Collected by Absie Morrison
Mary Celestia Parler; Campbell, Ark.
Transcribed by November 6, 1954
Reel 222, Item 3
Fiddles And Violins
MCP: Did they hold their fiddle the way you do, up under
AM: No, sir, like thisaway. (Holding fiddle against arm.)
They didn't hold a fiddle like we do, they wasn't
taught to hold it....You know you couldn't use your
hand down thataway playing the fiddle and play what
we do....You've got to have it up here. They didn't.
Everyone of them held it just alike, they didn't hold
a fiddle like we do. Now Dad taught us to hold it right
up here, he taught us to learn to play like that,
MCP: What kind of strings do you have on your fiddle?
AM: Oh, I use lumian strings, steel lumium strings...
MCP: You use aluminum or steel strings instead of using
the cat gut strings?
AM: Oh, yes.
MCP: Well, tell...about the difference in the bridge
between a fiddle and a violin.
AM: Well, they've got to be adjusted according to the
way the violin's shaped up, the bridge has....Some
fiddles are made different than the others. If you
adjust the bridge to the right height is all they is
to it. Get it just right.
MCP: It's not exactly like a regular violin?
AM: No, they have a high bridge and they use Italian
strings and they note the strings 'stead of putting
it to the fingerboard to make the chord. I can play
thataway, but I play thisaway.
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A lot of people don't think there's any difference
between the actual instruments. They think it's just
the difference in the way you play.
No, they's a difference in the instruments, too.
This is a high-priced violin I'm playing on.
Yes, but you've strung it like a fiddle...
Oh, yes, it's a fiddle. I play the fiddle, I don't
play the violin.
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