I’ve been playing fiddle now for 13 years. And let me tell you, I can learn a tune like nobody’s business. I learn them slowly and I learn them note by note. And sometimes I even play them in tune. But it seems like my notes just aren’t that sweet.
I’m not putting myself down here, I’ve learned a lot in the last 13 years. But what I haven’t learned is how to play sweetly, with passion. I think sometimes I’m so focused on playing the right notes and in the right order that I never actually lose myself in the music. And to me it ends up sounding more mechanical than melodic.
I listen to my favorite fiddle players and even the simplest tunes sound so beautiful when they play them. And I’m not sure how they do it. Is it the pressure on the bow? Is the pressure on the fingerboard? Is it simply their ornamentation? Or is it that they know the tune so well they don’t actually have to sing along in their head, allowing them to play freely? I’m not exactly sure what it is and I’m not exactly sure what to practice to grasp that.
Any ideas? Feel free to comment below: