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Hilary Hahn
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That was great!

I noticed that she really put her chin on the chin rest! Most people have their chin on the tailpiece, like the luthier who fixed my sound post. After I watched Hilary's video, i think it would be easier for me to bow on the lower strings because of my short arms. Really, where should we rest our chin? (off topic 🙂

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That sounded nice...pky I'm pretty sure you put your chin on the chin rest.laugh I've never seen anyone with their chin on the tailpiece. I have seen players that don't use a chin rest and some that have a chin rest in the back center over the tailpiece.

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I meant put your chin on the chinrest where it is right above the tail piece. I am never able to rest my chin on the chin rest like hilary.

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Hmmm? Maybe we need a pro to step in here? I do know how important it is to feel comfortable with the violin rested on your shoulder with no stress to you chin or shoulder. You want to be able to balance your violin where you can have free movement of your left arm. You may need to be fitted with a different chin rest.

You should maybe start a new thread in the learning violin section and ask about this and maybe even just snap a photo of how you are holding your violin.

 

I looked up more stuff about Hilary Hahn and man she's good.

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She sure likes bach, almost all she plays are bach's music, and yes, she is great!

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If you look at the bottom of her violin you will see two attachment points of her shoulder rest. I am thinking it is a large shoulder rest, most I have seen only have one attachment point on each side of the instrument. I have tried to use the chin rest with my chin, it puts the violin way off center for me. My chin is almost on the tailpiece. I am trying to get used to a KUN shoulder rest, but after a few minutes my collar bone starts to hurt. I have been adjusting it back and forth up and down. Spend more time messing with it than I do playing. Finally I just toss it back in the case.

 

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Hilary is fantastic. If you look closely you'll notice that she is extremely relaxed. Her chin, jaw, is gliding around and not griping the violin. Very few people holding the violin like her are as relaxed as she is.

The key is to be relaxed when you play.

Pky, you need to think about the tip of the bow instead of the frog. You will definitely be able to get your frog up to the strings but the tip won't reach if you have the violin too far down. Having it as high as possible will enable your arm to reach the tip of the bow easier thus being able to get the most out of your bow.

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Wow, I figured she was a teenager. She looks young. Good stuff I was just listening to and watching more of her today on Youtube. Think I have a secret crush...Don't tell my wife 😉

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She plays beautifully. I really enjoyed listening (and watching) this. Thanks so much for sharing. I got some good pointers from just watching her. thumbs-up

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as a whole, i wouldn't seem to think this song would be an exercise song.  is it for you?

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gStretch said:

as a whole, i wouldn't seem to think this song would be an exercise song.  is it for you?

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It may not be a "typical" exercise song, but it can be relaxing to listen to and that would help the time pass. Not to mention it may relieve some stress. 

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Beautiful performance! Thanks for sharing that one.

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If you guys want to have a good laugh you can watch Fiddlerman when he was about 25yo playing the Bach Chaconne. Don't like it myself but had a good laugh watching it when we digitalized our VHS tapes with the kids and this one ended up in there too.

I was asked to play one of violin maker, Jan Larsson's new violins for a TV documentary about violin making around year 1989.  I was set up in a church with strong spot lights on me for video. It was almost like playing in a sauna. I played straight though the Chaconne fairly satisfied when I was asked to play it again because of technical difficulties with the camera 🙁

I was soaked but agreed to do it for my friend Jan Larsson. Fingers were slipping all over the fingerboard, no one to pat the sweat off my face. Somehow I managed to play somewhat OK. Here is the Chaconne without the Swedish documentary part.

Bach Chaconne by Fiddlerman

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That was tres cool for hot lights exactly

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Yep. That looked a bit warm.drooling

But really nice performance!

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