velvet’s twenty-five comments

  • wrist action and the fiddle.

    HI, i haven't been around a while, uni work and stuff rather bogging me down, but i could really use some help with this. more…

  • Re: The Donegal Fiddle Style

    I don't know much about it, though i really like it too. They use very few rolls and lots of triplets and play fast. The bowing is supposed to be quite dynamic and there is an emphasis on sounding every note rather then slurring. more…

  • Re: Practicing

    I only manage about 45 minutes or so at teh moment, though i do have great days when i get two whole hours to myself and others when i can't get at the fiddle at all *grr* more…

  • Re: Vinyl vs. CDs

    there is a noticable difference between vinyl and disks, just as there is with video's and dvd's, or video film ( not sure if that's what its really called) and film. They are only tiny differences but they are noticeable. I don't have any records but m... more…

  • Re: learning tunes by ear

    i had a bit of a shock when i started on the fiddle a few months ago. I'd played guitar for years, using dots or playing by ear depending on whether it was classical or trad. i was playing. I was used to being able to pick up tunes relatively easily, ho... more…

  • Re: How long does it take you to warm up?

    it takes me half an hour to an hour to warm up at home, but with my teacher i'm usually ok in about five minutes, which is probably a bit odd. As for sessions as a newbie at all this i'm about warmed up just before home time : ) more…

  • Re: Vibrato

    I still can't get the hang of vibrato, though i do think it sounds lovely. Would anyone have any tips on how to do it? more…

  • Re: Valentine’s Tune?

    Give me your hand. more…

  • Re: Standing or Sitting Part II

    i always practice standing up and prefer to play standing up generally, though most people in my beginner session play sitting down. I have tried out sitting several times but its hard enough to play as it is without sitting as well! I'm lucky in that m... more…

  • Re: Favorite songs in sessions

    Brigg fair is a lovely song and not too long. I think a song here and there can be a nice change, especially if their slow, like playing a slow air. After all the fast dance tunes. more…