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When I on track before a live audience jigs, my defaulting bowing blueprint made a dance like Pop Goes the Weasel: "Long-short, long-short, muberry bush, the long-short, long-short weasel. "

And that still works for me devoid of having to think about it. The one rule to keep in mind is: Do not slur from one cord to another. This is dissimilar Irish reels. There, you can and do slur from one filament to another. But not in jigs. Getting the hang of ornaments

I think of the Irish fiddle jumble as declining into melodic and percussive categories.

The three most conventional easy on the ear moves are, the grace note, the triplet, the roll. These moves all use "neighbor notes. " Any note in one step of the main piece of music note can be a fellow citizen note. In Irish fiddling, the national note can be two steps away.

Grace notes are typically the upper neighbor, one whole step or half step higher. The grace note is by and large played just ahead of the beat.

In average music notation it is shown as a very small note. In my tab charts I adhere to this contract by creation the tab grace note much less significant than the main air notes.

Triplets start with the piece of music note, go up to the national note, and come back to the air note. The rhythm of this is a substitution of three inner beats for two.

Think of a drag your feet pattern: dah-duh-duh. Now go: diddally-duh-duh. This adorn is very all the rage in Texas Contest style also.

The roll starts on the song note, goes to the upper neighbor, back to the air note, then to the lower neighbor, then back to the tune note. When the easy on the ear note is played with the first finger, the upper national is as a rule the third above, and is played with the third finger. In the roll, the fellow citizen notes are very light and quick, about ghost notes.

Percussive handle and bow tricks

These next two moves are a lot of fun. They copy the bodhran drum. I think of them as being periodic ornaments, not melodic.

The bow shake, (my term), is not calculated to make three apparent notes. You must hear an interruption of the harmonious sound when you do it. Yes, it is a triplet pattern, but done so briefly that you just hear the sound of the bow digging into the string.

Finally, the cut, which you accomplish by dragging your feel crossways the (usually) open line lacking varying the bow direction. This also creates an interruption of the agreeable sound. The violin as a drumming instrument!

Slidin' and Squawkin'

The first anthology I found of Irish and Celtic tunes, way back in the day,was English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Fiddle Tunes by Robin Williamson.

This was available in 1976 and came with a vinyl cassette of the biographer in performance his tunes up to speed. I still play Carolan's Concerto and Off to California, which came from this book originally.

Williamson writes about slides as being squawks and smears. A complaint is a quick slide and a smear is a lazy slide. The lazy slide has befit a desired of mine, often replacing quite a few notes of a melody.

In slides the article is to start the slide flat to the aim note. It can be a half step low or, sometimes, even more. When you slide up the neck, be sure to stop at the pet pitch.

Many times in my studio I coach students to do this correctly. The communal blunder is to start at the aim pitch and slide up. Be very alert to avoid this error. It just doesn't sound right.

Quick slides, or squawks, can be done often. You will find some notes are advance than others for a quick slide. The third note of the scale you are in, for example, is about continually good. The note attracts a slide, chiefly if it does not go by too fast.

The slower slide, the smear, will often take more time than the usual note allows. So you just steal time from a different note. Then you take that note out back and shoot it. (Just kidding. You let the note back in later, when you don't play the smear. )

You can find more fiddle tab charts for Irish tunes in the archive at Fiddle Tunes in Tab. Integrated are: O'Keefe's Slide, Drowsey Maggie, Road to Lisdoonvarna and Tommy People's Reel.

Elan Chalford, MM. --Fiddle Coach
Learn to Play Fiddle not including Conception Music


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