Give Us a Drink of Water: Tune 17 of 52

This is a slip jig that I likely learned at one point and relearned this week because it’s a great session tune. And also, because dusting off an old tune gives me a chance to work on technique instead of focusing so much on learning the notes.

As I spoke about in a previous post, recording yourself playing is enlightening, to say the least. Suddenly the things I thought sounded good when the fiddle is on my shoulder, aren’t truly what they sound like when I’m watching and listening to myself play. I’m learning all sorts of things about my playing habits from this tune-learning extravaganza. This week I decided to focus solely on my bowing.

For optimal sound from the bow, the best position to draw the bow is in the center between the fingerboard and the bridge. Ideally, you want your bow to move straight up and down in that area to get the most crisp sound.

So this week, my focus was on keeping my bow straight and trying to get the best sound out of my fiddle as possible. Not to mention Give Us a Drink of Water is just a happy G-tune and fun to play. I hope you enjoy:

Join me next week for tune #18 from A Tune A Week and feel free to suggest a slip jig that goes well with any of the ones I’ve played so far.

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