Fiddle or Violin

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Fiddle and violin are like identical twins and so you cannot tell one from the other. Actually, you should not even tell one from the other as they are the same thing. The only difference is the kind of music that you should play on any of them. In different settings, a violin is going to be referred to as a fiddle, for example, when it is used to play folk music. Just be clear in your mind that when you hear fiddle and violin, they mean the same thing. When used in classical music, then it becomes a violin. This is why it cannot be referred to as just the fiddle or the violin. It is all in the style of playing.

When I started playing the violin, my music teacher taught me to replicate the composer’s music to the letter, and in everything else too, including tone. This means that whatever classical piece I decide to play, I cannot in any way stray from what the composer has put down. It is what we could call a perfect imitation. It is because of this perfect replication that we would pull of a perfect presentation while playing 20 violins at the same time. As a violin player, you hold the violin in a special way so that you can enhance the playability as much as possible.

But a fiddle player is like a creative writer who portrays whatever he wants in his creation. This means that a fiddler will play a piece anyway he/she likes, or according to his own interpretation. So, how a fiddler pulls off a performance entirely depends on how talented he is. In addition, he/she might hold the fiddle anyway they feel most comfortable without caring whether there is some enhancement in the sound or not.

Another difference setting the two apart is that the fiddle can be accompanied by other instruments like the guitars, drums, electronic keyboards and many more. However, when used as a violin, only a few instruments would be in sync with the violin. These include the banjo, cello, viola, symphony horns and other violins of course.

A fiddle may actually have a fifth string for playing the viola, fancy that, making it a little different from the violin. However, this extra string will sooner or later be reproduced in the violin, so it is not much of a difference after all.

How much time would you take to play the instruments? Most people wrongly assume that you would take longer to know how to play the violin, but the truth is that fiddle and violin could take you the same time to learn since they are basically and structurally the same instruments.
As for style … hold the violin strictly between your chin and shoulder for the best projection of sound. That rule does not matter with the fiddle.

We can infer many other things from the fiddle and violin, but when you learn to play the fiddle, you can definitely practice further to play the violin. There is no doubt that you will have the best time playing either.



Proper Posture is Important

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Piano playing, like any other task that you have to do sitting down can cause you some serious backache. That is why you need to know the best tips to adopt the best posture. There is no need to do a fun thing like playing the piano and then later have to pay the price in the form of a hefty medical bill. In addition, the posture also matters a lot because it will affect how you play. If you lean down too much, well, you may find yourself kneading the keys instead of tapping them. If you lean back too much, you may find yourself not reaching the keys properly.

Here is how to adopt the right posture for playing piano:

Piano playing posture is about the whole body  – That is right, everything you have got, from the head to the toe has to be in the right posture. How is this possible? Through regular practice of

The seat position – Playing the piano is very much like driving a car. You want to be in a position where you can reach everything without stretching, without straining even a bit. So, get a comfortable seat, place it in front of the piano and then see how well you are able to reach the keys. Move it, wriggle it until you feel totally comfortable.

Get the tension out of the shoulders  – there needs to be fluid cooperation between the shoulders and the hands. Keep the shoulders as relaxed as possible. Tall order, but with practice, you can be able to do it. The hands will get their power from the shoulders.

The wrists – this can be hard to muster and it requires time to get together. However, you have to get it right if you are to enjoy playing the piano. Your elbows need to be slightly bent forward, and then your hands need to be hovering over the keys comfortably in spider form. That way, you will get the best tone projection when you start playing.

The head – Hold your head high. You are a piano player, you are proud of what you do and you love it. No need for you to stoop, is there? When you are reading music, use your eyes. Keep the head facing forwards, and hold the neck in a firm position. Bear in mind that when you are reading music, your neck should not move. It is your eyes doing the reading.

So what is all the fuss about playing the piano in the right posture? As we said in the beginning, a bad posture can cause you serious injury, to your fingers and your back. This does not mean fingers dripping blood, but it means serious issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when pressure is exerted on the wrong part of the fingers. The carpal tunnel then swells and puts pressure on the nerves. If not rectified, you could actually lose your piano playing ability. Shoulder aches, neck pain and wrist pain will affect you. Just practice hard until you get the posture right.