Traditional Fiddle Tone
In a recent thread about trad tunes being played by an eclectic Hasidic fiddler I asked about his tone. First I want to thank the fiddlers who responded. In particular Jim Dorans, but also the lot of you. Second I want to post the fiddler (Daniel Ahaviel) on a clip which has a better sound mix than the first thing I ever heard from Daniel. Jim Dorans surmised that the player’s tone is probably fine though he (Jim) could not find a solo recording. Here is the clip ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYEM7wfVUz8
Again, I’m not a fiddler but I would say his tone is fine for most of the performance. I might even consider his playing superb. My question this time is about Daniel’s tone in one segment of the clip. It’s from 1m49s - 2m35s
OK it’s not Irish. But I think it might be considered a traditional style, which is why I’m asking here.
To set up my question I’ll lead in with tone in Irish playing styles. It’s different in contrast to other styles which can make it difficult to move between styles, also difficult to appreciate unfamiliar (less familiar) styles, rhythms, techniques & *tone*. My point about Irish trad is we all have some familiarity with it’s styles…etc.
My question: In the time segment (1m49s - 2m35s) I hear changes in his tone, bowing, a bit of haste or quickening but don’t know if it might all be in the style of his traditional playing intended to go with his movements; is it? Is there possibly a reason why what sounds like a loss of good tone in places is because the style (Hassidic dance?) calls for everything you see, hear and feel? Make no mistake I think the tone suffers in certain places during his dance. In fairness my flute tone would be apalling if I had to play anything while moving as he does.
The final part of my OP is about the challenge of appreciation for things like trad tone. Even within Irish traditional music some of us are constantly developing that appreciation and I for one have questions.
Thanks in advance!