As a wind instrument player - how to help a string instrument player with ITM?
I am a flute player (and learning the pipes). However, I have never played fiddle.
This weekend I am going to meet with a violin player and a cello player, who both want
to learn to play Irish Trad. The violin/fiddle is already joining our small session from
time to time, but I think for now she doesn’t have much experience with ornamentation, "correct" groove and mostly plays from sheet music.
My plan is to practice one of the two sets Oh Sullivan’s Polka/ Britches over Stitches or
Blarney Pilgrim/ Jim Ward’s. I already sent them pdf of the basic version and youtube links
to the sets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upEilWXAJn4, https://youtu.be/yu3EO4TqWhM?t=58).
My plan is to try to teach them a tune by ear and play another one with sheet music afterwards.
Do you think I should try to tell them something about ornamentation, or solely concentrate on
the rhythm and maybe highlight that a jig shouldn’t use a lot of bow work or so and basic concept of cuts and taps, because they are probably quite similar to wind instruments?
I don’t want to give them wrong or too confusing information about ornaments and concentrate on having a fun and motivating practice session 🙂
Are there any big dos and don’t that I as a wind instrument player should be careful with?
Thanks for your help!
I also made a similar post on Chiff&Fipple.