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One more.  Jay Unger and The Lover's Waltz

5 Responses
Posted: January 21, 2012
Last Comment: January 24, 2012

Dick Stanley
Posted: January 24, 2012
Cool. Talk about sustained bow strokes. Among other things, it was his Ashokan Farewell that really drew me to violin lessons. Someday I hope to be able to play it as written. ;-)

Posted: January 23, 2012
I started out with my left wrist bent like Jay's is. My teacher did not correct me.  I played like that for a couple of years and then found out that it was wrong.  Ever since I have been battling to straighten up the wrist.  In shifting to higher positions it is easier w/out a bent wrist  as is vibrato.  It sure is hard, though, to correct bad form that has been learned from day one. I now play w/ a straighter wrist but sometimes I find myself reverting back to the improper bent wrist.

I supposed one can play with the wrist bent ( Jay sure can) but I think we would be better off in the long run to do it correctly.

Posted: January 22, 2012
From what I've seen a lot of folk music is written only in first position so there's very little shifting, therefore the hand doesn't have to move much and so many players use it to hold up the neck!   

Posted: January 21, 2012
Yeah, that's the thing about fiddle playing....there are few if any real hard and fast rules for technique.  You basically do what works for you......if it sounds good nobody cares how you play it.  Obviously this way of playing works for Mr Ungar.   You see many many variations of bowing and left hand contortions....and even holding the fiddle with some play with the fiddle against their chest or side just because they like to play it that way......it's a whole different world !

Posted: January 21, 2012

I've been trying so hard to keep my left wrist straight when I play ( I even made a contraption with wood and velcro to help) and now I see that he plays beautifully with his wrist bent at what I would call an extreme angle !