Not to throw a wrench into the works but has anyone ever tuned their fiddle to C#? I did often and the fiddle sounded amazing!!
As for Eb I noticed (when I was still playing the fiddle) that the high B on the E string was easier to get in tune. Any thoughts on this?
George Keith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Playing 1/2 step up on a 440-tuned fiddle is all well and good, but only if
you con do it justice, and even those I've met that CAN do it justice prefer
not to (unless they're doing it to prove a point).
In the end it's actually much more awkward than just cranking the pegs up a
notch. Besides (other than the structural concerns), if you're surrounded
by people played Eb flutes, whistles, and boxes, what's the point in showing
off that you can play in a flat key on a normally-tuned instrument. When in
Besides, Eb sessions tend to have a great zing to them. That's why Dervish,
DeDannan, Danu, John Carty, Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Tommy Peoples, Paddy
Glackin, Jessie Smith, Sean Smyth and so many more all chose Eb when they
Still, it's not for everybody. While it does sound brighter and cleaner, it
also sounds more cramped and tense. It also feels better to play fast in
Eb, and that kind of speed isn't to everyone's taste.
I love the odd Eb session, but doing it all the time would do my head in.
Sorry I'm going to miss this one. We might manage to swing by for the
sessions on the last saturday, but new babies seem to suck up your
On Thu, 10 Jul 2008 21:56:21 +0000, Jeffrey Miller
>Interesting answers, all, and yes, Alan, a particularly informative one.
>Andrea - I take your point, but if it's all pros playing, well, it ain't a
>session, it's a concert? Even with a bit of theory and practice, on some
>session instruments transposing a half-tone up can be a trick, no?