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damfino
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I normally just post in my progress thread, but thought I'd pop in here and get some critique while my iPad is cooperating with me, lol. 

I recorded this song in I think the first video I posted, this and Twinkle were my starter songs, and I use them as my measuring stick, see where I'm at, what I can do now, etc.

Anyway... I've only been using vibrato in songs for about a month now, and I notice (especially with this song) that because I try to keep my hand more relaxed for the vibrato my fingers don't always hit their mark.. Working on that, lol... And I can see I'm not swinging my left arm enough when I go to the E string when I do vibrato, and bend my wrist weird, I don't do this when I play without it. Overall I think I look stiff in this video, lol, my bowing arm and hand... My face, lol... oh well. I was getting frustrated with my intonation and getting annoyed was making me stiff and making my bow bounce... Ack, anyway... Here is it, lol. Give me whatever pointers you think might be helpful. Also going to shoot the link off to my teacher.

This is outside of my normal style, which is mainly fiddle, but here it is anyway, lol.

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Fiddlerman
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May 2, 2016 - 10:30 pm
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VERY NICE!!!!!
Your vibrato is coming along fantastically too.
Congrats!

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I remember on those very early videos you were already bowing nice and straight with good wrist movement, which I still can't do consistently more than a year in. Nice slow pieces like this are great for practice, and your sound is good on those long notes.

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damfino
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admin Thanks 🙂 It's fun practicing things trying to see how sappy I can make it sound, lol.

@Fidelestre Thanks 🙂 I definitely bow crazy sometimes, lol. I think I still bow crooked and weird when I am learning a new song. My brain can't focus on bowing straight and trying to sight read, lol. But it kind of feels weird going back to a slow song after doing so much fiddling for the past several months. 

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My final "session" with my fiddle "coach" for the summer was today.  The entire session was devoted to her critique on my bowing and left hand action.

One of her points was my over-correcting of my bowing arm position.  When I started back with the fiddle last March, I was using my shoulder too much too compensate for my now limited wrist flexibility.  By standing against a very rough textured wall, I broke that habit, but have now over-corrected and tend to bow with my arm too far forward.  What I "see" looks straight, but is not.  She also noted that my pinky is straight and not curved which is affecting my string crossings on fast pieces.

So, much more to work on!  Trying to get back what I had 21 years ago just isn't going to happen in a few months!  Frustrating, but I WILL continue!

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Fiddlerman
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May 4, 2016 - 7:56 am
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Rome was not built overnight right? 🙂
Keep up the good work. I'm sure you have made great improvements.

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djroger I have a bad habit of lifting my pinky up off the bow altogether when it starts to hurt, lol. I don't always notice that I'm doing that. But I'm sure you'll get your bowing arm corrected. You're aware of it, so a little bit of concentrated practice will get it there 🙂 And like Fiddlerman said, I'm sure you've made many improvements since you started back up. 🙂

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BillyG
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Yeahhh - you'll get there @djroger - I struggle with a damaged pinkie on bow hand- direct downward pressure hurts - but curling it round under ( well, not under the frog, I mean under the adjuster ), I can use it to lift or release bow pressure.  It's not as "precise" as proper control - but I can live with it for now.  We do what we can - best wishes on your journey - it all takes time...

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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djroger
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In addition to keeping in mind my right pinky finger, I've also developed the habit of my left thumb going "flat" under the fingerboard, instead of having a curl to it.  Not that I need to support the fiddle with it, but I think it is part of the compensation I need to make when fingering with my messed-up-crippled-left hand and it does affect fingering when I go to the G string and greatly affects string crossings between D and G.  A developed habit I need to break!

I do have a bit of the dreaded "twisted wrist" on the left hand, but it is the only way to compensate for limited mobility on that wrist.  Also, cause of the pin between by third and fourth finger, I need to shift to third position for what everyone else would use fourth finger and use second finger for normal fourth finger fingering.  While I can make the quick transition to third position to do this, switching back to first always makes my fingering go sharp.  Something else to work on.............

On the plus side, though............I had never learned third position.  Always played everything in first.  Even on tunes such as Devil Went to Georgia and Orange Blossom Special, I just played the high notes down an octave.  Now, if I could just gat back to that level...............

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