fiddleK’s one hundred and fifty-five comments

  • Re: Examples of lift

    I would say it's note before the beat leading into the beat rather than being the end of whatever came before it. That gives the music a bounce and a perpetual motion feel that is so infectious. more…

  • Re: Examples of lift

    Two tracks from that album that are good examples: more…

  • Re: Examples of lift

    Swing and lift are two very different things. Swing is timing. Lift is the ability for the notes to want to lead into the next phrase. Pickup notes lead into downbeats so the beats bounce instead of land. more…

  • Re: How to play 8th notes? ( piano, whistle)

    Yeah, "triplets" are often closer to two 16th and an 8th, hornpipes are often heavily swung, except when they're not, reels are often swung, but not all the time and not as much as hornpipes, the amount of swing depends on where you are (none in Scottish ... more…

  • Re: How to play 8th notes? ( piano, whistle)

    There are a lot of "unwritten" rhythmic rules in any traditional music. Some of them fall under the "swing" category and some are distinct and recognizable as a regional style. Your best bet for learning any traditional tune is to get yourself a good reco... more…

  • Re: Viola and bow question

    I meant "viola bow for the big guy" more…

  • Re: Viola and bow question

    I play both fiddle and viola. The answer to your question depends on both the viola and the bow. If you have a heavy enough bow, you're fine. I like a light bow for fiddle but I need the viola bow for the big guy. I'd rather play the fiddle with the viola... more…

  • Re: Reel rythm on fiddle

    There are plenty of things to do with a teacher, but most are hard to convey with words on the internet. If you can, put on a recording of a fiddler you like in headphones. Play them loudly and play along softly. Make sure you hear them louder than yourse... more…

  • Re: seeking banjo teacher in SF bay area

    Hunt down Dave Cory if you possibly can. He periodically appears at sessions at the Plough is SF. He's awesome. more…

  • Re: What should a classically trained person learn to transition?

    I would second the recommendation to pick a recording, put it through a slowdowner and play along. Really listen for phrasing and pulse, not just notes. Set that track on repeat and play it a bunch of times until you feel like you can sound the same as th... more…