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  • Birthday 04/26/1960

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    East Sussex, England.
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    Smoking my pipe, drinking coffee and playing my fiddle, all day, everyday.

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  1. Had you come across Jon Bekoff before? For the first time, I'm now listening to a lot of 'old time' by musicians currently playing in America and I do like it, but nowhere near as much as his twin fiddle pieces with Nate Paine.
  2. Hi RBB, I've just read the comments regarding the sound of cheap German fiddles in American music that you posted in another couple of threads and I know exactly what you mean. Have you read my threads 'modern low grade violins' and the two asking for fiddle information? Hi duane88, Just after I told you that I don't listen to very much American fiddling, I discovered this man and his protege. I can't stop listening and playing along with them. Near perfection!! I know this as 'The Sportsman's Hornpipe', an English tune from the eighteenth century. I used to play it years ago, with a local fiddler and we sounded very much like this.
  3. There is a close up at 3:45.
  4. As the video on your other post won't open, this is the first time I've heard you play and I must say, there is not much wrong with that performance!!
  5. Stringy, are you listening to any recordings of Irish fiddlers?
  6. I wrote 'commonplace throughout the UK' when I actually meant everywhere that the English had colonised. I didn't have the opportunity of learning to play from anyone in person when I got my first fiddle. I began by spending hours analysing and imitating the playing on every available field recording of English traditional fiddlers, and playing along to recordings of other instrumentalists. These days, I'm only working on interpreting the dance tunes and religious music in two, hand written tune books, dated 1799 and researching the genealogy of the author and contemporary accounts of performance practice. As I mentioned before, although I'm playing from the 1751 Geminiani treatises, it has never amounted to serious study. However, that is going to change, as I'm now feeling inspired by your success in tackling the baroque genre.
  7. I've had this conversation with a good friend who, like yourself learned from Irish fiddlers in the 60s/70s. Despite not being able to read music, he learned two pieces by ear from recordings, one each by Handel and Biber and put them on a couple of his albums. He played them as a fiddler and it seems to work. With little or no evidence to support it or otherwise, maybe it's not unreasonable to suppose that a form of what is known today as the Irish style of playing, was commonplace throughout the UK in the eighteenth century and that it was almost indistinguishable from what is known today as the baroque syle. Any difference would be determined by the skill of the fiddler and the context of their performance.
  8. Padraig O'Keefe, Master Fiddler from County Kerry, with a very strange bow.
  9. So true Stringy. Bill, it seems that my ears are not as finely tuned, because I thought it sounded fine. That is the result of 50 years of exposure to rock bands and in a past life, being a drummer in one.
  10. Hi palousian, Congratulations on achieving your goal. Have you retained any trace of your fiddling style when you play the Bach pieces, aside from the use of similar techniques? I do have a few decent bows that seldom get used because this one, that I only started using around twenty years ago as an 'in-joke' at a regular session I attended, very quickly became my favourite. With it's lightness and reduced width of hair, it is not dissimilar to a baroque bow. I do wonder how long it would have taken to bend so much. Maybe, showing it will get me banned from MN?!!
  11. I do find myself thinking the same way about various things, only to be pleasantly surprised. This is a poorly edited video of two performances she gave during a 90 minute radio interview and captured (with a couple of jumps) on the studio camera. Despite that, the audio is ok and it is good to see and hear her without all of the other requirements necessary for a concert or video production. Just brilliant fiddling!!
  12. Aha!! Thank you both for your help. I'm currently using a tablet but may be getting a pc soon. Here is my favourite violinist. I don't really like the video, but even if I did I would still always listen with my eyes closed. In all of her recordings, I feel that every note and every phrase is as near as it can be to perfection.
  13. Thank you Stringy. I followed those very clear and simple instructions but as always, when I do anything on computers, something entirely different happens!! I will keep on trying.
  14. I'm trying and failing to work out how to post videos. Please, can anyone help me? Thanks.
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