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mike - Posted - 09/15/2008:  14:58:35


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..

Thanks.

M-D - Posted - 09/15/2008:  22:53:04


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.

Guy - Posted - 09/16/2008:  04:35:06


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.

Guy

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mike - Posted - 09/16/2008:  09:22:25


Aaah, yes, this makes sense. I thought it was in reference to the sequence of notes, but I think you're right that its more about the intonation/syncopation.

youtube.com/watch?v=4L9fBPUswjU

He mentions it around 4:45 and then again right at the end.

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