Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Win a Cecilio Black Metallic Silent Electric Violin

Follow these instructions carefully to be eligible for the next free drawing of a Cecilio Black Metallic Silent Electric Violin

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stradivarius violin sold for $15 m at charity auction

A well-preserved Stradivarius violin has been sold in an online auction for £9.8m ($15 m) to raise money for disaster relief in Japan.

Stradivarius violin sold for $15 m at charity auction

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CVN-500 vs MV-650

See the test of Cecilio's Mendini MV650 at $198 vs their CVN500 at $179. Of the two violins I prefer the looks and sounds of the less expensive violin. Both violins are priced reasonably, sound and look great though the Mendini needs more bow pressure. Learn to play violin for free. Visit

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cecilio Black Metallic Silent Electric Violin test

This solid body electric violin has a base sound comparable with my Zeta Jazz Fusion violin which cost me 30 times more money 10 years ago. It is easy to play and all the parts are in good working condition. Nice Ebony pegs and tailpiece with mother of pearl inlay. The violin is attractive and gives the impression of a fiddle that costs much more money. The violin includes features that you wouldn't expect to find on such a low priced instrument. The case looks really nice but the cloth lining ripped easily when I separated the velcro neck holder.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Congratulations Willie Tigges

Congratulations to Willie Tigges, who won Fiddlermans - Cecilio Ebony Fitted Metallic Black test violin. This was my first give-away and completely self sponsored. As a result of the video review Cecilio has sponsored with 6 regular violins plus an electric fiddle that will be reviewed and posted in the near future. I will be raffling off at least 6 of them and use one to finance shipping costs. No deals have been made with Cecilio except that they may use the videos as they see fit.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Jazz improvisation for violin part 2

After learning your minor dorian scales begin to experiment with random patterns. Create your own patterns and learn them inside out in as many different key signatures as possible. Practice slowly to begin with then work up the tempos. Experiment playing different rhythms for your patterns and when possible playing with friends or recordings. Practice with your favorite jazz recordings whenever possible and expect to crawl before you can run. Sometimes long and slow notes and rhythms are more appropriate than quick and flashy ones.
Enjoy jamming!!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Learn to play the simple version of Rossini's "Barber of Seville" for violin

Simple version of Rossini's "Barber of Seville" for violin

Learn to play a simple version of Gioachino Antonio Rossini's "Barber of Seville" on the violin part 2. Download the part from and follow Fiddlermans demonstration. More free tutorials available on

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to play PIZZICATO

Pizzicato is a term used to describe when you pluck the strings on a string instrument using your right or left hand fingers. To get a better sound while playing pizzicato apply more pressure to the left hand fingers than you normally do. Applying too little pressure dampens the vibrations of the string. Pizzicato can be played with either hand and with several fingers. It can be played alternating the fingers from both hands and can even be played with the left hand while fingering. The most common way to hold the bow when playing pizz is to grip it securely with your fist so as not to drop it and to secure the thumb to the corner of the fingerboard as a guide to find the notes. To play a more careful and soft pizzicato draw your hand forward while pulling across the string. SEE THE VIDEO

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to remain motivated

How do you stay motivated?

It can be tempting to neglect your instrument and do something more enjoyable for the moment such as watching a movie, hanging out on Facebook, playing online games, or perhaps taking an unnecessary nap. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated.
  • Leave your instrument out in plain site.
  • Listen to great music and performances.
  • Read through new pieces of music.
  • Find play along recordings or music to jam with.
  • Plan a performance.
  • Find a friend to play duets with.
  • Find musicians to motivate you on a forum or other social network.
  • Enroll in a competition.
  • Plan a chamber music party or jam session.
  • Record yourself.
  • Join a community orchestra.
  • Find friends with mutual interests.
  • Set specific goals for your instrument.
  • Get a teacher. If you don’t have time for lessons every week, maybe every other week.