Mark M ’s three thousand and thirty-two comments

  • Re: Fiddle playing-related hand injury

    "( for a standard grip, the average male can exert around 30 to 50kgf through there grip). more…

  • Re: Fiddle playing-related hand injury

    You're not getting it at all. - fiddlers need to manipulate the bow in particular ways in order to play their instrument. You've invented a device that prevents, or at the very least restricts their ability to make those manipulations, it is a hinderance ... more…

  • Re: Fiddle playing-related hand injury

    Boweasy, kind as the offer is, I really have absolutely no desire to try your gizmo. I'm guessing you're not a fiddle teacher, and from the un-playable state of your fiddle I'm guessing you've probably never been to a teacher, you are trying to solve a pr... more…

  • Re: Fiddle playing-related hand injury

    I think you're missing the point - perhaps this will show you why you can't tie your fingers to the bow (not even one of them): more…

  • Re: Fiddle playing-related hand injury

    I'd be very interested to see the research behind this - where the 30% of players suffering injury comes from, and how you arrived at 4Kg of pressure on the thumb - normally the gripping pressure on the bow is less than you would use on a pen or pencil. more…

  • Re: Fiddle playing-related hand injury

    You might consider re-branding it as the Bowbadly. Bowing well requires a very light and flexible hold on the bow, the very last thing you need is your fingers tied to the stick. Playing related injury? 400 years of development have give us bows that are ... more…

  • Re: You’re playing in a session and a tune you don’t know is called?

    "What do "you" do?" - 99% of the time I just listen. The other 1% is when it is a tune that they've played so often I know the tune even though I've never played it, and it is simple enough that I am confident I can get through it without stuffing it up.... more…

  • Re: A question about ornamentation

    I also find that playing it slightly different each time helps me keep track of how many times I've played each part, and reduces the chance of inadvertently playing three As. more…

  • Re: You’re playing in a session and a tune you don’t know is called?

    Johnny Jay nailed it: "The best rule is not to annoy or distract other players whatever you are doing. This covers a multitude of sins." more…

  • Re: You’re playing in a session and a tune you don’t know is called?

    I think it's one of those things that depend entirely on the session in question. In a big noisy session where people are breaking bow hair just to make themselves heard, then noodling away quietly as you learn tunes on the fly does little harm and probab... more…