Pro Tips

  1. HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

    HOW TO SET UP A VIOLIN/FIDDLE

    SETTING UP YOUR NEW VIOLIN

    All new stringed instruments must undergo some degree of further adjustment and preparation to ready them for optimum playability. Most classically inclined instruments, for example violins, cellos and double basses, require a proper set up in order to avoid future complications such as intonation issues and tuning instability. It is a fairly simple process to go about, but if done incorrectly will prevent your instrument from playing at it's best and in some cases can be detremential to both it's sound and materials. Following a few short steps, here is how to go about preparing your new violin for play:

    1. Position the Bridge

    The bridge, a small, thin piece of light coloured wood, often comes wrapped in paper and tucked under the tailpiece. This is used to seat the strings in place at a suitable height above the fingerboard. Placing it with the taller side underneath the thickest string (G) a

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  2. SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    1. Begin by resting the slide on strings to achieve the proper sound. Remember it is not necessary to press down hard against the strings to get a good tone.

    2. Position the slide directly over the fret for proper intonation (not in front as in normal playing).

    3. When beginning slide, keep the slide perfectly perpendicular to the strings and parallel to the fret when sliding up and down the neck. (For best control keep the fingers of your slide hand together, thumb on the back of the guitar neck).

    4. To dampen any overtones that may occur while playing, try dragging one of your free fingers behind the slide.

    5. Experiment to find the most comfortable slide and finger position. In songs where the slide frets every note, the slide can be worn on any finger. However, when the music combines conventional chord frett

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