Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The click track for the "Thaxted" International Group Project is done. Please visit this link for the parts, information and required click track.
I look forward to your MP4 video submissions :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fiddlerman's next Group Project, Gustav Holst's "Thaxted" from "The Planets"

Be a part of our next group project. We will be doing an excerpt from "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's "The Planets" and the movement is called "Thaxted"
We won't start mixing until we get at least 100 videos. For more information, visit this link for more information.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Rockin Beethoven's Fifth - four violins and drums

Get the free sheet music to this arrangement
for four violins on Find the link to the sheets under
the "about" tab under the video on youtube.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Removing and Setting a SoundPost

The violin's soundpost is a small cut and fitted approximately 1/4" spruce dowel that sits inside the violin strategically placed for optimal sound. Its function is to carry vibrations from the top plate to the bottom plate. Optimal fitting and placement of the soundpost will make your instrument sound much better.

When cutting a new soundpost, bare in mind that the end grain should run perpendicular to the violin's top grain. A perfect fit on both surfaces is essential to a great result. It's better to cut a slightly too long soundpost to allow for mistakes and tone adjustment which can easily be shortened, than to make the post too short. Longer posts will locate closer to the center of the instrument whereas shorter posts will locate closer to the E string f-hole side. Longer posts tend to favor darker deeper tones, whereas shorter posts favor brighter higher tones.

Moving the post closer to the bridge usually produces more power, whereas moving the post away from the bridge will give less power and a form of richness.

The tightness of the post also has an effect on the violin. A post that is set too tightly will choke the violin and require more bow pressure, whereas a loose soundpost will lack quality and be at risk for falling.

Watch the video
Soundpost inserter/remover
Soundpost adjuster
Soundpost sticks

Friday, June 21, 2013

International Fiddlerman Pachelbel's Canon Group Project

Check out the final result of the International Fiddlerman Pachelbel's Canon Group Project. Players from around the globe, members of, join together, record themselves to produce a group performance of "Pachelbel's Canon". Around 40 tracks and 25 players from around the world contribute to this performance. Many of them having played the violin for less than a year and not having any other training besides the internet. You too can be part of the next project. Visit and stay posted on the forum of all the upcoming events.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How Strong is a Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow? Instead of rehairing one of my fiddlerman carbon fiber bows I decided to test it's strength out of curiousity. I was pleasantly please to discover how tough they really are. Not aware that I was shooting a video my wife informs me that we need to leave in 10 minutes which I thought was hilarious so I left it on the video. :-)