Hi I’m Vi Wickam and this is a myTalentForge Quick Tip of the Week.
Some of you have wanted to know, “How do I make my fiddle sound like a train? How do I make my violin sound like a train?”
There’s not just one kind of train trick on the violin. There are a couple.
We’ve got the train on the tracks sound- which the way we do this is, instead of holding the bow normally, we’re going to hold it kind of like we’re going to swing it.
So we’re using a whipping motion with the bow, and we’re holding it at an angle to the strings so that we get a little bit of [that kind of motion], and a little bit of [this kind of motion].
If you go totally like [this], it’s going to really sound like “eerk!”… and that’s not what we want. We want kind of a mixture of those two sounds.
The other kind of train sound that’s important is a whistle. […]
So generally, a whistle sound is going to be a third. With a little bit of sliding in between.
Now that’s a sixth is an inverted third- it’s an upside down third. Yeah… put that in your pipe and smoke it! Just for kicks!
So there’s a couple of tricks to make your fiddle sound a little bit like a train.
Get on down to the Orange Blossom Special and we’ll see you soon! Have a great week!