How should a classical violinist learn to fiddle?
I’ve played classical-style violin for twelve years. Classical violin playing will always be my first love and passion, but I would love to dip into fiddling now and again, and not sound so much like a classically trained violinist sight-reading fiddling fake books! I want to learn how to get that accent, so to speak, in my fiddle playing.
I know there are many different types and styles of fiddling from a wide variety of geographic areas, but what characteristics do they tend to have in common? If you had only a few weeks to teach a classically trained violinist how to play with “a fiddling accent”, what would you tell them to focus on first? Listening to fiddlers? Which ones? How should we hold the instrument? Any special left or right hand issues we should be aware of? I see lots of fiddlers with their scroll much lower than us classical players. Is this to encourage playing closer to the fingerboard and to make drones easier?
I guess what I’m asking is, how can a classically trained violinist, who never expects to fool the Real Fiddlers out there, begin to learn how to fake it? (And sorry if this is a lame question, because I know I'd roll my eyes a bit internally if a fiddler came up to me and asked if it was possible to learn how to play with a "classical violin accent", but bear with me; I know absolutely nothing about fiddling, although I listen to a bit of it here and there.) Thanks so much.
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