I love the five-string banjo. I am still as enchanted with frailing as I was when I first heard it.
That said, the banjo is my job. I love my job, but I do not work 24/7. So I took up the fiddle and tin whistle to have something to play with.
Not work. Play.
It’s been fun teaching myself these instruments, but I should mention that Pooka loathes both the whistle and the fiddle.
Wow. Pooka hates the tin whistle even more than the harmonica!! @ Crisfield, Maryland https://t.co/zpps0peZdl
— Patrick Costello (@Dobro33H) February 27, 2017
I have gotten a few requests for resources and tools I use for the fiddle and whistle. So here goes:
The fiddle is a bit more complicated than the tin whistle, so I needed some additional gear in order to get going.
I had a lot of surgery on my left shoulder, so holding the violin was difficult. The Violin Valet holds the fiddle for me. It’s freaking awesome.
The Bow-Right is a simple gadget that straps to the fiddle and forces you to move the bow straight. That might sound silly, but it really helped me practice.
You can find the Bow-Right with a Google search.
I use an inexpensive carbon-fiber bow. I don’t know the brand. Dear Old Dad got it for me and I love it.
For instruction, Fiddlehed is better than any book on the market and it’s free. There is an HTML guide that you follow with YouTube videos for each technique and song.
Anyway, these are the resources I am using. The Internet is a big place. There may be better material. For now I’m happy.
Don’t forget that we will have fiddle workshops at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat! Come and make music with us. If you are just starting, then come and learn how to make music with us!