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  • #55391
    cricket
    cricket
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    Hey guys…anyone with even a mild interest in OT bowing, which might even cone in handy for Bluegrass, etc., here and there…might wanna have a look at this excellent OT fiddler’s site. Of course, her dad is a famous OT fiddler too, do I guess she got an early start.  I think if you watch any of her videos, she slows way, way down as she goes along and you can see how her bowing works.  Anyway, she doesn’t seem to ever use Nashville Shuffle, Eric in my poor ol amateur thinking is the official starting point from which all bowing springs…yet…I am probably wrong on many levels.  But if you get the time to study one or two of her videos, sone folks here might find it interesting stuff.

    http://www.raynagellert.com/tune-videos/

    #55392

    John Cockman
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    Great site! OT fiddling does does not use a lot of Nashville Shuffle.

    #55720
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
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    Is holding the bow so far from the frog typical in OT bowing?

    #55721
    cricket
    cricket
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    Yes, it is. Many old timers used that bow grip. But I’ve seen lots of old time fiddlers who hold it on down by the frog, yet with all kinds of crazy grip configurations.  A lot of them grip the whole frog with the thumb going underneath the frog.  That’s how I like to hold it, myself, although of course I’m just a front porch amateur…but I like to have my thumb under the frog and all my knuckles resting over top, with the pinky sort of balancing toward the end, and the index knuckle apply a slight amount of downward pressure…seems to me, with my self-taught, limited experience, that bow grip allows me to get the right feel for shuffling, although it’s a little on the shaky side for long bowing…still, it’s what I’m comfortable with.  But, yeah…lots and lots of old time players grip way up high on the bow like that. I think she’s so good, it’s obviously working well for her.

    #55724
    Rock
    Rock
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    Some people use a bear grip,  I won’t demonstrate this time!  🙂

    #55727
    cricket
    cricket
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    Crunch!

    #55795
    cricket
    cricket
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    Look how these authentic Baroque musicians hold their bows😱

    #55814

    John Cockman
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    We always called that “choking up” on the bow, I guess because of the way a baseball player will “choke up” on the bat when bunting or batting to the infield.

    It seems that this is a legitimate old-time style, since some old time music actually does date to the baroque period (1600-1750).

    If you tell people that you are choking up because you are baroque, they may feel sorry for you and give you some money.

    #55821
    cricket
    cricket
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    Good for busking, Hey?

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