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The Fiddler

Robert Frederick

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Fort Worth, TX - United States

Ahhh, thank you Luke - one of my underappreciated favorites and so I appreciate the VF even more.

Worcester, MA - United States

Stellar composition... the angles, the crisscrosses, the motion... all perfect Robert! Fav/Vote

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you for the feature in USA Artist News Daily, Bob and Nadine

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you Joy - Appreciated!

Omaha, NE - United States

Love the graphic-angle! Nice work!! Says it all in this photo!! F/V!

San Francisco Bay Area, CA - United States

A very cool capture, well done, Robert! Thank you:)!

Robert Frederick replied:

And thank you, Xueling!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Appreciate that Bill - thanks

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Love this one!!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you very much Mihyoun

Gary, IN - United States

Wonderful....gorgeous image of work! Great work!! f/v

Fort Worth, TX - United States

His was far better Ann - humbly thank you for looking

Livonia, Mi - United States

Your composition is stunning and powerful, Robert! I hope the composition the fiddler was playing was at least half as good as yours. f/v

Fort Worth, TX - United States

I do appreciate it Bianca

Berlin, Be - Germany

I really enjoy this photo! You have my vote!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

I thank you for the closer look, great comment, and the fv

Vila Nova De MIlfontes - Portugal

What a great and different composition ! f/v

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Much appreciated Susan - one of my favorites

Wesley, ME - United States

Love the composistion, excellent image Robert! v/f

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Much appreciated Anna!

Calgary, AB - Canada

Interesting composition! Expressive!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you very much Bill

Plymouth Meeting , PA - United States

Awesome work Robert!!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you for looking Mark!

Brooklyn, ny - United States

this is very intresting work

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you for your encouraging comments, Dean - much appreciated!

Yokohama - Japan

beautiful shot Robert, your composition here is spot on. Great image which I am sure will soon start popping up on the Recently Sold page! V/F!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

I'm right proud you're familar with them - Thank you Bob

Auburn, ME - United States

Beautifully done. Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys. Great music and great photography v/f/su

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you for the feature in Music For All Ages, John - an honor, for sure

Fort Worth, TX - United States

I thank you kindly!

Tomball, TX - United States

Hey, this is really cool with all the angles.

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you for yet another feature on Starving Artist Cafe, Greg - appreciate it!

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Thank you very much Pamela!

Long Beach, WA - United States

Excellent capture Robert. Love the feel of this image. f/v

Richfield, OH - United States

Feels nostalgic, Robert! Nicely done~

Robert Frederick replied:

Thank you Joan! Few North of the Red River are going to remember the man, but he's still an icon in these parts.

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Robert Frederick




The often asked question, "What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?" The answer is, "The fiddle smells like beer." And that's just about right, I'd reckon, as its really the same instrument played in different styles, in different places, for differing audiences. However, it really comes down to how the fiddle is set up compared to the violin. Fiddlers generally need to play a couple of notes at a time so they take the part known as a bridge that holds the strings in respective position and angle, then flatten the arch of it a bit to make it easier to play two notes instead of the one. They might have a fine tuner on one or more strings (besides the tuning peg) and their chin rest may or may not be different but generally speaking its the same instrument. There are many different styles of fiddling but fewer styles of violin playing. Violin players are "classically trained" and a fiddler might have been trained by his daddy and can't read a lick of music. Both styles require great skill to master and if the fiddler plays more than one style, could take more time to master. There are country fiddlers, bluegrass fiddlers, Irish fiddlers, Mexican, Indian fiddlers, and a slew of sub-styles like appalacian, ozark, western, jazz, swing, Tejano, and more. I'm not the expert as I do not play fiddle, but in general you can tell the difference of playing style by looking at their playing posture. You won't see a fiddler sitting and its often common to watch a fiddler dance or tap while playing with a big smile on his face and playing without sheet music. A classically trained violinist will be sitting with a straight-backed posture, looking at sheet music, and look a little more anxious than happy. Can you compare Perlman to Gimble? Apples and oranges to me but go ahead and compare their instruments for the sake of curiosity. It should be noted; I've heard Perlman play some impressive fiddle and many fiddlers have been classically trained. But I've also noticed that once they learn to fiddle they don't go back to Mozart unless there's money involved. Once you hear twin-fiddles actin' up, you won't go back either.


December 31st, 2011


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