George Reynolds’s twenty-two comments

  • Re: Right hand sore after playing (fiddle)

    Just remember that the fiddle holds up the bow, not your right hand. Kevin Burke pointed this out to me and suggested the following little exercise. Hold the bow with two fingers (thumb and middle for example) with the smallest hold so that the bow does n... more…

  • Re: Classical violinist looking to get into fiddle music

    Coming to traditional music from classical music is a lot like learning a new language as an adult. If you start learning French when you are 30 after speaking only English the you simply have to accept that you will always have an “English” accent. T... more…

  • Re: Glory In The Meeting House

    And here is a version played by Bruce Molsky: more…

  • Re: Glory In The Meeting House

    Here is a 3 part version played by Reyna Gellert: more…

  • Re: Half Past Four

    A great version: more…

  • Re: Recommend a good tutorial for how to bow a jig

    I took a few Skype lessons with Kevin Burke on this very topic and although I make no claim to any sort of competence in this area he did make a couple suggestions which have been very helpful. The first is avoid any sort of repetitive patterns. While it ... more…

  • Re: Practising Scales on Fiddle

    A great way to improve intonation in the context of scales is to listen for overtones that you can hear for some (but not all) notes. For example if you play A on the G string in first position and stop the bow and leave it on the string, the G string wil... more…

  • Re: intonation

    Don’t forget that playing with good intonation is a long term project. It takes years. You say you have been playing for 2 years and that is great - you have already outlasted many people who try to learn as an adult. But HANG IN THERE!!! Let the love o... more…

  • Re: Fiddle Rolls

    I took some lessons with Kevin Burke on this very topic (you can also, he gives lessons via Skype) and the point he emphasized was that the concept revolves around an interruption of a central note, not the playing the note above and a note below. It does... more…

  • Re: Tune name?

    Thanks alec b! more…