It's taken me a little bit to get this understood, because I'm more a 'melody' person - even though I love harmonized music.
So, gathered these videos together - I hope will help other new Fiddlers, too.
If you want to accompany or backup a singer or another Fiddler, you don't want to be playing the same thing they are!
You do need to figure out what key to play in, so you can at least come up with a few quick chords and chord progressions.
♥ This is where the CIRCLE OF FIFTHS can help!
Here's a GREAT video - simple & straight forward - important to memorize some of this.
♥ For more advanced.
♥ Chord Basics.
♥ Now, find simple chords to play on the Fiddle (short videos).
♥ By EAR!
♥ Want to do more?
♥ The Nashville Number System!
♥ Now, get specific!
These are all helpful in general, but there are backup tutorials for specific tunes on YouTube that you can search. 😊
Pretty soon we'll ALL be Jammin'!
Love to know if others have tips not mentioned in the above videos!
...I better git to memorizing.
For members, like me, new to playing the violin, with little other musical instrument background, I think I should've mentioned more about chords, first. (lol)
Up until recently, I have only thought of 'intervals' as a 'half or whole step', between notes on the violin.
When it comes to chords, larger intervals are very important and have important features that can effect your choices for playing backup or improv.
These intervals have names, e.g., "Dominant 7th", "Major 3rd", "Perfect 5th", etc...
If you need help understanding the relationship of intervals and chords, there's a few short lessons at popgrammar.com, that I found can really help! Maybe start with this one:
I have no guitar background and started violin with very little understanding of why and how chords can be so effective - other than I was told to just "play these chords" in my limited piano lessons.
...still working on knowing all this better. 😊
@Ripton - you might enjoy this!
I've found another CRITTER tune - something to Crow about!
FiddleHed has a wonderful Tutorial on Backup Chords for the "Blackest Crow"!
Anyone wanting to make an interesting/unique backing track?
You don't even need a musical instrument to try something like this! (JasonYangViolin)
What do you do when you have to play backup for a different kind of 'Performing Artist'? (JasonYangViolin)
...some really interesting stuff at Jason Yang's YouTube Channel!
Yes, the fiddle backing was really nice - very subtle!
LOVE the rest of the Album, too! The interplay between banjo, mandolin, fiddle, etc... different for each tune. HAD to play along with "Star of County Down" - very nice in Bm & having a 'C' string allows me to play lower, too. 😊
...everything's in a MINOR key - makes me soooo happy!
GREAT FIND for backup ideas - THANX!
This is a bit more of that bluegrass type ballad backing i guess..probably nothing unexpected when you think of the genere but I think it shows how a riff I guess youd call it can be used to bridge vocals. i really wouldnt call it a fill. Thats Not from experience using fills but just from what Ive heard them called. also like the long sustained double stops. like i said nothing probably unexpected but a really good song to maybe hear them.
I think its as important to listen to the music you want to play as it is to watch a tutorial. That said, I Really like this as something to try.
Great riff/motif - sounds very familiar.
...I like to think of the parts of Irish & Scottish tunes as 'riffs'.
yes Irish music has repeating riffs/motiffs inside of tunes. the more you play the more you recognize that and also recognize similar runs within other tunes. weve talked about that in other topics..Without listening to alot of tunes its more difficult to recognize that though. Another reason to immerse in the style you want to become good at wouldnt you say? Havent you found that its easier to find the notes of a tune when youve been listening to someome else play it alot? I think backing could work the same way. Pick a song you like and want to play and listen alot when you cant practice...the car, working, whatever... then when you have the instrument...listen again but with a more techincal mind..like say listen and think..whats going on during this phrase. then try and mimic it. At first it may be just trying to find the key...then the notes..then the phrasing and such. but youll have the song/tune internalized and youll be hearing it easier in your head as you try and play it.
I have to quit hiding threads - took me foreeeever to find this.
Anyway, thought this "Fisher's Hornpipe EZ BackUp Tutorial" worth checking out (from FiddleJaminstitute) talks about the importance of memorizing the arpeggios of the chords... and let your bowing give them character!
This EZ Backup tutorial is good for many tunes that only use a few chords, so might be helpful to you.
@ELBCK - thank you for this topic - some absolutely great links! As I want to be able to play bluegrass (among other things) the need to be able to play 'back-up' and accompaniment (?) is imperative. First, I've always heard of the circle of 5ths, but that is the first time I have heard it explained clearly. Then, I have checked out some of the links for chording on the fiddle and they are really helpful (and - they lead to other great videos!)
Thanks again !