Just kidding, A.B.! Although I don’t play flute, I love the sound for ITM, and it’s been interesting to read about the wonders and mysteries behind different wooden flute designs and models in some recent posts. But enough already with the flutes! Just kidding again….
On the other hand, as an aspiring fiddle player, I’m interested in what makes a particular fiddle a good instrument for playing Irish music.
Compared to flute, a fiddle’s voice can be tweaked in numerous ways (e.g. type of strings,, sound post position, even regraduating the top/bass bar to change the sound, and of course choice of bow). But just with my two modest instruments, set up very similarly, there is a very different sound and I’m finding I prefer one over the other for Irish tunes.
So fiddle players, come out of the woodwork and tell your fiddle stories! How did you come across your ‘go to’ instrument, and what is special about its sound? How have you set it up to get the most out of ornamentation, tone, and/or volume? Is there a particular sound you covet and emulate? Or is it all about the player’s drive & the nyah and ornamentation, and any old instrument will do?