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