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Hey guys, my daughter took some violin lessons years ago and still has her rather inexpensive violin. Just wondering, what (if any) difference is there between violin and fiddle? I'd like to get here over to the dark side and jam a little with me on the banjo. Is that possible? How about taking those fiddle lessons Ben was talking about?
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Stitch I am no fiddler but I do have 3 in the house that I can make the most rudest noise on that a man has ever heard. But my wife can play scales and such on it and is starting to recognize melodies.
With all this said, and with limited access to really only one fiddler that is "good" the only difference I have noted or have been told is that usually the bridge is different on a fiddle verses a violin, fiddlers bridge helps a fiddler play "double stops" easier. If you look at bluegrass fiddle music and Cajun fiddle you will notice that they are double stopping the heck out of a fiddle where as your classical type or orchestra type violinist don't play them as frequently as the fiddler
Now what modifications are needed in the bridge...well I have no idea!