Useful site for new fiddlers/teachers

Useful site for new fiddlers/teachers

Came across this while Googling for something else entirely - some nice handy stuff.

http://stringskills.com/

Rants along the lines "you should just learn by listening" are very likely to be ignored :p

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Wow. Perhaps this site should be renamed ‘simple things made incredibly complex’!

Twinkle Twinkle in Dorian and Lochrian; Yankee Doodle shifting between three keys including Bb; simple folk tunes rewritten in deliberately illogical timing to keep students on their toes. This kind of thing is the reason I was too afraid to take a music lesson until I was in my thirties!

Interesting as an intellectual exercise and for more advanced students but I don’t think it’s a very approachable resource for genuinely new fiddlers!

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Good find, Calum!

Very comprehensive and useful.

I think "ghost bowing" and "chopping" are missing from the crucial bowing section :)

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I’ve committed to taking classical lessons for 1 year to improve technique and intonation and you would be surprised at the fiddle tunes I see that are rewritten for classical arrangements. They take something simple that makes sense and use bowings and added/changed or "rearranged" notes that make it much harder and destroy the flow of the tune sometimes.

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As a 70+ year old who has been playing for all of his life and only just now getting serious about learning sight-reading as a skill, I find this incredibly useful. As bobmarlec mentions the rhythm part has already made things a bit more clear. Thanks for bringing this to me.

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> I don’t think it’s a very approachable resource for genuinely new fiddlers!

It’s aimed at people being schooled in the classical tradition in the early years of their education.

Yes, it’s a bit overwhelming, but if you know what the words mean, it can’t be that bad. And you’re learning most effectively when you’re playing something at the limits of your competence.

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[*…and you would be surprised at the fiddle tunes I see that are rewritten for classical arrangements. They take something simple that makes sense and use bowings and added/changed or "rearranged" notes that make it much harder and destroy the flow of the tune sometimes.*]

I totally agree. Some of the arrangements are really poor, and often labelled ‘folk’. It’s typical of arrangers who can play / transcribe their own choice of music well, but have nothing more than a vague understanding of other genres. To be fair, it happens the other way round too :)