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Almost exacly a year critique video!!!
These are the first and the 4th etudes from Wohlfahrt op. 45 book one. Let me have it!
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Try not to mind the troll face. I am concentrating really hard! Haha

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I know my bow tip flags away from me on the downstroke in this video, especially on the E and A strings. I don't think this happens normally but I am sitting on a low couch and my bow arm was running into it. I don't usually practice there.  I will have to get better video of me in a better setting.  Also,  the dead spots I think are the mic being overloaded by the sound. It definitely did not do that whole I was playing.  Ugh. Any suggestions for that?  

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Hi! And congrats on reaching a year, and welcome to the board 🙂

 
I can't view your videos... any chance you'd be willing to upload to youtube? 
 
For the sound, I'm not an expert at recording, I know there are people on here who are way more knowledgeable than I am in that area, but I would suggest just having the microphone a decent distance away from the violin. Usually when I record, whether I'm just using my cameras (or phone) built in microphone or my external mic, I set it all up across the room from me so my violin isn't yelling into microphones, lol. (since I can't see your video, you might have already done this)

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Well. Crap. I will have to upload to youtube when I get home tonight.  Sorry about that! And  yes,  I think you are right,  I will have to set the camera further away.  Thank you for letting me know the attachments are not working! 

 

Thank you for the welcome,  this looks like a really fun site! 🙂

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No problem 🙂 It might just be the computers I'm on that doesn't like the attachments, they might work for someone else 🙂 My computers are aging... I probably should spring for a new one, lol.

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The best I could do.  Hopefully this works

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Nice going! The one thing i noticed might help is the bow arm wrist. Let the pressure of the bow push your wrist back on up bow and pull it up on down bow.

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Thank you risk! I am working on being relaxed enough to let my wrist control the bow.  I can get it occasionally but  not always. And especially when im nervous!  Hahaha

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Good job! Fiddlerman has some good bowing videos to help you work on relaxing your wrist and fingers. I think those are titled something like "smooth bowing". But yes, nerves will always make you have trouble doing things you normally do fine. 

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Thank you!  I will look into those vids. It amazes me all the time at how much there is to practice.  If it isn't intonation it is bowing, if it isn't bowing it is scales,  not scales,  arpeggios,  not arpeggios, shifting, not shifting, bow holds,  not bow holds, sight reading,  not sight reading,  working passages, not passages...well you all know.  Hahaha. If it isn't those things is variations WITHIN those things. No wonder it takes so long to get good! 

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And then you turn a camera on and suddenly forget everything.

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jessy30 

Happy Anniversary and congratulations.

That is great work!!!!   Congrats for getting so far in one YEAR!!!!    Great smile at the end also!!! That always is a HUGE plus.

Good job!!! That bowing will loosen up  To straighten it out my teacher used to have me bend my wrist on the way up. Like my inside bent wrist was going to rub my nose. (she was mainly a childs teacher so she gave me those kinds of tips) and then push it out on the down bow. If that makes sense.

Regardless.. you are doing great.

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jessy30 

Happy Anniversary and congratulations.

That is great work!!!!   Congrats for getting so far in one YEAR!!!!    Great smile at the end also!!! That always is a HUGE plus.

Good job!!! That bowing will loosen up  To straighten it out my teacher used to have me bend my wrist on the way up. Like my inside bent wrist was going to rub my nose. (she was mainly a childs teacher so she gave me those kinds of tips) and then push it out on the down bow. If that makes sense.

Regardless.. you are doing great.

And you get a badge!!!!!   @Fiddlerman   

Thank you for your kind words! It means a lot!

In regard to bending my wrist...my teacher actually broke me of that. In watching youtube and other videos I copied some people I saw doing that and she said absolutely not. Hahaha. I mean, obviously you have to have flexibility and motion but it seems her style of teaching does not include that wrist bend. It is more of a weight and side to side motion. I hope I explained it ok. I get it some times and others not.

I appreciate the feed back and am very interested in the discussion. I really think I just need to learn to relax more. Easier said than done!!!!

Jessy

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Coolpinktone upon consideration I realize there is some bend to the wrist needed and I have been working on being more relaxed and smooth with it. I was initially,  however,  doing I crazy bend where my wrist folded nearly in half.  Now it should bend more than in the video but less than what I was doing. Far,  far less. Thank you for your response though! 

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Great job Jessy30,

You get a critique badge for that. Keep up the great work.

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OH MY... I remember my ability at the one year mark... You have made exceptional progress. Good work... and I mean WORK! It isn't easy as you have found out and I think early on I told you if you stuck to it the rewards are there. Smile, "you're there!" cheersdancingcheerleader

Now... careful with your bowing direction, try to maintain a parallel movement with the bridge... I see you sawing in a circle a few times and this makes string vibration consistency more difficult.

Also, work a touch more on 'feeling' the timing of your bow direction change with the fingering change. If you listen carefully you will hear yourself stopping and starting with each note change... work on smoothing that out with your direction change. It sounded like the bow direction change needs to come a little quicker before you change your finger position for the next note. Does that make sense?

I know teachers frown on it but I have found if I move the peghead a little further out in front of my body, my right bowing arm doesn't have to reach so far out in front, although you have large hands and  probably longer arms than me, being a little flexible in your posture can yield great benefits in note intonation and direction change of the bow... by twisting your body slightly back and forth with the bowing you can compensate slightly for the stop and starting sounds.

Excellent, now you can work on those inner details you were talking about! There's more to come too! thumbs-up

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