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Playing back-up fiddle for Christian songs.
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JASFiddle
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 Looking for some good inspiration and examples of back-up fiddle in Christian contemperary, folk, and hymns.

Anybody who has some videos of what they do would be appreciated. Also any tips or advice are more than welcome.

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Welcome Jas!. This is on my list of things to do next. I can play in the church orchestra or with my daughter on guitar but never as a good back up player. Will watch here and if I learn anything myself will pass along. 

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February 29, 2016 - 7:45 am
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Do you have chords listed on the hymns?
If so, you can start with bass notes and thirds and perhaps triads. You can use rhythmical notes rather than straight whole or half notes. You can be creative with your rhythms, both lengths and notation wise. Obviously take the time and key signature into consideration and perhaps practice with some recordings on a daily basis.

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Fiddlerman said
Do you have chords listed on the hymns?
If so, you can start with bass notes and thirds and perhaps triads. You can use rhythmical notes rather than straight whole or half notes. You can be creative with your rhythms, both lengths and notation wise. Obviously take the time and key signature into consideration and perhaps practice with some recordings on a daily basis.

We don't have chords for the hymns, I know I could get pages for some, but most of the people just watch the lead guitarist for chords, and I don't know how to sight read like that yet.

Maybe that's something I'll work on, as well as getting some pages with chords, and practicing them with a recording daily like you said. 

Thanks!

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I think it might work to listen to a song several times, then try to hum a harmony line to it, play the song again, while playing your humming tune on th violin.  This is really great fun.  You can practice this while listening to the radio and singing a harmony line instead of the melody.  Then try it with a song you already know on violin.  

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In that case, I recommend you start listening to music, recordings, radio.... with the violin in your hand. Experiment with finding the notes and patterns that work with the music. Be patient, as it gets better with time. Just pretend that you are in the church and the music is taking control. It could be a lot of fun and if it works for you at home, it'll eventually work at church too.
It's a skill like any other and requires practice.

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Thanks! I'll try that too!

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