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This isn't really a performance vid, more of a teaching one. and I wasn't quite sure which category to put it in.
Anyway, someone on another forum asked the question, and I directed them to this Youtube vid I made.
It's about playing triplets - the very short ones you hear in Irish fiddling.
Theoretically a triplet is 3 notes played in the time space of two, but their time value can vary, depending on how you play them.
You can download the video if you like, because I'm using part of it in my DVD. I'll leave it up on Youtube for 4 days
Is it truth that triplets are played only on downbow?
In Irish fiddling, bowed triplets are normally started on a down-bow.
The 'bowed' in this context normally means 3 identical notes on 3 separate bows. Sometimes it's the same note, sometimes it's 3 separate notes (eg B-C-B) on separate bows.
Left-hand fingered triplets can start on any bow direction.
'Left-hand' in this context, generally means 3 notes (eg B-C-B) played in a single bow.
That's the common distinction
I've just asked, because of this video, i saw last year (2:40):
But i almost sure that saw somewhere that those triplets were played with first note started up bow
Sorry for any confusion i might cause
OFFTOP: just noticed that smiley-> nice one
Naska, it's difficult to tell on that video, because he is playing the triplets quite quickly, even when explaining. He does not slow it down like I did in my video.
Sometimes it looks like he is starting them with an up-bow, but really he is playing the lead-in note with the up-bow, abd the triplet actually starts with a down-bow. He actually says it himself at 02'38 - "the triplet always starts on a down-bow".
Of course, if you were hanging upside-down while watching the vid, that would explain why you thought they started on an up-bow
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