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Grampa's American Folk Fiddle
Songs played with Grampa's American Folk Fiddle from Members Articles
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Mouse
June 24, 2021 - 3:24 pm
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I have an article in the Members Articles about an American Folk Fiddle my Grampa made in May 1953, before I was born. I have recorded three songs today with it and am going to share them with you in this thread. 

Si Bheag, Si Mhor (aka Sheebeg, Sheemore)

Minuet No. 1 - Bach

South Wind

Here is a link to Member Article about Grampa's Folk Fiddle

Grampa's. Folk Fiddle

This American Folk Fiddle is kind of different from other fiddles. My Grampa was not a professional luthier and used what he had, including tools. The wood is much thicker with this folk fiddle, than normal fiddles and violins. It is a bit heavy. This would probably explain what the luthier found when he refurbished it. The fingerboard was not on it when I received it, there was a board, but not the fingerboard now on it.

When the luthier removed what was the fingerboard, he found the neck was hollowed out. This was probably because it made it lighter. The neck, as my luthier described it, is like a baseball bat! LOL I have to agree, but strangely, it is easy to play. The luthier filled it with glue, sawdust, etc. 

Another thing, my chin rest fell off and I did not know why. Then it dawned on me. You know the ridge or lip around the outsides of the violins, violas and cellos, next to the purfling? This ridge or lip is not on this folk fiddle. It is curved up a little around the purfling, but no ridge or lip. There is nothing to hold the chinrest in place. Now that I know this, I am aware and it has not fallen off because I check it periodically.

I have found this violin/fiddle to be easy to play. The weight is not noticeable, except if I take it off the rack after I have played the lighter weight violins. When I am playing it, I do not notice.

I don't think it shows up as much in my recordings, but it really does have a very nice sound and projection. It is not hollow sounding. Maybe due to the thick wood? The videos were done fairly quickly while the house was quiet. 

In my article, there of photos as it was when I received it. Here are a couple photos of how it looks now that it has been fixed up. I need to order another Holstein chinrest for this, soon. I really like those.

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If you haven't read my article about how I came upon this American Folk Fiddle, click the link above. 

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June 24, 2021 - 4:00 pm
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@Mouse -

Those were ALL beautifully played! 

Wonderful sounding Fiddle - are you sure you didn't find a Stradivarius?   

I can tell you've worked hard on these. 

Thank you for sharing your videos!  

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Yep, it's a keeper - sell the others! (lol) 

- Emily

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June 24, 2021 - 4:52 pm
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Thank you. Nope, not a Strad, made by my Grampa.

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June 24, 2021 - 5:17 pm
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Really nice playing and good sounding violin! I read your article before and now to hear that instrument is great! It is now a prized possession and hopefully will be passed down within the family for generations to come along with its history. I especially loved the Si Bheag, Si Mhor (aka Sheebeg, Sheemore).

Thanks for sharing!

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June 24, 2021 - 5:19 pm
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You are welcome.

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June 24, 2021 - 5:42 pm
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@mouse im envious!  would be so cool to have a family instrument like that!  nice playing..really liked your the southwind!

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June 24, 2021 - 5:47 pm
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Thank you. I treasure it. It was worth it to get it back into playing condition and not just have it hanging on the rack.

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June 24, 2021 - 9:50 pm
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@Mouse Nice playing, & Grampa's fiddle is sounding good!  A wonderful family heirloom being used as it was intended. 

I've recently been playing a version of the South Wind--nice tune.

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June 24, 2021 - 9:55 pm
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Thank you, SharonC.

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Mouse,

Enjoyed those, you sounded good and Grandpa fiddle sounds good, great find.

 

Mark

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love it, it looks and sounds great, your playing is really good as well, very enjoyàble

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June 25, 2021 - 8:58 am
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Thank you Mark and Stringy.

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Wow loved the story Mouse and the playing !! I thought how relaxed your left hand looked! I will be watching again great inspiration! Thank you for posting.

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Thank you very much, katie m.

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