Category: Just Tidbits

New Feature – Cross Posting

Yesterday, I installed a new feature on the website called Cross Posting. I have noticed some members seem to be more active in the forum, others seem to be more active in the blog area making comments, and some move between both the blog and the forum. For the first two groups, sometimes east never…

A New Home for FFOF

I just wanted to update you on some behind-the-scenes activities here at Fiddling for Older Folks over the past few weeks. If you have read my forum post Website Down at Times, you know there has been some problems with the webhosting used for this WordPress site. Hosting with Bluehost started to hiccup, and the…

I’m Back…

It’s been two weeks since I’ve made a blog post, my longest hiatus since I started Fiddling for Older Folks! But, I’m here today. Our home business has been extremely demanding, this being the first day off in over two weeks. We’ve been working long hours producing our products and distributing them to the many…

The Sons of Liberty Facebook Page

As you know if you have been reading my blog for any length of time, I really like early American music, particularly when played on the fiddle. So, it is no surprise that I really like The Sons of Liberty, the trio of three brothers (Joshua, Daniel & Noah from Jonesville, VA) who are keeping…

Win a Handmade Fiddle

Just a brief post to tell you how a beautiful handmade fiddle could be yours! One of FiddleHed’s students has generously offered to give away one of the fine fiddles he has built. FiddleHed is buying a bow to complete the outfit. Click here if you’d like to enter the win. You can enter more…

Why are Fiddlers Happy People?

Why are fiddlers happy people? … Because they are fretless! Ok – Not the funniest joke in the world. It would fly right over a non-player’s head, but I’m sure you get it. It’s been a few days since I removed my Don’t Fret from my fiddle and become fretless. The first day I felt…

This, That and a Few More Things

So many things going on this past week that I decided to bunch them all here under one post rather than making a bunch of smaller posts. Probably the most significant development is I have removed my Don’t Fret from my fiddle! I had been thinking about removing it for the past week or so.…

Summertime and the Practice Ain’t Easy

I haven’t picked up my fiddle in 4 days! Today, I will finally have some time for practice. Last weekend was very good. I even recorded a new tune on Monday, Angeline the Baker. Then, everything began to fall apart. I was out of state for two days for a wake and funeral, came home…

Bow Grip Discovery

I have mentioned recently that I have become very frustrated with bowing straight. If I am just playing open strings, I can bow straight, probably because I don’t have to use any brain power remembering notes and fingering. However, once I do start to play a tune, I have a tendency to start off bowing…

A Few of My Favorite Things…

This has not been a good week, physically. Last week, as I wrote earlier, I sprained my ankle and was hobbling around. Then, a couple of days later I woke up with tremendous pain in my toes that only got worse over the next two days. When it got to the point when it felt…