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Thread #27331   Message #335022
Posted By: Dave T
05-Nov-00 - 07:54 AM
Thread Name: Help - violin or fiddle?
Subject: RE: Help - violin or fiddle?
Jo KIng is essentially correct about the different set ups. Bluegrass and old-time fiddler's tend to use a flatter bridge and lower action than classical players. It does make for less bow-travel to get from string to string when playing double stops. However, some Bach pieces require 4-note chords which have to played by really "crunching" across all strings so there goes that theory!
Anyway, I've been taking "fiddle" lessons for just over a year. My instructor, unlike me, is a young guy (early 20's) and can play bluegrass, Irish, jazz and classical (as well as guitar, piano, mandolin...makes you sick don't it?). Anyway the point is, there are many techniques that cross lines of style and are great to know. Try to find an instructor who knows more than simply bluegrass or old time. That way if your son wants to learn some different techniques after a while, you won't have to switch instructors.

Dave T