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One of things I marvel at when listening to top notch fiddlers is how fast they can play and how clear each note is. It's amazing to me. I'm working on a passage that has a lot of string crossings and I'd like to get some feedback on how to play it fast and still clear.
Some things that I already try:
1. Practicing slowly and then speed it up
2. Minimize finger movement, so for example when I put my finger down on the an E I also finger the B because that's part of the next passage
3. *Try* to be more flexible at the wrist ...
My guess is that I need some more technique in my bowing, wrist and fingers probably ... I also noticed while listening to it that it gets scratchy so I wonder if I either need to use more bow or less pressure? Also I'm concentrating on single bowing the passage vs changing the bow pattern to like Down Up-Slur-3 notes.
Watching it again, it looks like most of the bow action is coming from my elbow ... probably bad ....
Thanks Pierre. After practicing for a bit, I remembered Mark O'Connor talking about a exercise he came up with to work on loose wrists. Here's a video of him talking about it:
Also to my ear it sounds scratchy as I try and get faster and faster. Any thoughts on getting a smoother tone out of it? More movement or less pressure?
At one time I was going for speed and had a surprise. I went much faster when I looked ahead to the next measure. Playing one measure at a time just didn't work.
That's great advice. Being that I play fiddle music most of it is learned by ear anyway, so I have a tune memorized before I even think of speeding it up.
Thanks Pierre! Great stuff to think about.
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