Fiddlehed Office Hours

Last week, Jason (Fiddlehed) added a new feature for his subscribers. He calls it Office Hours. It was a live, one hour YouTube interactive broadcast where he answered questions from his subscribers via chat. I watched, ask a few questions and felt it was very worth-while. There were students from 3 continents participating.

Fiddlehed Office Hours

He plans to do this once a month. Perhaps it will develop to a point where instead of typing questions, we’ll be able to speak with him directly.

This video is not part of his public YouTube channel, but with his permission, I am posting it here.

I hope you enjoy!

  10 comments for “Fiddlehed Office Hours

  1. John Finney
    April 30, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for this video. I am trying to learn double stops and shuffle bowing.

    • April 30, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Great! Glad it was useful for you, John. Did you read my post about shuffle bowing I made last week? (http://fiddlingforolderfolks.com/shuffle-bowing/). I’m not even close to double stops yet.

      • John Finney
        April 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm

        I did see it. I am beginning to understand the concept of double stops and shuffle bowing. But find it all very hard to do.

        • May 1, 2019 at 2:54 am

          From what I have read on the internet, and some of the feedback I see on Fiddlehed, I think that is a common problem when it comes to these two techniques (and probably many others). I find 80% of the time, I can’t seem to do a simple shuffle unless I listen to it first…as if I have to hear the timing and rhythm first in order to play it.

          • John Finney {Old Cowboy}
            May 1, 2019 at 12:26 pm

            I too have been watching fiddlehed and others on shuffle bowing. At first I thought you did the shuffle on each note but after watching them over and over I am beginning to see that you don’t necessarily do it on every note. maybe I am wrong on this. I tell myself that I don’t really need all this that I should just be satisfied playing it straight but it sounds so much better with it so I’ll keep plugging along I guess.

            • May 1, 2019 at 4:55 pm

              My understanding of the shuffle bow (Nashville shuffle), and don’t quote me on this, is that you need to have two notes in a row of equal length. Then you can play the first note at it’s length, but the second note you split up into two bow strokes. It is a long-short-short pattern. So, if you have a half note followed by a half note, you play the first half note as is and then play the second half note as if it was two quarter notes with two bow strokes. Take a second look at my post about Shuffle Bowing at http://fiddlingforolderfolks.com/shuffle-bowing/. Granted, Boil ‘Em Cabbage Down may not be the best example since you can do the shuffle throughout the entire tune. I’ll have to find another example, but I was surprised at the lack of guidance on the internet about the shuffle bow.

              • May 2, 2019 at 7:23 am

                John – I added as new post this morning with some more shuffle bowing resources – Learn to Fiddle Country Style – http://fiddlingforolderfolks.com/learn-to-fiddle-country-style/

                • old cowboy
                  October 18, 2019 at 6:50 pm

                  I have watched this and found it very helpful. I have been trying shuffle bowing and double stops for a while now. I am also trying some cross tuning. This stuff is necessary to be a good fiddle player, but it is so difficult! But I am determined to stick with it! Let us know how you like your new fiddle. I am excited for you! Did you ever try the fiddlerman strings? I tried a set of them. Didn’t really care for them/ but maybe that is just me. I really enjoy your website. Hope it all goes well. I have a very cheap fiddle that I first learned on and was going to try to sell it. I decided to use it for practice of my cross tuning so I don’t have to bother my good fiddle. I have a 3/4 size fiddle my brother gave me and I am fixing it up to use for cross tuning also. Wish other folks would join in our conversations. It would help us all.

                  • October 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

                    You are right about it being necessary and difficult! I guess that’s what keeps us coming back. The new fiddle is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I certainly will let you all know what I think. I have Fiddleman strings on my Concert violin. Hard to rate them since I have never used any other strings….well, until tomorrow.

                    Always appreciate you saying you enjoy this site. I like creating it and knowing it may be helping others and/or serving as a source of enjoyment. It is nice of you to say it.

                    Yup, wish we could get more active folks. We have over 80 subscribers to the blog posts, but not many post after reading them or take part in the forum. Not sure how to get more of them involved. I just keep trying to bring more quality to the site; not sure what else to do. I figure if I can keep building this site, bringing topics of interest, perhaps more folks will find it and get involved. It is hard work building a vibrant, interactive website these days with so much other competition. I like to think of this site as the fiddle site for common older folks who want to learn and interact with one another. It is 9 months since I started the site. it is still in it’s infancy as far as quality sites go.

                    If you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to make them. I appreciate having you here as an active member. Thank you.

                    • old cowboy
                      October 19, 2019 at 11:46 am

                      Some days I get discouraged with my playing and get really down. I
                      usually turn to this web site to look for encouragement! Just like now, finding you excited about your new fiddle helps!

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