Improving fiddle intonation
I recently came across this video of Lora Staples from Virtual Sheet Music explaining how to get perfect intonation on a violin. I found it amazingly useful.
Every now and again I think my fiddle is out of tune, only to find, after checking, that it isn’t; it’s my fingers that are out of tune - particularly when crossing from D on the A string to the open E. The method Laura describes (she says it’s part of the Suzuki method) is to listen for other strings vibrating in sympathy with the played note. It’s an unmistakable sound - it’s as though you’ve suddenly turned on reverb.
Like any new skill, you have to start slowly; but once you get it, it adds a new dimension to your playing.