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The need for speed!
I posted the question, now I will post the answers...
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Picklefish
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Its no secret that I am a well connected person in the music world. I reached out to the variety of talent that I am Facebooked with and posed the following question;

" Happy St Patricks day weekend! Ive been working on Swallowtail Jig for the fiddle forum. I plan on recording it tommorow and submitting it. Any last minute tips for producing good tone while playing really fast? and by fast I mean probably half the speed you play at! lol. Rob. thanks. "

Some wont see it in time, some wont respond....but as they do I will post the answer and hopefully reveal some secrets?!! oooooooh, stay tuned.

 

Heres an example of what it should sound like

he starts playing a minute in the vid. I think his ramblings are rather funny.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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Lori Jean Smith :Sure! That's awesome just keep good contact with the string in the middle of your bow, less bow is more in this case good bow speed (energy) in each stroke, while keeping the amount (length) of bow you are using under control. Also, be sure to work with a metronome!! Hope that helps!

Me:I feel like I need to play into the strings more to keep good contact and avoid slipping, is that accurate?

Lori Jean Smith :Yes! That is a good assessment. It also helps to tilt the stick of the bow away from you by bending your wrist and bringing your arm to a position over the bow. Just keep your elbow lower than your wrist. This helps the bow to avoid slipping toward bridge or over fingerboard. Best sound comes from 'sweet spot' in the middle between the fingerboard and the bridge.

 

 Paul McNevin: Many happy returns. Plenty of rosin , better with too much than too
Little! Have your slurs all worked out if you're doing some. The faster I play the more I slur generally. Be aware of the bow pressure
Remaining constant. I must join fiddle forum. Good luck with it.P-

 

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 I would just suggest applying a little more pressure than usual with the bow on the strings, because the speed will cause you to unconsciously lighten the pressure. Reduce the tension of the horse hair on your bow to prevent too much bouncing, but then don't fight the bouncing when and if it happens. If you fight it you will overcompensate and make it bounce more. The looser bow hairs will absorb the bounce...and that bouncy / scratchy sound is what give jigs their characteristic scottish / irish sound anyway
 
Vinylinist Good for you, Robert! The main tip I have is to keep your bow ON the string when recording. When it bounces everywhere, the sound becomes rather choppy with a microphone at close range. You can keep the style by using a more brushing motion that changes the pressure on the string without the bow actually leaving the string. Good luck, and I do hope you'll share a link when it's complete

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I thought that was wonderful.

Duane

 

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More replys this morning;

The Surfing Violinist

 
Man I don't know! I'm really out of practice myself. I just popped my g a couple weeks back, and I haven't played since. I agree, though, tone is most important, so really focus on the bow and getting a nice solid sound. I would rather hear slower than scratchy any day. Best of luck! Let me know when it's up and send me a link. Would love to see it

Virgil Ed Sellers

 
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, Robert. I find a good
dark rosin helps tone. I personally like to loosen the bow 
a bit to soften the tone. Good luck

 

I couldn't figure out a way to get in touch with Itzak Perlman or David Garrett. My level of "connectedness" dont go that high! lol.

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 From Paul McNevin;  Just saw it fair play. Yes too stiff you need to practice long bows on open string i.mean very long . Also you will truer resonance with more vibrations on the strings for more tone. Show you wrist in the next one. u have the one of the 3beats perfect make the 2&3 shorter & the 1 will stand out more e.g. Tightening the rhythm . 50 views and counting, i can see a new YouTube partner lol

visit his page if  you like Irish Fiddle

http://www.irishfiddle.ie/

I took a few lessons from him is how I know him, I follow him on Facebook as well. Brilliant guy and super nice.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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