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baggeh
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May 5, 2016 - 11:44 am
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Hello everyone, I've been playing for approx 10 months now and I'm having a little bit of trouble in regards to bowing and artistic slurs.

I've been trying to break my habit of always bowing tunes the way I initially learnt them. 

I've been using Brian Wiklunds American Fiddle method volume 2 and have started trying to apply the artistic slurs he discusses towards the end of the book (pg48) to the tunes I know. Things like 2 note slur patterns, 3 note slurring and 3 up 1 down etc.

I'm finding this very difficult, more difficult than learning the tunes the first time with just saw bowing and corrective slurs. I find I throw myself off extremely easily and if I'm under pressure e.g. jamming with friends, I almost always default to the bowing I initially learnt.

I'm really keen on breaking this habit so I can bow things differently without throwing myself off.

Anyway, I wanted to ask other people for their experiences relating to this problem and how you overcame it e.g. exercises that you found helpful?

Thanks.

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BillyG
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Hmmm.,..   Maybe simple scales practice.,..  Try slurring all the way up through an octave on a single up-bow then same on a down bow.  Then, "saw" it, then "shuffle" bow it.   It probably is just as you say - you'll lapse into what you are most familiar with...

Good luck.,...

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Fiddlerman
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May 5, 2016 - 5:24 pm
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Perhaps thinking some words such as "Alligator" on the one down and three up. Al (down bow) li-ga-tor (up bow)
Does that make sense?

For the 2 notes: 1 and - 2 and - 3 and - 4 and.....
Every time you think a new number you change bow directions.

For 3 note slurs, 1 tri plet - 2 tri plet - 3 tri plet - 4 tri plet.....

Good luck!

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BillyG
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LOL AL-li-ga-tor  sweet... I've used that !    heheheh ! nice...

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Oh no, my OCD self, if I started saying words or counting with various bowings I'd never stop, lol. I can't have a clock that ticks for that reason... I will count all the ticks off in my head all day long whether I want to or not, lol. dazed

For me, when I was trying to get slurs down, I just repeated the bar over and over until I didn't have to think about it anymore.

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haha I here that! Wish I had never read this post lol. Al li ga tor, Al li ga tor, Al li ga tor.

First time i have heard of this, but i am sure it will be a useful learning tool!

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