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Lonesome Road: old-time singing w/viola
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Barry Nelson
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December 16, 2012 - 7:22 pm
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Bach : As the greatest expert and judge of harmony, he liked best to play the viola, with appropriate loudness and softness

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Violaman
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December 24, 2012 - 4:03 am
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This is great Barry. He really puts his heart into it. I also love it when people both play and sing. It's very rare now a days.
Thanks for the post.

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VinceKnight
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That was really good.  I loved the little cuddle at the end! (Sorry for sounding like a girl with that comment) I sort of get why he had the Viola more in front of him instead of at a sharper angle (Guessing it was to facilitate the singing) but what caught me was how high up the stick he was holding the bow.  He did a good job holding that way so...Personal Preference/Comfort? Different kind of control? Different tone maybe?  What do you all think?

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January 9, 2013 - 7:13 pm
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It's a common fiddler's bow hold. 

The hold is common, not the fiddlers...

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Violaman
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January 14, 2013 - 3:39 am
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Well Vince,

He has his chin over the tailpiece which gives him a nice balanced hold. He is very relaxed which in my opinion is extremely important. I've seen many violist play with their violas in front of them but with their chins over the chinrest way on the side of the viola. This necessitates squeezing the instrument to keep it up.

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Violaman
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January 14, 2013 - 3:46 am
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Also, his left elbow rests against his body which can be relaxing when holding a heavier instrument such as the viola. The only disadvantage is the bow being drawn down to the earth by gravity but one can over come that a lot with technique.

I'm not advocating this hold but do not want to condemn it either. He doesn't shift or use any fancy bowing that would crave a different technique.

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