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3 Month Progress - The King's Fiddlers
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Shell
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March 5, 2014 - 8:53 pm
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The King's Fiddlers...I'm sure I'd get demoted to the jester's fiddlers were I there, but here's my best effort at 3 months.  I do hope the levels between my amp and backing track are better this time to make sure you hear my playing loud enough to give me feedback, while still hearing the backing track, as it's an orchestra/band piece not a solo piece.

 

Please give me any feedback to help me improve :)

 

My goal for next month is to post something that uses more than first position!  I already have a tune picked out to start to work toward.

 

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Shell, that was really good!! It is apparent indeed that you have come a long way in only three months. Thats a good sign, it means you gotta keep up the good work and try even harder :)

I would only have two suggestions.

1) Practice the scale the piece you will play is in, do this repeatedly. It's kind of dull I KNOW!!!! LOL it will force your fingers to fall on the right spot very RELAXED.

2) I would keep the pinky closer to the third finger on the stick. Now, a lot of players have a different way of doing this. Some players say it's good to have nice spacing in between the fingers, Itzhak Perlman for instance, and others say that in order to be flexible in your fingers you have to keep your fingers close together. The latter is what has been working for me lately.

Great job Shell, keep fiddling!!!!

 

Juan.

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Wow, lots of good stuff for such a beginner.

Good posture and good hold of the violin, it seems.

The bow is parallel to the bridge, straight, and well place.  It's hard to tell about your wrist and elbow action at the extremes, as the piece may not call for using the whole bow.

I notice you're keeping your left fingers close to the strings, and your hand isn't moving much ... very economical.

Good timing and good reading.  Very good work on that fast part.

Not sure about your bow hold ... fingers may be spread more than needed ...

The only shortcoming that looks obvious to me is in your string crossings.  I think your elbow should be moving higher when playing the G string and lower for the E string.  And it should be moving quickly from position to position---snappier.  I may be wrong, but I like to think of the right arm and bow as swinging like a door, with one hinge at the shoulder and one where the bow touches the strings.  But the door shouldn't swing at a constant speed---it should snap between any of four discrete positions.

Your progress is amazing.

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Nice Michelle

I can't really add much to what has already been said except that you are 'playing along' well.

When I try to play with others, things go a bit 'pear shaped'. Can be messy :)

You are going to overtake me in no time thumbs-up

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I enjoyed that. You play very well for just 3 months. You appear to be very discipline with your playing. What Juan said about going over the scale that the song is in is very helpful. It really does make playing much more relaxing. You play well.

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WOW!!!
Only three months... Great job. I enjoyed it.

Looks to me as though you are using a lot of the upper joints on your left hand finger tips which may or may not be uncomfortable. I would suggest you come under the violin a bit more with your elbow to see if you can bring your your fingers closer to the strings for a more effortless fingering.

Thanks for the post.

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Thank you all so much for the great tips and encouragement.  I've made notes on all of these things to incorporate in my practice over the coming weeks :)

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Pretty great vid for being a few weeks ahead of me! I haven't been able to play a whole song like that, probably because I haven't been taught one. Maybe they will teach me an entire song in EE. Overall I think your doing great! 

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Soldier said
Pretty great vid for being a few weeks ahead of me! I haven't been able to play a whole song like that, probably because I haven't been taught one. Maybe they will teach me an entire song in EE. Overall I think your doing great! 

Thanks Soldier!  Yeah we did start together almost.  I got my violin on December 9th (16 days ahead of you) and couldn't play for a week due to cut finger, so we're almost twinsies hehe.  I think you're going to looove the EE books.  I've really been enjoying them.  

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@Shell You  are really improving.  Great job!

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Schaick said
@Shell You  are really improving.  Great job!

Thanks so much Schaick :)

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And the crowd goes wild!!!!!!! Congrats!

Good job... And I still have a standing request to hear your "other" instrument.   :). 

Yahoo!

You are so much more talented than I was at three month.. Ha. Probably even one year!   

 

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Your progress is obvious! Nice staccato.

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