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Old 02-16-2013, 08:44 PM
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Fiddle Faddle

What, if any , is the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:46 PM
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I asked a violinist this very thing not too long ago. Her answer was that a violin has strings and a fiddle has strangs.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:55 PM
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I asked a fiddler once. He said about $50,000 of student loan debt.


As the term "fiddle" is used in the US, there is no difference in the instrument itself, just the style of playing it. "Fiddle" can refer to other stringed instruments in other countries, but not so much here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddle
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:06 PM
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You carry a violin in a case. You carry a fiddle in a gunny sack.


(I'll be here all week. Try the possum. )
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:40 PM
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It's hard to violin about.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:43 PM
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Yet sex and fiddles is quite fun!
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:23 PM
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Depends where yer standin'.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:22 PM
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To echo WhyNot, it's pretty much defined by how much you play in a pentatonic scale, do slurs, and play chords. If you don't do them very often, you're probably a violinist. If you spend most of your time doing them, you're probably a fiddler. If you have a steel guitar in the band, it almost doesn't matter how you play. You're almost certainly a fiddler.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:09 AM
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Ah, crap. I thought this thread was gonna be about caramel corn!


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Old 02-17-2013, 03:16 AM
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Legend has it that at least one fiddler, suitably equipped with said instrument, is required if one plans to play in Texas.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:55 AM
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Ah, crap. I thought this thread was gonna be about caramel corn!


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You are not the only one. I came here to kvetch about how awful Cracker Jack is and how, in my area at least, Crunch 'n Munch has taken over the market.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:40 AM
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You can spill beer on a fiddle.
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:22 PM
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Tuning and technique, mostly.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:06 PM
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I think there's also a tendency for fiddles to be steel-strung, while violins are usually strung with gut or some reasonable approximation thereof. Though of course, exceptions abound.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:38 PM
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I thought this thread was going to be about the popcorn confection
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:14 PM
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What, if any , is the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
A friend of mine played fiddle. His father played violin in an orchestra. I asked him this question and he said...

"The kind of music you play on it."

Seriously.

As a corollary, fiddlers tend to play by ear -- most/many can't read sheet music -- and use open strings any chance they get. Violinists tend to play from sheet music -- most/many can't readily play by ear -- and would eat a slug before playing an open string.

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:04 PM
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I thought this thread was going to be about the popcorn confection
I did, too.


My son plays fiddle and violin. On the same instrument. It's mostly what you play and how you play it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:13 PM
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You are not the only one. I came here to kvetch about how awful Cracker Jack is and how, in my area at least, Crunch 'n Munch has taken over the market.
We need a separate thread. What I wouldn't give for a box of Screaming Yellow Zonkers!
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:48 PM
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"Open string" meaning without pressing on the frets, so you get the full length of the string?
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:42 PM
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"Open string" meaning without pressing on the frets, so you get the full length of the string?
Correct. Except that fiddles/violins don't have frets.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:06 PM
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:36 PM
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Crunch N' Munch? Fiddle Faddle? Poppycock!! The best popcorn treat ever was Screaming Yellow Zonkers! (oh- Gwendee beat me to it-)

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Old 02-17-2013, 11:48 PM
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Correct. Except that fiddles/violins don't have frets.
That's why you have to practice the violin for eight years before you can even stand to listen to yourself.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:04 AM
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That's why you have to practice the violin for eight years before you can even stand to listen to yourself.
And don't you dare quit for 12 years. Because when you come back to it, you'll end up playing fiddle instead of violin.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:57 AM
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Ah, crap. I thought this thread was gonna be about caramel corn!
Or that Leroy Anderson piece.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:54 AM
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Ah, crap. I thought this thread was gonna be about caramel corn!


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You are not the only one. I came here to kvetch about how awful Cracker Jack is and how, in my area at least, Crunch 'n Munch has taken over the market.
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I thought this thread was going to be about the popcorn confection
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I did, too.


My son plays fiddle and violin. On the same instrument. It's mostly what you play and how you play it.
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We need a separate thread. What I wouldn't give for a box of Screaming Yellow Zonkers!
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Crunch N' Munch? Fiddle Faddle? Poppycock!! The best popcorn treat ever was Screaming Yellow Zonkers! (oh- Gwendee beat me to it-)
If it matters in the grand scheme of things that "Fiddle Faddle" can remind one of, consider Ella Mae Morse-Hoodle Addle Capitol Records-78 .
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