Friday, October 29, 2010

Fiddle and Violin Again

I just can't beat this topic to death, can I?

I can't stop spreading my beliefs around the net. Now it's Yahoo that gets the update.

Here is a slightly revised definition of the question, "What's the difference between violin and fiddle?"

It's no last word. I keep thinking of my recent speculation on where pop violin fits into the picture. So many players want to call it fiddling.

Okay, it's the violinists that want to call it fiddling. Well, they get a vote, too. They have some expertise in the subject from a violinists point of view.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Viola Fiddling

A few months ago, it seems more recent, someone wrote me about fiddling on the viola.

I've done that. It's not as easy as fiddling on the violin. The bigger instrument takes more enerfy and strength to keep up with speedy players.

If you play viola, you might consider playing fiddle tunes on the violin, like Kathy Aagard, the Asst. Principal Viola of the Florida Orchestra.

My thought is that the viola could be a great jazz ax. Like the baritone sax. A unique voice and its own reason for playing jazz.

Until that happens, you might check out my info on Viola Fiddling

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Indian Point, a Magnetic Fiddle Tune

This tune, Indian Point, is a jig written by Rick Mohr. I have posted a few comments about a blog post on Fiddle Hangout.

If you end up following a link to my 100 Fiddle Tunes blog, you will have the chance to hear the tune in A-432.

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, I have concerts coming up on the 7th, 9th of November. Also, I'll be playing with the Crystal Beach String Band at the Rattlesnake Festival on the 16th.

I hope to write more about this in my email from the grassapelli blog.