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    Scottish Fiddlers?

    Would there be any other Scottish Fiddlers on?

    I'm in the Philadelphia area and haven't found many around here.

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    Not a fiddler, but would love to hear some!
    "We are all connected...to each other, biologically; to the earth, chemically; to the universe, atomically...and that makes me smile." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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    I dated a Scottish fiddler while at University... does that count?

    Seriously it was very informative attending numerous fiddle workshops given by Alasdair Fraser, John Turner, and others, as well as numerous Scottish fiddle competitions.

    Likewise it was informative for her, to attend Professional Piobaireachd competitions and so forth.

    Very glad to have a Scottish fiddler on the forum!
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    PM sent on Bonnie Rideout, a Scottish fiddler in Virginia.

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    Thanks for the reply!

    I have done some workshops with John Turner at his Jink and Diddle School in North Carolina ...and it was the fiddling of Alasdair Fraser that first got me interested in playing the old Scots tunes.

    I'm hoping to be at the Ligonier, PA Highland Games in September and compete in the fiddle competition this time around.

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    The fiddle was always the trade term for the violin in the old days.

    I got a training classically.
    Tbqh, apart from the oddities of bowing, I can't really see the big difference between a "Scottish fiddler" and a "Fiddle player" who happens to have some scottish roots, and also plays in orchestras and quartets.

    I downloaded a pile of the reels & strathspeys etc, playing them in the street in France.
    People were a little bemused, including with the tartan.

    Here's my heirloom from student days, bought from W E Hill.
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    I'm working slowly on a scientific project, analysing waveforms v relationship to hair contact sound production. But making only slow progress.

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    Here's how the scratching looks for real.

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    A 'tone hair' argument to parallel the 'tone wood' argument of guitarists?
    Interesting...
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    No that goes with the BRIDGE argument, which is the territory of the very excellent & capable Yuri Pochekin*.
    You can't have that on a guitar.

    A typical violin bridge takes times to age, and sounds pretty rough for the 1st 6 months.
    Then there's the bass bar and soundpost argument, and the fingerboard adjustment which is about as close to non linear as you can imagine,
    fortunately well sorted by above*.

    Of course, then we run into the gut v syn + weight, strings argument.
    That's the just the instrument!

    Then there's the "hair quality" argument which you can't even begin to imagine, as it's plucked from the tails of semi wild horses in semi arid regions of Mongolia, then especially if like me you jump from country to country in mid winter.

    A typical day in winter in Russia or China, and you can't even get the hair to loosen off, fully unwound. (ultra dry air).
    Take it back to soaking western Europe and it grows magically an extra 5mm.
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    Scottish Fiddlers

    I am not a fiddler but am very involved with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club (Google them) and appreciate the fiddle. I learnt to play it but was never any good but that does not stop my appreciation and ongoing club support. I went to the Shetlands and Edinburgh with the MSFC a bit over a year ago and have sponsored many players to come here. My Grandfather made many fiddles and you will see some and him on the web site. I have been brought up in the full Scottish tradition and often wear the kilt usually with a Sinclair tartan but first wore a Gordon kilt when young in the school army cadets. Obviously I am in Melbourne Australia and should be taking part in the Edinburgh Tattoo this year.

    Bill Sides


    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Fiddles View Post
    Would there be any other Scottish Fiddlers on?

    I'm in the Philadelphia area and haven't found many around here.

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