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Fiddle Lessons: Standing Stance

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[MUSIC]
Welcome,
to the nuts and bolts part of the
fiddling,
and [LAUGH] how to hold the fiddle.
That's a huge part of this.
I know that really, we're working here,
with these instruments.
There's no real definite thing.
You know, we don't have frets.
We have this sort of, kind of you know,
there's, we don't strike the strings.
We rub the strings.
So there's all these movable things.
We really have to be able to be
comfortable,
and do the right thing from the very
beginning.
You know, how to hold, you know, this
instrument is a huge factor in just
how you're gonna be able to sound, how
you're gonna be able to play.
Years down the road, whether you're gonna
be able to continue playing.
All those kinda things, are very
important.
So let's just get this right now.
Let's just make this work now.
You're gonna be standing a lot when you
play.
If you're playing on stage, or if you're
jamming, things like that.
So, let's start with the standing.
How to stand, okay.
[LAUGH] Okay, well.
First of all, look down at your feet.
Your feet should be below your hips.
That's pretty obvious, but, they should
also be slightly
narrower than your shoulders.
Just a comfortable stance with your feet
slightly turned out.
Not too much.
Not like that.
Just slightly turned out, not like that,
just a comfortable, stand,
slightly narrow your shoulders enough, so
that you feel
comfortable, supported, and that somebody
couldn't come up and just push you over.
Just flexible.
That also means, that your knees are not
locked.
They're slightly bent forward, just enough
so that you have a little bit of
flexibility, back and forth like that.
Okay.
All this follows,
all those things people said about stand
up straight.
You wanna be able to take a deep breath,
let your chest expand.
And feel comfortable there, so that you
feel that your back is
straight and supporting your neck, which
is also straight.
There's a little string, coming from the
top of your head, pulling your head up.
All right, so, we've, we've got the whole
body involved here.
Everything is important, when we're
holding the violin.
We have a violin.
We're going to bring the violin up, we
have our shoulder rest.
We're gonna bring the violin up and
place it on our shoulder, and, while
looking forward.
So, the violin is coming out at an angle.
You're not like this.
You're not looking at it like this, but an
angle.
The violin's coming out, almost straight
out that way, not quite.
That would be that much.
I'm gonna turn, so you can see this.
This would be straight, sideways,
the violin as you can see, is a little bit
at an angle to that.
A little bit forward, not too much.
But just so it's coming out.
So, we have the violin coming out.
We're facing forward, with our neck up.
Okay, now we're gonna take our head and
just gently drop
it on the chin rest, like this, just
slightly, okay, right?
Again, and this is worth practicing, just
bringing the violin up
to your shoulder, setting it there, and
bringing your head over,
chin, setting it gently on the chin rest,
and then
being able to take your hand away, letting
the violin stay in that position.
You can see, you can see the violin is out
this way.
The strings are almost completely parallel
to the ground.
They're, they're slightly down, but not
like that, you know?
We don't want this.
This is bad, for various reasons, which
I'll go into later.
But what we're doing, is we, we want that
the string, the violin is gonna be holding
up the bow, and gonna use the force of
gravity to help our tone and our bow move.
So, we want that violin to be up.
This business is gonna cause you problems
down the road.
I see a lot of great fiddle players,
playing like this, and I just, go.
I shake my head because, at some point,
they're gonna have to correct that,
otherwise, they are gonna be in a lot of
pain.
And we don't want anybody to be in pain,
short
of the normal pain you experience when you
are trying to just play the fiddle.
It's bad enough, as it is, without adding
to that, using the wrong posture.
And this is this has worked out, it's
worked out with classical violinists.
It doesn't matter whether you're playing
fiddle, playing violin, or
Bulgarian, or Indian violin.
This is a great way to play the
instrument.
It just works physically.
[MUSIC]