This is a public version of the members-only Fiddle with Darol Anger, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Fiddle with Darol Anger.
Join Now

Beginner Fiddle
Intermediate Fiddle
Advanced Fiddle
Jazz & Blues Fiddle
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Fiddle Lessons: Bowing: “Soldiers Joy”

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +

+Beginner Fiddle

+Intermediate Fiddle

+Advanced Fiddle

+Jazz & Blues Fiddle

Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   

This video lesson is available only to members of
Fiddle with Darol Anger.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Fiddle with Darol Anger. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Fiddle Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
Little bit more on bowing, I think.
You know, bowing is such a huge subject in
playing the fiddle or playing the violin.
And of course,
with fiddling it's a gigantic subject
because we're playing rhythmic.
We're, we're playing rhythms that are,
supposedly trying to make people wanna tap
their foot and dance to.
So it's always about these rhythms and
making little phrases, and, and
one of the biggest steps that we go from
is playing separate bows.
Just trying to get the notes to work, work
it's starting to really phrase with the
That kind of stuff.
And that is hard to do at first.
So, what we, how we are gonna do this,
we're gonna, we're going to play,
make some specific bowings.
To happen.
You know, you can't you can't just start
Some people can, but most people can't
just start freely phrasing with the bow.
So we're going to try a little bow pattern
here on Soldier's Joy.
First thing we're gonna do.
We're gonna add a few notes to Soldier's
Joy from the original version.
I think the original version I showed you
guys, was
Something like that.
So we're gonna make it all eighth notes.
We're gonna go.
So, that's gonna be a pdf for that.
For those of you that are not catching
But it's, this is very much like what
you're gonna be playing in jams.
And when you get out with people playing
in general.
It's gonna be that eighth note pattern.
So it's.
That's really pretty much the version of
Soldier's Joy that you're gonna be hearing
and playing, possibly for a very long
time, for maybe for the rest of your life.
It's just seems to be the thing that
people have arrived at.
But instead of separate bows, well we can
start, we can start with separate bows.
But what I want you to do, is try this
And it's gonna be a down bow.
And then three ups, three notes in the up.
So it's down.
what it sounds like at speed without the
different notes is.
And the notes are gonna, are gonna be what
gives it shape, right?
So it's going.
So, okay.
Let's, let's just try that much.
So what I'm doing now, is I'm playing
Every time we have that,
I'm doing the down, and then three notes
in the up.
And then, when I stop doing that,
I'm going back to separate bows.
that's a way to start with that, and now
you could play along with me.
I'll just play the whole thing.
Two, a one, two, three, and
You can also do that with the,
with the one and three notes
Or you can do the entire thing with the
same pattern
I just changed it right at the end.
That's okay.
You can change it.
So that's something to work on.
Just getting your, your arm to do that
Well, you're changing notes you, you're
string crossing.
Crossing strings and doing all that kind
of stuff,
while maintaining the same pattern.
Of course, that's gonna happen for
you slowly, at first and just keep on it.
So that's gonna kind of sound like this,
we're gonna bring up the the the backing
track and I'll play the whole thing for
you, using this bowing pattern.
Maestro [NOISE] One, two, three.
So, just work through the whole bit of
soldier's Joy using that bowing pattern
and see how it feels, you know?
You're, it's gonna be really crazy at
And it will gradually get easier.
I guarantee it.