Category: Fiddle Talk

The Fiddle and Winter Humidity

Although it hasn’t officially arrived yet, Winter is quickly approaching the Northern Hemisphere, and cold air is already creeping in. Here where I live in Pennsylvania, we’ve already had nights where the mercury has plunged into the low teens (Fahrenheit) and days that have struggled to reach the freezing mark. With these lower temperatures comes…

Caring for a Fiddle

I bought my first fiddle back about nine months ago, and I remember reading all about caring for it because I wanted to keep it perfect. I was determined to keep it looking it’s best and maintaining it so it would always sound great, my playing ability not withstanding! Well, nine months later, and other…

There’s an Artist in the House

My new Fiddleman Artist violin arrived within the past hour. As when I bought my Fiddlerman Concert violin back in February, it arrived extremely well-packed. And, even though I ordered the Artist without any accessories, to my surprise, when I opened the box, it was in a beautiful case, a case on par with the…

Deciding on a New Fiddle. And, the Winner is…

In Deciding on a New Fiddle, I wrote about buying a new, second fiddle. I had narrowed my choice to three models. Well, today I made the choice and purchased a Fiddlerman Artist Violin. I decided to go a step up from my present Concert violin and will consider the Master violin or Soloist violin…

Deciding on a New Fiddle

So, I’ve decided I want to buy a second fiddle, but I can’t make up my mind which one to buy. I have a few reasons why I want a second fiddle and, of course, I will buy it from the Fiddlershop, but which one to get? Will it be the Master? Will it be…

The String Cleaner

A couple of months ago I bought a nifty little accessory called The String Cleaner from the Fiddlershop. At $19.99, I thought it was a bit expensive and wasn’t real sure how effective it would be, but I took a chance on it anyway. Now, I’m glad I did! Constant practicing and playing leaves behind…

WonderThumb

I was intrigued when I ran across a product called the WonderThumb, an aid to attaining a relaxed and functional left hand position for violin. Much of the tension in the left hand is a result of a feeling of insecurity. Gravity is always trying to pull the neck of the instrument down the thumb,…

When to Change Strings

I have read that the rule of thumb recommends I should change my strings every six months, and since I am coming up on the six month mark since I purchased my Fiddlerman Concert Violin, I decided to look a little further into this subject. Upon further reading, I have found out that the rule…

Bow Right

In Straight Talk, I wrote about how I have been working on straight bowing. Recently, as an additional aide, I bought a Bow Right teaching tool. The Bow Right is advertised as the perfect tool for developing a sound bow technique. It’s stainless steel guides are positioned above the strings between the bridge and fingerboard,…

Holstein Pernambuco Bow

I have been looking to upgrade my Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow to a Holstein Pernambuco Bow. Yesterday, I received an email from the Fiddlershop with a coupon code for 15% off any Holstein Pernambuco Bow, so I purchased the Holstein 1-star Pernambuco Violin Bow and saved over $40. The bows in the Holstein Pernambuco family are…