I often read different explanations of rolls in Irish music, and there are different ways of playing them, … Continue reading

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