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celticfiddlefrea
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Member Since: 14 Nov 2006
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About Me
Hi! I play celtic, mainly scottish fiddling. It`s the best. unfortunately the irish database here doesn`t have many irish tunes i know, so i`m sorry i can`t recommnend a lot to you. if there are any questions about fiddling style or technique, or celtic fiddling vs. classical, or different types of celtic fiddling, I will do my best to help.
Interests
Fiddling. Mainly celtic, but a bit of classical thrown in for good measure. Track, stage crew, honor soc., art soc., and language club are also interests. i also have several animals: 2 horses, 2 goats, sev. fish, sev. barn cats, i house kitty, fish, and a dog.

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C. E. E. Lament in the Foggy Dew Violin  5104 6 years ago







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strathspey
O thanks! I've been using thomastik dominant for a few months now, and they seem very nice. I've only used inexpensive fiddle strings before, so it was really a change. but it is worth it to pay more for a better sound/quality. thanks for all your help!
6 years ago

strathspey
Hi I have another question. Do you have a preference for strings for fiddling?
Maybe strings that have a nice tone for a more traditional sound?
Thanks

6 years ago

strathspey
O, I get it now! Thanks so much
6 years ago

celticfiddlefreak
Most of the time I shift when my teacher tells me to, as I have yet to totally master shifting or 3 octave scales.
6 years ago

celticfiddlefreak
I play mostly Scottish fiddling but I had interviewed a friend of mine who teaches and has studeied irish fiddling for a school project, she studied in Ireland, and according to her there really isn't much shifting in Irish music. In Scottish music there is a moderate amount of shifting...You don't shift on every tune, obviously, but shifting does occur freaquently enough that when it is needed I am not shocked.
Shifting can be used for several different purposes- 1. because the notes are so high you can't reach them in first position. (that's the obvious reason.) The next reason is more of an experience thing, some pieces can be easier to play when shifted. Examples are "Pressed for time" (the very last tune on my band's "pressed for time" set on ouy myspace" and as for classical examples I could go on for awhile, but I won't mention those. The last reason, which is, to me, the one most hard to figure out, is there's a different tonal quality when shift. so shift to get diff. sound
6 years ago

strathspey
I do have a question now. Do you shift much when you are playing? In most of my Irish/Scottish trad. music, there isn't much shifting (I guess, or I actually don't even know how to tell when to shift). But I am just now studying into positions/shifting and in the Irish trad. music I have been playing (even the more advanced stuff) there doesn't appear to be any shifting. My method books on Irish fiddle don't even mention shifting at all. Of course there are the occasional higher notes on the E string that I suppose you would need to shift to maybe the third position to reach, but other than that...? Thank you for reading this... and sorry it is so long!
6 years ago

celticfiddlefreak
No I am not from Scotland, I am American....
I do have some Scottish friends tho!
I wish I were from Scotland..
6 years ago

strathspey
That's so neat. I wish I had a band. Are you a native of Scotland? I've not been taking lessons, but my closet is stuffed with books and books on violin technique.
Thank you for your replies!
6 years ago

celticfiddlefreak
Oh yeah, and I do take lessons. I alternate between two different teachers, but it works out good. Once a week hour long lesson and band practice on one night a week that usually lasts for 2 1/2 hours or so.
6 years ago

celticfiddlefreak
yeah, I play fiddle. I have been playing for 2 years but I practice a lot and have been told that I play much better than how what is expected. I learn all my music by ear. If you are interested, my band's myspace is www.myspace.com/bonnielochfiddlers - We are a group of people, mostly teenagers but a few adults too that do local gigs and such and we play mostly scottish but we have a few scandinavian and even fewer irish tunes thrown in too. I hope I answered your questions? And if there is any way I can help you, just let me know.
Cheers!
C.
6 years ago

strathspey
Really, you play Celtic fiddle too? Can I ask how long you've been playing? I've only been playing for a year. Do you take lessons?
6 years ago


 




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