In my last blog post, How do I learn to play sweetly, I wrote about my struggles in learning to grasp that sweet fiddle sound that so many of my peers and heroes possess. I got some wonderful advice from those very same peers and figured I would share them so you too could benefit from their knowledge. Below are 11 ways to learn to play sweetly.
- Just play it. We spend so much time in our head over-thinking things. We need to learn to just play the darn tune and not to over think it. Trust your fingers will know where to go and just play.
- Let the fiddle sing. After you’ve learned a tune just let your instrument sing it.
- Envision the dance. Envisions dancers dancing to your music.
- Listen to yourself. You’d be surprised to hear what you actually sound like.
- Let that one note sing. Even if you can only play one note, try to make it beautiful.
- Acknowledge and embrace the gift of music.
- Play with people you’re comfortable with. This allows you to loosen up knowing that you don’t have to carry the tune.
- Let your passion shine through. Enjoy the joy of playing. If you’re enjoying it most likely the people listening will too.
- Play simple tunes simply. Play quietly, slowly and simply.
- Relax and enjoy it.
- Keep playing. Let’s face it, if it were easy everyone would be doing it. So don’t give up. Keep playing and enjoy it.
4 thoughts on “11 Ways to Play Sweetly”
I intend to buy a fiddle, soon. This all pretty much applies to everything else I currently play! I recommend this post to anyone starting out on any instrument!
Also, I would say to anyone playing in front of people you don’t know, don’t be embarrassed or shy. Just play for yourself; what you like and what you know… If you are comfortable, you will likely sound good to your listeners.
CJ, when starting out find a beginners session and go softly, slowly, and eventually sweetly. Cheers, hope its ok to butt in Kat, Cheers Brian.