Fiddle Introductions: Part I, Aisling

Since I don’t want this page or blog to be solely about sewing, I thought I’d kick off the music entries with one about my fiddle.

Meet Aisling, named by a friend when I asked what I should name her.  This actually isn’t my very first fiddle.  I had started playing years before, but I had to sell that instrument about a year or so later.  Aisling was affordable and has worked well enough while I started learning, but over time I discovered that I was having trouble and progress seemed to come to a halt.  The bow she came with was starting to fall apart as well.  I bought another bow — not the one I really wanted, but one that will someday become a decent backup, I hope.  I still had trouble, and started noticing that the sound hurt my ears.

I couldn’t really afford to buy another instrument, and even if I did I would want one that I’d had a little time to play and be familiar with.  No sense ending up with a more expensive instrument that had a tone I didn’t like, either!  I talked to a friend of mine and she and her husband loaned me a warmer-sounding fiddle to practice on.  Aisling now sits as my backup, occasionally getting played here and there.

I have no regrets purchasing Aisling.  At the time I bought her, I was very pleased and excited.  I’d been unemployed, but managed to do a quick job and put those earnings with some birthday cash to buy her.  There are a lot of great memories there!  Someday I will have to buy a better fiddle and the bow I really want.  I look forward to creating more memories with a new instrument, as I continue learning.

Next Monday: While Aisling was giving me fits, another fiddle comes to the rescue!

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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5 Responses to Fiddle Introductions: Part I, Aisling

  1. That bow photo is crazy!

    Aisling is a pretty fiddle, but yes–a bit bright sounding.

    I’m glad she helped get you where you are today, and I hope that you’ll soon have a fiddle that totally works for you and gives you the confidence to play at sessions.

  2. Regarding the bow, it actually was amusing (in an annoying sort of way). I realized it was definitely time for a new one when — as I was bowing — I found myself watching the spiral, metal coil sliding back and forth like some weird miniature tennis game. I stopped playing and laughed and then ripped that stuff off and made a point to decide on trying a Presto bow.

    It’s just hard to be inspired to play a lower-ranked instrument when you’ve heard and felt what it’s like to play nicer instruments.

    Don’t get me wrong — I still play Aisling occasionally just to break things up a bit, but I usually don’t play for very long.

  3. Mary says:

    No matter how much better a fiddle you get, Aisling will always be close to your heart, and she’ll sit quietly by as she helps you welcome new fiddle friends.

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