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Am sounding a bit scratchy today
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Ferret
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Hi All

I'm sounding a bit scratchy today. Especially on the A string dunno

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Hi John,

Thanks for posting that video--that's the first time I've seen what you look like (don't know if you've posted other ones). Always fun to see what folks really look like after reading their posts.  But I'm afraid I can't offer words of wisdom to help stop what sounded to me mostly as a bouncing/shaky bow. (We'll rule out use of too much of that "Japanese Maple Leaf" from days gone by.)   :)

All I can offer is to "just keep practicing".

 

 

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If I may, try working on two things, the point of resonance concept and the pressure/ speed concept. When you watch the video you can see in a few points where the bow wanders, I think this may be because your wrist didnt bend in the right time to maintain straight bowing. Practicing straight bowing in the mirror can correct this.

When your bow loses its grip the string slips, you can fix that by increasing the amount of dead arm weight and or playing a bit more into the string. This means you will have to adjust your bowing speed to compensate. When you bow too slow that is the A string scratching culprit in my opinion. Give it a try and see if fixes it for you. Pfish

(course I could be totally out to lunch too.)

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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I have notice in my playing that >>> Well, I always thought that when I would see someone play the V/F that they just gently glided across the strings but seems like you gots to dig into the strings to not have the bow slide off>

Great vid Ferret > you guys are teaching me so much > ROCKs

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Steve said

Hi John,

Thanks for posting that video--that's the first time I've seen what you look like (don't know if you've posted other ones). Always fun to see what folks really look like after reading their posts.  But I'm afraid I can't offer words of wisdom to help stop what sounded to me mostly as a bouncing/shaky bow. (We'll rule out use of too much of that "Japanese Maple Leaf" from days gone by.)   :)

All I can offer is to "just keep practicing".

 

 

Darn. After posting I was thinking, "I wish I had have combed my hair." facepalm

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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StoneDog said
I have notice in my playing that >>> Well, I always thought that when I would see someone play the V/F that they just gently glided across the strings but seems like you gots to dig into the strings to not have the bow slide off>

Great vid Ferret > you guys are teaching me so much > ROCKs

 

Players, you have to balance your bow dead weight/pressure with your bow speed but you definately need some more than just gravity, espcially when playing quicker notes. Its neet to see the friction loss and resulting slippage, like a sports car out of control. The good news is, issues like that need a little tweaking and you are sounding so much better. The key for me is to practice long and slow bows to open everything up before increasing tempo. I have also found, like in Daniels post on bowing, playing as loud as possible in practice has improved my regular playing in all aspects I feel. Another interesting idea is to bow open strings at a certain tempo just to get a feel for what bowing at the bpm is like. Rythym development I will call it. lol.  Experiment, give it a try and see. If not, keep trying thing till something works.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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"Darn. After posting I was thinking, "I wish I had have combed my hair." "

 

Just stand next to Daniel next time. According to his tagline, he flunked the dress code! Me, I don't worry about it. I figure since folks have their eyes closed and their ears covered when I play, they aren't worried about how I look!rofl

 

 

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I didn't notice the lack of hair combing, I was more impressed by the amount of hair, ha.   I have more hair on my chin than on top.  🙂

Ferret said

Darn. After posting I was thinking, "I wish I had have combed my hair." facepalm

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Love the flag !!!

Aussie ... oi oi oi !!!

I only heard a few slightly missed notes, and minimal timing issues.  Other than that, good job.

Pity I didn't learn Waltzing Matilda for this weekend ... but by then we'll probably be swimming to save ourselves.

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Thanks for posting the great vid Ferret, keep up the hard work :) .  I have the same issue with the bow jumping a bit and after reading Pfish's tip (thank you very much for posting that) I incorporated it in to my practice and things were much better!  Looks like your having a blast as well which is great :)

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Robyn.fnq said

Love the flag !!!

Aussie ... oi oi oi !!!

I only heard a few slightly missed notes, and minimal timing issues.  Other than that, good job.

Pity I didn't learn Waltzing Matilda for this weekend ... but by then we'll probably be swimming to save ourselves.

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Thanks for that. Your post prompted me to learn Waltzing Matilda for Saturday. The only problem is its Friday now. I'm largely a 'by ear' player and WM has been well implanted in my brain since childhood (a very long time ago) so I only have to find the notes facepalm

I'm actually having a great time banana

I hope the flooding has eased off up their. It's just a little damp in Byron Bay. Who knows, it could be fine tomorrow.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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