Eat me alive
In light of the recent spate of ‘analyse my playing’ posts, I have decided it is time to throw myself to the lions, as regards my fiddle playing. The difference is, I’ve been playing a lot longer than the other two posters, although I still feel like a beginner - and sometimes sound like one.
A bit of background: I took up the fiddle 10 years ago, having alread played the mandolin for 10 years (about 8 years of that focusing specifically on Irish traditional music). Since, by that time, I had already amassed considerable repertoire and developed some kind of feel for the music, I found it very hard to resist the temptation to just try every tune I could think of on the fiddle, without first learning the basics. (Beginners, beware!) The result is a raspy tone, queasy intonation, poor bow control… It’s tempting to go on, but I’m supposed to be asking *you* for criticism.
So, do your worst. Be as harsh as you like, so long as you can back it up with some useful advice (If your best advice is "Give up!", I’ll probably ignore it - I’ve tried it before and I lapse every time).