Hi, I saw a video where Orrin Star talks about something called "fiddle pulse" to describe a sequence of notes in one of his flatpicking arrangements. I don't play the fiddle so I'm not familiar with the term. Can someone clarify what this means? I tried googling and couldn't find anything meaningful. I probably should buy his DVD, maybe he explains it there..
I have no idea what he means, but in fiddlin', particularly old-time, the bow is used in such a way that a certain sound is heard, and "pulse" is the best way to describe it. This is a direct result of the involvement of a loose wrist and fingers driving the bow, rather than a more solid wrist with the fore-arm doing the driving.
he is most likely talking about emulating shuffle bowing, this comes from playing in 2/4 time and is represented by one long bow stroke followed by two short. Daah, dada. It can really gives tunes a lift when played with this emphasis.