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Acrostic Song and Ashokan Farewell
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FiddleDetroit
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July 12, 2016 - 8:50 pm
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Hey all,

I've been taking my new violin in to work with me lately so I can practice when I'm off for the day.  Perk of working for a school, several "spacious rooms" to play around in lol.  This is in our 2nd gym which I've fallen in love with because of the acoustics and that large sound haha.  I'll have to figure something out when school starts again when the kids are dominating every space 😉 .  Anyways...  I've been trying to practice for about an hour+ every day lately and having this room definitely is a practice motivator.  Any feedback will be greatly appreciated, I know that Ashokan Farewell that I play isn't lined up with the score but still getting back in to the 'groove' after a bit of a slump.  I just put the Dominant with a Pirastro Gold E strings on about 3 or 4 days ago and they still have a really edgy metallic sound which I hope will go away soon otherwise it's back to the drawing board for strings.  Hope you enjoy and look forward to some critique 🙂 .

 

~FiddleDetroit (Chris)

 

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July 12, 2016 - 9:57 pm
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Congratulations on your first badge and thanks for the performance. Lot's of positive things happening.
My first criticism will be that you shouldn't apologize for anything. 🙂 Just play, perhaps with a smile, and own the performance. 😉

To adjust the pegs you just need to loosen the strings and pull out the string in small increments until you get them in the right position. You can try to calculate the distance but your liable to not get it right regardless from my experience. 🙂

Tuning easily and with the pegs in all positions comes with practice. Of course the pegs should be properly setup and adjusted. Using peg compound is a plus as well.

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Thanks for the kind words and advice @Fiddlerman Pierre!  I try so hard to remember to smile when I play but my brain is so overloaded in the moment I always forget lol.  I seem to have a lot of tension in my bow hand after practice lately, a bit of a soreness at times but today's practice went really well and made it to the 1/2 way point in the song from the score now with no tension.  There's some tough (for a beginner) accidentals in there and they've been owning me till today.

I'll give the string winding another go, see if I can line them up right.  This may sound silly but I'm always afraid that if I loosen the strings too many times and re-tighten them, that they'll go bad or ruin them lol.  Last time I wound them something didn't go right because when I went to play the G string, the peg slipped and the ball came out of the tail piece and whacked me in the jaw.  Was a funny sight to see I'm sure..  Will have more progress videos soon 🙂 .

~FiddleDetroit

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July 15, 2016 - 3:07 pm
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Sounds like a plan 🙂

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Good job.   You're right that room has great acoustics. 

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