I don't know about everyone else, but for some reason I have a little bit of trouble with doing bass notes with my rhythm(sp?). It might be because the fiddle usually doesn't play them, and just plays on the guitars/banjos/mandos strum. It's just a little ackward getting used to, especially since my bow has decided to be rather uncooperative with me lately.
I think it might be cool if the fiddlers were able to get a little out there with their rhythm playing, like at the workshop when Mr. Berline strummed his fiddle like a mando, instead of playing it with the bow. The fiddle has the exact same fingering as a mando, too, and I think that the added notes in the mando chords would add a bit more to a tune, as uposed to regular double stops.
And maybe if there isn't a bass, one of the fiddles could try and play just the guitars bass notes, to try and fill in for them so to speak. The only thing is that I don't know if the sound would carry enough, or if you'd see the fiddle playing, but that you wouldn't be able to tell otherwise.
Tell me what you think.
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