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of the West and- Southwest
May I say in ending this brief instruction: Fiddlers, you have a long bow; use it whenever possible. Don't play your tunes choppy; even though you accent, it can be smooth. Guitars, let your stroke ring, or else you will gain rhythm; even though you accent, don't chop off the stroke. Pianist, use your loud foot pedal and don't be afraid to hit that piano keyboard; don't hold your pedal down, but raise and lower it as if beating rhythm and you will find a lovely expression in your work.
To those using amplification, whether microphones or pick­ups, remember that the electricity cannot do your work. You must have a good right arm, limber wrists; and fiddlers, use that first finger on the bow for pressure. Be sure that your right wrist is very flexible; it is your first finger which accents and will make you an outstanding fiddler.

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