- Dec 31, 2010
- Reaction score
- Tampa Bay, FL
You're never too old to learn an instrument, as many of us here know. The fiddle isn't as hard as people think. It's kinda like the ukulele, the first few lessons are drop dead easy, but as we play more complicated things, then it does get more challenging.Hi Nickie, I too was tempted to take up the fiddle and still wouldn’t mind doin’ it, but I‘m too old to start yet another instrument. However, I thought then, I already know the fingering , so all I‘d have to do was learn the bowing part. I know there’s more to it than that of course, but that was my thinking. Anyway, I opted out.
I have enough to figger out as it is.
Yes, I attempted to learn first in college (wasn't my idea) and again later in Nashville when a job took me nearby. I was never any good because I always practiced when I was stoned. Now I don't toke so much.....it harshes my vocal chords too much. Today, I finally learned the position of the third finger, and what notes they are. And my bowing wasn't as screechy today. And I tuned it without a tuner. Baby steps!Great idea, Nickie! I wish you lots of fun.
I seem to remember that you already have experience with either violin or fiddle?
It always seemed odd (and still does) but the one and only situation in which our cat was ever consistently calm and attentive was while my son sawed his fiddle. Tigger despised both my banjo and my daughter’s sax, was ambivalent to my son’s Seagull guitar, but adored the sound of a fiddle.In about 1970, I bought a fiddle at an auction sale. It came with no case, bow or resin, but I took it home and started to learn with a flat pick. Since I already played mandolin, it seemed to come really easy and I told myself, "When I get enough cash to buy a bow, I'll be great!"
I did get a bow and resin and after a week or two, I realised that the bow hand is the hard part of learning (for me at least) and I gave up the fiddle.
A couple of decades later I got a much better fiddle and took some lessons from Sandy MacIntyre, a down east fiddle player and step dancer. I did play with a group of Sandy's students to close one of his concerts, but never got good enough to play solo. I only practised the fiddle when my wife was at work and the cats were both outside. I have neglected it for the last decade or so and have given up aspiring to be a fiddle player.
Good luck with your fiddle efforts Nickie. I hope they work out better than mine did.
I'm learning. The violin, tuned in fifths, makes much more sense to me than the fretted ukulele, tuned in fourths. I can pretty much tune my fiddle by ear, but not my ukulele. It's ALWAYS flat.Yes, of course it is. I just wondered if you knew where the notes were without frets.